XFest 2021 will occur in the virtual space. Yeah it’s gonna be kinda weird, and it’s not the same, and it’s gonna have its own challenges, but we miss you. This way, we’ll keep safe while sharing tricks learned during the intervening year.
Participants will improvise in assigned groups via online meetings, and the resulting video will be broadcast.
“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
XFest is a labor of community, without outside funding. Interested in hosting a traveling performer, helping out at the event, or donating funds or food at future events? Contact us at xfest @ gmail . com