The festival consists of the Main Program presenting works of cutting-edge performing arts by contemporary artist and groups from the U.S. and abroad, the “In Concert” program the “re-engineers the intersection of music and theater,” the “Incoming” program introducing the work of new-generation directors and choreographers, and other events such as panel discussions and the like.
Among the works in this year’s Main Program are Nature Theater of Oklahoma’s Pursuit of Happiness
, a criticism of the post 9/11 world in a comical theater approach; the Chinese director Wang Chong and his company Théâtre du Rêve Expérimental present Thunderstorm 2.0
, a re-interpretation of early 20th century playwright Cao Yu’s 1951 drama Thunderstorm
; and Margarete
by the documentary theater artist Janek Turkowski active in Szczecin, Poland. From Japan, Satoshi Miyagi
presents Mugen Noh Othello
at the Japan Center. This is a re-interpretation of Shakespeare’s famous play form the perspective of mugen
(ghostly spirit) Noh. In it, Othello’s murdered wife Desdemona returns live out her memories of her life with Othello to eternity as a ghost in a world of this ultimate form of Noh.
This festival is held in New York at the same time as the APAP arts market and takes The Public Theater in New York as its main venue. The festival premiered at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn in 2005 and moved its main venue to The Public Theater the following year and began inviting works from abroad. By 2009, some 52 works from 14 countries were presented. Also on its programs are works produced jointly with such leading internationally acclaimed American artists and companies as SITI Company, Elevator Repair Service and Nature Theater of Oklahoma, among others. The founder of Under the Radar is Mark Russell
long-time director of New York’s PS122 and leader in the New York arts scene who afterward served as artistic director of Time-Based Arts Festival (2006-08) at Portland’s PICA and remains one of North America’s important presenters of contemporary performing arts.