What happens when you combine Philadelphia choreographers with dance makers from across the country, give them less than 10 hours to remix and recreate each other’s works, and ask them to show their creations? We’re about to find out. The Remix Festival, curated by Annie Wilson and Susan Rethorst, is inspired by Susan’s choreographic technique… Read more »
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November, 2013, Mascher Space Cooperative: Jenna Horten and Annie Wilson rehearse Lovertits. Photo: Said Johnson.
The Metropolitan Opera in New York has got to be one of the biggest, if not the biggest, performing arts organizations in the country. Each season they perform 25 to 29 operas, and each opera is a HUGE production, with the orchestra, chorus, singers, conductors, stage hands, and the all important sets and occasional gratuitous… Read more »
Did you know there was a gathering place for jugglers? Yes, it’s true, and it’s not a secret society, and they don’t murder folks in their spare time. But it is quite a sight to see a gymnasium full of jugglers, who come to try out tricks, socialize, pick up juggling tips, or merely have… Read more »
Here is a very nice short video about photographer Diana Lopez aka dopez, a member of the international photography collective Tiny Collective, and her work. She provides a great account of what spurs her as an artist and her relationship to her art. Tiny Collective Artist Profile: Diana Lopez @dopez from Tiny Collective on Vimeo.
Ensemble theater has been alive and well in Philadelphia for years now and shows only signs of growing, especially as the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training keeps churning out students that are highly trained in the ways of devised theater-making and have worked with a group of peers over the course of two… Read more »
January, 2014, The White Space at Crane Old School: New Paradise Laboratories in exploratory rehearsals for The Adults. Photo by Camilla Dely.
On Monday, April 7 at 7pm, Gabrielle Revlock and Nicole Bindler will unleash The Dance Apocalypse at FringeArts. Part of the FringeArts Scratch Night series, it’s a free show! (But you need to RSVP.) They describe it as “a genre-defying creative collaboration about two female artists in a spectacle-driven world” and a “heart wrenching end-of-the-world… Read more »
Thanks to hyperallergic.com for posting this article about the online archive of dance videos that the New York Public library has just launched. (And thanks to Annie Wilson for posting it on Facebook and thanks to Facebook . . .) Allison Meier informs us, “The New York Public Library recently digitized thousands of hours of its videos in the Jerome… Read more »
My friend Adam Mazmanian posted the following on Monday, March 31, at 5:32pm: “What happens next never blows my mind.”
“I love the chance to have a dozen women perform on stage together, with different body types, gender presentations, and personal styles, and illuminate their individual stories and their interactions.” Circus arts has taken root in Philadelphia over the past several years, with a number of artists and companies opening up creative approaches that push… Read more »
International arts exchanges have been around for a while–how will they continue in the future? Alicia Akins, a former international arts exchanger, notes the interesting history of such programs, and their ties to government(s) as a vehicle for “cultural understanding” often between nations that don’t particularly like each other. She recently posted her article “Models… Read more »
April 18, 2013, Funicular Station: Caitlin Donaghy and Lee Ane Thompson at early rehearsal for Timelines (Tangle Movement Arts). Photo by Michael Ermilio.
“I use moving as a method to ruminate and allow thoughts to interweave with each other as I dance. “ Tere O’Connor brings his new work BLEED to FringeArts March 27–29. As so much of his work takes form through the process in which he works—as opposed to working towards a pre-conceived idea of its… Read more »
The city of Denver recently released a seven-year cultural plan called Denver 2020. May this help booster the city as an arts destination, and the incorporation of arts into city and community life in general, and if realized, help serve as a model to other cities. (God forbid America look to those European cities–or Montreal–for… Read more »
By artist Isaac Cordal. See a bunch more here.
“It’s pretty easy to create and maintain a basic site of arts journalism, or other small publishing project. There’s no reason why others couldn’t do what I’m doing and do it well. It’s cheap, it’s easy, they should.” It’s been a little over a year that editor Christopher Munden, an avid theater-goer, created Phindie.com in… Read more »
March 17, 2014, the Arts Parlor: Anna Watson in rehearsal for American Wisdom (SmokeyScout Productions). Photo by Said Johnson.
For the past several years, Alex Bechtel has been busy in Philadelphia wearing many theatrical hats: music director, actor, singer, composer, and co-creator and was in the inaugural class of the two-year program at the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training. At the end of March he is premiering The West, his first full-scale… Read more »
Hidden City and particularly photographer and editor Brad Maule have been tracking the condemnation and destruction of some of the city’s great and iconic architectural structures. Check out this discussion by Jared Brey on how the city handles (or mishandles) the process of salvaging the delicious bits. Plus an amazing photo essay by Brad showing… Read more »