Yale Bulletin and Calendar

May 26, 2000Volume 28, Number 33

"Howard's End," the 1992 movie based on a novel by E.M. Forster, will be shown as part of a Yale Center for British Art film series offered in conjunction with the festiival.

Festival Time: Celebrations of art,
music and culture at Yale, city sites

Stages, squares, courtyards and streets throughout Yale and New Haven this summer will fill with the voices of international artists and performers intent on enchanting and entertaining thousands of visitors to this year's International Festival of Arts & Ideas, June 16-July 1.

The University is again a sponsor of the festival, which is expected to bring more than 100,000 people to New Haven for concerts, dramatic performances, films, talks, readings and more. This year, the 16-day event has expanded to include New London and Stamford as festival sites, making the event "Connecticut's" International Festival of Arts & Ideas, say its organizers. The festival has been described by the Hartford Courant as "[o]ne of the most successful arts programs in recent state history."

Many festival events will take place on the Yale campus. In addition, individuals and organizations from Yale will participate in off-campus festival activities. Campus events will appear in the Calendar section of this newspaper. For general information about the festival or to purchase tickets to individual events, call
1-888-ARTIDEA or visit the website at www.artidea.org. The following is a look at the many Yale-related events. For highlights of off-campus events, see page 8.

Celebrating Bloomsbury

Symposium. The Yale Center for British Art will kick off the International Festival of Arts & Ideas with a symposium titled "What is Bloomsbury?" on Friday and Saturday, June 16 and 17. The event, which is free and open to the public, coincides with the center's new exhibition, "The Art of Bloomsbury," which is devoted to the artistic achievements of the Bloomsbury Group, England's most famous and widely publicized coterie of writers, artists and intellectuals. Members included Virginia Woolf, Vanessa Bell, Clive Bell, Duncan Grant, Roger Fry, Dora Carrington and Lytton Strachey, among others. The symposium will examine the contribution individuals in the group made to criticism, painting and economics as well as their troubled and idiosyncratic relationships.

Speaking at the symposium will be Stanford University historian Peter Stansky; painter and art critic Julian Bell, a grandson of Clive and Vanessa Bell; art historian, critic and biographer Frances Spalding; Duke University economist Craufurd D. Goodwin; art historian Christopher Reed of Lake Forest College; author and critic Regina Marler; and Alastair Upton, director of The Charleston Trust.

The symposium will begin at 3 p.m. on Friday with an introduction Patrick McCaughey, director of the Yale Center for British Art. Saturday's events begin at 9:30 a.m. For a complete schedule or further information, call (203) 432-2850.

Performance. The Yale Center for British Art will also offer two performances of "Vita & Virginia -- A Play by Eileen Atkins" on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 20 and 21, at 5:30 p.m. The play was created by English actress Eileen Atkins exclusively from the correspondence between Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West. These two British novelists came to know each other intimately in the 1920s and corresponded continuously until Woolf's death in 1941. The performance will be directed by Murray Biggs, adjunct professor of English and theater studies, and will be performed by Barbara Somerville, associate professor of acting at the School of Drama, and Alicia Roper, a student at the School of Drama. Admission is free, and the public is invited.

Films. A series of films related to the Bloomsbury Group will be offered throughout the festival at the Yale Center for British Art. These include the documentary "The War Within: A Portrait of Virginia Woolf," an exploration of the British writer's life and work. The creators of the documentary, John Fuegi and Jo Francis, will introduce "The War Within" at its screenings on Monday, June 19, at 5:30 p.m. and Friday, June 23, at 11 a.m. In 1996 the International Documentary Association selected the film as one of the four best feature documentaries in the world. It was shot in England at locations legendary in the history of the Bloomsbury Group and incorporates archival footage, paintings, photos and interviews with Woolf's family members.

A schedule of other films being shown during the festival in conjunction with "The Art of Bloomsbury" exhibit follow. All screenings take place at 1 p.m. the Yale Center for British Art and are free and open to the public. "Carrington" on Friday, June 23; "Howard's End" on Saturday, June 24; "A Room With a View" on Sunday, June 25; "To the Lighthouse" on Monday, June 26; "Women in Love" on Tuesday, June 27; "Orlando on Wednesday, June 28; "Tom & Viv" on Thursday, June 29; "Maurice" on Friday, June 30; and "Mrs. Dalloway on Saturday, July 1.

Concert. Chamber Music Plus will be featured in a performance titled "A Stopped Clock: From Brahms to Bloomsbury" on Thursday, June 22, at 5:30 p.m. at the Yale Center for British Art. This free event is a musical portrait of Dame Ethyl Smyth, a composer, suffragette and avid sportswoman who studied under Brahms and was a friend of Tchaikovsky, Grieg and Virginia Woolf.

The Yale Center for British Art is located at 1080 Chapel St. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. The center is closed Mondays (except on May 22 and June 19 and 26) and July 4. For further information on any of the above events, call (203) 432-2850 or visit the center's website at www.yale.edu/ycba.

Gothic films

In conjunction with one of its current exhibits, "Modern Gothic: The Revival of Medieval Art," the Yale University Art Gallery will offer a selection of chilling movies featuring some of Hollywood's darkest characters. All films take place at 2 p.m. at the gallery, 1111 Chapel St. The schedule follows:

* Tuesday, June 27 -- "The Haunted House (1921) featuring Buster Keaton, and "Rebecca" (1940), directed by Alfred Hitchcock.

* Wednesday, June 28 -- "Scaredy Cat" (1948), a Warner Brothers cartoon, and "The Spiral Staircase" (1946), directed by Robert Stodmak.

* Thursday, June 29 -- "The Addams Family" (1960) television show and "The Haunting" (1960).

* Friday, June 30 -- "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1921), directed by Robert Wiene, and "Edward Scissorhands (1960), directed by Tim Burton.

For more information, call (203) 432-0600 or visit the gallery's website at marie.weltzien@yale.edu.

Courtyard concerts

Musical talents from Africa, South America, Lebanon and the United States will be featured in a series of concerts taking place in the courtyard of the Hall of Graduate Studies. All concerts take place at 8 p.m. Featured performers are:

* Cesaria Evora, known as the "Barefoot Diva of Cape Verde," who performs blues music representing the cultural heritage of her homeland. This three-time Grammy nominee will perform on Wednesday, June 21. Tickets are $25.

* Bill Apollo Brown Trio will perform on Thursday, June 22, in a concert that features "Dances for Piano, Volume 1." This instrumental piece combines elements of jazz, rock, blues, gospel and Latin music. Tickets $20.

* Pablo Ziegler, an Argentinean pianist, composer and arranger whose music combines classic and contemporary tango with jazz, will perform "Quintet for New Tango" on Friday, June 23. Tickets are $20.

* Craig Harris and Sekou Sundiata, a duo who through spoken word and song will present the text of "Udu," a tale that parallels a classic slave narrative with the contemporary story of a fictional character enslaved in present-day Mauritania. Produced by 651 Arts, this performance on Thursday, June 29, mixes African American and West African rhythms with European and Middle Eastern music. Tickets $20.

* Rabih Abou-Khalil, a Lebanese virtuoso will perform with his group on Friday, June 30. The group's performance fuses traditional Arabic music and contemporary jazz. Tickets $20.

Other musical events

* The award-winning Elm City Ensemble will perform Beethoven's Piano Trio in C Minor and the group's arrangement of Schumann's Piano Quartet in E-Flat on Tuesday, June 20, at 8 p.m. in Sudler Recital Hall of William L. Harkness Hall, 100 Wall St. Tickets $15.

* The Four Nations Ensemble will perform in two concerts at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. On Sunday, June 24, the group will depict the loneliness, detachment and violence of the monster Frankenstein through the music of Schubert and Mozart. On June 25, the ensemble will perform of program of music reflecting the impact of the novel "The Sorrows of Young Werther," which will feature works by Beethoven, Haydn and C.P.E. Bach.

Both concerts take place at 4 p.m. Tickets are $15.


A company of 10 young dancers, acrobats and breakers, recruited from the streets of a disadvantaged Paris suburb, will perform in "Macadam Macadam" Wednesday, June 28, through Saturday, July 1, at 8 p.m. at the University Theatre, 222 York St. Choreographed by Blanca Li with music by Antoine Hervé, this performance combines hip hop and contemporary dance with skating and cycling. All shows are at 8 p.m. Tickets $15.

Sharing ideas

Yale faculty members will be among the speakers for a seminar titled "Reflection & Vision: The Future Isn't What it Used to Be" on Sunday, June 17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in Davies Auditorium, Becton Center, 15 Prospect St. The seminar will examine the place of the humanities in an increasingly global, technological world by exploring the question: Do art, architecture, literature, poetry and liberal arts matter anymore? Yale speakers include Peter P. Brooks, the Chester D. Tripp Professor of the Humanities and director of the Whitney Humanities Center; Kai Erickson, the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Sociology and American Studies; Evelyn Ender, visiting associate professor of comparative literature; Serene L. Jones, associate professor of theology and Afro-American studies and adjunct associate professor of law; J.D. McClatchy, editor of The Yale Review; and Frank M. Turner, the John Hay Whitney Professor of History. The event is free and open to the public.

Theodore R. Marmor, professor at the School of Management and the Institution for Social and Policy Studies, will be among the featured speakers in a series of festival talks on the subject "Defining Moments," offered June 15-30. Marmor will discuss "Medicare: Myths, Realities and Remarks" at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 22, at a location to be announced. Other discussion topics in the series, which is free and open to the public, will include human stem cell research, global warming, the arts and public policy, children and the media, political polling, Internet democracy and youth safety.

Writers' reading

The festival's annual program of writers reading their works will feature a reading by five of this year's Lambda Awards finalists -- Michael Thomas Ford, Severna Park, Robin Lippincott, Elizabeth Stark and Edward Stein -- on Sunday, June 18, in the lecture hall of the Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St. The Lambda Awards are the most prestigious awards for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender writers in the country. The event is free and open to the public.

Other highlights of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas

The wide array of activities taking place at Yale is only a fraction of the special events comprising the International Festival of Arts & Ideas.

Below is just a sampling of other festival highlights. For further information about these activities, visit the website of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas at www.artideas.org or call 1-888-ARTIDEA.

Elm City festivities

* The Royal Shakespeare Company presents "Macbeth," at the Long Wharf Theatre, June 15-18 and 20-24.

* The D'Oyly Carte Opera Company performs "H.M.S. Pinafore," at the Shubert Performing Arts Center, June 16-18.

* Saigon Water Puppet Theatre brings its unique performance based on a 1,000-year-old tradition to New Haven June 27-July 1 at a location to be announced.

* "Short & NEAT," a one-act play festival at the Little Theatre, June 16-18.

* Grammy Award-winning musician Wynton Marsalis will take the stage with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra at the Shubert Performing Arts Center on Saturday, July 1.

* "The Evolving City" will explore the major challenges and opportunities that cities face. Held at the Aldermanic Chambers, New Haven City Hall, June 26-28.

* Transit Fair, an event featuring information on alternative methods of travel to and from the downtown New Haven area and about parking in the central business district. Hosted by the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce on the New Haven Green on Wednesday, June 28.

In Stamford and New London

* "Sail for the Sound 2000," the 5th annual celebration of Long Island Sound, will offer sailing excursions on historic "Tall Ships" at the Brewer Yacht Haven Marina in Stamford on June 24 and 25.

* Sculpture 2000 International, a free exhibition of sculptures by artists from around the world, will be featured at Union Plaza in New London, Avery Point in Groton and Mitchell College. Check the festival's website for specific dates.


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