Plan early: International festival tickets are now available

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"Black Girl: Linguistic Play," one of many festival offerings this year, combines dance, play, and music to explore black womanhood in a racially and politically charged world.

For those looking forward to attending the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, it’s not too soon to make plans: tickets are now available for events that require them.

While many of the festival events are free, a number of circus, dance, music, theater, and other performances are ticketed events. These include:

Black Girl: Linguistic Play, which combines the rhythmic play of social dance, double dutch, steppin’, tap, and live music to represent a spectrum of black womanhood in a racially and politically charged world;

(Be)longing, a performance reflecting society’s collective emergence from large-scale tragedies, featuring locally cast singers, beatboxers, and hip-artists who will present a staged oratorio about belonging, isolation, healing and community;

 • Manual Cinema: End of TV, a world premiere and festival commission performance in which the company Manual Cinema transforms the experience of attending the cinema, combining shadow puppetry, theatricality, cinematic techniques, and innovative sounds and live music to create immersive stories;

We Are Citizens, the culmination of a three-day intensive New Haven residency with Theatre of the Oppressed NYC, a company whose mission is to partner with communities facing discrimination to inspire transformative action through theater. New Haven residents will take the stage in this event, and will invite audience members to join them onstage to upend old narratives and find new solutions;

Wu Man + Miró Quartet, a performance featuring Grammy-nominated musician Wu Man and the award-winning Miró Quartet, who will present the world premiere of “Gardenia” by Chinese composer Xiaogang Ye;

Whitman, Melville, Dickinson — Passions of Bloom, the world premiere of an oratorio by Yale composer Martin Bresnick based on the thought of Yale literature professor Harold Bloom and centered on the lives of legendary poets Walt Whitman, Herman Melville, and Emily Dickinson;

Yale Institute for Music Theatre will present rehearsal readings of new works by emerging theater artists. These include “Gumbo,” conceived by Christina Quintana and Brett Macias, and “Cowboy Bob,” by Molly Beach Murphy, Jeanna Phillips, and Annie Tippe. The event is presented in association with Yale School of Drama and Yale Repertory Theatre;

Leo: The Anti-Gravity Show, an interplay of acrobatic physical theater and video projection directed by the Montreal actor and director Daniel Brière, based on an original idea by the performer Tobias Wegner;

Yale-China Hketo-NY Arts Fellows will present their works. These include Phoebe Hul’s “The Chaos Project,” a series of kinetic “elements” built with electronics, music wires, and piano keys retrieved from an abandoned grand piano; and Cai Ying’s “in-between,” inspired by the childhood games the artist played, which explores the relationships between the individual and the collective, and the process of change. In addition, working with New Haven Public Schools, sculptor Debe Sham will help students find their voices in their city as they design their own urban playground, and in a performance titled “Never Stand Still,” Onnie Chan will use elements of the Chinese game Mahjong to give audience members the opportunity to “travel” on a journey to Hong Kong for a new experience. The International Festival of Arts & Ideas and the Yale-China Association Arts Fellowship is an 18-month experience for emerging professional Chinese artists, during which artists spend six months in residence in New Haven learning from practicing artists and professors at Yale and in the greater New Haven community.

Ticket prices vary for the above events; click on the links for specific prices.

In addition, $10 general admission tickets are available for performances taking place in churches on the New Haven Green. Featured guests are the Shoreline ballet presenting a new adaptation of “Hansel and Gretel”; Alison Cook Beatty Dance; Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet; Mariachi Mexico Antiguo; Canadian rapper Baba Brinkman in “Rap Guide to Climate Chaos”; Happenstance Theater; the Survivors Swing Band; Rolie Polie Guacamole; soprano Deborah Lifton; Olive Tiger; Tere Luna & Val Ramos Duo; Afro Peruvian New Trends Orquestra; Weekly Word Warriors for the Citywide Youth Poetry Jam; and LayaVinyasa.

Among the many other festival events are free concerts on the New Haven Green; lectures and conversations about democracy, citizenship, food and American culture, African literature, the changing roles of downtown, and more; walking, bike, and boat tours; exhibition talks and tours; master classes and workshops; and food experiences. Many of these events are free. 

Tickets can be ordered online (with no fees), by phone at 203- 498-3772 (a $3 per-ticket fee applies), and (beginning June 1) in person at the INFONew Haven Visitor Information Center, 1000 Chapel St. (Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.) If available, tickets can be purchased at each venue beginning one hour before the performance for an additional $5. Passes and group tickets are also available. Visit the festival website for more information.

Watch YaleNews for a roundup of festival events in early June.

Yale is one of the cosponsors of the annual International Festival of Arts & Ideas, and many events take place on the campus. The festival brings world-class musicians, circus performers, theatrical productions, and speakers to New Haven. The event is the region’s largest artist and cultural festival.

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