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Between the Seas Festival: Politically Charged Mediterranean Dance and Theater

rebeca tomasA fairly new festival only in its second year, the Between the Seas Festival of Mediterranean Performing Arts (August 20 – 26, 2012) at Wild Project (195 East 3rd Street, NY) brings together theater and dance from Mediterranean countries. Between the Seas features artists from:

  • Israel
  • Lebanon
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Denmark

Between the Seas has a strong focus on dance, with troupes from the Arab world like Mancopy Dance Company and their piece EVERY last BREATH, which reflects on living a life of perpetual risk and danger. The Spanish dancer Rebeca Tomas performs Tradiciones Nuevas, a decronstruction of Flamenco musical traditions.

The plays being performed are similarly culturally and politically charged, like the Greek play When the red Toyota went off the road and sank in black water, about a politician coping with the inadvertent manslaughter of a woman he just met. I.D. is a Lebanese play about four transgender people from around the Mediterranean dealing with their new lives.

Between the Seas will host a free screening of The Glass Wall, a documentary by Iranian-American filmmaker, theatre artist, educator, and scholar, Mahmood Karimi-Hakak, and a special guided performance/tour at the The Lower East Side Tenement Museum called A Visit from Victoria.

There will be two play stage readings:  Benedictus, which brings together acclaimed artists from Iran, Israel and the United States and This Time, a new play written by Sevan Kaloustian Greene and directed by Kareem Fahmy about a woman fleeing 1960’s Egypt for having an affair with an American professor. 

Strange and niche, yet extremely relevant, Between the Seas looks to break new ground in dance and theater.

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Between the Seas Festival of Mediterranean Performing Arts
August 20 - 26, 2012

Wild Project
195 East 3rd Street
New York, NY 10009

1st Irish Theatre Festival 2012

hard time first irishAh, Irish theater; a proud tradition of strife, nihilism, and eloquence.  A tradition that is being upheld by the 1st Irish theatre festival. Now in its fifth year, 1st Irish, will be happening September 3 to October 1, 2012 (Irish Rep, 59E59 Theaters, the Irish Arts Center, The Cell, and The Drilling Company).

Organized by Origin Theatre Company (who are now celebrating their tenth anniversary) 1st Irish features plays and musicals by 11 contemporary Irish playwrights in productions from Belfast, Dublin, Boston and New York.

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FringeNY 2012: Girls, Goys, and Theater

tail spinSpread across over 19 venues throughout New York during August, the New York International Fringe Festival (Fringe NYC) will feature programming from 187 theater troupes from across America.

Running from August 10 – 26, 2012, the New York Fringe Fest has helped spurred a phenonmenon of many Fringe fests springing up around the country and the world.

Established in 1997, the fest has been the sources for premieres of shows such as the Broadway-bound Urinetown, Dog Sees God, and the English language premiere of Tom Waits’ and William BurroughsThe Black Rider.

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Midtown International Theatre Festival 2012

MITF whatta posterAs the Summer continues, more theater festivals emerge in New York. The 13th annual Midtown International Theatre Festival (MITF) runs from July 16 – August 5, 2012, at the Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex (312 West 36th St, NY) in the June Havoc and Dorothy Strelsin Theatre. While smaller than some festivals, MITF is not lacking in ingenuity and imagination.

MITF has a strong emphasis on off-off-Broadway productions due in part to Executive Producer John Chatterton, who founded the Off-Off-Broadway Review in 1993, and created the MITF after one of his reviewers said “someone” should start a Midtown theater festival.

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