“It’s a slightly abstracted, theatricalized space, because it’s theater and I’m always interested in theater taking me beyond the edges of reality.” Coming to this year’s Fringe Festival, In the Pony Palace/FOOTBALL, brings an all female and genderqueer cast of football players, coaches, and cheerleaders on stage as part of the Presented Fringe. The play… Read more »
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July 22, 2014, in the morning: The main structural component of WetLand by Mary Mattingly, a houseboat, turns towards its destination–the dock at the Independence Seaport Museum–as it is towed into the harbor. Commissioned for the 2014 Fringe Festival, WetLand will be open August 15 to September 21, daily, and is free to the public.
“As painful as it sometimes is, I think waking up is the most beautiful part—those few moments where everything is a little unfamiliar.” Starting on August 15th, Mary Mattingly‘s WetLand, a floating, self-sustaining ecosystem on the Delaware River, will open to the public as part of the 2014 Fringe Festival. WetLand will include living and… Read more »
“Moving to the United States changed everything.” Shaily Dadiala, artistic director of Usiloquy Dance Designs, has been dancing Bharatanatyam, a classical Indian dance form, since childhood. After growing up in Bardoli, a city in Gujarat, India, Shaily moved to the United States, where she formed her own ensemble. Usiloquy presents innovative, cross-cultural Bharatanatyam dances informed… Read more »
Invisible River, a 2.5-mile performance of dance, music, acrobats, sculpture installations, and boats, is coming to the Schuylkill River this weekend for the second year in a row. The show, which has two performances, includes 30 performers, 12 tech workers, 245 volunteers, and an estimated 1,300 audience members. The public can view the event from… Read more »
Avignon, Brussels, Montreal, Edinburgh—imagine hopping from one city to another, sampling the largest performing arts festivals in each. For those of us confined to the United States, opportunities to compare performing arts festivals are rare, as the Fringe Festival in Philadelphia is one of very few in this country that presents highly realized contemporary theater… Read more »
FringeArts, June 20, 2014: The Beserker Residents rehearse The Talkback. (l to r) Bradley K. Wrenn, David Johnson, and Justin Jain. Photo: Said Johnson.
“I wrote the book that I wanted to read. This is the book I wish someone had given me twenty years ago.” Are you an artist in Philadelphia, thinking, How the hell does this work? There’s a new book in town for artists to help get themselves to live a more fruitful artistic life and career and it’s FREE… Read more »
“It’s really hard to do acting and make a living unless you’re really good—and a Caucasian man.” “Uh, are you okay? You look like you’re giving birth,” Asaki Kuruma’s roommate asked while watching her write. Asaki, who has acted in Philadelphia for about ten years, premieres her first play, Bi(?!)lingual, as part of the SoLow… Read more »
“We are satirizing everyone we’ve ever worked with and also our own lives as artists. No one is safe.” For the next three Sunday evenings, the Berserker Residents will present in-progress showings of The Talkback at FringeArts (140 N. Columbus Boulevard). Philadelphia-based artists Justin Jain, David Johnson, and Bradley K. Wrenn joined forces in 2007 and created… Read more »
June 2, 2014. The cast of Wild by the Groundswell Theatre Company during a pre-performance walk-though at FringeArts for an excerpted showing at Scratch Night. Photo: Said Johnson.
It is time to start placing more value on the “art” part of performing arts. When it comes to dance and theater and all the multidisciplinary performance hybrids, the support for performing arts organizations and artists, of all sizes, pales in comparison to the type of funding that art museums, for example, obtain. Art museums,… Read more »
A Conceit Give me your hand Make room for me to lead and follow you beyond this rage of poetry. Let others have the privacy of touching words and love of loss of love. For me Give me your hand. –Maya Angelou (1928–2014)
What’s come to our attention: Remember New Paradise Laboratories’ hit performance 27 in the 2012 Fringe Festival? Whether you missed it the first time or are eager for more, 27 returns Thursday, May 29th through Saturday, May 31st at the Painted Bride Arts Center, 230 Vine Street. Members of the “27 Club” of talented musicians… Read more »
Here’s the “offending” video that got its six dancing Iranian participants sent to jail in Iran; they were then made to repent on national TV. As the National Iranian American Council stated, “The irony that the Iranian youth were arrested for dancing to a song called ‘Happy’ seems to be lost on the Iranian authorities.”
“The most I’ve ever made in a year is $23,000, and that year was filled with 60-hour weeks of overlapping work, which I was thrilled to have.” Philadelphia’s theater scene is better than ever—haven’t you heard? With so many shows, exciting performers, original work, and new theater arts grads flooding the city each year you… Read more »
Communitas is a Latin noun that describes an unstructured society where humans are equal. It also has a sociological connotation of a society that is greater than the sum of its parts. For the dance circus theater company Almanac, this word is a title that encompasses the idea behind artistic directors Ben Grinberg and Nick… Read more »
This weekend, May 16–18, BRAT Productions continues its tradition of rock cabaret with Always Coming Soon: The Future at the Performance Garage, 1515 Brandywine Street, Philadelphia. Set to songs by Peter Gaffney, the piece features “derelict clowns, aggressive barkers, and little old ladies [who] tell the truth about the days to come and the future that is… Read more »
FringeArts, May 8, 2014: Megan Bridge, Jaime Maseda, Melissa Krodman, Mark McCloughan, Kelly Bond in rehearsal for an as-yet-untitled work by Melissa Krodman and Kelly Bond. Photo: Said Johnson.
Remember all those corporate sponsored competitions for philanthropy dollars going to your favorite non-profit, should you vote for them and sign up for the company newsletter? They were the hot thing a couple years ago—a perfect synergy of social media, marketing, corporate philanthropy, branding, and the that crazy crowdsourcing thing. Now, the biggest of those… Read more »