Go Deeper Curators' Choice—Week of June 22

Curators’ Choice—Week of June 22

Posted June 23rd, 2020

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

Úumbal: Nomadic Choreography for Inhabitants | Mariana Arteaga | Fringe Festival 2019  Led by choreographer Mariana Arteaga, Úumbal was a dance piece that built a nomadic choreography out of dance steps “donated” by Philadelphians. Those steps were then woven together to form a piece performed by Philly residents through the streets of the city during the 2019 Fringe Festival. 

Notes of a Native Song | Stew and Heidi Rodewald | Fringe Festival 2016  Inspired by the art of writer and activist James Baldwin, Stew and Heidi Rodewald (creators of the Tony Award-winning musical Passing Strange) explore the complicated aspects of Baldwin’s life and ideas while celebrating his lasting legacy through music, video, and spoken word. The piece was presented as part of the 2016 Fringe Festival in collaboration with The Wilma Theater.

WetLand: A Documentary | Mary Mattingly   Created by Brooklyn-based installation artist Mary Mattingly, WetLand is an otherworldly houseboat that moored on the Delaware River. Part interactive public art installation, part urban farm and dwelling place, Mattingly lived on WetLand for the duration of the 2014 Fringe Festival, hosting tours, performances, workshops, skill shares and artistic gatherings. Get a behind the scenes look at the installation here. 

We 💙 our Alumni

Come On In | Faye Driscoll  Faye Driscoll is a Bessie Award-winning dancer, choreographer, and director who was last seen on the FringeArts stage during her 2017 Fringe Festival performance of Thank You for Coming: Play.  Driscoll’s first solo exhibition Come on In transforms a floor gallery in Minneapolis’ Walker Art Center into a space of sanctuary offering gallery-goers an enveloping sensory experience. 

Black Quantum Futurism | Moor Mother / Black Quantum Futures  Black Quantum Futurism Collective is a multidisciplinary collaboration between Camae Ayewa (Moor Mother), whose piece Circuit City closed our inaugural High Pressure Fire Service theatre series in 2019, and writer, lawyer, and activist, Rasheedah Phillips. The duo explores the intersections of futurism, creative media, DIY-aesthetics, and activism in marginalized communities. Prior to the pandemic, Black Quantum Futurism had been planning a multi-media installation titled Black Womxn Temporal Portal—The Future(s) Are Black Quantum Womanist.

Eager to contribute to the accessibility and visibility of these works despite the current world health crisis, Studio XX is offering a collection of photo and video fragments from the intended physical installation online. 

Where to Stream

Guggenheim Works + Process Virtual Commissions  World-class art collection, The Guggenheim Museum’s, long-running performing arts series, Works + Process, was reimagined in a virtual form in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the last few months,  new virtual commissions created at home by leading artists who have participated in past Works & Process programs have premiered online. June’s lineup included commissions from Philadelphia’s own John Jarboe and BalletX.

National Arts Festival South Africa (June 25 – July 5)  For the first time in its 46-year history, the National Arts Festival will be held entirely online. The NAF is the largest performing arts festival on the African continent and consists of a curated Maine Programme and Fringe Festival. Programming spans a variety of genres including theatre, dance, stand-up comedy, and live music, as well as visual art exhibitions, film screening, workshops, and more. Join them from June 25 to July 5 for the ultimate virtual celebration of South African arts.

We’ll see you for next week’s Curators’ Choice, but in the meantime, let us know what you thought of this week’s selections on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter!