All Saturday events are in downtown Burlington. All are free of charge and open to the public.
EVENT: SEEKING NOURISHMENT IN A FEVERISH WORLD
10:00 am-12:30 pm, various locations, downtown Burlington
A community-building, riddle-solving “urban wilderness” walk that will lead participants through various site-specific performances and interactive interventions in downtown Burlington. Created and performed by choreographer, dancer, and intermedia artist Pauline Jennings in collaboration with Calvin Aham, Joshua Lacourse, Sophie Lizotte, Caroline Bennett, Aaron Gaines, Ellie Broadbent and the students of Performance, Art & Social Justice at Saint Michael's College.
Jennings brings her recent year-long experience seeking “wilderness” in Shanghai to a city that is anything but Shanghai. But perhaps not. Pre-register for further details.
WORKSHOP: DEEP LISTENING & SOUNDING DIFFERENCE IN A FEVERISH WORLD
1:00-2:00 pm, downtown Burlington
A workshop and community sounding led by Anne Bourne, modeled on the “deep listening” practices of radical musical pioneer Pauline Oliveros. Bourne writes: “Beginning with Pauline Oliveros’ piece Environmental Dialogue, participants are invited to attune to the sound field we arrive in. Can you imagine the sound of the earth’s magma flow? Can you imagine the sound of all the rivers you have stood by/stepped into? Can you imagine the hidden pulses of your own body? In a circle we will create a soundfield with our voices, exploring Oliveros’ seed techniques of collective composition. Stroll towards Acevedo’s melting Ice Sculpture with a slow listening walk and the threads of our stories in song. Then end with Oliveros’ empathic Heart Chant.”
Meet outside Burlington City Arts, 135 Church Street. Bring open ears. (In the case of inclement weather, we will meet at Fletcher Free Library’s Fletcher Room.)
INSTALLATION/EVENT: MINIMUM MONUMENT
2:00 pm and on, City Hall Steps overlooking City Hall Park, Burlington
This sculptural installation made of 1,000 pieces of ice, designed by world-class Brazilian sculptor and installation artist Néle Azevedo, is being created over the course of the week by volunteers working in Williams Hall, home of the University of Vermont’s Art and Art History department. (Volunteers are welcome; please sign up by register at right.)
Azevedo has installed variations of Minimum Monument at many locations around the world. Its installation on the back steps of Burlington City Hall in time for a 2:00 pm unveiling will be a United States premiere. As a form of collectively sculpted public art of rare beauty and poignancy, its presence in Burlington, however temporary, is a highlight of the Feverish World festival.
WORKSHOP: PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT IN A FEVERISH WORLD
2:30-4:15 pm, Fletcher Free Library (Fletcher Room), 235 College Street
A workshop on the aesthetics of visibility in creative articulated space, led by Thom Sokoloski and Jenny Ann McCowan. Sokoloski and McCowan bring their experience from decades of theatrical work including the tent-based, political performance-installation The Encampment (shown at left). Their work resonates with a key goal of Feverish World, which is to provoke interactions with public spaces that break institutional and categorical boundaries between what is expected, what is allowable, and what is necessary. With the motto “Create-Deploy-Engage,” Thom Sokoloski &Studio practice the kind of transdisciplinary collaboration and public engagement that generates new possibilities in a feverish world.
PARADE: THE CALL (EX UMBRIS)
5:00-6:00 pm, downtown Burlington
With performances by Paula Higa Dance & ers, church tower bell compositions by David Neiweem, pastoral chorography by Nancy Winship Milliken (employing traditional Vermont herding calls), and bees and other creatures by UVM students. Meet at 4:30 at City Hall Park for rehearsal. Parade sets out at 5:00 pm from Burlington City Arts, proceeds up Church Street to Cherry Street, down to Battery Street, and ends at Battery Park. Bring cowbells.
Composer and carilloneur David Neiweem writes: “The single bell of each tower [of the First Unitarian Universalist Society and First Congregational Church] will play the same pattern, slightly out of synch with each other, to provide a ‘sound cloud’ for the gathering at the corner of Church and Cherry Streets.” In its descent down to Battery Street, the parade will encounter the composition “Ringing Feverish Changes,” which employs the eight bells of St. Paul’s Cathedral “to punctuate the feelings evoked by confronting our feverish world.” (“Changes” in bell ringing are musical patterns that determine the order in which bell peals are rung.)
SUNSET GATHERING & CEREMONY
6:00 pm, Battery Park
The culmination of the Feverish World Parade will feature members of the Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi and other guests of Feverish World. In preparing us for “Situating Ourselves in a Feverish World” (Sunday’s first panel), it is appropriate to recall the geographic and historical spaces of Burlington, with its colonial and anti-colonial movements and counter-movements. And to recall that, after all, “everyone loves a parade.” Expect the unexpected.
CONCERT: DISFEVERIZATION / REFUGIA
8:00-10:30 pm, Contois Auditorium, City Hall
Seeking refuge from a feverish world in trans-musical encounters, this evening of live music will feature eco-philosopher, clarinetist, and interspecies musician David Rothenberg, cellist and vocalist Anne Bourne, bassist and Community of Sound founder Gahlord Dewald, Climate Stories Project’s Jason Davis, local folk-punksters Marxist Jargon, and electro-acoustic alchemist duo Metamorph (Margot Day and Kurtis Knight). What kinds of improvisatory relations will ensue?
The concert is free and open to the public.