While Monday, June 23 is a day of rest at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, the rest of the final week is packed with activities. Here is a look at some of the highlights Tuesday-Saturday, June 24–28.
Adele Myers & Dancers will present “Einstein’s Happiest Thought,” which combines feats of physicality with the music of the contemporary group So Percussion, Tuesday-Saturday at the Isenman Theater, Yale School of Art.
A different local choir will provide the “soundscape” for each performance of “The Events,” an award-winning new play by David Grieg exploring the boundaries of tragedy and forgiveness, which will be staged Tuesday-Saturday at the Yale Repertory Theatre.
The Montreal troupe Les 7 Doigts de la Main (7 Fingers) will combine high-flying acrobatics with break-dancing, skateboarding, and basketball in “Traces,” being performed Tuesday-Saturday in the University Theatre.
This week’s Ideas events, which are free and open to the public on a first-come basis, are:
Friday: Acrobuffos (see also: “Even More on the Green”)
Even more on the Green
In addition to their appearance on the Family Stage (see above), Acrobuffos will present “Waterbombs!” —described as a comic “water balloon gladiator show” — at 5 p.m on Friday and noon, 2:30 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. Free.
Visitors can get in touch with their spiritual selves while walking through a Compost Labyrinth that will be created by EcoWorks and the Mercy Center at Madison beginning Thursday afternoon. Guided walks looking at the history and purpose of labyrinths will begin at 7 p.m. The labyrinth will remain after the event, and the compost used to create it will eventually be absorbed back into the earth.
The Weekend Showcase, beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday will feature artists and talents from the community.
The festival will draw to a close with a free evening concert at 7 p.m. on the New Haven Green featuring La Santa Cecilia and Nation Beat. The 2014 Grammy winner for Best Latin Rock Album, La Santa Cecilia combines Pan-American rhythms — cumbia, bossa nova, rumba, bolero, tango, jazz, rock — in their fiesta-like performances. Nation Beat will open the evening with its music from Brazil by way of New Orleans.