Each year, the Arts faculty enriches their curricula by inviting visiting artists in each of their disciplines to the classroom. This could take the form of a one-off visit, a weekend workshop, or a series of events over the course of the semester.
"Artist in Residence," foolsFURY supports student-artists within and beyond the classroom
Since 2009, local physical theater company, foolsFURY, has been “artist in residence” at the French American International School and a key artistic collaborator with the arts department. They are currently continuing this collaboration by taking a key role in the Awaiting Dawn project, helmed by Moise Touré. They are helming workshops, mentoring students and bringing their presence to performance work. FoolsFURY has a strong reputation for artistic exploration and leadership in the Bay Area, with accolades including the award for “Best Theater Company” from the San Francisco Weekly and the GOLDIE award for outstanding local theater group from the Bay Guardian. Company members work with French-American International students within and beyond the classroom. For example, company members help coach student-actors on in-class projects and Back à Dos productions. They bring students specialized training and skills such as puppetry, movement, Suzuki and Viewpoints. The school and company also share a strong interest in international collaboration and French-American exchange, including the translation and production of new French plays. The school and company have also thus also undertaken more extensive collaborations, such as the production of Fabrice Melquiot’s The Unheard of World in fall 2011, which was the U.S. premiere of a new translation of this work by a major voice in French contemporary theater.
Moïse Touré & Awaiting Dawn
Afaoutayi Dance, Music, and Arts Company
Another troupe of visiting artists enriches our classrooms! Members of the Afoutayi Dance, Music & Arts Company often grace the Arts Pavilion at 66 Page Street! Six Haitian dancers, singers and musicians work with our 11th-grade IB music and theater students as well as with the 8th grade class. The first half of the visit included a hands-on workshop with the Haitian artists; while the second half, a presentation/performance, integrated the materials of the workshop.
Arts of Fashion Internship
Left Coast Chamber Ensemble
The Cypress String Quartet
The Call & Response program was born out of the idea that music is a constant process of inspiration. Each year, the Cypress String Quartet selects great works from the past and commissions a third work based on inspiration derived from the older works. Through these commissions, Call & Response explores how newly composed music weaves older works into its sounds, while reflecting trends and ideas of today.