Miscellaneous, Participatory Dance, Performance Art, Poetry, Public art

POSTPONED UNTIL MARCH: What If We Gather at the Botanical Gardens and Stare Up At Clouds While We Dance With Plants?

Sat., Jan. 29, 2022 at 3:00 PM ( Sat., Jan. 29, 2022 - Sun., Jan. 30, 2022 )

Performed by Mike Durkin

Asheville Botanical Gardens, 151 W.T. Weaver Boulevard, Asheville, NC 28801


Multidisciplinary Performance Artist, Mike Durkin, will lead a participatory mediative performance where audience members will gather, share space, tour the grounds, dance, and find a deeper connection between the variety of environments and worlds we occupy on a day-to-day basis.  The project will feature a collaboration with poetry therapist and wildcrafter, Mary Ellen Hough of Appalachian Sacred Smoke.

The experience, located on the grounds of the Botanical Gardens on UNC Asheville’s campus, will last approximately 75 minutes and will have periods of walking, dancing, and other activities.  Plan on wearing hiking attire, clothes you can move in, and complimentary tea will be served during the experience.  Audience members can participate in as much or as little as they are comfortable with.  All movements and activities require very little exertion.



Given the recommendations from the Buncombe County Health department and the rise in the COVID-19 positivity rate, the Asheville Fringe Festival will continue with its scheduled Online Live! and Online Films on the weekend of January 27-30, but postpone its in-person shows and events until March 24-27. This includes the kick-off party/benefit for Sly Grog, scheduled for Sunday, January 16th. The new date for the SlyGrog Benefit at LEAF Global Arts is March 6th.

Tickets can be bought through the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival website www.ashevillefringe.org starting January 1st.


$16 in person


Asheville Fringe Arts Festival


  • Saturday, January 29, 2022 at 3:00 PM
  • Sunday, January 30, 2022 at 3:00 PM