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It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's BANDALOOP

Virginia Arts Festival Presents Internationally Acclaimed Vertical Dancers BANDALOOP

Free performances begin this week in Downtown Norfolk May 13-22, 2022

Words and Images Courtesy of the Virginia Arts Festival.

Virginia Arts Festival invites you to LOOK UP starting this Friday. Internationally acclaimed “vertical performance” company BANDALOOP offers FREE OUTDOOR PERFORMANCES as part of the Festival’s 25th Anniversary Season. Performances take place at the Wells Fargo Center, corner of Monticello Avenue & Charlotte Street, Norfolk.

BANDALOOP PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE Friday, May 13, 6:30pm Saturday, May 14, 2:00pm & 6:30pm Sunday, May 15, 2:00pm Thursday, May 19, 6:30pm Friday, May 20, 6:30pm Saturday, May 21, 2:00pm & 7:00pm Sunday, May 22, 6:00pm Wells Fargo Center, corner of Monticello Avenue & Charlotte Street, Norfolk Performance run time: 35-40 minutes Free, no tickets required *Performance times subject to change.

Virginia Arts Festival will offer these performances to the public – free, no tickets required. For the best view, audiences are encouraged to gather on the closed Monticello Street below the dance wall and above on Scope Plaza, please feel free to bring lawn chairs, blankets, etc. to enjoy the show.

About BANDALOOP Innovative, impossible, graceful, breathtaking…adjectives don’t do justice to the performances of BANDALOOP, which take place in midair on the side of buildings and other man-made structures as well as in nature on some of the world's most cherished heritage sites. In their Norfolk engagement, the BANDALOOP dancers will perform stories above the ground, descending and dancing on the side of the Wells Fargo Center at the northeast corner of Monticello Avenue and Charlotte Street. Literally turning the dance floor on its side, the dancers present original choreography along the building and high above the ground.

An innovator in vertical performance, BANDALOOP seamlessly weaves dynamic physicality, intricate choreography and climbing technology to reimagine dance as an aerial art. Founded by Amelia Rudolph and under the artistic direction of Melecio Estrella, BANDALOOP seizes the imagination, activates public spaces, and inspires wonder and imagination in audiences around the world. The company trains dancers and youth at home and on tour and has performed for millions of people in over 22 countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, the Americas, and Asia, and on screens in films and digital media. For more information, visit

About Virginia Arts Festival The Virginia Arts Festival celebrates its 25th Anniversary in 2022. The largest and most prestigious performing arts organization in southeastern Virginia, Virginia Arts Festival has transformed the region's cultural scene, presenting great performers from around the world and making this historic region a cultural destination for visitors from across the United States and around the world. Over the past 25 years, the Festival has welcomed visitors from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 25 foreign countries. The Festival has presented over 1,438 performances, free community events, and student matinees and workshops with a reach of over 1.2 million attendees. Each season, millions more are reached through international broadcasts of Festival performances on American Public Radio's Performance Today, nationally on PBS TV, and regionally on WHRO TV. Over 32% of ticket sales come from outside the region, bringing tens of thousands of visitors to local museums and attractions and filling regional hotels and restaurants. The estimated annual economic impact of the Festival exceeds $25 million.

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