Out and about: running away this summer? Don't forget your passport--and our annual listing of more than 200 theta festival around the world.
International Festival of Theatre "Butrinti 2000," Saranda; www.butrinti2000.com; Jul 17-25.
Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Adelaide; www.adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au; Jun 7-22.
Anywhere Theatre Festival, Brisbane; www.anywherefest.com; May 8-19.
Brisbane Festival, South Brisbane; www.brisbanefestival.com.au; Sep 7-28.
Darwin Festival, Darwin; www.darwinfestiyal.org.au; Aug 8-25.
Bregenz Festival, Bregenz; www.bregenzerfestspiele.com; Jul 17-Aug 18.
Festpiele Gutenstein, Gutenstein; www.festspielegutenstein.at; Jul 18-Aug 11.
Komodienspiele Porcia, Spittal/Drau; www.komoedienspiele.at; Jun 27-Aug 31.
La Strada, Graz, www.lastrada.at/en; Jul 26-Aug 3.
Salzburg Festival, Salzburg; www.salzburgfestspiele.at; Jul 19-Sep 1.
Wiener Festwochen, Vienna; www.festwochen.at; May 10-Jun 16.
Het Theaterfestival, Brussels; www.theaterfestival.be; Aug 23-Sep 1.
Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels; www.kfda.be; May 3-25.
Festival Internacional de Londrina, Londrina; www.filo.art.br; Aug 23-Sep 7.
Festival Internacional de Teatro de Sao Jose do Rio Preto, Sao Jose do Rio Preto; www.festivalriopreto.com.br; Jul 4-13.
International Theatre Festival Varna Summer, Varna, Sofia; www.theatrefest-vama.org; Jun 1-12.
Banff Summer Arts Festival, Banff, AB; www.hanffcentre.ca; TBA.
Bard on the Beach, Vancouver, BC; www.bardonthebeach.org; Jun 12-Sep 14.
Carrefour International de Theatre de Quebec, Quebec, QC; www.carrefourtheatre.qc.ca; May 21-Jun 8.
Festival TransAmeriques, Montreal, QC; www.fta.qc.ca; May 22-Jun 9.
Gros Morne Theatre Festival, Cow Head, NL; www.theatrenewfoundland.com; May 31-Sep 14.
International Anarchist Theatre Festival, Montreal, OC; www.anarchistetheatrefestival.com; May 21-22.
Luminato, Toronto, ON; www.luminato.com; Jun 14-23.
Magnetic North Theatre Festival, Ottawa, ON; www.magneticnorthfestival.ca; Jun 7-15.
Montreal Infringement Festival, Montreal, QC; www.infringementfestival.com/montreal: Jun 13-23.
Ottawa International Children's Festival, Ottawa, ON; www.ottawachildrensfestival.ca; May 28-Jun 2.
Quebec City Summer Festival, Quebec, QC; www.infofestival.com; Jul 4-14.
Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON; www.shawfest.com; Apr 12-Oct 27.
St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival, Montreal, OC; www.montrealfringe.ca; Jun 13-23.
Stratford Festival, Stratford, ON; www.stratfordfestival.ca; Apr 23-Oct 20.
SummerWorks Theatre Festival, Toronto, ON; www.summerworks.ca; Aug 8-18.
Uno Fest, Victoria, BC; www.intrepidtheatre.com; May 22-Jun 1.
Vancouver Fringe Festival, Vancouver, BC; www.vancouverfringe.com; Sep 5-15.
Victoria Fringe Theatre Festival, Victoria, BC; www.intrepidtheatre.com; Aug 22-Sep 1.
Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival, Winnipeg, MB; www.winnipegfringe.com; Jul 17-28.
Festival Mindelact, Ilha de S. Vicente; www.mindelact.com; Sep 5-14.
Mestiza Chile, Santiago; www.themagdalenaproject.org; May 6-12.
"Act First" Youth Creative Arts Festival, Shanghai; www.china-drama.com; Aug 10-31.
International Arts Carnival, Hong Kong; www.hkiac.gov.hk; Jul 5-Aug 11.
Dubrovnik Summer Festival, Dubrovnik; www.dubrovnik-festival.hr; Jul 10-Aug 25.
Eurokaz, Zagreb; www.eurokaz.hr/novosti; Jun 26-Jul 3.
International Children's Festival, Sibenik; www.mdf-sibenik.hr; Jun 22-Jul 6.
International Puppet Theater Festival, Zagreb; www.mcuk.hr; Sep 13.
International Small Scenes Theatre Festival Rijeka, Rijeka; www.theatrefestival-rijeka.hr; May 2-11.
Zadar Snova International Festival of Contemporary Theater, Zadar; www.zadarsnova.hr; Aug 7-14.
International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama, Nicosia; www.cyprus-theatre-iti.org; Jul 1-31.
Mezinarodni Festival Divadlo Theatre, Pilsen; www.festivaltheatre.cz; Sep 11-19.
Prague Fringe Festival, Prague; www.praguefringe.com; May 24-Jun 1.
Shakespeare at Hamlet's Castle, Helsingor; www.hamtetscenen.dk; Aug 1-10.
24:7 Theatre Festival, Manchester; www.247theatrefestival.co.uk; Jul 19-26.
Brighton Fringe, Brighton & Hove; www.brightonfringe.org; May 4-Jun 2.
Chorlton Arts Festival, Manchester; www.chorltonartsfestival.com; May 17-26.
City of London Festival, London; www.colf.org; Jun 23-Jul 26.
Globe to Globe, London; www.shakespearesglobe.com; Apr 29-Sep 28.
Stockton International Riverside Festival, Stockton-on-Tees; www.sirf.co.uk; Aug 1-4.
Tallinn Treff Festival, Tallinn; www.nukuteater.ee; Jun 6-10.
Helsinki Festival, Helsinki; www.helsinkifestival.fi; Aug 16-Sep 1.
Jyvaskyla Festival, Jyvaskyla; www.jyvaskylankesa.fi; Jul 9-14.
Kuulas International Children's Theatre Festival, Kouvola; www.kuulas.info; May 16-19.
Tampere Theatre Festival, Tampere; www.teatterikesa.fi; Aug 5-11.
Chalon dans la Rue, Chalon sur Saone; www.chalondanslarue.com; Jul 24-28.
European Festival of the Performing Arts, Lyon and Rhone-Alpes region; www.europeetcies.eu; May 21-Jun 1.
Festival d'Avignon, Avignon; www.festival-avignon.com; Jul 5-26.
Festival d'Anjou, Angers; www.festivaldanjou.com; Jun 11-Jul 6.
Festival de Marseille, Marseille; www.festivaldemarseille.com; Jun 19-Jul 12.
Festival Off Avignon, Avignon; www.avignonieoft.com; Jul 8-31.
Paris Ouartier d'Ete, Paris; www.quartierdete.com; Jul 14-Aug 11.
International Mai Festival, Wiesbaden; www.maifestspiele.de; Apr 27-May 31.
Mulheimer Theatertage "Stucke," Wilhelm an der Ruhr; www.stuecke.de; May 11-31.
Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen, Recklinghausen; www.ruhrfestspiele.de; May 1-Jun 16.
RuhrTriennale, Gelsenkirchen; www.ruhrtriennale.de; Aug 23-Oct 6.
Theatertreffen, Berlin; www.berlinerfestspiele.de; May 3-20.
Tollwood Sommerfestival, Munich; www.tollwood.de; Jun 26-Jul 21.
Westwind Festival of Theatre for Young Audiences, Bonn; www.westwind-festival.de; Jun 16-21.
Athens and Epidaurus Festivals, Athens, Epidaurus; www.greekfestival.gr; TBA. International Festival of Making Theater, Athens; www.toc.gr; Jun 30-Jul 6.
Gyula Castle Theatre Shakespeare Festival, Gyula; www.gyulaivarszinhaz.hu; Jul 4-15.
POSzt, Pecs; www.poszt.com; Jun 6-15.
Reykjavik Arts Festival, Reykjavik; www.artfest.is; May 17-Jun 2.
AHA! International Festival, Bangalore; www.rangashankara.org; Jul 5-13.
Bali Arts Festival, Bali; www.bafiartsfestival.com; Jun-Jul.
Cork Midsummer Festival, Cork; www.corkmidsummer.com; Jun 21-30.
Galway Arts Festival, Galway; www.galwayartsfestival.com; Jul 15-28.
International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, Dublin; www.gaytheatre.ie; May 6-19.
Kilkenny Arts Festival, Kilkenny; www.kilkennyarts.ie; Aug 9-18.
International Festival of Puppet Theatre, Jerusalem; www.traintheater.co.il;
Israel Festival, Jerusalem; www.israel-festival.org.il; May 23-Jun 19.
E45 Napoli Fringe Festival, Napoli; www.napoliteatrofestivalit; Jun 6-23.
In Movimento, Turin; www.teatroinrivoltait; TBA.
Mittelfest, Cividale del Friuli; www.mittelfest.org; Jul 13-21.
Ombre International Theatre Festival, Poggibonsi; www.festivalombrait; TBA.
Ravenna Festival, Ravenna; www.ravennafestival.org; May 27-Jul 13
Short Theatre Rome, Rome; www.shorttheatre.org; Sep 1-15.
Kijimuna Festa, Okinowa City; www.kijimuna.org; Jul 10-28.
Nissay Theatre International Family Festival, Tokyo; www.nissaytheatre.or.jp; TBA.
World Theatre Festival Shizuoka Under Mt. Fuji, Shizuoka City; www.spac.or.jp; Jun 1-30.
Samosa Festival, Nairobi; www.samosafestival.org; TBA.
No-Mad-I, Valmiera, Riga; www.nomadi.lv; Jul 5-8.
Baalbeck International Festival, Beirut, Baalbeck; www.baalbeck.org.lb; TBA.
BFestival de Wiltz, Wiltz; www.festivalwiltz.lu; Jun 28-Jul 28.
Mwezi Wawala International Arts and Theatre Festival, Nanzikambe; www.nanzikambearts.org; Aug 30-Sep 1.
Malta Arts Festival, Valletta, Floriana; www.maltaartsfestival.org; Jun 30-Jul 14.
Festival of Independent Theatre "Otra Latitud," Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas; www.lapuertaabiertateatro.com.mx; Aug 19-24.
International Cabaret Festival, Mexico City; www.lasreinaschulas.com; Aug 15-30.
La Rendija Festival, Merida, Yucatan; www.rendija.net; Sep 22-29.
International Art Camp and Festival, Pemba; www.tamba.nl; Jul 15-21.
Amesterdam Fringe, Amsterdam; www.amsterdamfringefestival.nl; TBA.
Cultural Nova Summer Festival Heerlen, Herleen; www.culturanova.nl; Aug 23-Sep 1.
Holland Festival, Amsterdam; www.hollandfestival.n1; Jun 1-26.
Nederlands Theater Festival, Amsterdam; www.theaterfestivaLinfo; Sep.
Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival Groningen, Groningen; www.noorderzon.nl; Aug 15-25.
Oerol Festival, Terschelling-Midsland; www.oerol.n1; Jun 14-23.
New Zealand International Comedy Festival, Auckland; www.comedyfestival.co.nz; Apr 26-May 19.
Festival Internacional de Teatro Managua, www.rufinos.org; Jul 24-31.
Bergen International Festival, Bergen; www.fib.no; May 22-Jun 5.
Peer Gynt Festival, vinstra; www.peergynt.no; Jul 31-Aug 10.
Stamsund International Theatre Festival, Stamsund; www.stamsund-internasjonale.no; Jun 4-8.
Biennial of Art for Children, Poznan; www.csdpoznan.p1; Jun 1-6.
Brave Festival, Wroclaw: www.bravefestival.p1; TBA.
International Mime Art Festival, Warsaw; www.mime.p1; Aug 23-31.
International Theatre Festival "Bonds of Culture," Szczecin; www.kana.art.p1; TBA.
Malta International Theatre Festival, Poznan; www.malta-festival.p1; Jun 24-Jul 20.
Almada Festival, Almada; www.ctalmada.pt; Jul 4-18.
FITEI: International Theatre Festival of Iberian Expression, Porto; www.fitei.com; TBA.
Man In Fest International Experimental Theatre, Cluj-Napoca, Turda, Del; www.maninfest.uv.ro; Jul 12-14.
Sibiu International Theatre Festival, Sibiu; www.sibfest.ro; Jun 7-16.
International Street Theatre Festival, Arkhangelsk; www.teatrpanova.ru; Jun 24-30.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh; www.edfringe.com; Aug 2-26.
Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh; www.eif.co.uk; Aug 9-Sep 1.
Imaginate Festival, Edinburgh; www.imaginate.org.uk/festival; May 6-13.
Perth Festival of the Arts, Perth; www.perthfestival.co.uk; May 16-26.
Belgrade International Theatre Festival, Belgrade; www.bitef.rs; TBA.
Festival of Monodrama and Mime, Zemun; www.festmono-pan.org.rs; Jul 4-7.
International Festival of Children's Theatres, Subotica; www.lutfestsubotica.net; May 19-25.
Festival Nova Drama, Bratislava; www.novadrama.sk; May 13-18.
Zvolen Castle Festival, Zvolen; www.djgt.sk; TBA.
Ana Desetnica International Street Theatre Festival, Ljubljana and Maribor; www.anamonro.org; TBA.
Ljubljana Festival, Ljubljana; www.ljubljanafestival.si; Jun 27-Sep 10.
Cultural Calabash, Taung; www.sa-venues.com; Sep 23-25.
National Arts Festival, Grahamstown; www.nafest.co.za; Jun 27-Jul 7.
ASSITEJ Korea International Summer Festival, Seoul; www.assitejkorea.org; Jul 19-28.
Busan International Performing Arts Festival, Busan; www.bipaforg; May 3-12.
Chuncheon International Mime Festival, Chuncheon; www.mimefestival.com; May 19-26.
Chuncheon International Theatre Festival, Chuncheon; www.citforkr; TBA.
Chuncheon Puppet Festival, Chuncheon; www.cocobau.com; TBA.
Hi Seoul Festival, Seoul; www.hiseoulfest.org; TBA.
Seoul Fringe Festival, Seoul; www.seoulfringefestival.net; TBA.
"Titirimundi" International Festival of Puppet Theatre, Segovia; www.titirimundi.com; May 10-15.
Festival de Merida, Merida; www.festivaldemerida.es; Jul 5-Aug 25.
GREC Festival, Barcelona; www.bcn.cat/grec; Jul 1-31.
International Classic Theatre Festival of Almagro, Madrid; www.festivaldealmagro.com; TBA.
San Javier International Theatre, Music and Dance Festival, Sari Javier; www.festivalteatrosanjavier.com; TBA.
Bushfire, Ezulwini Valley; www.bush-fire.com; May 31-Jun 2.
Biennial for Performing Arts, Jonkoping; www.teaterunionen.se; May 21-26.
Stockholm Fringe Fest, Stockholm; www.stockholmfringe.com; Aug 21-24.
The Gbteborgs Dans & Teater Festival, Goteborg; www.festival.goteborg.se; May 15-19.
Ziircher Theater Spektakel, Zurich; www.theaterspektakel.ch; Aug 15-Sep 1.
Festival of the Dhow Countries, Zanzibar; www.ziffor.tz; Jun 29-Jul 7.
Bayimba International Festival of the Arts, Jinja; www.bayimba.org; Sep 20-22.
AfroSolo Arts Festival, San Francisco, CA; www.afrosolo.org; Jul 29-Oct 23.
Artscape, Baltimore, MD; www.artscape.org; Jul 19-21.
Bankside Festival, Lenox, MA; www.shakespeare.org; Jul 4-Aug 23.
Bard SummerScape, Hudson, NY; www.bard.edu/pac/summerscape; Jul 6-Aug 18.
Bay Area Playwrights Festival, San Francisco, CA; www.playwrightsfoundation.org; Jul 19-28.
Berkshire Fringe, Great Barrington, MA; www.berkshirefringe.org; Jul 15-Aug 5.
Best of PlayGround Festival, San Francisco, CA; www.playground-storg; May 1-26.
Blue Ridge Summer Theatre Festival, Amherst, VA; www.endstationtheatre.org; May-July.
Bodies of Work: Festival of Disability Arts and Culture, Chicago, IL; www.bodiesofworkchicago.org; May 15-25.
Boulder International Fringe Festival, Boulder, CO; www.boulderfringe.org; Sep 18-29.
Brooklyn Fringe, Brooklyn, NY; www.inbrook.com; Jul 12-21.
Buffalo Infringement Festival, Buffalo, NY; www.infringebuffalo.org; Jul 25-Aug 4.
Bumbershoot, Seattle, WA; www.bumbershoot.com; Aug 31-Sep 2.
Capital Fringe Festival, Washington, DC; www.capitalfringe.org; Jul 11-28.
Carlotta Festival of New Plays, New Haven, CT; www.drama.yale.edu/carlotta; May 6-14.
Cincinnati Fringe Festival, Cincinnati, OH; www.cincyfringe.com; May 28-Jun 8.
Dell'Arte Mad River Festival, Blue Lake, CA; www.dellarte.com/mrf; Jun 20-Jul 20.
DIVAfest, San Francisco, CA; www.divafest.info; May 9-Jun 2.
Festival of Independent Theatres, Dallas, TX; www.festivalofindependenttheatres.org; May 31-Jun 22.
Festival of New American Musicals, Culver City, CA; www.lafestival.org; May-Aug.
Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival, Auburn, NY; www.fingerlakesmtf.com; May 29-Aug 17.
Flint Hills International Children's Festival, Saint Paul, MN; www.ordway.org/festival; May 28-Jun 2.
Game Play, Brooklyn, NY; www.bricktheater.com; Jul 5-28.
Good Works Theatre Festival, Atlanta, GA; www.goodactingstudio.com; Jul 26-29.
Great Plains Theatre Conference, Omaha, NE; www.mccneb.edu/theatreconference; May 25-Jun 1.
Hollywood Fringe Festival, Hollywood, CA; www.hollywoodfringe.org; Jun 13-30.
HorseHair Strike Team Maine Fest, Waterville, MA; www.HorsehairStrikeTeam.com; Jun. 7.
IndyFringe, Indianapolis, IN; www.indyfringe.org; Aug 15-25.
International Hispanic Theatre Festival of Miami, Miami, FL; www.teatroavante.org; Jul 11-28.
Iowa New Play Festival, Iowa City, IA; www.arts.uiowa.edu; May 5-11.
KC Fringe Festival, Kansas City, MO; www.kcfringe.org; Jul 18-28.
Ko Festival of Performance, Amherst, MA; www.kofest.com; Jul 5-Aug 4.
Leapfest, Chicago, IL; www.stagelefttheatre.com; Jun 13-30.
Lincoln Center Festival, New York, NY; www.lincolncenterfestival.org; Jul 6-28.
Marathon of One Act Plays, New York, NY; www.ensemblestudiotheatre.org; May 10-Jun 30.
Memphis Children's Theatre Festival, Memphis, TN; www.voicesofthesouth.org; May 25.
Midtown International Theatre Festival, New York, NY; www.midtownfestival.org; Jul 15-Aug 4.
Minnesota Fringe, Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN; www.fringefestival.org; Aug 1-11.
Momentum, Pittsburgh, PA; www.citytheatrecompany.org; May 30-Jun 2.
Naked July, Chicago, IL; www.npt2.com; June 28-Aug 10.
New Ground Theatre Festival, Cleveland, OH; www.clevelandplayhouse.com; May 2-11.
New Works Festival, Dallas, TX; www.kitchendogtheater.org; May 24-Jun 22.
New Works Festival, Nashville, TN; www.tennesseerep.org; May 8-18.
New York International Fringe Festival, New York, NY; www.fringenyc.org; Aug 9-25.
Northern Writes Festival, Bangor, ME; www.penobscottheatre.org; May 3-5.
Old Globe Shakespeare Festival, San Diego, CA; www.theoldglobe.org; Jun 2-Sep 29.
One Theatre World, Cleveland, OH; www.otw2013.org; May 8-10.
Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival, Orlando, FL; www.orlandofringe.org; May 15-28.
Performing Arts Marathon, New York, NY; www.iatitheater.org; Jul 17-Aug 11.
Perry-Mansfield New Works Festival, Steamboat Springs, CO; www.perry-mansfield.org; TBA.
Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe, Philadelphia, PA; www.pafringe.com; Sep 6-21.
Pittsburgh International Children's Festival, Pittsburgh, PA; www.pghkids.org; May 15-19.
Planet Connections Theater Festivity, New York, NY; www.planetconnections.org; May 30-Jun 23.
River to River Festival, New York, NY; www.rivertorivernyc.com; Jun 14-Jul 14.
Rochester Fringe Festival, Rochester, NY; www.rochesterfringe.com; Sep 19-28.
San Diego Fringe Festival, San Diego, CA; www.sdfringe.org; Jul 1-7.
San Francisco Fringe Festival, San Francisco, CA; www.sffrinqe.org; Sep 6-21.
Sandbox One-Act Play Festival, Seattle, WA; www.soapfest.org; Jun 13-15.
Seattle Outdoor Theater and Shakespeare Festival, Seattle, WA; www.greenstage.org; Jul 13-14.
Shades of Black Festival, Nashville, TN; www.shadesofblackfestival.com; Sep 1-29.
SKETCHBOOK, Chicago, IL; www.collaboraction.org; Jun 4-30.
soloNOVA Arts Festival, New York, NY; www.terranovacollective.org; May 23-Jun 2.
Soundscape, Brooklyn, NY; www.bricktheater.com; Jun 7-Jun 29.
Spoleto Festival USA, Charleston, SC; www.spoietousa.org; May 24-Jun 9.
Summer Shorts, New York, NY; www.summershortsfestival.com; Jul 19-Aug 31.
SummerStage Theater, New York, NY; www.summerstaqe.org; Jun-Aug.
Summerworks, New York, NY; www.clubbedthumb.org; May 24-Jun 29.
Telluride Playwrights Festival, Telluride, CO; www.playwrightsfestival.org; Jul 23-28.
Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals, Issagua, WA; www.villagetheatre.org; Aug 9-11.
Everyman Summer Theatre Festival, Cardiff; www.everymanfestival.co.uk; Jul 5-31.
MEXICO CITY: Music, song, irony and masses of mascara preempt the capital city's celebration of independence, which begins in September, with the advent of the sixth annual International Cabaret Festival, Aug. 15-31. Occupying 6 bars for 16 days, cabaret artists come together to celebrate the language of "show." Argentine Carla Borghetti and her company, Nomad Tango (pictured), dive into the theatricality of tango, Creole, jazz and circus music in five different languages. Other anticipated participants are political satirists Las Reinas Chulas and the Mexican folk-music storytelling duo Una Guera y una Morena.
ARKHANGELSK, RUSSIA: For a week in June, the streets of this port city in northwestern Russia will turn into one big party. The 19th International Street Theatre Festival starts with an opening ceremony in the tradition of Carnival. Artists will march through the streets with wild abandon, inviting potential audience members to join the parade. And that's just the beginning. The city will proceed to transform itself into an outdoor stage in which every crevice, balcony, street and tree is fair game for performances by such companies as Italy's Mattatoio Sospeso (featuring Marco Mannucci, pictured, in Out, France and Spain's Triade Nomade, Spain's Residual Gurus, Russia's Alterum and Australia's the Doogans. At the end of the program, artists and audiences alike are encouraged to take part in conversations in the city's top nightclubs.
OTTAWA, CANADA: The Magnetic North Festival spotlights contemporary Anglophone theatre from the country's cutting-edge artists. Notable for its ambulatory nature, the festival lands this June in the Canadian capital. The diverse theatrical menu includes a rock-and-roll Dionysian cabaret called The God That Comes, by 21) theatre company; Why Not Theatre with its autobiographical comedy about arranged marriage, Brimful of Asha (starring its authors, pictured, mother-and-son team Asha and Ravi Jain); and Michel Trembley's homage to his mother, For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again, staged by Western Canada Theatre. Also, the SubDevision Collective has assembled a "sociable" sampler of a dozen performances blurring the boundary between audiences and performers.
AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS: This year's Holland Festival, which occupies most of June, has increased its showing of non-European theatre companies. South American performances include the Chilean ensemble La Re-Sentida, led by Marco Layera Navarro; Argentine artists Mariano Pensotti and Emilio Garcia Wehbi; and Brazilian urban-conceptual dancer Bruno Beltrao. From the U.S., Benjamin Millepied, who choreographed the film Black Swan, will be there with his newly formed L.A. Dance Project. Sharing the stage with Western Hemisphere visitors are Congolese theatre-maker Dieudonne Nianguona and Australia's Belvoir Theatre (whose new version of Ibsen's The Wild Duck, pictured, traps its characters inside a glass box). Of course, Europe is represented as well, including hometown favorite Toneelgroep Amsterdam, which has welcomed Germany's Thomas Ostermeier as a guest director trying his hand at Chekhov for the first time.
QUEBEC, CANADA: The 14th annual Carrefour International Festival of Theatre returns to French Canada this May and June. This year's program features three celebrated contemporary theatremakers. Berlin-based company Schaubuhne, known for its deep integration of architecture, visual arts, music, literature and film, joins the festival with a brave interpretation of An Enemy of the People (pictured), directed by Thomas Ostermeier. Also coming to Quebec is Joel Pommerat, the artistic director of the actor-driven French playwriting group Compagnie Louis Brouillard, with his show The Great and Fabulous History of Commerce. And hometown auteur Christian Lapointe presents L'homme at/antique (et Li maladie de la mort), which uses a film set to explore the early writings of Marguerite Duras.
BOULDER, COLO.: Music, dance, workshops, talk shows, theatre and film make up the 350-plus events conquering the Rockies late this summer. September marks year nine of the Boulder International Fringe Festival, featuring artists from such far-flung locales as France and the U.K. as well as Florida, Montana and Colorado. The adventures include Shakespeare's As You Like It (pictured), staged at twilight in Settlers' Park by the hometown troupe Band of Toughs. Also on tap: local artist Shana Cordon's solo show, Dancing with Demons, about battling "heroes and villains, innocents and vixens"; and Fringe repeat offender BRUISER: Tales from a Traumatized Tomboy, written and performed by Chicago comedian Kelsie Huff. Headlining the festival's workshop lineup is "Bao Bao on the Fringe," a crash course in West African song and dance taught by Adjei Abankwa of Ghana's Bao Bao Fest.
YUCATAN, MEXICO: The Mayan jungle will become the scenic backdrop for the fourth annual La Rendija Theatre Festival in September, featuring seven Ibero-American companies. This year the festival has taken "scrutiny" as its focus--though the shows on the program also touch on its recurring themes of globalization and of the sacred, ancient and ritualistic. The 2013 productions include Voices and Whispers from the Jungle by Colombian company Otroteatro; Mexico City's Psyche; Spanish company Playground's Insomni (pictured, featuring Xavier Bobes); and La Rendija's own Melancholic Mirror, an exploration of anthropological, social and political correctness.
NEW YORK CITY: As usual, the Lincoln Center Festival has assembled a fascinating roster of international visitors. Among the 62 performances are the festival opener (pictured, running throughout July) Monkey: Journey to the West, created by opera and film director Chen Shi-Zheng, with music by Damon Albarn (of the band Blur) and anime-inspired design by Jamie Hewlett (a creator, with Albarn, of the animated band Gorillaz). Another intriguing collaboration pairs U.K. company Complicite's Simon McBurney with the actors of Tokyo's Setagaya Public Theater on Shun-kin, based on a story of a blind musician written by Jun'ichiro Tanizaki.
ST. PAUL MINN.: The Flint Hills Children's Festival ushers in the summer at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. The menu of eye-candy includes the Golden Dragon Acrobats of China offering the region's young at-heart their contortionist, juggling, and acrobatic talents in Cirque Ziva; Theatre de l'Oeil of Montreal's alchemy of puppetry, music and miniature adventure, The Star Keeper; northern Italian company la Societa della Civetta's soundscape fantasy Wind; and the daredevil spectacular Swoon!, by Australia's Strange Fruit (pictured).
LONDON, ENGLAND: Returning to Shakespeare's Globe Theatre after last year's Olympic festivities, a mini-reprise of the Globe to Globe Festival stretches through the summer, including Venus and Adonis performed in IsiZulu, IsiXhosa, SeSotho, Afrikaans and English by Isango Ensemble from South Africa. The underground Free Theatre of Belarus--which has been forced to perform secretly in its own country but has earned increasing support from presenters around the world--returns with a brave rendition of King Lear (pictured). And Marjanishvili Theatre from Tbilisi, Georgia, will perform its effervescent, poetic version of As You Like It.
COMPILED BY GEORGINA ESCOBAR
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