FERUS Festival

A festival of untamed voices showcasing multimedia collaborations and works-in-progress every January.

Jan 5-10, 2017

VisionIntoArt/National Sawdust is pleased to present the 4th annual FERUS Festival Jan 5—10, 2017. Curated by VisionIntoArt, National Sawdust’s in-house producing and touring company, the festival features daring collaborations in new music, theater, and multimedia by innovative international and local artists.

Ferus Festival: M is Black Enough

January 5, 2017 - 7:00pm M is Black Enough (aka Miyamoto is Black Enough) is a collaborative exploration of meaning and conversation; a contemporary band of hard driving rhythms and biting social commentary that utilizes steelpan, cello, drums, and poetry/vocals. It aims to be complex and aggressive, and to involve all elements equally in a bold narrative about people, justice, struggle, joy, and celebration.

Ferus Festival: The Afield / Nelson Patton with Lonnie Holley

January 6, 2017 - 7:00pm This evening features a split bill of musicians who are expanding the notions of visual and textual storytelling within musical performance.

Ferus Festival: Revert to Sea (Yuka C. Honda)

January 6, 2017 - 10:00pm National Sawdust artist-in-residence Yuka C. Honda presents a brand new multimedia work-in-progress based on the writings of Japanese author Ryu Murakami. Murakami, while not well known in the United States, is one of Japan’s most celebrated and iconic living literary figures.

Ferus Festival: Requiem for: A Tuesday

January 7, 2017 - 7:00pm Requiem for: A Tuesday is a theatrical concert that takes the form of a ceremony in which those assembled are invited to overcome fear by looking to each other. In this ceremony, music opens up a space for the audience to witness and thus face collective and individual notions of mortality and fear. By taking part in such an act, the assembled will perhaps understand that these actions are universal and thus fear of the other is not necessary as there is, in fact, no other