2019 SCHEDULE

July 21 · July 26, 27, 28 · August 2, 3, 4

We’re so excited to share the 2019 Five Senses Festival schedule!

For quick Festival overview, check out our Lineup page

To learn more about the artists behind these events, visit our Artists page.

…And stay tuned – we have a few secrets yet to share!

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WEEK 1

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8:00-9:00am

Fun with Fitnesswith Peter Houldin & Deb Andrews

NEW ADDITION!

Join Peter Houldin and Deb Andrews for #funwithfitness!

Meet at the Festival Field.

Free with RSVP.

9:00-10:00am

Morning Meditationwith Jampa Stewart

Begin the day with mindfulness in the Festival Field! Valley Spirit’s Jampa Stewart leads a guided meditation exploring the energy of the five senses. Bring blankets, cushions, or a small lawn chair to sit on – whatever keeps you comfortable!

Free with RSVP. Childcare available.

10:15-11:15am

Experiential Yoga: Connecting Within – with Lela Ilyinsky

This yoga class focuses on enhancing somatic awareness through breath and movement. A curated playlist takes us on a journey that includes meditation, flow sequences, restorative poses, gentle hands on guidance, and a healthy dose of joie de vivre. Beginners and Advanced practitioners alike are welcome.

Tickets: $15. Childcare available.

11:30-12:30pm

On the Role of Beauty tent talk – with Claire Messud

Acclaimed Novelist and Harvard professor Claire Messud author of six novels -- including The Emperor’s Children (New York Times bestseller and Man Booker prize nominee), and The Woman Upstairs discusses the role of beauty in writing and life.

Tickets: $15. Childcare available.

1:00-2:00pm

Family Banjo Hour – with Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn

NEW ADDITION!

Learn more about the banjo from two of the world’s best banjo players! Open to all ages. - now in Amphitheater!

Free with RSVP. Kids & families!

2:30-3:30pm

Pilobolus Summer Workshop – student show **

Pilobolus loves to teach and we do so on tour throughout the year and at home in our Summer Workshop Series in Washington, CT. Come see the raw creative energy of trained and untrained movers and the dances they have created in the CT woods.

Free with RSVP. Family Friendly.

2:30-4:00pm

Artroom – with Jessica Russell **

In this outdoor studio, Jessica Russell leads innovative, awe-inspiring art projects for kids and families. No days are the same as we provide our artists with a variety of concepts and techniques. As one young guest told us last year, It’s a whole arts camp on the field!

Please note that children ages four and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Free with RSVP. Kids & families!

4:30-6:00pm

Squaredance with friends and neighbors! **

If you’ve been to one, you know; if you haven’t you will never forget the fun you are going to have. Hoe down at 4pm, grab a drink and swing a partner as you connect with some of the hottest do-si-do activity you’ve ever seen. Come dance with the Pilobolus dancers and bring your kids. Surprises await. Fun for folks of all ages!

Free with RSVP. Family Friendly.

6:30-7:30pm

Opening Ceremony

Join Pilobolus and amazing surprise guests to bring the festival site to life, with live music, dance, and a sensory invocation!

Free with RSVP. Childcare available.

8:00-9:30pm

BÉLA FLECK & ABIGAIL WASHBURN – in concert

Banjo legends Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn perform works from their Grammy-winning self-titled debut as well as their new record, Echo in the Valley. Showcasing the banjo’s rich cultural heritage and pulling the noble instrument into new and unique realms, Bela & Abigail create music that feels wildly innovative and yet familiar. Their deep bond, combined with their distinct musical personalities, make for a picking partnership unlike any other.

Tickets: $40.


CHILDCARE available Morning: 9:00am-12:30pm and Afternoon: 6:30-7:30pm

Free with suggested donation $10 per kid. Ages 4 and up.

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6:30-8:00pm

PILOBOLUS – at Judea Garden

NEW ADDITION!

Join us at Steep Rock’s beautiful Judea Garden for a short, site-specific dance performance by Pilobolus.

FREE. Please register to reserve your spot; space is limited.


 
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WEEK 2

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FRIDAY JULY 26

9:00-10:00am

Morning Meditationwith Jampa Stewart

Begin the day with mindfulness in the Festival Field! Valley Spirit’s Jampa Stewart leads a guided meditation exploring the energy of the five senses. Bring blankets, cushions, or a small lawn chair to sit on – whatever keeps you comfortable!

Free with RSVP. Childcare available.

10:15-11:15am

Experiential Yoga: Connecting Within – with Lela Ilyinsky

This yoga class focuses on enhancing somatic awareness through breath and movement. A curated playlist takes us on a journey that includes meditation, flow sequences, restorative poses, gentle hands on guidance, and a healthy dose of joie de vivre. Beginners and Advanced practitioners alike are welcome.

Tickets: $15. Childcare available.

11:30-12:30

Pilobolus seniors class: Connecting with Balance

A workshop tailored to help older adults reconnect with their bodies and environment. Exercises in movement guide participants to think creatively and build community through social engagement. Enjoy the fresh air while developing strength and improving balance. Open to all levels of ability – even to those who remain seated throughout.

Free with RSVP. For older adults.

12:30-2:00pm

Music Workshop with Edmar Castañeda **

Colombian Jazz Harpist Edmar Castañeda has entirely reimagined what the harp can do. Revealing qualities in the instrument that you never imagined possible, Castaneda merges innovation and his ancient Colombian folk music to create a moving and unique voice in jazz. A free workshop demonstration for all ages.

Free with RSVP. Family friendly.

5:00-6:30pm

On Christopher Street: Transgender Stories tent talk – with Mark Seliger & Joshuah Campbell

Co-presented by KMR Arts

Legendary portrait photographer Mark Seliger (Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Vogue) presents Christopher Street NYC, a short film and portraits of the Christopher Street community, a street that has become a home for those who are not welcome anywhere else--most recently, members of the trans community. Musical accompaniment by Joshuah Campbell, a discussion to follow with Mark Seliger and guests from the film.

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Tickets: $15

7:00-8:00pm

Edmar Castañeda Quartet  in concert

Colombian Jazz Harpist Edmar Castañeda has entirely reimagined what the harp can do. Revealing qualities in the instrument that you’ve never heard, Castaneda merges radically innovative performance and ancient Colombian folk music, unleashing a masterful, resonant voice on the global jazz stage. Edmar will be performing with his trio and guest vocalist Andrea Tierra.

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Tickets: $15

8:30-10:00pm

NORTEC COLLECTIVE in concert

Dance Party in the Amphitheater: Back for a longer stay after their hit appearance last summer, the groundbreaking Tijuana-based group creates an entirely original sound that makes it impossible not to dance. Planned to take place just as the sun is going down in the woods, this is sure to be one of the greatest dance parties of the summer!

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Tickets: $40.


CHILDCARE available Morning: 9:00am-Noon and Afternoon: 4:00-7:00pm

Free with suggested donation $10 per kid. Ages 4 and up.

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SATURDAY JULY 27

8:00-9:00am

Fun with Fitnesswith Lauren Werkhoven

NEW ADDITION!

Join Lauren Werkhoven for #funwithfitness!

Meet at the Festival Field.

Free with RSVP.

9:00-10:00am

Morning Meditationwith Jampa Stewart

Begin the day with mindfulness in the Festival Field! Valley Spirit’s Jampa Stewart leads a guided meditation exploring the energy of the five senses. Bring blankets, cushions, or a small lawn chair to sit on – whatever keeps you comfortable!

Free with RSVP. Childcare available.

10:15-11:15am

Experiential Yoga: Connecting Within – with Lela Ilyinsky

This yoga class focuses on enhancing somatic awareness through breath and movement. A curated playlist takes us on a journey that includes meditation, flow sequences, restorative poses, gentle hands on guidance, and a healthy dose of joie de vivre. Beginners and Advanced practitioners alike are welcome.

Tickets: $15. Childcare available.

12:00-1:00pm

Capoeira Workshop  **

Performance and Workshop: Capoeira. Learn about and try the Afro-Brazilian martial art and dance form Capoeira with expert artists.

Free with RSVP. Family friendly.

1:00-2:30pm

Pilobolus Kids Show **

Join us for a Pilobolus dance show made especially for families  featuring performers from ASAP! and Pilobolus’s Move, Sculpt, Shake It Up! Program,  followed by an up-close conversation with the dancers.

Free with RSVP. Kids & families!

2:30-3:45pm

Capoeira & Arcomusical concert in the field **

Experience the enthralling, athletic, and acrobatic Afro-Brazilian martial art that is both a fight and a dance, with expert artists. With live music by Acromusical.

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Free with RSVP. Family friendly.

2:30-4:00pm

Artroom – with Jessica Russell **

In this outdoor studio, Jessica Russell leads innovative, awe-inspiring art projects for kids and families. No days are the same as we provide our artists with a variety of concepts and techniques. As one young guest told us last year, It’s a whole arts camp on the field!

Please note that children ages four and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Free with RSVP. Kids & families!

4:00-5:00pm

Identity: What Makes Me Me? tent talk – with Dani Shapiro

A conversation with best-selling author Dani Shapiro and guests on identity, family, legacy, and what makes us who we are.

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Tickets: $15. Childcare available.

5:30-7:00pm

Sing for your Supper: Cooking & Songs with Gabrielle Hamilton & Julian Fleisher

Live performance/conversation comparing the structure and nuance of food with that of a classic song. Multiple James Beard award-winning chef and author Gabrielle Hamilton, and composer, singer, songwriter, legendary downtown bandleader and WNYC podcast host, Julian Fleisher.

Tickets: $15. Childcare available.

8:00-9:00pm

A Lua Alicia in concert

Bossa Nova under the stars! A late night romantic open air concert featuring A Lua Alicia, a wonderful NYC Brazilian band led by Washington’s own Chrissy Armstrong, backed up by some first rate NYC musicians.

Tickets: $15.

9:15-10:30pm

NANO STERN in concert

The renowned singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, activist and composer from Santiago who has been called “the voice of a generation” in Chile, blending jazz, rock, and folk traditions from Africa, South America, and Europe.

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Tickets: $40.


CHILDCARE available Morning: 9:00am-Noon and Afternoon: 4:00-7:00pm

Free with suggested donation $10 per kid. Ages 4 and up.

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SUNDAY JULY 28

9:00-10:00am

Morning Meditationwith Jampa Stewart

Begin the day with mindfulness in the Festival Field! Valley Spirit’s Jampa Stewart leads a guided meditation exploring the energy of the five senses. Bring blankets, cushions, or a small lawn chair to sit on – whatever keeps you comfortable!

Free with RSVP. Childcare available.

10:15-11:15am

Experiential Yoga: Connecting Within – with Lela Ilyinsky

This yoga class focuses on enhancing somatic awareness through breath and movement. A curated playlist takes us on a journey that includes meditation, flow sequences, restorative poses, gentle hands on guidance, and a healthy dose of joie de vivre. Beginners and Advanced practitioners alike are welcome.

Tickets: $15. Childcare available.

12:30-2:00pm

Songwriting Workshop with Terry Radigan **

Collaborative Songwriting: A participatory songwriting workshop with Grammy-nominated songwriter Terry Radigan, songwriter with Songwriting With Soldiers, a program that pairs songwriters with active-duty soldiers and veterans in tranquil retreat settings to create songs based on stories of combat and returning home

Free with RSVP. Family friendly.

2:30-4:00pm

Artroom – with Jessica Russell **

In this outdoor studio, Jessica Russell leads innovative, awe-inspiring art projects for kids and families. No days are the same as we provide our artists with a variety of concepts and techniques. As one young guest told us last year, It’s a whole arts camp on the field!

Please note that children ages four and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Free with RSVP. Kids & families!

3:00-4:00pm

Pilobolus Summer Workshop student show **

Pilobolus loves to teach and we do so on tour throughout the year and at home in our Summer Workshop Series in Washington, CT. Come see the raw creative energy of trained and untrained movers and the dances they have created in the CT woods.

Free with RSVP. Family Friendly.

4:00-5:30pm

Song Panel – with Julian Fleisher and special guests!

Join composer, singer, songwriter, legendary downtown bandleader and WNYC podcast host, Julian Fleisher in a conversation about the songs that have changed our lives. Anticipate special guests, and live music demonstrating the transcendent power of music!

Tickets: $15. Childcare available.

8:00-10:00pm

C.C. WHITE & JULIAN FLEISHER in concert

Big Band Classics and Covers with renowned soul singer C.C. White and festival favorite Julian Fleisher. A big band and a concert of songs familiar to all, interpreted in surprising and delightful ways. Expect surprise guests.


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Tickets: $40.


CHILDCARE available Morning: 9:00am-Noon and Afternoon: 4:00-7:00pm

Free with suggested donation $10 per kid. Ages 4 and up.

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7:30-9:00pm

Collaboration 2.0: working together to drive innovation and change in the Northwest Corner

NEW ADDITION!

Roundtable with some of the area’s most engaged entrepreneurs and change agents: Jack Baker (Litchfield Distillery), Joanne Torti (ASAP!), Lisa Stein (Washington Market), John Favreau (Warren General Store), Mark Mennin (artist), and others – exploring the impact collaboration has on our rural home. Moderated by Tony Vengrove (Makery Coworking). We invite all attendees to share ideas that can further connect us.

JUDY BLACK PARK
1 Green Hill Road
Washington, CT 06794

FREE.

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7:30-9:30pm

Normie – film screening at Judy Black Park

NEW ADDITION!

A screening of Normie, a full-length documentary film that explores the illusion of normal and the beauty of love through the lens of Down syndrome. Followed by a conversation with Kurt and Julie Neale, the makers of the film, and Amy Julia Becker, author of White Picket Fences: Turning Toward Love in a World Divided by Privilege.

JUDY BLACK PARK
1 Green Hill Road
Washington, CT 06794

FREE.


 
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WEEK 3

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FRIDAY AUGUST 2

9:00-10:00am

Morning Meditationwith Jampa Stewart

Begin the day with mindfulness in the Festival Field! Valley Spirit’s Jampa Stewart leads a guided meditation exploring the energy of the five senses. Bring blankets, cushions, or a small lawn chair to sit on – whatever keeps you comfortable!

Free with RSVP. Childcare available.

10:15-11:15am

Experiential Yoga: Connecting Within – with Lela Ilyinsky

This yoga class focuses on enhancing somatic awareness through breath and movement. A curated playlist takes us on a journey that includes meditation, flow sequences, restorative poses, gentle hands on guidance, and a healthy dose of joie de vivre. Beginners and Advanced practitioners alike are welcome.

Tickets: $15. Childcare available.

11:30-12:30

Pilobolus seniors class: Connecting with Balance

A workshop tailored to help older adults reconnect with their bodies and environment. Exercises in movement guide participants to think creatively and build community through social engagement. Enjoy the fresh air while developing strength and improving balance. Open to all levels of ability – even to those who remain seated throughout.

Free with RSVP. For older adults.

12:00-2:00pm

Dancers & Draftsmen – with NYAA & Pilobolus

In this live performance and visual arts collaboration, artists from the New York Academy of Art put their talents on display as they sketch, paint, and capture the improvised movements of Pilobolus dancers.

Free with RSVP.

12:30-2:00pm

Lost Arts: Weaving Workshop – with Caitlin Sollee **

Learn to weave in a beautiful natural landscape. Each student will complete their own nature tapestry to take home, experience weaving on table top loom and collaborate together on a woven teepee structure. The workshop will cover basic design elements and the fundamentals of weaving with a little of its history and its uses in nature. Ages 6+ drop-off or stay; ages 2-6 caretakers must stay.

Free with RSVP. Kids & families!

2:30-4:00pm

Artroom – with Jessica Russell **

In this outdoor studio, Jessica Russell leads innovative, awe-inspiring art projects for kids and families. No days are the same as we provide our artists with a variety of concepts and techniques. As one young guest told us last year, It’s a whole arts camp on the field!

Please note that children ages four and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Free with RSVP. Kids & families!

5:00-6:00pm

Nicole Krauss tent talk and reading

A discussion and reading of never-before-published work with bestselling novelist Nicole Krauss, on memory and the senses in her work.

Tickets: $15. Childcare available.

8:00-10:00pm

SACRED MUSIC IN THE WOODS traveling concert

Curated and Directed by composer Michelle DiBucci and Ed Bilous, Director of the Center for Innovation in the Arts at Juilliard, Sacred Music takes guests on a 1000-year journey of music, exploring sacred and secular music from the beautiful and meditative to the rapture of Gospel and Jazz – all outdoors in our granite Five Senses Amphitheater.

Featuring star violinist Simone Porter and prodigy jazz pianist Matthew Whitaker.

Tickets: $40.


CHILDCARE available Morning: 9:00am-Noon and Afternoon: 4:00-7:00pm

Free with suggested donation $10 per kid. Ages 4 and up.

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SATURDAY AUGUST 3

8:00-9:00am

Fun with Fitnesswith Peter Houldin & Deb Andrews

NEW ADDITION!

Join Peter Houldin and Deb Andrews for #funwithfitness!

Meet at the Festival Field.

Free with RSVP.

9:00-10:00am

Morning Meditationwith Jampa Stewart

Begin the day with mindfulness in the Festival Field! Valley Spirit’s Jampa Stewart leads a guided meditation exploring the energy of the five senses. Bring blankets, cushions, or a small lawn chair to sit on – whatever keeps you comfortable!

Free with RSVP. Childcare available.

10:15-11:15am

Experiential Yoga: Connecting Within – with Lela Ilyinsky

This yoga class focuses on enhancing somatic awareness through breath and movement. A curated playlist takes us on a journey that includes meditation, flow sequences, restorative poses, gentle hands on guidance, and a healthy dose of joie de vivre. Beginners and Advanced practitioners alike are welcome.

Tickets: $15. Childcare available.

12:30-2:00pm

Lost Arts: Weaving Workshop – with Caitlin Sollee **

Learn to weave in a beautiful natural landscape. Each student will complete their own nature tapestry to take home, experience weaving on table top loom and collaborate together on a woven teepee structure. The workshop will cover basic design elements and the fundamentals of weaving with a little of its history and its uses in nature. Ages 6+ drop-off or stay; ages 2-6 caretakers must stay.

Free with RSVP. Kids & families!

2:30-4:00pm

Artroom – with Jessica Russell **

In this outdoor studio, Jessica Russell leads innovative, awe-inspiring art projects for kids and families. No days are the same as we provide our artists with a variety of concepts and techniques. As one young guest told us last year, It’s a whole arts camp on the field!

Please note that children ages four and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Free with RSVP. Kids & families!

2:30-4:00pm

Smell & Taste: Oenophilia wine workshop

Wine is a drink that celebrates our senses; from the sounds of the bottle opening and the wine pouring to the color and brilliance, aromas, flavors, and finally the tactile sensation of the wine in your mouth and even a sense of umami, or deliciousness you know that this is not just another drink. A complex series of biological and chemical reactions take place before the wine gets to the glass and each of these influences how the wine tastes. Today we will take a sensory exploration into 5 different wines made from 5 different grape varieties and learn how and why they taste the way they taste. Explore the aromas and flavors with a sensory exercise intended to help you determine what you like in a wine and perhaps make you a better taster.

Mollie Battenhouse is a New York based Master of Wine and Advanced Sommelier. Mollie works full-time for Jackson Family Wines as the National Director of Wine Education and Oregon Specialist, is a Partner in Ring It, Inc./Wine Ring, teaches at the International Wine Center, and does some freelance consulting and writing. She can be found in the garden, the kitchen, the pool, or enjoying nature in her free time.

Free with RSVP.

7:00-9:00pm

BEN SOLLEE & AMYTHYST KIAH in concert

Southern Gothic singer-songwriter Amythyst Kiah and Grammy-winning cellist, singer/songwriter and festival favorite Ben Sollee join forces to create an incredible evening of music that transcends the boundaries of genre and tradition.

Tickets: $40.


CHILDCARE available Morning: 9:00am-Noon and Afternoon: 4:00-7:00pm

Free with suggested donation $10 per kid. Ages 4 and up.

SUNDAY AUGUST 4

8:00-9:00am

Fun with Fitnesswith Peter Houldin & Deb Andrews

NEW ADDITION!

Join Peter Houldin and Deb Andrews for #funwithfitness!

Meet at the Festival Field.

Free with RSVP.

9:00-10:00am

Morning Meditationwith Jampa Stewart

Begin the day with mindfulness in the Festival Field! Valley Spirit’s Jampa Stewart leads a guided meditation exploring the energy of the five senses. Bring blankets, cushions, or a small lawn chair to sit on – whatever keeps you comfortable!

Free with RSVP. Childcare available.

10:15-11:15am

Experiential Yoga: Connecting Within – with Lela Ilyinsky

This yoga class focuses on enhancing somatic awareness through breath and movement. A curated playlist takes us on a journey that includes meditation, flow sequences, restorative poses, gentle hands on guidance, and a healthy dose of joie de vivre. Beginners and Advanced practitioners alike are welcome.

Tickets: $15. Childcare available.

12:30-2:00pm

Lost Arts: Weaving Workshop – with Caitlin Sollee **

Learn to weave in a beautiful natural landscape. Each student will complete their own nature tapestry to take home, experience weaving on table top loom and collaborate together on a woven teepee structure. The workshop will cover basic design elements and the fundamentals of weaving with a little of its history and its uses in nature. Ages 6+ drop-off or stay; ages 2-6 caretakers must stay.

Free with RSVP. Kids & families!

12:30-2:00pm

Daniela Rus tent talk

NEW ADDITION!

A conversation with Dr. Daniela Rus, Director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT.

Tickets: $15.

Pilobolus loves to teach and we do so on tour throughout the year and at home in our Summer Workshop Series in Washington, CT. Come see the raw creative energy of trained and untrained movers and the dances they have created in the CT woods.

Free with RSVP. Family Friendly.

2:30-4:00pm

Artroom – with Jessica Russell **

In this outdoor studio, Jessica Russell leads innovative, awe-inspiring art projects for kids and families. No days are the same as we provide our artists with a variety of concepts and techniques. As one young guest told us last year, It’s a whole arts camp on the field!

Please note that children ages four and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Free with RSVP. Kids & families!

5:00-6:30pm

Young Voices – a cabaret of creative local talent **

A performance of emerging local artists from across the disciplines. Hosted by stand-up Benjamin Shapiro and curator Jacob Maren, and kicked off by ASAP’s Celebration of Young Writers, we present an incredible roster of poetry, comedy, jazz, opera, and rock – created and performed by an under-30 crowd. You’ll be amazed at the talent in our midst.

Free with RSVP. Family Friendly.

7:30-9:00pm

PILOBOLUS – live dance performance

A full-length Pilobolus performance of classics and new works created during the Festival. See the internationally touring dance company in an intimate, up-close setting – and then grab some pizza or a beer with the dancers after the show. The experience is unlike any other Pilobolus show!

Tickets: $40.

NEW ADDITION!

Join us to close out the festival with a big brass bang, as a twenty-piece band helps us ring down the Festival!

FREE – No RSVP Required!


CHILDCARE available Morning: 9:00am-Noon and Afternoon: 4:00-7:00pm

Free with suggested donation $10 per kid. Ages 4 and up.


** Kid and Family-oriented activities

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Looking for more ways to connect and explore?

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July 8 to August 4, 2019 – Washington CT

 

Join us for 1-3 weeks of collaboration

  • WEEK 1: July 17 - July 21
    Technique & Philosophy

  • WEEK 2: July 24 - July 28
    Performance: Onstage & Beyond

  • WEEK 3: July 31 - August 4
    Creation: Vision & Revision

All levels!

Teaching with the Pilobolus Method

  • TWO DAYS:
    July 22 - July 23

 

Header photo: Five Senses Festival image by Sandra Wong Geroux.