Go Deeper Curators' Choice—Week of June 29

Curators’ Choice—Week of June 29

Posted July 1st, 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

Habitus | Ann Hamilton | Fringe Festival 2016  Ann Hamilton is known for her large-scale multimedia installations. In partnership with the Fabric Workshop & Museum of Philadelphia as a part of their exhibition of her work, Hamilton’s Habitus was presented in the 2016 Fringe Festival. Habitus combines the mediums of word, textiles, and imagery to create a conversation between artist and audience. This installation was initially located at Pier 9, consisting of huge fabric curtains that were manipulated by rope pulleys, causing the curtains to sway endlessly, enveloping the viewer’s senses. Habitus explores the cultural and historical significance of cloth as labor and a symbol of social contract.

100% Philadelphia |  Rimini Protokoll | Fringe Festival 2014 For 100% Philadelphia,  Germany-based theater company, Rimini Protokoll, tapped Philadelphians to be show participants, representing the city’s population of 1.5 million and its diverse demographic composition. The show gathered people of various experiences and unique perspectives, united not in spite, but because of, their differences.     

Everyone | Miguel Gutierrez | Fringe Festival 2008  From Brooklyn-based choreographer and two-time Bessie Award-winner Miguel Gutierrez comes “Everyone,” a playful and intimate work of dance that explores the relationship between an individual and society, the mind and body and the spectator and performance. The choreography uses gestures and movement to understand the paradox of our lives being both dreadfully mundane and humbling in its beauty. 

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Technegrocolor | The Illustrious Blacks  Self-proclaimed “NeoAfroFuturisticPsychedelicSurrealisticHippys,” The Illustrious Blacks, are on a mission to save the world one beat at a time. The acclaimed duo fuse music, dance, theater & fashion as the main ingredients to expand minds, shake bootys and encourage all to be bold, be brave and be you! Seen on the FringeArts stage as part of Get Pegged Cabaret and to kick off our 2019 Fringe Festival last year, the Illustrious Blacks’ newest project Technegrocolor is available now on all major platforms. 

Philly Live Weekends | Cookie Diorio with The Bearded Ladies, Spiral Q, and Girls Rock Philly  Philadelphia’s beloved cabaret group led by John Jarboe, The Bearded Ladies, and multi-talented Drag Queen Cookie Diorio have appeared on the FringeArts stage a number of times including in Fringe Festival 2019’s Late Night Snacks. Visit Philly called on the group to appear on their new Facebook Live series Philly Live Weekends which highlights the city’s favorite performers and personalities while raising funds for the PHL COVID-19 Fund.

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Black Dance Stories  Created and conceived by performer, producer, and dance writer Charmaine Warren, Black Dance Stories highlights Black creatives in the dance world through story sharing and discussion. This month’s line up of well-known dancers and choreographers includes past Fringe Festival artist Okwui Okpokwasili. Black Dance Stories streams live via Zoom every Thursday in July at 6 pm and past stories can be found on their YouTube page.

Creating New Futures Community Conversation (Wednesday, July 1)  This diverse group of art makers, including Philly artists Amy Smith + jumamatu m. poe, came together to collectively author and compile a set of working guidelines for ethics & equity in presenting dance & performance in Phase 1 of the Real Talk! Project. Before embarking on Phase 2, the collective is offering an opportunity to reflect on and challenge the Creating New Futures document and the REAL TALK! Forum. Join this Wednesday to be a part of the conversation.

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!