Mediterranean Performing Arts

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Between the Seas was founded in 2010 by theater artist and scholar Aktina Stathaki as the first and only festival in North America focusing on contemporary Mediterranean performing artists. The annual festival that runs for one week each summer in New York City, has quickly grown into a unique platform of high quality work, presenting some of the most exciting and thought provoking artists working in the Mediterranean region. With an eclectic programming of performances that so far have included Egypt, Israel, Greece, Lebanon, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Canada, Morocco and the US, the festival's past editions have offered NYC audiences over 30 new works including NYC, USA and world premieres by established and young artists: Balletto Teatro di Sardegna, Lina Abiad, Mancopy Dansekompagni, Elias Aguirre, Rachel Erdos, Ido Tadmor, Korhan Basaran, Malika Zarra, are some of the artists that have honored Between the Seas with their participation.

As it is growing, Between the Seas seeks to expand to new activities in addition to its summer festival . Productions of plays from and about the Mediterranean, commissions of new work, residencies to encourage the translation of plays from the Mediterranean, new partnerships, are only some of the projects in the making. Stay tuned, follow our news and join our ambitious, enthusiastic team!


Between the Seas aims at promoting the representation and understanding of Mediterranean culture and identity in North America.

Our mission is to:

  1. promote contemporary Mediterranean performing artists by presenting, producing and commissioning new work.
  2. familiarize North American audiences, with the latest developments in the performing arts from the participating Mediterranean countries.
  3. create a common platform for Mediterranean and US-based performing artists to share their work, exchange experiences, practices and ideas
  4. create a bridge between the Mediterranean and the US for an ongoing exchange of artists and works and encourage new partnerships between institutions and individuals on both sides of the Atlantic.

The Festival lasts for one week and includes performances in the fields of dance, music and theater. Artists are selected following an open call for submissions alongside with a smaller group of invited performances.

Press Releases

July 9th, 2012

Following the success of its first edition, Between the Seas Festival returns to the East Village for its summer celebration of contemporary Medi terranean culture!

From August 20th to the 26th at the Wild Project, Between the Seas festival will bring an exciting selection of performances from the Mediterranean presented alongside some of the most interesting, up and coming NYC-based Mediterranean artists. The festival aims at showcasing the talent of the emerging generation of Mediterranean performers and the diversity of the region's culture.

Highlights of this year's festival include: NYC-based Turkish choreographer Korhan Basaran, with his new work RAu; Greek director/performer Olga Pozeli in a solo performance exploring the limits of political corruption and responsibility; Israeli choreographers and dancers Rachel Erdos/Ido Tadmor and Noa Dar with their highly poetic works And Mr. and Arnica; Mancopy Dance Company from Denmark and their newest collaboration with dancers from Lebanon, Egypt and Palestine; and Lebanese director Lina Abiad with I.D., a new performance piece engaging with the theme of transgender identities in the Mediterranean. In addition to the main program, special screenings, staged readings, and educational programs (collaborations with documentarist M. Karimi- Hakak, director Kareem Fahmy, and the Lower East Side Tenement Museum) will open the dialogue with the audience and give platform to works in progress.

Full BtS 2012 Press Release

June 11th, 2011

Between the Seas Festival announces its first edition August 29th – September 4th 2011 at the Wild Project

Between the Seas Festival of Mediterranean performing arts is pleased to announce the performance schedule of its inaugurate edition that will run at the Wild Project (195 East 3rd str) from August 29th to September 4th 2011. With the goal to encourage artistic exchange and promote understanding of contemporary Mediterranean culture and identity, the first Between the Seas Festival will showcase emerging and established artists and scholars from the Mediterranean and Mediterranean diaspora in the fields of dance, theater and music, along with lectures, panels and educational programs.

Full BtS 2011 Press Release.

Between the Seas in the Media

Read the review in Ballet-Dance magazine on Rachel Erdos' and Lior Shneior's performances at Between the Seas.

Read a presentation of Malika Zarra's concert on Morocco World News.

The Festival Presentation on EuroPA is available here

Listen to an interview with Aktina Stathaki and Malika Zarra on Medi1 Radio

European Union funded project MedGovernance, presents Between the Seas as a highlighted project in its culture section here

Between the Seas Festival presented on major Euro-Mediterranean news networks: ANSAMED and ENPI

Read Aktina Stathaki's interview for the NY-based Italian magazine Nuok.

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