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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. 

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"Artist in Residence," foolsFURY supports student-artists within and beyond the classroom

Fools Fury, Visiting Artist International High SchoolSince 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

Moise Toure, Visiting Artist at International High SchoolFrench national, Moïse Touré is a visionary theater artist, whose work breaks the traditional bounds of theater, reaching across disciplines and ever engaging broader social, philosophical and pedagogical questions. With his company, Les Inachevés, Touré has undertaken multi-faceted projects throughout Europe, South America, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia. In 2011, projects took him from Japan to Burkina Faso to San Francisco, where he helmed an interdisciplinary project exploring questions of personal and national identity in San Francisco’s Mission District. In 2012, he was the first French director invited by the Vietnamese government to helm a project for Vietnam’s National Theater. Dissatisfied with existing structures for theatrical production, he has created the “Academy of Shared, Intergenerational Artistic Knowledge and Practices”, which offers a structure for deeper, longer-term projects that reach across disciplines and national boundaries. In 2012, “The Academy” also received the official recognition and support of France’s Ministry of Culture.

Afaoutayi Dance, Music, and Arts Company

Haitian Dance at International High SchoolAnother 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

International High School Students participate in Arts of Fashion InternshipIn the Fall, French American & International students have the opportunity to participate in a three-week internship offered by the Arts of Fashion Foundation. Students' work has included preparing fashion portfolios, organizing garments and supporting the casting of models.
The Arts of Fashion Foundation is a non-profit organisation based in San Francisco, that links both academics and professionals, and fosters critical thinking among artists, designers, scholars and students. The primary focus of the foundation is the continuous support of creativity and design in fashion and the arts linked to it.

Left Coast Chamber Ensemble

International High School is proud to announce its historic collaboration with the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, a consortium of 12 musicians who perform in diverse combinations and present new music alongside familiar masterpieces. The ensemble enjoyed working with composition students at International High School, and playing at the Dennis Gallagher Arts Pavilion, in the heart of San Francisco’s arts corridor.
That night, ensemble member Michael Goldberg and guest Marc Teicholz played a guitar duo of Hans Werner Henze’s Minette. In addition, the ensemble completed Brahms’ C Minor Piano Quartet (inspired by Goethe’s pensive hero, Werther) and original compositions by Ross Bauer, a former International High School parent.
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The Cypress String Quartet

The Cypress String Quartet, an internationally renowned quartet based in San Francisco whose “sheer instrumental mastery engages...seamlessly with the music’s best intentions,” (Gramaphone Magazine) visited the French American International School on March 13, 2012 as part of their annual Call & Response program. The Quartet performed and discussed Haydn, Late Beethoven and a brand new Quartet by one of Europe’s greatest composers, Philippe Hersant. Hersant also attended the event as part of his visit to San Francisco for his work’s world premiere and discussed the creative process and his new work.

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.

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An independent Pre-K through 12th grade co-educational day school in the heart of San Francisco. The school delivers a rigorous bilingual (French/English) immersion program through middle school, culminating in either French Baccalaureate or International Baccalaureate program in its International High School.

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