The first of its kind in the Red River Valley, The Edge will feature curated performances by local and regional artists. The festival will take place September 18-20 at various locations in and around the Empire Arts Center. All performances will be open to the public.
The festival will include an adjudication process through which a finalist will be selected and named the Artist in Residence. With their residency, the artist will have the opportunity to produce a full-length production of their work at the Empire, including a financial stipend. Another major part of the festival will be master classes, discussion panels, post-show talkbacks, and socials; these supplemental events are designed to encourage communication and collaboration between artists and audiences alike.
Executive Director Emily Burkland says, “Our goal is for The Edge New Works Festival to serve as a catalyst for local and regional performing artists, schools, and organizations to create work that is exciting, collaborative, and high in quality. The name ‘The Edge’ refers to the discussion that will undoubtedly take place about living on the edge: geographically, culturally, and creatively.”
The Edge New Works Festival is made possible through the generous funding of the Knight Foundation.
Interested performers can apply online at www.empireartscenter.com. Applications are due July 1st. For more information about the Empire and upcoming events, please visit our website at www.empireartscenter.com.