FringeArts Blog

Webisode #1: Thaddeus Phillips talks Flamingo/Winnebago with Scott Johnston

Posted September 5th, 2007

In the first of our festival webisodes by the video masters at Woodshop Films, Fringe Cabaret curator Scott Johnston interviews local playwright/director Thaddeus Phillips about Flamingo/Winnebago, the Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental’s Live Arts show. It also includes some clips from the show. Click here to watch.


Press: We’ve Got the Whole World in Our Hands (according to City Paper)

Posted September 4th, 2007

Be sure to check out City Paper’s ever-expanding arsenal of great Live Arts and Fringe Reviews. Click here to read one of their first big features, “Fringe Takes on the World.”

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Dance: Ea Sola and the Vietnam Opera Ballet of Hanoi

Posted September 3rd, 2007

The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival will proudly present the world renowned Company Ea Sola performing Drought and Rain Vol. 2 at Temple’s Tomlinson Theater this Thursday, September 6th, through Sunday, September 9th. Choreographer Ea Sola grew up in the South of Vietnam during the war. After living and studying modern dance in Paris for fifteen years, she returned to Vietnam in 1989. She has devoted much of her career to exploring the history and culture of Vietnam through dance; her work that focuses on the Vietnam War has recieved tremendous critical acclaim throughout Europe and Asia.

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Music and Dancin’: Le Chat Lunatique this Wednesday at the Cabaret

Posted September 3rd, 2007

Django Reinhardt, call your office. Le Chat Lunatique brings more to the table than your average New Mexican gypsy jazz quartet. Their sound lends a wiggle to the hips and a shake to the shoulder, and their impeccably-groomed mustaches add an irresistibly charming element of Francophile sleaze to the act.

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Press: Brrr! Philly Fringe Goes South

Posted September 3rd, 2007

Check out the South Philly Review’s extensive coverage of Fringe and Live Arts shows by South Philly artists. Click here to read Caitlin Meals’ articles from last week (8/30) and the week before (8/23).


Press: “Still Over the Top” says the Inquirer

Posted September 3rd, 2007

…One person’s avant-garde is another person’s weird-and-freaky. The idea of “fringe” contains both the “edgy” and the “marginalized,” so get off the middle of that road and hit the streets: The palace of wisdom awaits.

Click here to read Toby Zinman’s scrumptious write up of Fringe and Live Arts highlights from page one of the Inquirer weekend section.

Video Clips: You’re a tube, I’m a tube, we’re all tubes!

Posted September 3rd, 2007

Our YouTube account has video clips from Live Arts shows Delta, Drought and Rain Vol. 2, Festival of Lies, Flamingo/Winnebago, MAP ME, and Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven. Click here to visit our page.

Review + Video: Kamerdans

Posted September 3rd, 2007

Last week, while Inquirer editor-in-chief Bill Marimow was on vacation, other Inquirer staff invited Jerome Meyer and Isabelle Chaffaud to perform Kamerdans Marimow’s office. Click here to watch a video clip of their performance. Click here to read the Inquirer’s review of Kamerdans.


Webisode 3: New Paradise Laboratories talks BATCH with Scott Johnston

Posted September 3rd, 2007

In this interview, Whit MacLaughlin, Jeb Kreager, and Mary McCool discuss party culture, hermaphrodites, anti-theater, and the making of BATCH. Click here to watch.

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Reaction: MAP ME

Posted September 1st, 2007

Last night, I saw Belgian dancers Charlotte Vanden Eynde and Kurt Vandendriessche perform MAP ME at the Painted Bride. The average viewer might not classify MAP ME as dance: indeed, there is very little live action in the piece—most of the movement seen is on video. Instead, MAP ME focuses on dance at a more larval stage—Vanden Eynde and Vandendriessche, who perform in the nude throughout most of the show, investigate the body: where bodies come from, how they are made, and what they can do.

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Webisode 2: Theatre Exile’s Deborah Block talks with Scott Johnston

Posted September 1st, 2007

Click here to watch this exclusive interview with Deb Block, one of the original leaders of the Fringe in Philly.

Video Clip: Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven

Posted August 31st, 2007

In a recent review of Songs of the Dragons, Alexis Soloski of The Village Voice wrote:

“Lee is a queen of unease; chuckles never come unaccompanied by squirms. She’s a distressingly self-aware writer who will play with theatrical forms and then have one or two characters speak about how she’s playing with theatrical forms and whether that was really such a good idea.”

Click here to watch a video excerpt of Young Jean Lee’s Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven.

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Podcast: The Philadelphia Inquirer talks with Producing Director Nick Stuccio

Posted August 31st, 2007

A few weeks ago, Inquirer writer Howie Shapiro sat down with our producing director to find out how this crazy festival got started and what’s hot this year. Click here to listen.

Press: Michael Klein of the Philadelphia Inquirer on The Many Men of Martha Manning

Posted August 31st, 2007

This past Thursday, Inquirer columnist Michael Klein featured The Many Men of Martha Manning, an episodic radio soap opera about the legendary Martha Manning. Click here to read Klein’s column.


Podcast: WHYY’s Marty Moss-Coane Interviews Pig Iron Theatre Company

Posted August 31st, 2007

On August 30th, Marty Moss-Coane of WHYY’s Radio Times interviewed Pig Iron members Dan Rothenberg, Charles Conwell, and Lisi Stoessel about their Live Arts show, Isabella. Click here to listen.

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Podcast: New Paradise Laboratories’ BATCH

Posted August 30th, 2007

Click here and listen to a podcast from the premiere of New Paradise Laboratories’ BATCH at the 2007 Humana Festival in Louisville, KY.

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Pig Iron Theatre Company blog

Posted August 30th, 2007

One of the area’s most innovative and eccentric theater groups, Pig Iron Theatre Company, has started a blog. Click here to read all about the concept, development, and rehearsal process of their Live Arts show, Isabella.

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Press: J. Cooper Robb’s Top Picks for the Festivals

Posted August 30th, 2007

Philly Weekly theater review extraordinaire J. Cooper Robb describes this year’s festival as “packed with must-see acts,” which is no small compliment from a guy like him. Click here to read about his top ten festival picks.

Tropical Storm Fringe: Will You Be Ready?

Posted August 30th, 2007

Local crazies are stocking up on duct tape, batteries, and sunless tanner, but it’s not that kind of tropical storm—if you really want to be prepared for this one, we suggest you go outside, look up at the sky, and open your mouth—if these aren’t the most delicious raindrops you’ve ever tasted, add a bay leaf, and then tell us how you feel.

Starting today, Live Arts and Philly Fringe artists from near and far will bring their latest creations to the city—you’ll see them at venues all over town, in city parks, on the streets, and in the comfort of your own living room. You may even notice them parachuting through town, just like they did on the pages of the 2006 guide.

This year, we will catch up with the advent technology by running a festival time blog (FTB). Think of the FTB as an ever-growing eccentric and sometimes scandalous electronic library. Each day we’ll add info on festival happenings, the latest festival press coverage, links to artist videos, video webisodes by Woodshop Films, artist interviews, info on last-minute discounts, and of course, festival gossip.

Click around, see what’s new, and get ready for two weeks of unbridled barometric madness.

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Revolutionary Dance: On Pointe and with Rifle

Posted November 15th, 2002