SIUE Xfest
Monday, September 09, 2019

7:30pm to 9:00pm
SIUE - Dunham Hall, 50 Hairpin Dr., Edwardsville IL 62025

SIUE Xfest

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Xfest, one of the only university festivals of its kind, has garnered a positive reputation for presenting experimental, alternative and avant-garde performing artists from around the country. Xfest is celebrating its 10th anniversary from Monday, Sept. 9 - Friday, Sept. 13 by bringing back some of its favorite artists.

SIUE Xfest will feature five companies that received high praise during their debut at SIUE. Productions are scheduled during the evening, while the Xfest artists will offer master classes and workshops during the day for a weeklong immersive learning event.

For Xfest performances (other than Manual Cinema), tickets may be purchased through the Theater and Dance Department by calling 618-650-2774 or in person at the Theater and Dance Box Office, Dunham Hall, room 1042b. General admission is $15 for adults, $12 for SIUE staff, retirees, alumni, seniors and other students, and free for SIUE students with valid identification.

Tickets for Manual Cinema can be purchased beginning Monday, Aug. 26 online at, by phone at 1-866-698-4253 or at the Morris University Center Welcome Desk. General admission is $20 for adults, $18 for SIUE staff, retirees, alumni and seniors 65 or older, $15 for other students and free for SIUE students with valid identification.

Xfest’s production lineup is as follows:

• “Whammy! The Seven Secrets to a Sane Self”
Presented by YoungLiars, St. Louis
Sponsored by DOTD and Xfest
7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9
Metcalf Theatre
The agony and ecstasy of “self-help” get a delirious makeover in this madcap multi-media dance-theater extravaganza. “Whammy!” was the opening production of the inaugural Xfest in 2010. The show returns re-imagined, re-cast and featuring DOTD alumni and faculty.

• “Rink Life”
Presented by Lucky Plush Productions, Chicago
Sponsored by the DOTD
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10
Dunham Theater
In “Rink Life,” Lucky Plush brings its highly integrated approach to dance-theater into a communal space that nods to the visual aesthetics and social dynamics of 1970’s roller rink culture, where relationships and storylines are as transient as the world that contains them.

• “Heavy Like the Weight of a Flame”
Presented by SIUE alumnus Ernie Silva, New York
Sponsored by the DOTD
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11
Metcalf Theater
“Heavy Like the Weight of a Flame” is a one-man show that is like watching a bar fight between the lead character’s demons, influences and aspirations. It’s a sometimes serious, sometimes hilarious journey filled with echoes of Shakespeare, Lightning Hopkins, Jack Kerouac and typical Brooklyn, New York archetypes and philosophers. Silva earned his bachelor’s in theater-performance from SIUE in 1999.

• “The Wilds”
Presented by Wonderheads, Canada
Sponsored by the DOTD
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12
Metcalf Theater
When Wendell discovers that both his wife and their beloved tree have vanished from the backyard, he must venture into “The Wilds” and face its mysteries to bring them home. Charming and profoundly moving, this wordless award-winning show features Wonderheads’ signature masks along with dazzling puppetry, and moves its audiences to both laughter and tears.

• “No Blue Memories”
Presented by Manual Cinema
Sponsored by the SIUE Office of the Provost and Commerce Bank.
7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13
Dunham Hall Theater
“No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks” brings to life the story of one of Chicago’s most beloved figures. Brooks was an icon, a poet laureate, and a Pulitzer Prize winner, but she was also a treasured educator and mentor to countless writers and children. Weaving together poetry, storytelling, sound design, original music and striking visuals, “No Blue Memories” is an exploration of Brooks’ beloved city, and a story of how she navigated identity, craft and politics over the course of one of the most remarkable careers in American literary history.


General admission: $15-$20
Seniors, SIUE staff and alumni, other students: $12-$18
SIUE students: Free with valid ID uses cookies to ensure that we provide you with the best browsing experience. By continuing to use the site, we will retain your current cookie settings.