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Kaatsbaan Cultural Park Summer Festival 2020

August 1, 2020 - September 27, 2020

Kaatsbaan Cultural Park announces Summer Festival 2020, with dance and art performances over nine consecutive weekends from August 1 – September 27, 2020 to celebrate the local community and artistic communities. The Festival opening will honor the impact, beauty, and versatility of Black dancers and creators past and present, curated in collaboration with Festival Advisory Committee Alicia Graf Mack, Lloyd Knight, and Calvin Royal lll. With over 40 acclaimed dance artists and outdoor art and film installations, the Summer Festival will take place outside, following social distancing and safety protocols on Kaatsbaan’s expansive 153-acres in the Hudson Valley.

Kaatsbaan will bring communities together to celebrate movement and the arts in a unique and unprecedented cultural event as we begin to emerge from isolation mandates placed upon us from the COVID-19 crisis. This Summer Festival is a direct response to both the violence inflicted upon the global Black community and to the needs of the many unemployed artists. It will also provide a means for local economic recovery. In a period of social unrest, the Kaatsbaan Summer Festival will be dedicated to action, healing, beauty and harmony that dance and related arts can inspire. We welcome one and all to experience a unique and unifying cultural event.

Performing Artists 
Aran Bell * Elizabeth Beyer * Isabella Boylston * CoᐧLab Dance * Patricia Delgado * Duncan Lyle Dance * Ali Ewoldt * Robbie Fairchild * Jenn Freeman * Marcelo Gomes * Carlos Gonzalez * Tamar Greene * Catherine Hurlin * Anabel Katsnelson * Emily Kikta * Lloyd Knight * Erica Lall * Courtney Lavine * Yannick Lebrun * Malcolm Low * Sara Mearns * Jodi Melnick * Nick Palmquist * Justin Peck * Damani Pompey * Claudia Rahardjanoto * Gregory Richardson * Calvin Royal lll * Leonardo Sandoval * Jose Sebastian * Tangent Theatre Company * Taylor Stanley * Cassandra Trenary * Vivo Flamenco Carlota Santana * Peter Walker * James Whiteside * Maddy Wright * Kristina Zaidner 

Special appearance by Christopher Wheeldon 

Art Installation 
Brandon Stirling Baker, Kaatsbaan Residency Artist 
In light : of the time 
A collective collaboration of poets, choreographers, playwrights, visual artists and designers in the world of dance. Featuring the work of Jamar Roberts, Carl Hancock Rux, Hope Boykin and Alan C. Edwards. Co-Curated by Brandon Stirling Baker. 

Kaatsbaan Barn Film Projections
Jacob Jonas The Company
PORTAL, Quinn Wharton
Works & Process at the Guggenheim’s WPA Virtual Commissions

Digital content from the Summer Festival will be made available weekly on Kaatsbaan social media platforms.

*programming subject to change

Kaatsbaan’s outdoor Summer Festival will also be presented on the organization’s social media platforms and YouTube channel as well as on participating artist’s social media for worldwide access and inclusion. The Summer Festival is an invaluable resource that Kaatsbaan is proud to provide during this time, and will document the effects of the historical pandemic on global arts and culture.

All performance tickets are free, with a request for donations to Kaatsbaan, a portion of which will be donated to the NAACP and/or to suggested organizations made by the Festival’s Advisory Committee. Please visit www.kaatsbaan.org for updates.

Advanced registration is required to attend the Summer Festival in person, as there are a limited number of reserved spots for each performance. The Summer Festival will follow all New York State safety mandates and protocols, including temperature checks, mask wearing, and physical distancing. General registration will be announced shortly. Please visit www.kaatsbaan.org.

Kaatsbaan Cultural Park was founded nearly 30 years ago to create an environment for creative action and achievement in the Hudson Valley. Focused on dance and related arts, Kaatsbaan pioneered the concept of providing a service for artists and local communities in an untapped environment-that of subsidized space in the rural countryside-an unencumbered place to create, observe, and join forces with exceptional works of art. Committed to the artists and students who work daily in our studios, to the audiences who engage with their creative energy, and to the Hudson Valley community which is our home, Kaatsbaan prioritizes its focus to be a positive economic and cultural impact on the Hudson Valley. More information can be found at www.kaatsbaan.org.


August 1, 2020
September 27, 2020