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2016-2017 Tour Dates and
Venues Announced


Baltimore, MD – July 25, 2016
 – Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation has awarded $162,070 in grants supporting 61 performing arts engagements through its 2016-2017 Mid Atlantic Tours program. The grants, awarded directly to presenting organizations, will support engagements by the following artists at venues throughout the mid-Atlantic region. All engagements will include public performances and activities designed to foster greater appreciation for artists’ work and offer meaningful exchanges between artists and the public. Information on the Mid Atlantic Tours program and a complete list of grants, including presenters and dates, can be accessed  here. For specific performance dates and times, please contact the appropriate presenting organization.

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Contemporary Chamber:
ETHEL (New York, NY)

ETHEL has initiated innovative collaborations with an extraordinary community of international artists and over the past five years, has premiered 100+ new works by 20th- and 21st-century composers. In 2016-2017 the group will tour Blue Dress, a project which pays special homage to the brilliant, gorgeous and masterful women who are making their musical mark on the 21st century; The River, with guest artist Robert Mirabal, which celebrates water and evokes timeless Native American traditions through contemporary musical artistry; and Documerica, a multimedia concert that is a meditation on America’s relationship to our land, our resources, and ourselves.

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Contemporary Circus:
Gravity & Other Myths (Australia) 

Gravity & Other Myths creates engaging works of acrobatic art for touring and festivals. The ensemble creates and directs their own work with emphasis on an honest approach to performance, moving away from traditional circus and theatre models, towards a fusion of acrobatic physical theatre. Touring in 2016-2017, A Simple Space sets audiences alight with non-stop feats of unbelievable acrobatic ability and exhilarating human physicality, features seven performers and a live solo musician.

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Dance:
Illstyle & Peace Productions (Philadelphia, PA)

lllstyle & Peace Productions is a multicultural Philadelphia-based dance company creating work rooted in contemporary, West African, and old-school hip-hop styles, blended with an eclectic mix of dance and performance disciplines including tap, ballet, DJing, and beatboxing. The company will tour We Dance II Inspire and IMpossible IZZpossible & KINGZ in 2016-2017.

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Folk & Traditional:
The Bumper Jacksons (Washington, DC) 

The Bumper Jacksons present music which combines elements of New Orleans swing, roots, and bluegrass. Following the success of Sweet Mama, Sweet Daddy, Come In, the band is releasing a new recording titled Too Big World featuring hot swing numbers, heartbreak ballads, and late-night moonshine foot-stompers.

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Jazz:
Cyrille Aimee (New York, NY)

Vocalist Cyrille Aimeé is a winner of the Montreux Jazz Festival’s International Vocal Competition, the Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Competition and the 2015 DownBeat Critic’s Poll (Rising Star, Female Vocalist). In 2016-2017 Aimeé will tour with her band, as well as in a duo setting with Brazilian guitarist Diego Figueiredo.

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Theatre:
Pig Iron Theatre Company (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pig Iron Theatre Company has grown from a small, fringe performance troupe into one of the best-known ensembles of its kind in America creating over 25 original works, garnering praise from our audiences, peers, and critics. In 2016-2017 the company will tour I Promised Myself to Live Faster and Gentleman Volunteers.

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World Music:
Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars (Sierra Leone)

From their humble beginnings in West African refugee camps, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars have performed around the world including SummerStage, Fuji Rock Festival (Japan), and Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, and have appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show and participated in the U2 tribute album In the Name of Love: Africa Celebrates U2. The band’s music is rooted in its homeland, including basked and gumbe, Sierra Leonean relatives of reggae and soukous.

Mid Atlantic Tours is made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Regional Touring Program with additional funding provided by the DC Commission on the Arts and HumanitiesDelaware Division of Arts and Culture and the West Virginia Division of Culture and History.

About Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation develops partnerships and programs that reinforce artists’ capacity to create and present work, and advance access to and participation in the arts. For more information on the Foundation’s programs and services, please visit: www.midatlanticarts.org.