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STRETCHING ARTISTICALLY

An international group of performers and an eclectic schedule of contemporary dance, jazz, comic puppetry, world music, nouveau cirque and science-fiction fantasy adventure fill the bill for this year's Ringling International Arts Festival, which runs Oct. 15-18 in Sarasota.

Citing the hope to appeal to new audiences of festivalgoers while at the same time challenging the event's base of loyal supporters, the Ringling's curator of performance, Dwight Currie, called the festival lineup "a collection of dynamic productions selected for their broad appeal and contagious energy."

Thirty performances of seven productions are scheduled in four venues, all within walking distance of the Ringling's campus.

Included are the Pedrito Martinez Group featuring Afro-Cuban percussionist Ariacne Trujillo; Tangram, a production from Berlin created and performed by ballerina Cristiana Casadio and circus artist Stefan Sing; Duo Amal, pianists Bishara Haroni and Yaron Kohlberg; and Keigwin + Company: choreography characterized by a sensibility of wit, style and heart.

For a full schedule, go to ringling.org; or call (941) 360-7399.

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