Bold Philly Theater

April–May 2020

All HPFS 2020 performances are postponed at this time due to the ongoing COVID-19 concerns. Ticket buyers will be contacted directly, and we will be announcing the new performance dates when confirmed. 

Launched in 2019, High Pressure Fire Service (HPFS) is FringeArts’ series of new theater and performance works from Philadelphia’s leading talent. 

HPFS takes its name from FringeArts’ historic building, the first high pressure pump house in the country. Opened in 1903, the station pumped water from the Delaware River to fire hydrants across Philadelphia, connecting the city and helping it grow and thrive. This history of creativity and connectivity is at the very heart of the High Pressure Fire Service festival, reflected in the artists’ innovative practice and uniquely relevant work that exemplifies why Philadelphia has remained such a hotbed for excellence and experimentation in contemporary performance. All HPFS presentations will take place at FringeArts.

 The 2020 series features original works from performance artist Alexandra Tatarsky, devising ensemble Antigravity Performance Project in collaboration with poet Kyle Dacuyan, multidisciplinary artist James Allister Sprang, and celebrated director Nell Bang-Jensen, as well as a two-day workshop with composer and choral music conductor Emily Bate. All HPFS works were developed during Camp Fringe, FringeArts’ summer residency program that provides rehearsal space, work-in-progress showings, on-site staff support, and more.

All 2020 High Pressure Fire Service presentations were developed through the Camp Fringe residency supported by the Independence Foundation.

Learn more about 2020 HPFS sponsorships.

2020 Shows

Megan Bridge: Widening the Circle

A Movement Improvisation and Somatics Workshop

July 8, 2024


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