The Mark Morris Dance Group will be among the headliners in the dance and theater section of the International Festival of Arts and Ideas which runs in New Haven June 16 to 30.
The Festival presents a rare opportunity for audiences to experience three pieces from
the Group’s repertory -- "A Lake, " with music by Franz Joseph Haydn; "Jesu, Mein Freude,"
music by Johann Sebastian Bach; and "Gloria," music by Antonio Vivaldi — performed with
the full sound of a live chorus and orchestra on Thursday, June 21 and 22 at 8 p.m. at the Shubert Theater, 247 College St. The Yale Choral Artists (Jeffrey Douma, director) and Yale Collegium Players (Robert Mealy, director) will be conducted by Morris for the show. Tickets are $35 and $45.
There will also be the American premiere of American Premiere of the National Theatre of Scotland's "The Strabnge Undoing of Prudencia Hart," created by David Grieg and directed by Wils Wilson.
The show will play Wednesday, June 20 to Saturday, June 30;Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m.; with additional performance Wednesday, June 27 at 1 p.m. at the
Wicked Wolf Tavern, 144 Temple Street. Tickets are $35 and $45.
Produced at the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe Fesitval, the show features the audience and up-close observer "partaking in a peculiar merriment in the Wicked Wolf Tavern, drinks in hand."
The show is described: "One wintry morning, Prudencia Hart, a bookish academic, sets off to attend a
conference in the Scottish Borders. As the snow begins to fall, she finds herself trapped
in a bar, stranded on an enchanting, dream-like journey of self-discovery, filled with
magical moments, devilish encounters, and wittily wild karaoke. " Drinks and food will be available for purchase at the performance.
Also featured in the festival's performance line-up is "The Radio Show" by Kyle Abraham/Abraham.in.Motion on Tuesday, June 19 to Friday, June 22 at 8p p,.m. and Saturday, June 23 at 4 p.m. at the Iseman Theater, 1156 Chapel Street. Tickets are $35 and $45.
Abraham and his seven-member company Abraham.in.Motion dance with a highly
engaging, larger-than-life style that combines influences from hip-hop to ballet. In "The
Radio Show, " the closure of the urban Pittsburgh radio station that Abraham grew up
listening to—and the attendant loss of a musical voice in the community—sets the stage
for an exploration of cultural identity, personal history, and the heartbeat of a
neighborhood. The score mixes together recordings of classic soul and hip-hop with
contemporary classical compositions by Ryoji Ikeda and Alva Noto.
Also featured in the theater/dance category of the festival's line-up is Circa, described as when "circus meets theater meets dance. Circa is a circus arts troupe from Australia and its show mixes high-flying acrobatics, dance, and theatrical staging into a spectacular show that plays Tuesday, June 26 to Friday, June 29, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, June 30, at 2 p.m. at the Theater at the Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School, 177 College St. Tickets are $35 and $45.
Also featured will be Contemporary Legend Theater of Taiwan's "King Lear" presented as a solo show on Thursday, June 28 and Friday, June 29, 8 p.m. at the University Theatre, 222 York St. Tickets are $35 regular and $45.
Wu Hsing-Kuo, director of Taiwan’s Contemporary Legend Theater, "has created a tour-de-force solo performance that fuses time-honored Peking Opera techniques with Shakespeare’s tale of great power and cruel deception. After Lear decides to split his kingdom among his daughters, the aging king experiences disillusionment and decline when his daughters’ true natures are revealed. Wu is joined by a full complement of traditional Chinese musicians.
Contemporary Legend Theater was founded in 1986 by a group of Peking Opera artists
"thinking seriously about how to make traditional Chinese opera relevant in contemporary times. In the last 25 years, the company’s adaptations of modern Chinese stories, Shakespeare, and completely original productions have been enthusiastically received by audiences and critics around the world.
Also featured will be the world premiere pf "love fall," composed by David Lang and featuring Anonymous 4, lighting Design by Jennifer Tipton, video design by Jeff Sugg, stories by Lydia Davis and words by Lang after Marie de France, Gottfried von Strassburg, Broul,
Thomas of Britain and Richard Wagner.
The show is presented in association with Yale Repertory Theatre and plays Friday, June 29 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, June 30 at 4 p.m. Tickets are $35 and $45.
The evening-length theater work from the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and sung by the ensemble Anonymous 4, "love fail" is storytelling, "weaving together snippets of medieval courtly love
narratives, short stories by MacArthur Fellow Lydia David, scraps from the libretto of
Wagner’s opera Tristan and Isolde, and text by Lang himself. By taking the names, dates, places, and details out of these stories, Lang has conjured a single story in which to unnamed people meet each other, love each other, and lose each other—not necessarily in that order."
The Yale Institute for Music Theatre also presents its shows -- yet to be announced -- for open rehearsal readings on Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 17, 1 and 5 p.m. at the
Off-Broadway Theater, 41 Broadway. Tickets are $20 .
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