fairy house festival
June 17, 2017
Tickets info and Festival details TBA
Artpark is transformed into a land of enchantment for the annual Fairy House Festival celebration. People of all ages travel near and far to enjoy international theatrical performances, storytellers, music, natural explorations, art activities, nature displays, fairy house tour, "Build Your Own" fairy house workshop, and more surprises!
Stay tuned for announcements and the revealing of the 2017 Festival attractions!
Check out the 2016 Facebook event for photos and videos:
2016 Featured Performers:
The Lost Wheels of Time, a 45-minute show in the park about a clock and friendship created by Adam Read (Cirque du Soleil) from Australia and Fyodor Makarov (Slava's Snow Show).
"The Lost Wheels of Time" is not just a visual open-air theater show, but an extraordinary experience for young and old. A fascinating show by "Serious Clowns" provided a lot of fun and entertainment with a rare blend of humor and surrealism, inspired by Lewis Carrol's Alice in Wonderland and Eugene Schwartz's The Tale About Lost Time. The creators used their worldwide experience of working in drama, clowning, dance, performance art, circus, and children's theater have created a fusion which combines all these genres and tells a touching human story. More information
Four Fairy Clans of Fire, Air, Water, and Earth donned garb designed by Georgian fashion and multimedia artist, Uta Bekaia
Giraffe Royal, an Estonian troupe specializing in French street theatre for over 25 years, delivered mythical creatures from far away fairylands.
Conjured by Canadian troupe, Circus Orange, a company known for its breathtaking spectacle, three Air Fairies danced in the sky for spectators.
Fairy House Tour
Each year families, school groups, scout troops, and organizations participate in the "Fairy House Tour," by building creative fairy houses to be put on display during the festival.
Stay Tuned for info on 2017 Fairy House Tour Registration
A special exhibit of artist-created houses will be showcased in the Artpark Gallery during the festival. Stay tuned for information on how to register for the Exhibit.
2016 Creative team and Participants bios:Carin Jean White (creative director):
Carin is a visual and theatre artist. She holds an MFA in Directing from Columbia University where she currently teaches in the University Writing Program. Her creative work has appeared around the world: on Broadway with Spiegelworld. In Prague, her show SECRET LIFE explores the history of the city through allegory, dance, and installation. HAMLET CU3ED, which Carin adapted, directed, and designed premiered in NYC at Access Theatre, which bridges art installation and theater. DEALING WITH OPHELIA is a dance piece which was featured in the DUMBO arts festival. Carin resides in NY
Lost Wheels of Time
Adam Read has performed around the world with different companies, in street theatre, stage, and site specific performances, including Cirque Du Soleil from Montreal, Theatre Derevo from St Petersburgh, Grotest Maru from Berlin and Company Barefoot from Holland, he has toured his solo performance Eclipse, receiving a Total Theatre nomination in the 2007 Edinburgh Festival, and best physical performance in the Pula Puff festival in Croatia in 2008. Since being based in Berlin, he has continued to research and development the idea of installation performance. In the last 3 years he has worked with Vegard Vinge and Ida Mueller, in the productions of Borkmann, and 12 Spartenhaus. Currently he is working on touring a new production, OMNIUM, which is based on the novel by Flann Obrien, The Third Policeman. Current shows that are touring around the world, are Wheels of Time, PArasomnia, as well as site specific performance Radiant.
Moscow-born Fyodor Makarov joined the world-famous SLAVA'S SNOWSHOW at 2001 and has toured with the company for over a decade. Created numerous clown theater productions such as ODYSSEUS CHAOTICUS, BABY FAUST, RED RIDINGHOOD, performed as clown in circus shows in Russia (CHISO 2014, MADAGASCAR) and Israel (RED, DORATO). Since 2011 creates clown shows for children and youth, as well as open air theater shows for the entire family. Currently tours internationally with THE LOST WHEELS OF TIME, THAT ROUND THING, and RED RIDINGHOOD
is a unique family team of father, mother and daughter traveling European theatres and plazas for over 25 years. Their work takes its roots in the mystical carnival traditions, giving incredible inner freedom. For more than a quarter of a century, «Giraffe Royal» has worked in the genre of physical theatre. At the heart of the creative method is the deep study of clowning, folklore, pantomime, ritual dance and street theatre. Their unique language combines acting training with the elements of dance, mime, clownery, street theatre, martial arts and the philosophy of Bhutto, and this combination specifically is behind the are the secret of their distinct power of influence on the audience. Giraffe Royal have toured St-Petersburg, Moscow, Paris, Barcelona, London, Montreal, Madrid, Dublin, Amsterdam, Rome, Brussels, Riga, Tallinn and many more. During its history theatre had chance to work with established artists as Terry Gilliam, Slava Polunin, Andron Konchalovsky, Sergei Ovcharov and gained some festival awards including Berlinale Golden Bear.
is a live action performance company that integrates circus, dance, theatre, aerial arts with fire, pyrotechnics and special effects. Circus Orange has been featured at many festivals such as Toronto Streetfest, The Calgary Stampede, Just For Laughs, The Canadian National Exhibition and The Rochester Fringe. They have also been featured in Bahrain, Istanbul, Hong Kong, Mexico, and Japan, to name a few.
Born in the Caucusus' Georgia and now based in Bushwick, Brooklyn, Uta's background in fashion, sewing, embroidering and other crafts moves him to create unique work in mix mediums: performances with wearable sculptures or a mixture of video and sewing craft. Most recently I have been fascinated with culture of carpet and tapestry making in Georgia, in which women preserved history and express themselves for generations. Uta's work had been exhibited and performed in New York, Toronto, Argentina, The Netherlands, England, France, Germany, Brussels, Istanbul just to name a few. Most recently Uta have been fascinated with culture of carpet and tapestry making in Georgia, in which women preserved history and express themselves for generations. "I'm mesmerized by simple, yet esoteric and deeply meaningful ornaments they used in this craft." More information
Mighty Mike Mcgee (Mathew Mcgee)
A spoken word, poetry slam and performance poet from San Jose, California. McGee is the first slam poet to win both the American National Poetry Slam Individual Grand Championship (2003) and the Individual World Poetry Slam Championship (2006). From late 2007 to December 2008 he hosted the San Jose Poetry Slam, with Co-Slam Master Christopher Bundy. In 1999, McGee helped form Bleeding Edge Spoken Word and over the following two and a half years released 33 compilations of contemporary American spoken word. Although the label is now defunct, McGee started his own imprints - 3XMsound and 3XMpress, in 2001 - in order to produce and release his own CD's and chapbooks. In 2001, after three years of competing at the San José Poetry Slam, McGee earned a spot on the slam team and went to his first National Poetry Slam held that August in Seattle,Washington. He then returned to the National Poetry Slam with the same team in 2003 and 2004. In 2003, McGee co-founded the Vancouver, B.C.-based "talk-rock" trio Tons of Fun University with Shane Koyczan and C. R. Avery. Their debut was before a crowd of 15,000 at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival, July 2004. The trio has since toured extensively throughout Canada, performing primarily in music festivals. Poetry slam titles: Individual World Poetry Slam Champion 2006, International World Poetry Slamionship, 2006 (2nd), National Poetry Slam Individual Grand Champion 2003, San Jose Poetry Slam Grand Champion 2003 and 2004; San Francisco Poetry Slam Grand Champion 2003
For more information, please contact the Artpark Box Office at 716-754-4375