From classic ballet to ultra modern dance, this weekend's Built on Stilts festival is sure to intrigue. Photos by Ralph Stewart
Built on Stilts is a dance festival that has the Island written all over it. What started 11 years ago as a one-night collaboration between Vineyard choreographers has become a week-long event that captures the best of homegrown performance talent in the Island community from neighbors, children, teachers, students, and professional choreographers. It is a reflection of the Island's artistic spirit.
All ages of dancers and performers will take the stage at the Union Chapel in Oak Bluffs for Built on Stilts. All the shows are free.
In addition to the dances, Built on Stilts features poetic readings, improv shows, comedy, and dramatic performances. Acoustic musicians are encouraged to join a drum circle that begins half an hour before the show starts.
The Built on Stilts Community Dance Festival, August 18-25, drum circle, 7:30 pm; dance, 8 pm, at Union Chapel in Oak Bluffs. If the fireworks are postponed to August 18, the show will begin at 6 pm. For information and program schedules, call Abby Bender at 508 717-2887 or visit www.builtonstilts.com. Admission is free.
Duncan Pickard is an editorial intern at The Times.