Line-up of Live Shows

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Nichols Park

July 16

Free Outdoor Events

In collaboration with the Chicago Park District, Physical Theater Festival will open with a day of free family-friendly outdoor performances.

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The Den Theatre

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July 18

Scratch Night

A curated theater showcase of works-in-progress featuring innovative local theatre makers.

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July 19
& 20

The Den Theatre

Song of Home

A series of movement etudes confronting America’s complicated relationship with global displacement. 

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The Den Theatre

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July 20 & 21

Surface Tension

This intimate circus show celebrates vulnerable connection through sincere juggling.

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July 21, 22
& 23

The Den Theatre

Sold

Born into slavery in the British colony of Bermuda, Mary Prince went on to become a champion of freedom. 

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The Den Theatre

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July 22,
23 & 24

Ruedos

A clown show full of silences, angels and demons, where the body is in charge of writing words in a universal language. 

Meet and Greet & Workshops

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Free at Den Theatre

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July 19

Meet & Greet

Hangout with Physical Theater Alum. Learn more about full-time physical theater training programs.

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The Den Theatre

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July 21-24

Workshops

Physical Theater Festival is pleased to offer workshops with visiting and local artists during the festival. 

Online Events

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Free Online Panel

July 17

International Panel: Teaching Physical Theater

A conversation with academic leaders from around the world on their approach to training students. 

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Free Online Panel

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July 17

International Panel: The State of the Performing Arts 3.0

A conversation about how theater creators have been navigating the ever-changing landscape of the arts.

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Free Online Show

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July 19

Marrano: A Tale From The Inquisition  

For the first time, Physical Theater Festival is giving audiences an opportunity to engage with an international company long before they arrive in Chicago.

Physical Festival is a contemporary,
visual, and physical theater festival.

 
Physical Festival Theater Festival will be back from July 16th to 24th with nine whirlwind days of physical theater programming featuring four shows from around the world, a hometown show, master classes with international guest artists, and a Scratch Night featuring new short works from local performers.