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Introduction

The Festival weekend offers performances, Festival Friday, and the Family Art Park.

Festival Friday

May 20, 2022
11am–6pm, at Reston Town Center

We will safely kick off the Festival at 11am on Friday, May 20. Enjoy your day at the Tephra ICA Festival where you can meet and engage with exceptional fine art and craft artists from around the nation, and have lunch or dinner at one of the many eateries at Reston Town Center.

Performance by Trisha Brown Dance Company

During the 2022 Tephra ICA Festival, Trisha Brown Dance Company (TBDC) will present Trisha Brown: In Plain Site, a site-specific performance that places special focus on audience engagement, breaks down access barriers, and provides an intimate experience for families and those less familiar with contemporary dance. Click here for a video sneak peek!

Performance schedule:

Saturday, May 21 at 1:00pm and 4:00pm
Sunday, May 22 at 11:00am
Reston Town Square Park

This performance is presented by Reston Community Center.


Sky Map | Immersive Sound Installation

Sky Map (1969) is an immersive sound installation taking place at the Tephra ICA gallery during the Festival which offers an opportunity for the audience to participate in a Trisha Brown Dance Company (TBDC) performance. In the darkened gallery space, the audience will be asked to lie down on the floor while a recording of Trisha Brown’s voice will inform the audience “how to mentally construct an overhead map”.

Originally premiered in 1969 at the Whitney Museum in New York, Sky Map  is “simultaneously a written text, a score meant to be performed, a sound recorded artwork, and most importantly a dance. It aligns language, ideas, sound, and site-specificity, all of which relate to the visual art of the time.” (Susan Rosenberg)

Each performance is 12–20 minutes long and floor mats will be provided. Capacity is limited, and advanced appointments are recommended. Walk-ins will be accepted if space is available. Please arrive at least five (5) minutes prior to the performance. All participants are required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination and wear a face mask during the full visit.

Make an Appointment for Sky Map Here

Image courtesy of TBDC

Image courtesy of TBDC

Trisha Brown Dance Company (TBDC) is a contemporary dance company dedicated to the performance and preservation of the work of Founding Artistic Director and Choreographer, Trisha Brown. Established in 1970, TBDC has toured throughout the world presenting Brown’s works, as well as teaching and building relationships with audiences and artists alike.

A founding figure of an American dance movement, who challenged the status quo idea of performance, Brown’s work has inspired generations of dance creators. Throughout her career, she collaborated with leaders in music, theatre, and the visual arts – including visual artists Robert Rauschenberg, Donald Judd, and Elizabeth Murray, and musicians Laurie Anderson, John Cage and Alvin Curran, among others.

Festival Artist Award Ceremony and Celebration

Tephra ICA will host an Artist Award Ceremony and Celebration where ten Artist Awards of Excellence will be presented to recognize outstanding artwork from Festival artists across ten categories. This event is free and open to the public. Join us to celebrate this year's amazing cohort of artists!

Saturday, May 21, 6:30-7:30pm
Reston Town Square Park

Family Art Park

Tephra ICA proudly presents Family Art Park with on-site and take-away art activities in addition to a place to relax. Stop by Reston Town Square park and engage in free, social distanced friendly art projects!

Take-and-Make bags will be available for pick up:

Saturday, May 21 at 11:00am and 2:00pm
Sunday, May 22 at 1:00pm and 4:00pm
Reston Town Square Park

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