Breckenridge International Festival of Arts August 10-19

Inspired by themes of environment and mountain culture, the Breckenridge International Festival of Arts brings together a variety of performances, installations, exhibitions, screenings, workshops, talks, and surprise collaborations, with an eclectic mix of music, theater, film, visual and street arts, and family entertainment.

2018 Schedule of Events

MUSIC + PERFORMANCE

The Vijay Iyer Trio

When: August 9, 2018 @ 8:00pm

Where: Riverwalk Center, 150 W Adams Ave

The Vijay Iyer Trio has become one of the most pivotal jazz bands of the twenty-first century with composer, writer, pianist, and Harvard professor, Vijay Iyer at the helm. Innovative in style and form, the trio fuses various jazz forms that are rooted in tradition.

Composer-pianist Vijay Iyer was described by Pitchfork as ͞one of the most interesting and vital young pianists in jazz today,͟ by the Los Angeles Weekly as ͞a boundless and deeply important young star,͟and by Minnesota Public Radio as ͞an American treasure.͟ He has been voted DownBeat Magazine’s Artist of the Year three times – in 2016, 2015 and 2012. Iyer was named Downbeat’s 2014 Pianist of the Year, a 2013 MacArthur Fellow, and a 2012 Doris Duke Performing Artist. In 2014 he began a permanent appointment as the Franklin D. and Florence Rosenblatt Professor of the Arts in the Department of Music at Harvard University.

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Chirp!

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. Featuring guest vocalists Natalie Tate and Evan McCandless.

Performance Schedule:

Chirp! 01–02: | Aug 10 | FREE
11–11:30 pm + 3–3:30 pm | W Wellington Trail

Chirp! 03–04: | Aug 11 | FREE
11–11:30 pm + 3–3:30 pm | W Wellington Trail

Chirp! 05–06: | Aug 12 | FREE
11–11:30 pm + 3–3:30 pm | W Wellington Trail

Chirp! 07–08: | Aug 17 | FREE
11–11:30 pm + 3–3:30 pm | W Wellington Trail

Chirp! 09–10: | Aug 18 | FREE
11–11:30 pm + 3–3:30 pm | W Wellington Trail

Chirp! 11–12: | Aug 19 | FREE
11–11:30 pm + 3–3:30 pm | W Wellington Trail

 

Tree-o

Elevating music to new heights, Tree-o features three musicians — cellist Russick Smith, violinist Karen Lauffer and mandolinist Kevin Larkin – 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.

Performance Schedule:

Tree-o 01: | Aug 10 | FREE
6–6:30 pm | Illinois Creek Trail

Tree-o 02–03: | Aug 11 | FREE
1–1:30 pm + 6–6:30 pm | Illinois Creek Trail

Tree-o 04–05: | Aug 12 | FREE
1–1:30 pm + 6–6:30 pm | Illinois Creek Trail

Tree-o 06–07: | Aug 17 | FREE
1–1:30 pm + 6–6:30 pm | Illinois Creek Trail

Tree-o 08–09: | Aug 18 | FREE
1–1:30 pm + 6–6:30 pm | Illinois Creek Trail

Tree-o 10–11: | Aug 19 | FREE
1–1:30 pm | Illinois Creek Trail

 

Andrew Bird with special guest Neyla Pekarek

When: August 12, 2018 @ 7:30pm

Where: Riverwalk Center, 150 W Adams Ave

Andrew Bird is an internationally acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, whistler and songwriter who picked up his first violin at the age of four and spent his formative years soaking up classical repertoire completely by ear. As a teen Bird became interested in a variety of styles including early jazz, country blues and folk music, synthesizing them into his unique brand of pop.

Since beginning his recording career in 1997 Bird has released 13 albums and performed several hundred concerts worldwide. He has recorded with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, appeared as “Dr. Stringz” on “Jack’s Big Music Show,” and headlined concerts at Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, and festivals worldwide. Mojo Magazine declared him “simply incredible live.” In recent years he performed as the Whistling Caruso in Disney’s “The Muppets” movie, scored the FX series “Baskets,” and collaborated with inventor Ian Schneller on Sonic Arboretum, an installation that exhibited at New York’s Guggenheim Museum, Boston’s ICA and the MCA Chicago. Bird has been a featured Ted Talk presenter, a New York Times op-ed contributor, and is an advocate for Everytown for Gun Safety. Additionally, Bird hosts an ongoing Facebook Live series of performances called Live From The Great Room, putting the creative process on display for fans as he performs and converses with friends and collaborators in a candid, intimate setting.

Bird is currently working on a series of site-specific improvisational short films and recordings called Echolocations, recorded in remote and acoustically interesting spaces- a remote Utah canyon, an abandoned seaside bunker, the middle of the Los Angeles River, and a reverberant tile covered aqueduct in Lisbon. His most recent studio album, Are You Serious, was released April 1st, 2016 on Loma Vista Recordings.

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VISUAL ART

Edina Tokodi: Tempting Landscapes

When: August 9, 2018 – October 10, 2018. All Day.

Where: Gallery@OMH – 136 S Main Street

Edina Tokodi uses “green guerrilla” strategies to bring nature into the exhibition space. Tokodi’s work is a seamless fusion of landscape art and real materials found in the outdoors. Using plants native to both the mountains and downtown Breckenridge, she reflects the cycle and the resilience of life, advocating sustainable living and participation in the metamorphosis of an evolving visual culture.

Nicole Banowetz: Nature Will Not Miss Us

When: August 9, 2018 – August 19, 2018. All day.

Where: Old Masonic Hall – 136 South Main Street

Nicole Banowetz makes sewn inflatable sculptures and delicate assembled forms, which move freely between growth and decay blurring the distinction between decoration and disease. Inspired by the natural world, Banowetz’s work addresses human qualities while using the imagery she finds in the animal, plant, mineral and bacterial worlds.

Nature Will Not Miss Us is inspired by the Anping Treehouse in Tainan City, Taiwan. The Anping Treehouse is one banyan tree that for the past 70 years has grown over and consumed an old warehouse, breaking through windows and creeping along walls. Seeing the manmade architecture overrun with the power of one tree a person feels awe and fear.  The beauty and power overwhelms us. Nature Will Not Miss Us is a reminder of the power of nature and its ability to thrive in the absence of human interference.  In the town we keep naturecontrolled, pruned, and potted, but we must remember that nature surrounds us.

 

Thomas Dambo: Peeking [Name TBD]

When: August 9, 2018 – August 19, 2018

Where: Wellington Trail

Discover one of Danish artist Thomas Dambo’s enchanting troll-like creatures along a scenic forest trail in the outskirts of town. Based on woodland myth, the artist’s newest work, commissioned by BIFA, will be a gentle giant perched high atop a rocky hillside, stacking stones. Made from recycled and reclaimed wood, the sculpture will be built with the help of local volunteers who will source scrap lumber for its construction.

Specializing in building family-friendly installations from upcycled materials, this will be Dambo’s first exhibition in Colorado and a West Coast premiere of his one of his world-famous giants.

Note: Thomas Dambo often, if not always, names his sculptures after one of the people who helps him build it. Upon completion and installation of his artwork in Breckenridge, a proper first name will be given to the giant in honor of a local volunteer.

 

Edina Tokodi: Yeti

When: August 10, 2018 – August 19, 2018

Where: Illinois Creek Trail

Edina Tokodi’s Yeti will exist deep in the forests of Breckenridge for the two weeks of the Breckenridge International Festival of Arts. A free-standing sculpture covered with living grass with a hole in place of the face, Tokodi was inspired by vintage American roadside attractions that featured interactive cutouts in which individuals could place their head inside and take photographs. The artist asks viewers to follow the legend of the yeti into the wild and respond to the playful call to participate as a means of engaging with our natural surroundings and the mysteries within.

Edina Tokodi is a Hungarian artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and uses plant material to create urban murals throughout the city. By incorporating plant life and other materials found in the local natural environment with photos or graphic elements, Edina’s installation works dissolve the barriers between private and public space, between the organic and inorganic elements of the urban landscape, and between nature and art. Her work advocates sustainable living and draws attention to the deficiency of nature in daily life.

 

Nicole Banowetz: Concerning Plants

When: August 10, 2018 – August 19, 2018. All-day

Where: W Wellington Trail

Concerning Plants is a playful interpretation of the mysterious and complex networks of plant communication.  The inflatable sculpture winds through the trees as if a strange root system emerges from the ground, both alien and natural.  It is a thing which has grown up above the surface to give us a glimpse of the mythic and invisible networks down below.

Nicole Banowetz is an artist based out of Denver, Colorado. She makes sewn inflatable sculptures and delicate assembled forms, which move freely between growth and decay blurring the distinction between decoration and disease. Inspired by the natural world, Banowetz’s work addresses human qualities while using the imagery she finds in the animal, plant, mineral and bacterial worlds.

 

Nikki Pike: Aurous Trove

When: August 10, 2018 – August 19, 2018

Where: Iowa Hill Trail

Aurous Trove subtly interrupts the landscape to remind us of the history of the gold rush at the Iowa Hill Mine. The Trove invites viewers to consider the value of resources as they are naturally in juxtaposition of conquest and the consequences of extraction.

Nikki Pike is an artist based out of Denver, Colorado. She has been working as a professional artist and educator for the past nine years primarily in Colorado and Florida. Nikki has had the opportunity to perform under the direction of William Pope L. as Miss Black Factory in a three-month national tour of the Black Factory. Her work has also been featured at Art Basel Miami, The Contemporary Art Museum of Tampa, and The Tampa Art Museum. Serving as the Color Orchestrator, Nikki also spent ten months living and working in Macau for Sky Art where she was fundamental in helping to create a 250,000 square foot ceiling mural.

DIRECTIONS TO IOWA HILL
From the Blue River Plaza, travel north on Main Street. At the round-about, continue north on Highway 9. At the second stoplight, turn left onto Valley Brook Road and then turn right onto Airport Road. Travel 0.25 miles and the trail head is on the left directly after the Public Works facilities. Parking is available in the dirt lot.

INTERDISCIPLINARY

Concrete Jams: Sk8 + Jazz

When: August 11-12, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Where: Breckenridge Skate Park – 880 Airport Rd

Skateboarding and jazz collide as BIFA brings together athletes and artists in unexpected ways. Essential to both disciplines is the ability to find an individual groove, so this 360-degree immersion showcases the art of improvisation in both music and sport, offering a new kind of performance art: the bowl as bandstand.

Denver-based Other Black perform a blend of jazz, funk and hip-hop, while nationally and internationally celebrated professional skateboarders Jordyn Barratt, Bucky Lasek and X Games legend Andy Macdonald will skateboard to the music on the fly.

Performance Schedule:
Sat, Aug 11, 10:00 am–1:00 pm
Sun, Aug 12, 10:00 am–1:00 pm

Note: The exhibition begins with an open skate and DJ sets at 10am, the pro skate demo with live music at 11am, and closing set and community skating party at 12pm. This event will happen rain or shine, though the safety of the athletes will be prioritized if skating conditions.

 

In the Light of Air

When: August 11, 2018 @ 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Where: Riverwalk Center – 150 W Adams Ave

Steven Schick, Conductor
With BMF Orchestra Members + Meta Yoga

A tetralogy of works by Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottír, this piece – scored for the ethereal combination of viola, cello, harp, piano, percussion and electronic – elicits images of Iceland’s varied geography. The four movements bear the titles Luminance, Serenity, Existence and Remembrance and are connected by short transitions to form a seamless flow throughout the work. Performed with an onstage gentle yoga and meditation session for interested audience members.

FILM + CINEMATIC ARTS

Radhe Radhe: Rites of Holi

When: August 9, 2018 @ 6:00 pm

Where: Riverwalk Center – 150 W Adams Ave

Steven Schick, conductor
Vijay Iyer, piano
Film by Prashant Bhargava

Radhe Radhe: Rites of Holi is a vivid multimedia collaboration by composer-pianist Vijay Iyer with film by Prashant Bhargava. The two were inspired by the centennial of Stravinsky’s beloved “Rite of Spring” to explore another rite of spring: the Hindu festival of Holi, famous for its revelry of color in celebration of Krishna and Radha. A chamber ensemble accompanies cinematic episodes compiled from footage of the eight days and nights of Holi festivities in Mathura, India.

 

Kick Push: A Roll-In Movie Night

When: August 14, 2018 @ 9:05 pm – 10:05 pm

Where: Riverwalk Center Lawn – 150 West Adams

Skate, scoot, pedal or ride to the Riverwalk Center lawn for a program packed with inspiring tales from international filmmakers, explorers and athletes. From boards to bikes, join us for a family-friendly outdoor screening featuring a series of cinematic shorts highlighting humanity’s greatest feats on wheels.

 

Lula del Ray, by Manual Cinema

When: August 16, 2018 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Where: Riverwalk Center – 150 W Adams Ave

Lula del Ray is a mythic reinvention of the classic coming-of-age story, set in the mid-century American Southwest and inspired by the music of Hank Williams, Roy Orbison and Patsy Cline. Performed by Manual Cinema, the company creates real-time animated cinema using overhead projectors, shadow puppetry, live feed cameras, multi-channel sound design and an onstage music ensemble. Their “movies” evoke the visual poetry of silent classics with the sophistication of Hitchcock and the contemporary gothic of Tim Burton.

Suitable for Ages 7+

CONTEMPORARY CIRCUS

A Simple Space, by Gravity & Other Myths

Get up close and personal with one of Australia’s hottest and most original circus ensembles. In the award-winning show that has captivated sell-out festival audiences worldwide, seven young acrobats push themselves to their physical limits and beyond in an awe inspiring performance of supreme acrobatic ability, strength and skill.

Performance Schedule
Fri, Aug 17, 7:30 pm
Sat, Aug 18, 7:30 pm
Sun, Aug 19, 2:00 pm

Be sure to also catch the artists of Gravity & Other Myths (GOM) in trailside acrobatic demos as free, open-air previews to their indoor shows.

GOM Circus Teaser 01: | Aug 14 | FREE
1:00–1:20 pm | W Wellington Trail

GOM Circus Teaser 02: | Aug 15 | FREE
1:00–1:20 pm | W Wellington Trail

GOM Circus Teaser 03: | Aug 16 | FREE
1:00–1:20 pm | W Wellington Trail

Trail Mix

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 Nicole Banowetz, Thomas Dambo and Edina Tokodi. Co-presented with Breckenridge Music Festival.

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Trail Mix Schedule

Trail Mix 01–03 | Aug 9 | FREE
10:00 am | Moonstone Hill Trail
2:00 pm | Iowa Trail (w/ BMF musicians)
4:00 pm | W Wellington Trail (w/ BMF musicians)

Trail Mix 04–06 | Aug 10 | FREE
10:00 am | Moonstone Hill Trail
2:00 pm | Iowa Trail
4:00 pm | W Wellington Trail

Trail Mix 07–09 | Aug 11 | FREE
10:00 am | Moonstone Hill Trail
2:00 pm | Iowa Trail
4:00 pm | W Wellington Trail

Trail Mix 10–12 | Aug 12 | FREE
10:00 am | Moonstone Hill Trail (w/ BMF musicians)
2:00 pm | Iowa Trail (w/ BMF musicians)
4:00 pm | W Wellington Trail (w/ BMF musicians)

Trail Mix 13–15 | Aug 13 | FREE
10:00 am | Moonstone Hill Trail (w/ BMF musicians)
2:00 pm | Iowa Trail (w/ BMF musicians)
4:00 pm | W Wellington Trail (w/ BMF musicians)

Trail Mix 16–18 | Aug 14 | FREE
10:00 am | Moonstone Hill Trail (w/ BMF musicians)
2:00 pm | Iowa Trail (w/ BMF musicians)
4:00 pm | W Wellington Trail (w/ BMF musicians)

Trail Mix 19–21 | Aug 15 | FREE
10:00 am | Moonstone Hill Trail (w/ BMF musicians)
2:00 pm | Iowa Trail (w/ BMF musicians)
4:00 pm | W Wellington Trail (w/ BMF musicians)

Trail Mix 22–24 | Aug 16 | FREE
10:00 am | Moonstone Hill Trail
2:00 pm | Iowa Trail
4:00 pm | W Wellington Trail

Trail Mix 25–27 | Aug 17 | FREE
10:00 am | Moonstone Hill Trail
2:00 pm | Iowa Trail
4:00 pm | W Wellington Trail

Trail Mix 28–30 | Aug 18 | FREE
10:00 am | Moonstone Hill Trail
2:00 pm | Iowa Trail
4:00 pm | W Wellington Trail

Trail Mix 31–33 | Aug 19 | FREE
10:00 am | Moonstone Hill Trail
2:00 pm | Iowa Trail
4:00 pm | W Wellington Trail

DIRECTIONS TO MOONSTONE TRAIL

Biking/walking from Carter Park:
Start at the trail sign at the east end of the Northern parking lot and walk up trail to stairs. At the top of the stairs take a left and then a right onto Moonstone Trail and hike up trail for 20-30 minutes.

Driving from Carter Park:
From the Northern parking lot, next to the tennis courts, head north on High St. Take a left (west) on Jefferson Ave. and then turn left on French Street. Continue down French Street and then take a left onto Boreas Pass Road. Drive uphill until reaching County Road 503. Take a left on CR 503 (Just before Baldy Mtn. Rd.). Park on the side of road and walk down County Road 503. Look for the Moonstone Trailhead sign on the left (west) and follow this trail down for about 5 minutes.

From the west side parking lot, next to the elementary school, take a left onto French Street and then go straight until reaching Boreas Pass Road. Take a left on Boreas Pass Road. Drive uphill until reaching County Road 503. Park on the side of road and walk down County Road 503. Look for the Moonstone Trailhead sign on the left and follow this trail down for 5 minutes.

Bus from Breckenridge Station:
Take the pink route bus to the Cloud Cap Apartments (must request this stop with the bus driver). Walk down County Road 503. Look for the Moonstone Trailhead sign on the left (west) and follow this trail down for about 5 minutes.

Acoustic Flow

Acoustic Flow combines music, nature and wellness along the relaxing shores of the Blue River with free outdoor classes in yoga, meditation and healing arts, featuring sessions with live music throughout BIFA. Co-presented with Breckenridge Music Festival, in partnership with Meta Yoga Studios.

Schedule:

Acoustic Flow 01 | Aug 10 | FREE
8:00–9:00 am | Riverwalk Center Lawn

Acoustic Flow 02 | Aug 11 | FREE
8:00–9:00 am | Riverwalk Center Lawn

Acoustic Flow 03 | Aug 12 | FREE (w/ BMF musicians)
8:00–9:00 am | Riverwalk Center Lawn

Acoustic Flow 04 | Aug 13 | FREE (w/ BMF musicians)
8:00–9:00 am | Riverwalk Center Lawn

Acoustic Flow 05 | Aug 14 | FREE (w/ BMF musicians)
8:00–9:00 am | Riverwalk Center Lawn

Acoustic Flow 06 | Aug 15 | FREE
8:00–9:00 am | Riverwalk Center Lawn

Acoustic Flow 07 | Aug 16 | FREE
8:00–9:00 am | Riverwalk Center Lawn

Acoustic Flow 08 | Aug 17 | FREE
8:00–9:00 am | Riverwalk Center Lawn

Acoustic Flow 09 | Aug 18 | FREE
8:00–9:00 am | Riverwalk Center Lawn

Acoustic Flow 10 | Aug 19 | FREE
8:00–9:00 am | Riverwalk Center Lawn

WORKSHOPS + TALKS + DEMOS

Youth Sk8 Workshop

When: August 10, @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Where: Breckenridge Skate Park, 880 Airport Rd, Breckenridge, CO 80424, USA

Join skating legends Jordyn Barratt, Bucky Lasek, and Andy MacDonald for a one hour workshop on the basics of skateboarding.  Bring your own skateboard.

 

Plein Air Painting

When: August 10, 2018 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Where: Fuqua Livery Stable – 110 Washington Avenue, Breckenridge, CO 80424, USA

Express your creative side in the great outdoors. In this workshop, kids will learn how to paint on-site, capturing the subtleties of light and color. All ages welcome. Parents must attend with children age 6 and under. Register for child only. Register in advance to ensure a spot.

 

Nature Printmaking

When: August 10, 2018 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Where: Quandary Antiques Cabin – 131 S Ridge St, Breckenridge, CO 80424, USA

Make a beautiful nature print with stencils, Styrofoam plates and pencils. Learn how to use a printing press and experiment with negative space. All ages welcome. Parents must attend with children age 6 and under. Register for child only. Register in advance to ensure a spot.

 

Inflatable Art

When: August 10, 2018 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Where: Quandary Antiques Cabin – 131 S Ridge St, Breckenridge, CO 80424, USA

Get inspired by Nicole Banowetz’s Trail Mix installation and make your own inflatable art! All ages welcome. Parents must attend with children age 6 and under. Register in advance to ensure a spot.

 

Artist Talk with Thomas Dambo

When: August 10, 2018 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Where: Gallery@OMH – 136 S Main St, Breckenridge, CO 80424, USA

Meet Danish artist Thomas Dambo and learn about his BIFA Trail Mix Installation.

 

Yeti Art

When: August 11, 2018 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Where: Quandary Antiques Cabin – 131 S Ridge St, Breckenridge, CO 80424, USA

Get inspired by Edina Tokodi’s grass yeti sculptures and make your own larger-than-life yeti to take with you on the trail! All ages welcome. Parents must attend with children age 6 and under. Register in advance to ensure a spot.

 

Rock Art with Keystone Science School

When: August 12, 2018 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Where: Fuqua Livery Stable – 110 Washington Avenue, Breckenridge, CO 80424, USA

Get inspired by Thomas Dambo’s rock-stacking giant, and investigate the world below your feet with the Keystone Science School. All ages welcome. Parents must attend with children age 6 and under. Register in advance to ensure a spot.

 

Nature Collages

When: August 12, 2018 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Where: Randall Barn – 114 Washington Ave, Breckenridge, CO 80424, USA

After exploring the outdoor BIFA exhibitions, create beautiful collages from natural materials and images of nature. All ages welcome. Parents must attend with children age 6 and under. Register in advance to ensure a spot.

 

Make Your Own Monster

When: August 12, 2018 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Where: Quandary Antiques Cabin – 131 S Ridge St, Breckenridge, CO 80424, USA

Get inspired by Thomas Dambo’s large-scale wooden sculptures, and make your own larger-than-life monster to take with you on the trail! All ages welcome. Parents must attend with children age 6 and under. Register in advance to ensure a spot.

 

Lodging

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