XFEST 2018

FRIDAY the 23rd, SATURDAY the 24th and SUNDAY the 25th

At Dorchester Art Project
1486 Dorchester Ave. #2 Dorchester, Ma. 02122
**This location is off the Red Line T… Fields Corner

  • Friday 8pm to 12am. Dinner and performances.
  • Saturday 12pm to 4pm. Workshops
  • Saturday night 7pm to 11pm. Dinner and performances.
  • Sunday 12pm to 5pm. Brunch and Ensembles.

Artist applications will be accepted until December 10th 2018. Feel free to download / copy / paste your application information directly into an email. Applications and questions to xfestma@gmail.com


THURSDAY February 22nd 
XFEST PRE-SHOW will be held in Boston and is an open improv collaborative performance night. Be paired with other improvisers for short on-the-spot collaborations. There is no need to ‘apply’ to perform. Show up with your gear and you can play. 8pm to 11:30pm *location to be released ASAP



Improvisation can give us the skills to deal with many social and aesthetic issues of the twenty-first century. Although we have become adept at talking about aesthetic hybridity, cultural alerity, crossing borders (both earthly and cyber), and global fusion; few of us have really studied what physical and intellectual practice will make our bodies and minds ready for this brave new world … Improvisation can lead us out of our habitual responses by opening up alternative experiences – new physical sensations and appetites … Although this practice begins with attentiveness to corporeal experience it also develops a mental flexibility that can provide an intellectual map with which to chart new pathways for negotiating awkward and difficult crossings.
~ Ann Cooper Albright, Taken By Surprise