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Vegans vs. Carnivores: Philly Fringe Style

Posted August 23rd, 2011

A Vegan Kid's Dance For Adults With Nudity photographWe’re always on the lookout for the themes that emerge from Philly Fringe performances. This year, Fringe brings together artists who both appreciate and despise meat. Choose one side, or both sides, or none, if you’re on the insect-eating trip.

Green Chair Dance Group uses a variety of improvisation and various movement techniques to they throw themselves into the air, the floor, and each other. From Green Chair: “Brash and adventurous, we fold in on ourselves, share secrets, flip upside down, and build spontaneous, lush architectures that eddy and dissolve.
With deliberate precision, we crack our solid selves. We are vulnerable people. Let’s move. Gabrielle Revlock will join the tumble with A Fork and Stick Thing – a dance inspired by birds striving to be human with music entirely composed of words. deyvnn emory will also spiral into the mix with My Child November – a collaboration with vocalist/performer Margot Bassett and dancer Meghan Milam.” A Vegan Kid’s Dance For Adults With Nudity will be performed at the Mascher Space Co-op, 155 Cecil B Moore Avenue, $18. Dates and times vary, click here for more details.

Celebrities will discuss their vegan lifestyles at Carnivores Anonymous, an improv talk show devoted to all things vegan-ist. Expect to see anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan, comedian Myq Kaplan, celebrity vegan chef Kurt E. Smith, as well as a mystery guest. Carnivores Anonymous runs September 16 at the Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street, University City at 8:00 pm, $15.

Meat Man The Musical On the other side of the ring, Meat Man steps up to fight. This comedic musical takes place in a tiny American town of carnivores whose lives are turned upside down by the entrance of vegetarians into their community. Presented by Reel 9 Productions, Meat Man runs mid-Fringe at the Mainstage at the Adrienne, 2030 Sansom Street, $12.

Plentiful might appease meat lovers and haters alike with music, dance, and a collision of food and art. Choreographers Sara Trindade, Jennifer Morley, Jennifer Schmermund, and KC Chun-Manning have collaborated to produce this high-flying display of athleticism which is perfect for the whole family. Plentiful runs September 7 at InMovement Studio, 750 Fitzwater Street, $12.

–Christina Snyder

Green Chair Dance Group photo by J. Makary.

Meat Man photo by Doug Bailey.