The Blogfest!

A look back at some of the highlights from Festival 2014.

David Greig’s highly acclaimed, daring new play asks how far forgiveness will stretch. Dealing with issues of community, tolerance, and how to cope in the wake of traumatic events, The Events tells of tragedy, obsession, and our desire to fathom the unfathomable. The production features local choirs and a soaring musical soundscape.

Traces combines traditional, high-flying acrobatic forms with movement from the streets, such as break-dancing, skateboarding and basketball.

Created by Montreal-based circus troupe Les 7 doigts de la main—the same company that created the acrobatics in the Broadway revival of Pippin and last season's Festival smash hit Sequence 8—Traces uses smart theatricality and contemporary movement, to surprise, awe, and delight at every turn. In this video Francisco Cruz, associate artistic director for Traces, shares some of the inspiration for the show and what New Haven audiences have to look forward to.

In this “wittily inventive” (The New York Times) and “boisterously entertaining” (Entertainment Weekly) show, acclaimed theater ensemble Elevator Repair Service explores the drama emerging from Supreme Court oral arguments in Barnes v. Glen Theatre, a 1991 First Amendment case brought by a group of erotic dancers and the proprietors of the Kitty Kat Lounge in Indiana.

Arguendo is a staging of the case’s entire oral argument verbatim, interspersed with bits of real interviews with the justices, the lawyers and an exotic dancer who traveled all the way from the Déja Vu Club in Saginaw, Michigan to listen to the argument at The Supreme Court.

June 18-22
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Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group is a company that dances with stylishness and athleticism: the movement is bold and vibrant, drawing from blues, slave, and spiritual cultures. Steps are then combined with dance drawn from freestyle, disco, and classical sources.

In Moses(es), choreographer Reggie Wilson finds inspiration in Zora Neale Hurston's Moses, Man of the Mountain, reflecting on the migration of people and cultures around the world. The New York Times called Moses(es) a “thrilling new work.

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A pool of water, a pole to climb on, and two clowns with musical instruments: what could possibly go wrong? Mathieu Levavasseur and William Valet go from comic to absurd, creating a playful world where aquatic poetry and music fill the New Haven Green.

Performance Schedule:
Sat, June 14, 2014, 12:00pm
Sat, June 14, 2014, 5:00pm
Sun, June 15, 2014, 12:00pm
Sun, June 15, 2014, 5:00pm

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In this video Lemon Anderson performs a selection from his show "County of Kings" at the Celebrate Fair Haven Pop-Up Festival!
County of Kings performs on June 14-15, 2014.
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New Haven based choreographer, Adele Myers, shares her thoughts on dance, inspiration, and how the company put Einstein's Happiest Thought together.

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Cellist Erik Friedlander draws on his experiences as a child traveling across the United States with his family—across America's wide open landscapes with its colors and sounds—to create an engaging solo performance.
The performance brings together Erik's rich, inspired cello music, his own stories from now-distant road trips, images taken by his father the photographer Lee Friedlander, and haunting road films contributed by filmmaker Bill Morrison.

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Regina Carter (MacArthur “Genius” Fellow) is considered the foremost jazz violinist of her generation. At the Festival, she explores and celebrates the folk tunes that her paternal grandfather would have heard in the South: Cajun fiddle music, early gospel and coal miners' work songs are meshed with contemporary tunes to form Carter's unique and engaging sound.

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