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Edinburgh Intl. Fest looks to Americas

Event includes Wooster, Elevator Repair Service premieres

The lineup of the 2010 Edinburgh Intl. Festival focuses on the Americas and the New World, with helmer Jonathan Mills shifting the character of the traditionally Euro-centric event to include more theater, dance and music from countries such as Chile, Brazil and New Zealand.

Among the preems in the festival, which takes in an estimated £9.3 million ($14 million), are “The Sun Also Rises,” the third part of a trilogy of novel adaptations by experimental Gotham company Elevator Repair Service, and Tennessee Williams’ “Vieux Carre” staged by the Wooster Group ahead of dates in the U.S.

Other Gotham visitors include Mabou Mines with a revival of “Gospel at Colonus” and Meredith Monk with music-theater piece “Songs of Ascension.”

From the opening concert — a performance of “El Nino” by John Adams — the three-week event tunes into what Mills calls the “textural, atmospheric and sensual” aspects of countries for which the Pacific is at least as important as the Atlantic. Other theater highlights include “Sin Sangre” and “The Man who Fed Butterflies,” two mixed-media fusions by Chile’s Teatro Cinema, and “Diciembre,” a political black comedy by Teatro en el Blanco also from Chile.

Scotland’s own relationship with the New World will be explored in a preem staged by the National Theater of Scotland. “Caledonia,” by playwright and screen writer Alistair Beaton, looks back to the Darien venture, a disastrous attempt to establish a Scottish colony on the Isthmus of Panama in the 1690s. The production, directed by Anthony Neilson, has been backed by $300,000 from the Scottish government’s Edinburgh festival’s expo fund.

The Edinburgh Intl. Festival runs Aug. 13 – Sep. 5.

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