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.
“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
>>>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.
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.
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.