About Ko Theater Works/Ko Festival of Performance

Ko Theater Works, Inc./Ko Festival of Performance.

The company was founded in 1991 by a core group of artists seeking to shed traditional structures for creating and producing performance as the first step towards creating alternatives, and is named for the 49th hexagram of the I CHING, the ancient Chinese Book of Changes. “Ko,” or “Revolution” can be visualized as a shedding of skin, a sloughing off of the old.

Ko is dedicated to fostering innovative artistic collaborations in an atmosphere conducive to deep collaboration. We create and present pieces that are a springboard for community dialogue, ones that consider themes and issues vital to our civic and personal lives.

The Ko Festival of Performance

The Ko Festival of Performance, a program of Ko Theater Works,  is a festival of ideas — where the only certainty is surprise. Our performances value diversity, authenticity, and are curated to incite curiosity and to provoke compelling conversations with global, national local, and personal resonances in our audiences and ourselves.

Each summer our Festival is centered on a theme such as "Tatics for Trying Times," “Age & Ageing” or “The Immigrant’s Journey.” Performances are accompanied by facilitated discussions and lobby displays that contextualize the ideas presented in the work in an effort to engender inter-audience/artist exchange and provide opportunities for civic dialogue.

The Ko Festival also offers a unique array of 6-day workshops where adults, both local and national, can study techniques and approaches to making new work with master teachers. Other activities include internships, and rehearsal residencies/retreats where individual artists or ensembles can develop new work or reconsider older pieces in their repertoire. We also offer Administrative and Organizational Development Residencies which can be either be in-person or virtual.

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Belchertown, MA 01007
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