The Blogfest!

As we get ready to honor Sheila Nevins, documentary film producer and President of HBO Documentary Films for Home Box Office, with our 4th Annual Visionary Leadership Award, our first awardee, Zainab Salbi shares her thoughts on what makes a visionary leader.

As we get ready to honor Sheila Nevins, documentary film producer and President of HBO Documentary Films for Home Box Office, with our 4th Annual Visionary Leadership Award, last years winner, Charlayne Hunter-Gault shares her thoughts on what makes a visionary leader.

A classical Indian dancer whose artistic curiosity has spanned contemporary and traditional forms, Shantala Shivalingappa is widely acclaimed for her vivid, brilliantly musical performances. Shivalingappa specializes in the traditional South Indian dance form of Kuchipudi and she has also made an imprint working with Western artists such as Pina Bausch and Peter Brook.

The Festival is proud to present the U.S. premiere of Shivalingappa’s new Kuchipudi solo "Akasha," which explores her wide-ranging traditions and contemporary influences. The piece is performed to live music with four Indian musicians.

Ideas have enormous power. They inspire, they provoke, they delight.

The thinkers, scholars, adventurers, and artists gathered at this year’s Festival are people with ideas to share. Some have taken great risks with their ideas. Others have connected dozens of ideas into a greater whole. Others ask questions with their ideas: who are we, and who do we want to be?

What do these ideas mean to you? What delights will you find in these experiences and adventures? What ideas will they inspire—provoke—in you?

A Broken Umbrella Theatre, New Haven’s award-winning ensemble theater company presents Freewheelers.
Broken Umbrella is known for creating original, site-specific theater inspired by the rich history and lore of New Haven. The ensemble’s immersive spectacles take audiences back in time, enlivening forgotten city locations while uncovering secrets from the past.

For Freewheelers, Broken Umbrella and Olympia Properties have breathed new life into the former Horowitz Brothers department store, transforming it into an exciting theatrical space.

Stuck Elevator is a comic-rap-scrap metal musical prompted by the real life experience of a Chinese restaurant delivery man trapped in a Bronx elevator for 81 hours. The musical follows his experience living in New York, where he has been working at Happy Dragon Restaurant struggling to repay a $60,000 debt to smugglers for his passage from China to the United States. His journey is from one country touted as the next global economic superpower to another founded on the ideals of democracy and freedom.

Seattle-based Byron Au Yong and New Haven native Aaron Jafferis are two exciting and resonant new voices in American theater today: Stuck Elevator returns to the Festival in a full production, after a workshop version was performed at Festival 2010 as part of the Yale Institute for Music Theatre. A complete production premiered at American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco this spring.

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This Video Blog offers a behind the scenes look at a new collaboration from the team behind the Tony Award-winning Broadway & West End hit, WAR HORSE.

Shakespeare’s inexhaustible A Midsummer Night’s Dream unfurls in a new adaption interweaving the lives of lovers, actors, friends, foes, and fairies. This is a Dream about love, lust, survival, and song, where a belief in the mystical presence of fairies isn’t mere superstition, but encoded in the routines of a community living on the edge of viability. This is a future primitive world, a hard world, a world of survival and instinct; a world in which, thanks to the magic of Handspring Puppet Company, all objects are granted the right to life.

Dive into one featured restaurant to experience something new—or to rediscover an old favorite! Meet the chefs and peek into their kitchens, watch a food demonstration, and sample delicious specialties of the house!