The 10x10 Arts Series returns with 10 extraordinary performances!

From music, to dance, to film and more, this bold and diverse series moves the audience to question, discuss and explore what’s happening in the arts today. Join the 10x10 community and venture into the unknown!

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Performances include pre-show Creative Conversations, a post-show party with artists and the popular Sticky Note responses!

Dover Quartet with Avi Avital

Tuesday, December 6 at 7pm

One of the most in-demand ensembles in the world, the Dover Quartet returns to Northwest Arkansas! A mainstay of the Artosphere Festival Orchestra, the music presented by the four members of this talented ensemble - each with interpretative maturity and tonal refinement well beyond their years – is consistently a season highlight. This year, they join us outside of their role as resident AFO string quartet for a special performance alongside Grammy®-nominated mandolinist Avi Avital. Known as an exceptionally exciting and adventurous musician, Avital has a style that is complex, deeply sensitive and amazingly versatile. Experience the prowess of these five gifted artists in the first 10x10 performance of the season!

    

Compagnie Hervé Koubi

Thursday, February 2 at 7pm

An Arkansas Debut! Since 2010, choreographer Hervé Koubi has traveled alongside a troupe of Algerian and Burkina Faso dancers presenting his newest work, What the Day Owes to the Night. Set to traditional Sufi music, the piece combines martial arts, capoeira and hip-hop with the Algerian heritage and French training of the choreographer to tell the story of his own path to self-discovery. With mesmerizing fluidity and strength, the dozen strapping male dancers run briskly across the backs of one another to leap or fall or be tossed shockingly high into the air. Poetic, theatrical and astonishing, Koubi’s work will open your eyes to new worlds – both cultural and physical.
The presentation of What The Day Owes To The Night was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment fo the Arts.

 
    

Third Coast Percussion

Friday, February 24 at 8pm

Hailed by The New Yorker as “vibrant” and “superb,” Third Coast Percussion explores and expands the extraordinary sonic possibilities of the percussion repertoire. Formed in 2005, this group has developed an international reputation for their inspiring energy and subtle nuance, proving how vital and fertile new American music is. These hard-grooving musicians have become known for ground-breaking collaborations using some 300 metal instruments, including tiny cymbal-like crotales, giant gongs, Burmese temple bells and metal coils. As charming as they are knowledgeable, this percussion ensemble illustrates the truth in John Cage’s principle that all sound is music, if you listen closely.

 
    

BODYTRAFFIC

Thursday, March 2 at 7pm

An Arkansas Debut! After being named one of Dance Magazine’s 25 To Watch in 2013, BodyTraffic has skyrocketed to international acclaim. Virtuosic, stylized, confident and with a diverse repertoire of some of the world’s most sought-after choreographers, this company has taken its place on the international touring scene, wowing audiences across the world. The stand-out, 10-member ensemble from L.A. is praised for its confident, hard-hitting execution of a wide range of styles. Their growing and versatile repertory is vibrant, inspiring, accessible and challenging to both new and experienced dance enthusiasts. Prepare to be enveloped by this company’s mastery of their art form and superb technique!


 
    

Edward Simon & Afinidad with Imani Winds

Saturday, March 18 at 8pm

Fueled by his desire to break boundaries through improvised music, internationally renowned jazz pianist Edward Simon and his quartet Afinidad team up with the classical chamber ensemble Imani Winds, challenging the improvisational and interpretive skills of the classical musicians and inviting the jazz musicians into the more formal structure offered by classical music. See what happens when these talented performers are challenged to take on a new approach in House of Numbers! Incorporating musical traditions from Europe, Africa, North and South America, this four-movement suite explores the cross-cultural meanings of numbers and the possibilities offered by bringing jazz and classical musicians together.
House of Numbers was commissioned by Chamber Music America's New Jazz Works, funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Foundation.

 
    

Janoska Ensemble

Tuesday, March 28 at 7pm

An Arkansas Debut! Classical music from Vienna - with a twist! This brilliant ensemble is comprised of brothers (three brothers and one brother-in-law), each of whom, having won numerous awards in international competitions, is an outstanding musician in his own right. With the strength of their virtuosity and improvisation, the quartet performs a wide-ranging repertoire extending from popular classics and original compositions to unique arrangements that meld genres from jazz and gypsy, to Latin and tango, to pop. Let the “Janoska style” flow through you, as they present the best in contemporary classical music.


 
    

Sierra Hull

Friday, April 7 at 8pm

Sierra Hull has been recognized from age 11 as a virtuoso mandolin-player, astonishing audiences and fellow-musicians alike. Now a seasoned touring musician in her mid-20s, Hull hits the road on tour for her most inspired, accomplished and mature recorded work to date. Produced by Béla Fleck, Weighted Mind features instrumentation comprised largely of mandolin, bass and vocals, with a genre-transcending sound both singular and empathic, harmonious and dissonant. Now with vocals and songwriting skills that have matured to her level of virtuosity, Hull speaks with a degree of refined elegance and freedom that few others have achieved, breaking new ground on the mandolin once again.


 
    

Niyaz presents The Fourth Light

Thursday, April 13 at 7pm

An Arkansas Debut! For more than a decade, the electroacoustic group Niyaz has stood at the forefront of cutting-edge global music, blending poetry and folk songs from the Middle East with rich, acoustic instrumentation and state-of-the-art, modern electronics. In The Fourth Light, the artists present a groundbreaking immersive and multi-sensory experience that combines live music and sacred dance with interactive technologies, advanced projection and body-mapping techniques. Responding to sound and movement in real time, the illusionistic three-dimensional environment that results invites the audience inside the art to share in a unique narrative that aims to bridge the gap of understanding and tolerance between the East and West.

 
    

Manual Cinema's Lula del Rey

Thursday, May 4 at 7pm 

An Arkansas Debut! Performed with vintage overhead projectors, shadow puppets, actors in silhouette and live music, Lula del Ray tells the story (almost entirely without dialogue) of an adolescent girl who lives with her mother in the middle of the desert. After a chance encounter over the radio, Lula becomes obsessed with a soulful country music duo and decides to run away from home. Inspired by the music of Hank Williams, Roy Orbison and Patsy Cline, Lula del Ray is a mythic reinvention of the classic coming of age story, exploring the themes of loneliness, femininity and the iconography of 1950s and 60s Americana through live cinematic shadow puppetry. 

 
    

Artosphere Festival Orchestra

Wednesday, May 17 at 7pm

Corrado Rovaris, Music Director
Recognized as an important musical voice by American Public Media’s “Performance Today” – the nation’s most popular classical music radio program – the Artosphere Festival Orchestra returns to NWA for their seventh year performing together under the baton of internationally acclaimed Maestro Corrado Rovaris. The lauded orchestra features premier musicians from major symphonies, prestigious ensembles and distinguished programs around the world performing fresh and lively productions of classic and new works by leading composers. Help us welcome these accomplished musicians “home” for the 8th annual Artosphere: Arkansas’ Arts + Nature Festival in their second of three public performances during their 2017 residency.