Curators’ Choice—Week of July 27
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
Cartography | Kaneza Schaal + Christopher Myers | Fringe Festival 2019 In 2016 Christopher Myers and Kaneza Schaal traveled to Munich, Germany to speak with refugees. Listening to the travelers’ harrowing and beautiful stories, they knew they needed to shed light on this monumental event in the form of a collaborative work of art. The interactive theater piece Cartography appeared in the 2019 Fringe Festival and maps the journeys of five young migrants from diverse backgrounds as they navigate the struggles of adopting a new home.
Untitled Feminist Show | Young Jean Lee | Fringe Festival 2012 From accomplished and versatile playwright Young Jean Lee comes Untitled Feminist Show, a performance combining dance, cabaret and burlesque in a cheeky and thoroughly nude celebration of fluid and infinite identity.
stuporwoman | Tania Isaac | Fringe Festival 2008 For choreographer Tania Isaac, semi-autobiographical work stuporwoman emerged from a place of deep anxiety. The piece depicts middle class motherhood in all of its gratifying, agonizing and overwhelming moments. The performance combines American and Caribbean dance aesthetics, featuring dancers, a playwright, an opera singer and classical instrumentalists.
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Accidental Nostalgia | Cynthia Hopkins | Fringe Festival 2005 Writer, composer, singer, and actor, Cynthia Hopkins’ Accidental Nostalgia is a charming yet disturbing piece of personal storytelling. Revolving around the travels and travails of a neurologist suffering from severe memory loss herself, the piece cleverly unfolds through live music, movement, and ingenious videos and sets designed by Jim Findlay and Jeff Sugg.
The Bessie and Obie award-winner has been seen on the FringeArts stage several times including in past Get Pegged Cabarets, Scratch Nights, and 2019’s Late Night Snacks.
I…Sit | Min Tanaka & Cecil Taylor Japanese dancer Min Tanaka began studying butoh, a Japanese style of dance theatre, under its originator Tatsumi Hijikata during the 1970s. Tanaka went on to become a significant contributor to the style in his own right, and in 1997, the artist collaborated with pianist/composer Cecil Taylor on their improvisational dance piece I…Sit.
Min Tanaka also took the stage in 1997 as part of the inaugural Philadelphia Fringe Festival.
Onassis Foundation ENTER : Artists Across the Globe Interpet the Present Time In an effort “to understand the present, learn from it, narrate and banish it, [while also] creating a digital time capsule to preserve the memory of this period for future generations,” the Onassis Foundation commissioned artists from across the globe, including Fringe alumni Dynasty Handbag, Annie-B Parson, Tim Etchells, and Okwui Okpokwasili, to prepare new works within a 120 hour time period.
Where to Stream
Open Video Video Call 2020 | Institute of Contemporary Art & Lino Kino Each year Philadelphia’s Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) provides a platform for local artists to share new work through their juried screening series known as Open Video Call . For the 21st edition, ICA invited Lino Kino, a local media arts collective dedicated to exploring new approaches to experimental art exhibition, to curate the program.
Videos by eight artists were selected this year. A different artist will be featured on Mondays at 12PM, followed by a conversation between the artist and members of Lino Kino on Wednesdays at 6PM discussing the selected video. The program runs through September 16, 2020.
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