Monday, March 28, 2016

Check Out Upcoming Events at New Haven's Festival of Arts and Ideas

The International Festival of Arts and Ideas has announced highlights of the 2016 season, June 10-25, featuring the US premiere of Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, a critically and audience-acclaimed production from the National Theatre of Scotland.

The annual two-week festival in downtown New Haven celebrates the arts, ideas, and community with groundbreaking performances and provocative conversations with leading artists, thought-leaders, and innovators from around the world. The events take place in a variety of venues, including on the Green,  80 percent of them with free admission. 

Performers include some of the most influential and innovative theater arts, classical, jazz, and dance figures of our time. Additional 2016 programming will be announced as dates and venues are confirmed.


US Premiere of Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour
Yale Repertory Theatre, 1120 Chapel Street, New Haven, June 10-25, 2016

Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour is produced by the National Theatre of Scotland and adapted by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot) from the cult novel "The Sopranos" by Alan Warner. It will receive its London West End premiere in early August.

It is about six schoolgirls on the cusp of change. Love, lust, pregnancy, and death all spiral out of control in a single day when they venture to Edinburgh for a singing competition. With a soundtrack of classical music and '70s pop rock featuring music by Handel, Bach, Bob Marley and Electric Light Orchestra, Our Ladies is a life-affirming piece of musical theater.

Directed by Vicky Featherstone with Music Supervisor Martin Lowe (Grammy, Tony, and Olivier award winner for Once)." Hall won a Tony, Drama Desk, and Olivier award for his work on Billy Elliot.

Advance tickets :
Recommended for ages 16 and over; contains strong language and adult themes.

World Premiere of new work by Wendy Whelan and Brian Brooks with Brooklyn Rider
Shubert Theatre, 247 College Street, New Haven, June 23-24, 2016

Co-commissioned by International Festival of Arts and Ideas, The Joyce Theater and Modlin Center 
for the Arts at University of Richmond, this new full-length work was created by Wendy Whelan, former New York City Ballet principal, and dancer and choreographer Brian Brooks. Whelan and Brooks previously collaborated on the duet "First Fall" for "Restless Creature," each taking creative risks in unfamiliar territory; classical and contemporary dance, respectively. This new work of solos and duets represents a continuation and extension of their exploration. Brooklyn Rider, the New York City-based string quartet, will perform live.

U.S. Premiere of The Money
Quinnipiac Club, 221 Church Street, New Haven, June 18-25, 2016

In this immersive theater experience, audience members opt to buy in to participate as a benefactor or observe among silent witnesses. As the clock ticks, the benefactors have 90 minutes to decide unanimously how to spend a pot of money. If they don't agree, the money rolls over to the next audience. A Kaleider production, every outcome of The Money is unique. "The Live Music Program"
University Theatre, 222 York Street, New Haven, June 14-16, 2016

Kyle Abraham, Bessie award-winning choreographer and MacArthur Fellow, and his company will present works that combine refined movement with compelling themes of identity and race. "The Gettin'"features live music (a first for Abraham) with Grammy-winning jazz artist Robert Glasper and his trio re-imagining "We Insist! Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite." "Absent Matter" is a new work created in collaboration with Blue Note recording artistOtis Brown III, multimedia artist Tahir Hemphill, and costume designer Karen Young.

Steel Hammer
Long Wharf Theatre, 222 Sargent Drive, New Haven, June 16-18, 2016

Steel Hammer is the latest collaboration from acclaimed composer Julia Wolfe, Obie-winning SITI Company and the celebrated ensemble Bang on a Can All-Stars

The play inventively examines key contemporary social issues through the folk song "John Henry," the legendary steel-driver who challenged a steam drill in a man versus machine contest. It serves as a potent vehicle for examining the African American experience and the malleability of myth and fact. Music and the spoken word woven with movement, dance, and percussion on a variety of surfaces, including the performers' bodies, create a highly original theatrical experience.

Air Play
University Theatre, 222 York Street, New Haven, June 21-25, 2016

Air Play is a comic adventure of an epic scale for audiences of all ages. It follows the surreal journey of a brother and a sister as they encounter flying umbrellas, massive balloons, kites, and a monumental snow globe. 

Created by Acrobuffos and performed by the comedy duo Seth Bloom and Christina Gelsone, Air Play uses spectacular sets featuring Daniel Wurtzel's air sculptures. The show also spins the radio dial to create auditory air play, including Balkan gypsy music, Nordic boys' choirs, symphony orchestras, Italian avant-garde, and Appalachian ballads.

Ticket Information

Advance tickets for Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour are currently available at

Tickets for The Money,, The Live Music Program, Steel Hammer and Air Play go on sale to the public April 19. 

More info and complete schedule: 

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