The International Festival of Arts & Ideas, a two-week showcase of music, dance and theater in New Haven runs June 16-30. This is the 17th annual event, one that routinely brings 100,000 to the Connecticut city to take part in the festivities, organizers say. This year's event includes performances by Grammy-nominated Carolina Chocolate drops, Red Baraat & Noori, Mark Morris Dance Group, Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion and Roseanne Cash. Many of the events are free.
Mary Lou Aleski, executive director of the festival, said, “The collection of artists and thinkers that we have gathered for Festival 2012 proves once again that we offer a nationally unique combination of top-notch performances and accessibility, from free concerts on New Haven Green and the best in contemporary theater and dance, to free lectures and conversations with the world’s brilliant minds, we offer a little of everything for everyone to enjoy.”
Other highlights include the American premier of a new production from the National Theatre of Scotland, “The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart.” The festival will also offer a classic performance of works from Mark Morris Dance Group “A Lake,” “Jesu Meine Freude,” and “Gloria,” with Morris conducting the performance of orchestra and chorus.
Philippe Petit, the wire walker who committed what has been called the “artistic crime of the century” in 1974 when he walked a wire between the World Trade Center towers, is the opening speaker of the festival series of lectures and conversations. Cash closes the festival with a free concert on New Haven Green.
For information and scheduling, visit www.artidea.org
Mark Morris Dance Group/Photo by Stephanie Berger