Festival of Fools returns August 2-4

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Burlington City Arts is excited to announce the incredible talent headlining the 12th annual Festival of Fools, presented by Community Bank, N.A., downtown Burlington, Vermont, August 2 through 4.

This year's free, all-ages, street performance festival will feature Cimarrón, Dan Deacon, FLiP, Flyin Hawaiian, Giri and Uma Peters, Kilted Colin, Lakou Mizik, NANDA, Red Trousers, Sara Twister, Tic & Tac, and the Waterbombs. 

The full festival schedule, events, and other performers will be announced later this spring.

More than 100 performances will entertain an estimated 100,000 visitors and residents throughout the weekend–making it one of New England’s largest festivals and an internationally recognized festival celebrating street performance. 

Festival of Fools celebrates the inclusive art of busking and street performance. Coined in Great Britain during the 1860s, busking has been a popular art form in every dominant culture since antiquity.

Devoted to community engagement and making the arts accessible, Burlington City Arts curates the Festival to offer free events, open to the public and appropriate for all age groups. The Festival is pleased to be working in association with Signal Kitchen as a creative development and music programming partner.

Full information about performers, festival events, and future announcements can be found at www.vtfools.org.

Burlington City Arts’ Festival of Fools is presented by Community Bank, N.A. As of April 7, the event is also sponsored by Ben & Jerry's, Dealer.com, Hendrick’s Gin, and Leunig’s Bistro & Café. Media sponsorship by Independent Radio The Point, WPTZ-TV, and Seven Days. 

Photo assets can be found at: www.burlingtoncityarts.org/foolstalent 

Cimarrón performs joropo music from the Plains of the Orinoco River with a global and contemporary sound. Their powerful scenic force achieves a unique blend of its Andalusian, Indigenous American and African roots, with an impetuous and deep ethnic singing, amazing stomp dance and fierce instrumental virtuosity of strings and percussions.

Their music includes four-stringed cuatro, harp, maracas, and also Peruvian-flamenco cajón, Brazilian surdo, afro-Colombian Tambora, a stomp dance as a percussion component and tribal indigenous whistles never seen before out of Latin America.

The particular sound of Cimarrón leads a new wave of Colombian joropo music.

Dan Deacon
Dan Deacon is an American composer and performer whose work focuses on a maximalist approach to density with a fixation on sample manipulation, synthesis, mechanical instruments, and audience collaboration. The bulk of Deacon’s recorded work is his eight solo electronic LPs, most recently Gliss Riffer (2015) and America (2012). Collaborations and commissions included work for Kronos Quartet, Bang On A Can All-Stars, SÅ Percussion, Calder Quartet, and the LA Philharmonic. His music served as the score for Justin Peck’s New York City Ballet’s piece ‘The Times Are Racing’ (2017), and he has scored several feature films including ‘Twixt’ (Francis Ford Coppola, 2011), ‘Rat Film’ (Theo Anthony, 2016), and ‘Time Trial’ (Finlay Pretsell, 2017). Over the past decade, he has relentlessly toured internationally with a wide range of artists including Lightning Bolt, Miley Cyrus, Arcade Fire, Doug Aitken, and The Flaming Lips. His compositions and arrangements have premiered at Carnegie Hall, the Barbican Centre, Lincoln Center, and Walt Disney Concert Hall. Deacon’s music is released via Domino Records. He lives in Baltimore, MD.

The fearless foursome family of fools is returning to the Festival of Fools after their fantastic performances last summer. This year, these Canadian imports are bringing their 15’ trampoline for added height and insanity. If you see someone flying through the air above the crowds, it must be FLiP!

The sassy flavor of this candy-coated performance artistry offers acrobatic prowess and impeccable physical timing wrapped in a hilarious crinkly wrapper. A real treat that’s sure to please! Martin Varallo and Dominique Major have performed and toured with Cirque du Soleil, Teatro Zinzanni, Pomp, Duck & Circum-stance as well as the world’s major Festivals. They have a circus school for young performers in Quebec, called FLiP!

Flyin Hawaiian
If a Hawaiian vacation and a three-ring circus had a child, it would the Flyin Hawaiian Show. Your host Sara has the spunk and sweetness of a pineapple, grace of a dolphin, and jokes as great as your Dads! The Circus meets paradise in the Flyin Hawaiian Show, acrobatic hula hoop performance, contortion skills, and interactive clowning all climax upon a 15’ high coconut tree you have to see to believe. You have never seen a hula hoop show like this, nor have you ever been on a holiday vacation quite as entertaining as this one. It is the best of both worlds, so sit back, have a laugh, and enjoy the show.

Giri and Uma Peters
Giri and Uma Peters are a brother/sister duo from Nashville, TN. These award-winning multi-instrumentalists have been electrifying audiences with their refreshing, soulful blend of old-time and roots music. Although young in age, their musicianship and vocal harmonies showcase a level of creativity and originality well beyond their years.

Kilted Colin
Kilted Colin pushes the boundaries of what you thought could be done in a kilt… A circus performer with style but not grace. Whether he’s dancing his way across the stage or charming you with his quick wit, his natural charisma makes him an absolute joy to watch. He will play his bagpipes into your ears and then your hearts all whilst clambering on top of his 10-ft unicycle. If there’s one thing this man knows, it’s how to dress and how to impress. A true Fool in a kilt.

Lakou Mizik
Lakou Mizik is a multigenerational collective of Haitian musicians formed in the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake. The group includes elder legends and rising young talents, united in a mission to honor the healing spirit of their collective culture and communicate a message of pride, strength and hope to their countrymen and the world.

Music is at the core of Haiti’s sense of identity, and musicians have always played an important role in society, both in documenting the country’s history and helping to shape its path forward. Today, a young generation of artists is keeping this tradition alive, narrating the world they live in through music that is made in their neighborhoods, villages and post-earthquake camps. Lakou Mizik brings together these musical generations in celebration of the cultural continuum while using Haiti’s deep well of creative strength to shine a positive light on this tragically misrepresented country.

The four members of NANDA grew up together in Port Townsend, WA, where they developed a vision of limitless creative expression from early childhood. Nurtured by the supportive environment cultivated in their hometown, this vision was able to grow and has become an ideal for an entirely new and unique display of performance art. Coining the term “acrobaticalism” to describe this process, and using its tenets as a window to the world, NANDA invents material that draws inspiration from a wide variety of sources, harping on everything from cinema and pop-culture icons to rock music and even cartoons.

This explode-out-of-the-box mentality has inspired extensive explorations into a variety of other avenues, including live video projection, animation, and sound. Nearly every second of the action being performed onstage is accompanied by a tightly integrated cinematic soundtrack. The effect produced is that of a visceral audio/visual blast, and this rich sensory experience, along with the impressive degree of physicality used to convey the action, makes NANDA performances accessible and highly entertaining to audiences of virtually any age or background, and any language or nationality.

Red Trouser Show
This act is a never-before-seen combination of precision acrobatics with high skill knife and fire juggling! Without a single dull moment and non-stop action, you will laugh while your heart is pounding with excitement. It ends with a stunt performed over 20ft in the air! Don’t miss the chance to be astounded!

Sara Twister
Born in India and raised in 4 Continents, Sara Twister is a highly-skilled contortionist and Entertainer, and one of the worlds very rare acrobatic Archers!

She has been twisting her way across festivals and stages worldwide, performing her solo-acts in large productions and festivals, as well as taking over the world with her acrobatic-archery show “Ready.Aim.Fire.”.

READY.AIM.FIRE. Archery… with a twist. An action­packed extravaganza with a finale you do not want to miss! Sara Twister is one of the world’s most mind-blowing contortionists who, while balancing on her arms, can fire a bow … with her feet! A dynamic combination of the unforgettable art of acrobatic archery, together with some edgy contortion routines, verbal comedy and audience participation, “Ready.Aim.Fire.” is a show that has a little something for everyone, and is appropriate for audiences of all ages.

Tic & Tac
Tic & Tac Entertainment is a New York-based acrobatic, and break dance company that combines athleticism, theater, and comedy on the street. Hilarious antics & amazing acrobatic and break dance skills will entertain the whole family. Their routine includes witty and hilarious jokes which are well coordinated and synchronized between them and their physically hot moves.

Tyheem & Kareem Barnes (i.e. Tic & Tac) have toured the country working with or for the N.Y Yankees, NBA, Harlem Globetrotters, Alicia Keys, Michael Jackson, and Michael Buble. And now they’re here to wow the Burlington crowd!

DRAW YOUR SWORDS! Dramatic opera music provides the epic soundtrack to a hysterical battle filled with flying water balloons and ridiculous comic antics. WITH NO WORDS USED, Seth Bloom and Christina Gelsone create a laughter-filled zone of wet fun, encouraging two audience members to be mighty heroes. See why it’s thrilled crowds in 25 countries. An audience and press favorite around the globe. Great for all ages.

Seth Bloom and Christina Gelsone met at a circus in Afghanistan, became engaged while street performing in Scotland, married in China, and occasionally go home to New York City. Since 2005, they have created seven shows together, competed in international circus festivals, performed in over 25 countries, headlined at the Big Apple Circus, and were featured on a postage stamp. Christina is a former ballerina who graduated from Princeton to become a clown; Seth is a former juggler who graduated from three clown schools, including an MFA in physical theater.

About Burlington City Arts
Burlington City Arts is dedicated to connecting community to the arts through creation, experimentation, and education in all forms of contemporary art. BCA offers exhibitions, special events, classes, workshops, and many other activities in Burlington.
Friday, August 2, 2019 - 12:00pm to Sunday, August 4, 2019 - 12:00pm