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The Breckenridge International Festival of Arts (BIFA) returns to the high country for a fifth year with its celebration of adventure, play and creativity from August 9–18, 2019. From aerial artistry and in-river performance installations to gypsy folk-punk and the return of a stone-hearted troll, BIFA offers an exhilarating program of extraordinary events in spectacular places and spaces across Breckenridge, Colorado.
Inspired by themes of environment and mountain culture, the 10-day festival brings together a variety of performances, exhibitions, screenings, workshops, talks and surprise collaborations, with an eclectic mix of music, dance, film, visual arts and family entertainment. Dozens of scheduled events, indoors and outdoors, ticketed and free, are showcased at venues and sites throughout town.
FREE + Ticketed
Highlights of the 2019 festival include a variety of eco-minded performances and exhibitions, including new commissions by California eco-artists Daniel McCormick and Mary O’Brien, Rotterdam-based Sicilian artist Giuseppe Licari and Danish artist and designer Thomas Dambo returns to Breckenridge to create a new wooden troll sculpture.
In addition to BIFA’s trail concerts and installations, open-air cinematic events and riverside yoga with live music, the festival will also present the renowned vertical dance company BANDALOOP. Known for their awe-inspiring aerial artistry in public spaces around the world, the company will present a series of site-reactive performances in and around Breckenridge, including a premiere work on a 14,000-foot ionic Colorado Rocky Mountain.
BIFA 2019 Schedule
Artists + Installations
“GOLDEN SHELTER” By Giuseppe Licari
Aug 9–18, On View Daily
Moonstone Trail, | FREE
Addressing the urgency of climate change, Golden Shelter is an installation by Rotterdam-based Sicilian artist Giuseppe Licari that brings attention to the importance of our woodlands for the survival of our planet.
“BLUE RIVER” By Giuseppe Licari + Gretchen Marie Schaefer
Aug 9–Sep 8, On View Daily
[email protected], Old Masonic Hall | FREE
Blue River is an installation by Dutch artist Giuseppe Licari and Denver-based artist Gretchen Marie Schaefer inspired by the history of Breckenridge and the radical transformation of its rich physical and human landscape since the Gold Rush.
“GREEN PATRIOT POSTERS” By The Canary Project
Aug 9–18, On View Daily
Arts District Lawn | FREE
Green Patriot Posters (GPP) is a public intervention by American art collective The Canary Project (Susannah Sayler and Edward Morris) centered on posters that encourage all U.S. citizens to take part in building a sustainable economy.
“ISAK HEARTSTONE” By Thomas Dambo
Ongoing Installation, On View Daily
Trollstigen Trail | FREE
Isak Heartstone is a large-scale, wooden troll sculpture created by Danish artist Thomas Dambo, who specializes in making imaginative art pieces, furniture and more from recycled materials. Over the last three years, Dambo and his team of volunteers have made dozens of site-specific sculptures around the world
Music + Performances
Aug 9–18, 2 pm & 4 pm
Iowa Hill, FREE
Trail Mix combines art, music, hiking and biking along the trails of Breckenridge through free outdoor concerts and environmental installations, featuring pop-up performances throughout BIFA. Featuring artworks by Giuseppe Licari, Thomas Dambo and The Canary Project; musical performances curated by Russick Smith.
“AN EVENING WITH DEVOTCHKA”
Aug 11, 7:30 pm
Riverwalk Center | $30 ADV, $35 DOS
DeVotchKa is a four-piece multi-instrumental and vocal ensemble that fuses Romani, Greek, Slavic, Bolero, Mariachi music with American punk and folk roots. Based in Denver, the quartet is made up of Nick Urata, Tom Hagerman, Jeanie Schroder and Shawn King.
“BANDALOOP” An Outdoor Site-Reactive Film Shoot
Aug 10–11, Times TBA
Locations TBA | FREE
BANDALOOP celebrates the human spirit, nature, and communities through dance that uses climbing technology to expand and challenge what is possible. A pioneer in vertical performance, BANDALOOP seamlessly weaves dynamic physicality and intricate choreography to turn the dance floor on its side. This film shoot will take place in multiple locations around Summit County, with a number of the sites being open to the public. Specifics on production times, locations and public access viewing points/logistics will be announced closer to the filming dates.
“HEART OF A FOREST” + “ARCTIC RHYTHMS” Featuring DJ Spooky
Aug 13, 7:30 pm
Riverwalk Center | FREE
Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky is a composer, multimedia artist and writer whose work immerses audiences in a blend of genres, global culture, and environmental and social issues. At BIFA, he will perform two meditations on nature, Heart of a Forest and Arctic Rhythms, with a live string ensemble, projected imagery, and electronic and hip-hop music.
“WADING FOR CUPCAKES” With Tara Rynders, Jess Webb, Cortney McGuire + Tim Rynders
Aug 15–18, 12 pm & 5 pm
Blue River, near Riverwalk Center | FREE
The river reminds us how to let go, how to be free, and how to be moved. In Wading for Cupcakes, performance artists
Tara Rynders, Courtney McGuire and Jess Webb, along with environmental engineer Tim Rynders, present an interactive
journey in the Blue River that invites us to consider the watersheds upon which all life depends.
“BANDALOOP” An Open Outdoor Rehearsal
Aug 15, 5 pm + 6 pm
Location TBA | FREE
BANDALOOP combines dance with rock climbing, sport, ritual and environmental awareness. A pioneer in vertical performance, BANDALOOP has performed on architectural landmarks, skyscrapers and historic sites around the world. These 20-minute, free open rehearsal performances will take place on the facade of a local building yet to be announced.
“TREE-O” Featuring Russick Smith, Karen Lauffer and Kevin Larkin
Aug 9, 6 pm; Aug 10–11 + Aug 16–17, 1 pm & 6 pm; Aug 18, 1 pm
Illinois Creek Trail | FREE
Elevating music to new heights, Tree-o features three musician in a series of free concerts held in the forest, high among the pine boughs and branches. A performance art installation, each musical session features instrumental melodies performed with the trio perched aloft upon the trees.
“CHIRP!” Featuring Chimney Choir
Aug 10–11 & Aug 17–18, 11 am; Iowa Hill Trail | FREE
Aug 10–11 & Aug 17–18, 3 pm; Ilinois Creek Trail | FREE
Harmonizing their voices to create an ethereal atmosphere in the forest, Chimney Choir is a Denver-based performance ensemble who blends old time folk songs and minimal music into their own quirky compositions. A musical installation, each concert features a vocal soundscape performed along a trail.
“BANDALOOP” An Indoor Immersive Perfomance
Aug 16–17, 11 am & 1:30 pm
Riverwalk Center | FREE
BANDALOOP celebrates the human spirit, nature, and communities through dance that uses climbing technology to expand and challenge what is possible. A pioneer in vertical performance, BANDALOOP seamlessly weaves dynamic physicality and intricate choreography to turn the dance floor on its side. These 30-minute, free indoor performances are general admission with standing room and floor seating only. No tickets are required, but admission is first-come, firstserved for venue access.
“ON THE GREEN” An Eco-Movie Night
Aug 15, 8:30 pm
Riverwalk Center Lawn | FREE
A series of cinematic shorts exploring conservation, climate change and the environment in a family-friendly outdoor screening on the Riverwalk Center lawn. Co-presented with Breckenridge Film Festival.
2019 Featured Events
"BANDALOOP" Vertical Dance Company
Breckenridge welcomes the renowned vertical dance company “BANDALOOP.” Known for their awe-inspiring aerial artistry in public spaces around the world, the company will present a series of site-reactive performances in and around Breckenridge, including a premiere work on a 14,000-foot ionic Colorado Rocky Mountain.
“BANDALOOP” celebrates the human spirit, nature, and communities through dance that uses climbing technology to expand and challenge what is possible.
Rotterdam-based Sicilian artist Giuseppe Licari
“Humus,” one of the spectacular installations by Sicilian artist Giuseppe Licari, present a fanciful network of tree roots, which seem to transform a space into a mysterious underworld: the roots project downward from the ceiling as if the trees are growing above it. “Humus,” referring to the soil layer that is essential for the growth of trees and plants, but which is absent here. The relationship between humankind and nature, growth and decay are central themes in Licari’s work.
California eco-artists Daniel McCormick and Mary O’Brien
Daniel McCormick and Mary O’Brien create sculptures that have a part in influencing the ecological balance of compromised environments. They have collaborated for over twenty years to create environmental art installations which have a remedial trajectory. Their projects move away from an anthropocentric point of view. These works are intended to give advantage to natural systems, and after a period of time, as the restoration process is established, the artists’ presence diminishes, and the end result is remedial.