Between the Seas Festival

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Country and Region United StatesNew York
Type of Festival Dance, Drama, Music
Location of Festival New York, New York, USA
Festival Contact Information

Les Manouches Theatre
Phone: +01 210-764-4849

Festival Description

The festival launched in New York City in 2O11 featuring performing arts — theater, dance, and music — from the Mediterranean and Mediterranean diaspora. The festival’s goal is to familiarize audiences with contemporary Mediterranean cultural productions, bridge US and Mediterranean based artists. The aim is to encourage new collaborations and generate dialogue on contemporary Mediterranean identity and culture engaging artists, researchers and audiences.

Festival Dates July 22 - 28, 2013
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Festival Story:

The vision for this festival was sparked by our need, as diasporic Mediterranean artists, to celebrate the dynamism of the Mediterranean’s younger generation of artists while emphasizing the region’s long and complex history of cultural exchange and envisioning its position in today’s globalized world. This initiative also comes as a response to the growing number of institutions and policies, particularly in Europe, that aim at studying and supporting Mediterranean and Euro-Mediterranean relations. More recent events, such as the radical economic and social changes in Southern Europe, civil unrest in North Africa and the ongoing conflict in the Middle East, make our effort to use culture in order to understand the region all the more pertinent. With Between the Seas our hope is to create links between the Mediterranean and North America and contribute to the representation of region in New York.

The festival is produced by Les Manouches Theater Company with the collaboration of distinguished scholars, theater practitioners and festival managers from the US and Europe. For more information visit


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Practical Info:

Submissions 2013:
  • We now invite submissions for artistic performances and scholarly papers from emerging and established artists, researchers and academic practitioners. The deadline for submissions is February 11, 2013. Please see below for information and submission guidelines in each category.
  • Performance
    • We invite full and short length works, fully developed or works in progress, original or previously presented, in the fields of theater, dance and music. Selected applicants will perform alongside a group of curated artists in a total of approximately 15 different performances during one week. Some of the themes that the works may address are:
      —— Mediterranean identity/ies
      Works that explore or are inspired by life, identities and histories in or across Mediterranean societies
      —— Living in-between
      Works exploring or inspired by diasporic Mediterranean identities
      —— Contemporary works and adaptations
      Performances of existing and new works by contemporary Mediterranean playwrights/choreographers/composers. Adaptations or new interpretations of the classics in ways that highlight contemporary Mediterranean realities or explore new aesthetic, techniques and interpretive models emerging in the region.
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    • Submission Guidelines for Performances
    • Conference Papers


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