Workshops and Classes

Join the Festival's visiting artists for these special opportunities! FREE reservations recommended. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a bottle of water. Be prepared to move and play!

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The Storytelling Body

presented with Ad Infinitum

Multi-award-winning company, Ad Infinitum, is running a workshop for professional and semi-professional actors, directors and theatre practitioners. Together we will explore performance via a Lecoq-style method that will push the physical limits of the actor as a creative theatre maker. The workshop will look at how the actor in an empty space can bring to life an abundant world of characters, spaces, colours, emotions and atmospheres –with the body alone.

Tue, June 11, 2019, 10:00am  Details
1 hr

Dorrance Dance Body Percussion

presented with Dorrance Dance

You are the rhythm! Use your body to produce a wide variety of rhythmic sounds from clapping to stomping and everything in between. Discover the percussive possibilities of your unique instrument and help develop your body’s relationship between music and movement.

Wed, June 12, 2019, 10:00am  Details
1 hr

New Haven Renaissance

WordFest Spoken Word Class

This participatory workshop uses spoken word to challenge and confirm New Haven’s identity. How are we dealing with Yale’s increased presence? And the police presence that follows? How do these dynamics alter our spaces? Who are they altered for (and away from)? Let’s talk about it. And then change.

Wed, June 12, 2019, 3:00pm  Details
2 hrs

Circus Tricks, Foundation of Circus

presented with Circa

Experience everything from acrobalance to handstands and tumbling. An encouraging, creative environment that’s challenging and loads of fun, participants will have the potential to work with specialist trainers to learn new skills, refine technique and to work towards devising acts for the stage.

Fri, June 14, 2019, 3:00pm  Details
1 hr

Silkscreen/Serigraph Printmaking with Creative Arts Workshop

presented with the Creative Arts Workshop

Come to this workshop and learn about the art of silkscreen. Take home a silkscreen/serigraph print you will make with this nontoxic, highly versatile stenciling process used to transfer multicolor images onto a variety of surfaces, including paper, fabric, and wood.

Fri, June 14, 2019, 3:00pm  Details
2 hrs

New Haven Hip-Hop Conference Interactive Workshop

presented with the Artsucation™ Academy Network

The Artsucation™ Academy Network presents the New Haven Hip-Hop Conference Interactive Workshop. Explore the origins of Hip-Hop through live reenactments of the basic elements of Hip-Hop Culture through Hip-Hop history, turntablist/DJay, Emcee, Dancers/B-Boys & B-Girls, and a live graffiti artist creating a mural on the Green with special guest Hip-Hop pioneers! Co-founders Ms. Hanan Hameen, MSEdL and Dr. Siobhan Carter-David, Ced Gee of Ultramagnetic MC's, DJ LoKash, and Eddie Prim Graffiti Artist

Made possible with help from the Mayor's Neighborhood Cultural Vitality Grant Program.

Sat, June 15, 2019, 12:00pm  Details
1 hr 30 min

From/To Nothing

Dancer/choreographer Sarah Xiao and composer/musician Liam Bellman-Sharpe create work that is experimental and constantly in flux. By combining improvised and precomposed vocabularies and syntaxes, and never making it clear which is which, their work draws attention to the performative frame itself, and so to the unconscious subconscious lenses we view life through. By deliberately cultivating elements that change performance-to-performance, they embrace their capacity as performers to surprise themselves and each other. In other words, their work is concerned with what you choose and what you don’t; what you control and what you don’t. A work is never finished; there is no final form, no final artefact, and material is freely repurposed and reconstituted between projects.

June 15, 2019  Details
45 min

Keeping the Culture with Ms. Hanan

presented with Artsucation™ Academy Network's Ms. Hanan's Dance and Beyond

Join Ms. Hanan, Founder/Director of the Artsucation™ Academy Network, for a Master Dance Class experience that will bring you on a journey through the evolution of Black dance from traditional African to Hip-Hop. Through the spirit of Juneteenth, join us as we explore the strength of a people through the love of dance as communication, salvation, and celebration.

Wed, June 19, 2019, 3:00pm  Details
1 hr

Writing Workshop with Toto Kisaku: One square, Billions of lives... which seeds for the green?

Who has nothing, yet has everything? Who has everything, yet has nothing? These are questions of materiality versus humanity.

Toto Kisaku, award-winning Congolese playwright, actor, director, producer, and Arts & Ideas Artist in Residence, will guide writers to consider who truly is empty, who is not, and the gaps we each have to fill. Through this workshop on the Green, find balance in a society that often lacks perception, empathy and warmth.

Thu, June 20, 2019, 2:30pm  Details
1 hr 30 min

Let's Make a Dance

Always dreamed of being onstage? Here’s your shot!

Collaborate with a Broadway choreographer to create a movement-based piece that will be performed at the 2020 International Festival of Arts & Ideas.

Keigwin + Company’s inclusive “Let’s Make a Dance” workshop is open to all ages and skill levels. The company’s artistic director—choreographer and award-winning dancer Larry Keigwin—invites anyone with “undiscovered talent and a sense of humor” to join the workshop, he says. “Come move with us and play.”

Participants will be invited (but not required) to perform the final piece they've created together during the 2020 Festival. Come to one or all of the workshops; additional dates will be announced.

“It’s such a dream come true to be on the stage, to be up there and take that risk, to take that creative chance.”—Faith Sorenson, former workshop participant

Get to know the workshop leaders!

In the Press: The Arts Paper, "New Haven Starts in on a Dance"

In the Press: WNPR Arts & Culture, "New Haven Community Invited To Join In The Dance "

Made possible by The Jean Handley Fund.

November 23, 2019  Details
1 hr 30 min

Activist Songbook

Make songs and stories to spark hope and activate change

Activist Songbook is an ongoing performance project creating 53 new songs and raps to counteract hate and energize movements. Composer Byron Au Yong and lyricist Aaron Jafferis interview Asian American activists, immigrants and refugees, asking: What are the sounds your movement needs that do not yet exist? How can we work together to create these songs?

Activist Songbook will be performed by soloists, local choirs, and special guests at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, June 20-21.

Activist Songbook is looking for singers and rappers to perform at the 2020 Festival and is holding online auditions through March. Please audition online here. >

To audition, please create an audition video consisting of one verse of a song (if you are a singer), or a rap (if you are a rapper), or both.  As part of the registration, you will be able to submit your video one of two ways:

Option 1: Provide a URL link to your video submission, a field is provided in the registration form. Video should be on a public platform (like Google Drive, YouTube, or Vimeo). 

Option 2: Upload your video to the dropbox link provided in the registration form.

Rehearsal Schedule:

  • 1 Saturday afternoon and 1 weekday...