Arts fest a haven for diversity

Palestinians, Israelis among newcomers to int'l event

SOUTHBURY, Conn. — Palestine’s Al-Kasaba Theater, Israel’s Inbal Pinto Dance Co., London’s multiracial music-theater company the Shout and France’s Transe Express musicians and trapeze artists will be among the newcomers to New Haven’s annual Intl. Festival of Arts & Ideas (aka Art & Ideas New Haven) this summer, joining repeat appearances by the Royal Shakespeare Co. and the Metropolitan Opera.

This year’s seventh fest, set for June 13-30, will be the first under the leadership of new festival director Mary Miller, who is British, as was her predecessor, Paul Collard. As is customary, festival attractions, many of them U.S. premieres, will be offered indoor and outdoor throughout New Haven, including the Shubert Theater, Long Wharf Theater, Yale U. and the New Haven Green.

Jerusalem’s Al-Kasaba Theater will perform its glimpses of daily life in a war zone, “Alive From Palestine: Stories Under Occupation,” at the LWT June 25-29. Tel Aviv’s Inbal Pinto Dance Co. will offer its Felliniesque, award-winning “Oyster” at Yale’s University Theater June 26-29.

Sacred tales retold

The South African Broomhill Opera and Wilton’s Music Hall will perform at the Shubert June 13-16, offering their acclaimed productions of Bizet’s “Carmen” (with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra in the pit) and a retelling of African sacred stories, “Yiimimangaliso: The Mysteries.”

These two productions were first performed at the annual arts festival on the Speir Estate outside Cape Town.

Shout’s ‘Tall Stories’

London’s the Shout will play Long Wharf Theater June 20-23 with its a cappella music-theater piece “Tall Stories.Gough, directed by Rufus Norris.

France’s Transe Express will appear on the New Haven Green June 14-16 in its “Mobile Homme,” a 100-foot-high human mobile of drummers and acrobats.

The RSC will appear at the festival for the fourth consecutive year, playing the Shubert June 26-30 in the U.S. premiere of Richard Jones’ production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

The Metropolitan Opera will play the festival for the third consecutive year with a free concert performance of “La Boheme” on the New Haven Green June 19.

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