Curators’ Choice—Week of August 4
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
Hot Pepper, Air Conditioner, and the Farewell Speech | Toshiki Okada & chelfitsch Theater Company | Fringe Festival 2012 Characterized by seemingly mundane narrative accompanied by exaggerated gestures-turned-choreography, Japan’s chelfitsch has drawn global recognition. Created by Toskiki Okada, this theatrical triptych captures the empty and ungrounded nature of Generation Y in Japan through three humorously absurd office space exchanges.
Store | Michikazu Matsune + David Subal | Fringe Festival 2008 Before taking their one of a kind performance installation to Wales, artists Michikazu Matsune (Japan) and David Subal (Austria) set up shop in a South Street storefront during the 2008 Fringe Festival. The artists invited passersbys to purchase a mini-performance experience to enjoy from a menu of fifty-seven options.
Festival of Lies | Faustin Linyekula & Les Studios Kabako | Fringe Festival 2007 Emulating traditional music and dance festivals in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Faustin Linyekula and Les Studios Kabaka’s Festival of Lies finds dancers competing to perform as audience members and performers alike enjoy live music, food and drink. The dancers tell the stories of daily life in the Congo, deconstructing the consequences of political upheaval on their nation as they move through the scenic installation of urban detritus and political propaganda.
We 💙 Our Alumni
The Martha Graham Cracker 15th Anniversary Show | The Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret Frequent FringeArts collaborator and iconic Philadelphia cabaret performer, Martha Graham Cracker is turning 15 and celebrating with a live-streamed show. Show attendees are encouraged to support Philabundance, which distributes food to over 90,000 people each week in the Philadelphia region.
End Meeting for All | Forced Entertainment Theater group Forced Entertainment is comprised of six artists–Tim Etchells (Fringe Festival 2013’s What’s Going On Inside Our Heads), Robin Arthur, Richard Lowdon, Claire Marshall, Cathy Naden, Terry O’Connor–and together they have been producing work together since 1984. In their poignant and hilarious piece, End Meeting for All, the group turns to our current, quarantined moment for inspiration.
TACtile Podcast | National Performance Network National Performance Network (NPN) is a collective of artists and organizations committed to advancing racial and cultural justice through the arts, and their Leveraging a Network for Equity (LANE) program supports organizations of color and rural organizations with necessary resources.
LANE’s official podcast TACtile discusses practical tools and concepts designed to transform the field of Arts and Culture towards equity and justice.
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