Posts Tagged ‘2012 Live Arts Festival’

New Paradise Laboratories in Rehearsal

Posted August 30th, 2012

Impressionistic video report from NPL’s rehearsals for 27 at the 2012 Live Arts Festival. There’s really quite a bit of kneeing going on, isn’t there?


27 runs September 5 through 9 and 12 through 16 at Plays and Players Theater, 1714 Delancey Place, Center City. Times vary, $23-$35.

–Nicholas Gilewicz

Dig the New Virtual Guide

Posted August 29th, 2012

Because we’re always mixing it up around here, we have for you a new virtual guide that includes the show calendar and an artist directory, so you can stalk your favorite performers and groups across the Festivals. Check it out here.

–Nicholas Gilewicz

Le Grand Continental: Voices from the Nosebleed Section

Posted August 28th, 2012

“All here!” say Le Grand Continental Philly participants.

On August 7, Le Grand Continental held its first full-participant rehearsal: 150 volunteer performers from the Philadelphia area gathered in Penn’s Class of 1923 Ice Rink to practice for the September 8 and 9 shows at the 2012 Live Arts Festival. Like specters of actual spectators, bikes sat up in the stands and helmets looked on as the heads they protected remarried their pedaling legs: now graceful, they side-stepped, pivoted, and lounged in syncopated time.

Humid as Hades (and iceless, too), the rink rehearsal marked the first where all the volunteers gathered in one space; until then dancers had been practicing the 30-minute dance performance in two separate groups. Smaller rehearsals made the logistics of mastering the routine less nightmarish, and finally coming together meant that the team could focus on spacing issues and what it would feel like to dance as part of a crowd. Ignoring my own urge to jump on-rink, I talked with several participants about what motivated them to become, as phrased in a recent article about the performance by Philadelphia Magazine, ‘citizen dancers.’

After the jump: Philly residents get their groove back, and Le Grand Continental in Montreal

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News About Us!

Posted August 27th, 2012

>>>6ABC loves the arts that we do; story featuring El Jefe Nick Stuccio above, and plugs for Sequence 8, Bang, and Le Grand Continental.

>>>The Inquirer plugs Barbie Blended: A Pop Rockin’ Musical, which gets a head start on the 2012 Philly Fringe with early shows this weekend.

>>>The Daily News, Technically Philly, and Newsworks all have Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s Open Air on the brain.

>>>Alum news, via Playbill: Elephant Room, which premiered at the 2011 Live Arts Festival, goes Hollywood at the Kirk Douglas Theater.

–Nicholas Gilewicz

The Weekender: What You’re Doing and Why

Posted August 24th, 2012

Rest up and recharge, boys and girls, because we’re only two weeks out from opening weekend of the festivals, holy crap! Here are a few things to get up to this weekend:

>>>All weekend: Explore Edgar Allen Poe, his death, and production documentation at the new most excellent tumblr for Red-eye to Havre de Grace, which opens September 7 at the Live Arts Festival.

>>>All weekend: More exploring. Next week, you’ll read intrepid blog contributor Julius Ferraro’s report on Museum Without Walls, a new way to explore the remarkable collection of 51 sculptures along Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Kelly Drive. Go this weekend, and compare notes with Julius on Monday.

>>>Saturday: The first of two must-do Saturday shows, Megan Mazarick presents DBDP, AKA the David Bowie Dance Project, an informal showing of work set to David Bowie songs at the Mascher Space Cooperative. Dancers include Bethany Formica, David Konyk, Beau Hancock, Lindsay Browning, and others. 8:00 pm. (And don’t forget to check out Megan’s Philly Fringe show, Mining the Mine of the Mind for Minderals.)

>>>Saturday: After DBDP, bust down Frankford Avenue to Johnny Brenda’s. Martha Graham Cracker turns seven, yikes, she’s old stately and handsome. What a dame! Dame Martha. Pre-Martha performances include a special pre-festival performance from the dames of Bang!, who, according to JB’s website, “promise a naked karaoke keytar extravaganza.” Sets start at 9:00 pm.

–Nicholas Gilewicz

We’ve Been Curbed

Posted August 21st, 2012

The Aryadareis

Well, not curbed, thank the gods. But Curbed Philly has a really nice piece on Headlong Dance Theater’s 2012 Live Arts Show, This Town is a Mystery. Check it out here.

–Nicholas Gilewicz

This Town is a Mystery runs September 7 through 22 at four different households throughout Philadelphia. All shows 7:00 pm; $35.

Win Free Tix to Feastival!

Posted August 16th, 2012

Remember that party we throw that’s kind of the must-do-must-be-seen-at thing of the early fall? And where pretty much every chef in Philadelphia offers you deliciousness? Well, scamper over to philly.com, you little scamps, and enter to win free tickets to the 2012 Audi Feastival. And do check out their pics from last year’s Feastival, while you’re entering to win–which you can do until noon on August 31.

–Nicholas Gilewicz

Get to Know Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

Posted August 15th, 2012

Good morning! To get your day started, take a few minutes and get to know Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, via this awesome Artnet interview.

Open Air runs during the 2012 Live Arts Festival from September 20 through October 14 on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. 9:00 to 11:00 pm every night; free!

Open Air is commissioned by the Association for Public Art.

Press Preview: GPhilly

Posted August 14th, 2012

Natalie Hope McDonald weighs in early with her top picks for the 2012 Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe at Philadelphia Magazine‘s GPhilly. Too many shows to mention, so just click through to check it out. One thing’s for sure though: this year, a whole lot of us are getting naked.

–Nicholas Gilewicz

What are Fringe Wraiths?

Posted August 14th, 2012

Why don’t I let Iron Age explain its 2012 Fringe show, Fringe Wraiths, an adventurous, multimedia collaboration with nearly two dozen other Philly Fringe participants:

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–Nicholas Gilewicz