Dancer Jeremy Wade, whose piece Stardust premieres at the Queer New York International Arts Festival, calls his work “a little fleeting chunk of queer utopia.” That is essentially what this festival is: a patchwork of queer utopias spread over 10 days across the boroughs. The QNYIAF looks beyond sexuality, gender, and identity to examine queerness, for that overgeneralized reading often ignores how social status, race, geography, and even global warming influence gay culture and vice versa. An international roster of artists present dance and theater performances, stationary and live installations, workshops, and panel discussions at La MaMa, the Leslie Lohman Museum, and Abrons Art Center in Manhattan; The Chocolate Factory in Queens; and Grace Exhibition Space in Brooklyn. Young but clear-visioned, the QNYIAF declares “this is not a program at the margin but a festival about the margins.”

Mondays-Sundays, noon. Starts: Sept. 17. Continues through Sept. 27, 2014