Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and New York Theatre Salon will present the 2nd Annual Global Forms Theater Festival. Running June 1-9, 2021 and showcasing over 100 theater artists from 34 different countries, this week-long theatrical event celebrates and uplifts the work of international and immigrant theater artists living in the United States and abroad. Through a series of in-person and online performances, videos, documentaries, workshops, and panel discussions, the Global Forms Theater Festival uses multiple art forms and aesthetics as a means of exploring humanity, freedom, home, and isolationism. This Festival gives a critical opportunity to uplift the voices of international artists during this global pandemic and to share those works with audiences around the world. All events are free and open to the public.
Festival highlights include Glimpse, an outdoor celebration of life and new beginnings with live theater, music, dance, and art for children in Prospect Park Brooklyn, curated by Shadi Ghaheri with over 20 immigrant artists from India, Iran, South Africa, Lebanon and more; Roundabout: Painting a theatrical portrait, created as a form of artistic healing and creative experimentation, this documentary theater event conceived of by Inés Braun tells the stories of how two real immigrants, one Nigerian and one Chinese, have navigated the struggles of the Covid pandemic; The Meltdown, a darkly comic dating ritual by Rawya El Chab and Aline Salloumset against the backdrop of political and economic breakdown in Lebanon; and Time Zone Free, a live-streamed event curated by Chrysi Sylaidi spotlighting the beauty and uniqueness of the many spoken languages and music of the world, available to audiences across the globe.
Workshops, discussions, and a collection of short films complement the performances. All events, except for Glimpse which can be experienced in-person at Prospect Park, will be available online. Please visit nytheatresalon.com/globalforms2021 for more information.
“The theme of this year’s Global Forms Theater Festival is “Seven Continents Unite,” says festival curator and lead producer Yue Liu, Rattlestick’s Managing Director and founder of New York Theatre Salon. “It comes at a time where the pandemic has taught us the importance of coming together for common causes and to fight against xenophobia and outward expressions of racism. The festival highlights our shared humanity and compassion. As an immigrant producer who has experienced various types of discrimination in my life, I deeply understand the pains and struggles that immigrant artists are carrying. I feel a strong sense of responsibility to produce the festival and provide a safe environment for immigrant artists to tell their stories confidently, proudly, and authentically.”
Global Forms Theater Festival is generously funded by Faith Catlin and John Griesemer, the Howard Gilman Foundation, and the New World Foundation.