Curators’ Choice—Week of May 11
We sure do miss you! While we are apart, our Artistic Producers, Zach Blackwood and Katy Dammers, will prep a new list each week to keep your ears and eyes full until we can be together again…
In Case You Missed It
We Shall Not Be Moved | Opera Philadelphia | Fringe Festival 2017 We Shall Not Be Moved is a modern-day opera following five teenagers who find refuge in what remains of the West Philadelphia home that served as headquarters of the MOVE organization. The show touches on themes of gun violence, racial identity, absent parents, underfunded public schools, and homophobia.
27 | New Paradise Laboratories | Fringe Festival 2012 Inspired by the so-called 27 Club of prominent musicians who died (mostly from substance abuse) at age 27, 27 examines the intersection of talent and mortality and celebrates the legacy of artists who died too young.
Manger | Boris Chamatz | Fringe Festival 2018 French choreographer Boris Charmatz implores audiences to examine the nature of eating, of digesting information, and of consuming in manger. The dancers’ bodies are set in motion not with the eyes, or with the limbs, but with the mouth. Watch as dancers chew through reams of paper, taste, swallow, sing, eat, and more.
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Ladies Who Lunch (Weekly, Tues + Thurs at 1:04pm) | Bearded Ladies Cabaret The beloved cabaret’s live performances are on hiatus but The Bearded Ladies Cabaret continues to delight us virtually with their Facebook video series. Tune in live Tuesdays and Thursdays or catch up on The Bearded Ladies Facebook page.
Help! I’m stuck with Cole Escola | Cole Escola 2019 Blue Heaven comedian, Cole Escola’s quarantine TV special on YouTube is exactly what the doctor ordered. This one-man variety show is packed full of a dizzying number of Escola’s eccentric characters, providing enough hilarious company for weeks of isolation.
Alan Smithee Directed This Play & Supernatural Wife | Big Dance Theater Under the joint direction of Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar, Big Dance Theater has been creating unique dance/theater works since 1991, interweaving dance, music, text, and visual design. The company was last seen on the FA stage as part of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival 2017.
Where to Binge
Ovid.tv OVID.tv provides viewers with access to thousands of documentaries, independent films, and notable works of international cinema, largely unavailable on any other platform. OVID’s initial offerings fall into roughly three categories: a) powerful films addressing urgent political and social issues; b) in-depth selections of creative documentaries by world-famous directors; and c) cutting-edge arthouse feature and genre films by contemporary directors as well as established masters. You’ll find work from artists and filmmakers such as Fringe alumni Bill T. Jones and Okwui Okpokwasili. New films are added to the OVID collection every two weeks.