Deep Listening Institute (DLI) in collaboration with Stella May Productions presents the opening of Ione’s 16th Annual Dream Festival with events throughout the day on Kingston’s first Saturday, October 1st at Stella May Gallery Theatre at 101 Greenkill Avenue in midtown Kingston.
The Festival is an international celebration of dreams and dreamers featuring art, music, film, performance and dream telling! Deep Listening Institute’s Artistic Director Ione explains, “I am interested in fostering a Dream Community. Dreams are our deepest source of creativity and dreams are always truthful about our feelings. Since all humans and most animals dream, sharing dreams and dream creations can help dissolve the cultural and class demarcations that keep us separate from one another. Dream awareness can help us lead more authentic lives. ”
From 3 to 6 pm, the Dream Festival kicks off with the Marathon of Dreamers hosted by Ione. The marathon will feature performances, presentations and dream-tellings from the local dream community of artists and performers. Admission is a suggested $5 donation. Audience members are invited to share a dream and bring an offering to a potluck feast. Artists schedule to participate include performances by the band Mamalama, authors Rachel Koenig and Bethany Goldpaugh Brown, singer songwriter Jaclyn Heyen, musician C. Lavender, vocalist Lisa Barnard Kelley, musician David Arner and a screening of Jo Andres’ short film “Liquid Tara.” All performances will be broadcast online at Deep Listening’s website, www.deeplistening.org.
Starting at 6:30 pm, the doors of Stella May Gallery Theatre will reopen for the Dream Festival gala reception featuring La Leona Arts’ project 100 Artists/100 Dreams with an exhibit called “Dreamers” showcasing art from some of the project’s participants and the premiere of 100 Artists/ 100 Dreams The Film. The Film screens at 8pm. Tickets at the door are $10 general admission and $8 for students and seniors. Advance discounted tickets are available online at www.deeplistening.org. Each ticket includes a glass of special “Dream Cocktail” created by mixologist Kyle Kelley.The exhibit “Dreamers” is on view October 1 – 27 at the Stella May Gallery. Visit their website www.stellamayproductions.com or call 845-331-7955 for an appointment.
100 Artists/ 100 Dreams is a dream exploration project, curated by Sadee Brathwaite, that features local and international artists and explores the concept of artists as visionaries and keepers of the creative fires. The project consists of a film, an exhibition (scheduled to open 2012) and an installation. Local participating artists include Matthew Maley – New Paltz, Patti Gibbons – Kingston, Lindsey Graham – Pine Bush, Faheem Haider – Montgomery, Lisa Barnard Kelley – Kingston, Moya Marcelino – Kingston, Suzanne V. Paddock – Kingston, Shirley Parker-Benjamin – Poughkeepsie, Joe Pimental & Melissa Toth – Newburgh and more.
Afterparty will be held at MINT, 1 West Strand, Kingston with “Dream Specials” by chef Graziano. For directions to Stella May Gallery Theatre call 331-7955. For more information and calendar of Dream Festival events visit www.deeplistening.org or call 845-338-5984.