Arts & Ideas Day 2: What Happened Sunday


After seeing two music theater workshops, a talk and two bands on the Green Saturday, Sunday scaled down to simply one play, one circus show, and two bands. The play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, was nearly three hours long and exhausting in all the right ways. (See review elsewhere on this site). L’Homme Cirque, while just an hour long, is equally dizzying, since all the tricks are set up and performed by one guy, David Dimitri. For his finale, Dimitri shoots himself out of a cannon onto a rope, which he climbs up to a highwire platform. He then walks on the highwire out of his circus tent and high above New Haven Green. It’s a great way to get the audience to quickly vacate the tented auditorium. It also adds a fluidity to the festival, as you’re led gracefully from one event to another.

The concerts on the Green were Susana Baca and her band, then Calexico—who, for several songs invited up members of Susana Baca’s Band! Among those dancing wildly in the crowd down front: the cast of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The festival really does blend together that naturally and wonderfully.

Monday, the fest rests. It’s back in style Tuesday. I’ll report again tomorrow.