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April Scratch Night

Hosted by Alex Tatarsky

A monthly works-in-progress showing.

Venue

FringeArts
140 N Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA
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Monday, April 1 at 7pm

The popular, long running monthly works-in-progress series.

Come see a roster of Philly’s most talented artists perform new material from shows they are working on in this fast-paced sampling of contemporary theater, dance, performance art, and everything in between. Scratch Night is hosted and curated by a different artist each month, and features four to six short performances by local companies and artists, offering an inside look at the future of performance. This month’s performers include Rose Luardo, Magda San Millan, Fred Brown & Gina Murdock, Paloma Irizarry, and Marcelline.

Join us at La Peg before or after the performances! La Peg has Happy Hour food and drinks specials 5-7pm and Happy Hour food only specials until closing.

60 minutes

Free RSVP, $5 Suggested Donation

Featured Photo: Rose Luardo, by Thom Lessner

About the Host

Alexandra Tatarsky makes work in the unfortunate in-between zone of comedy, dance, performance art, theater and deluded rant — sometimes with songs. Pieces often incorporate absurdist characters and improvised word play. Current interests include humor & the abyss, self-loathing & complicity, clowns & politics, meaninglessness, hybridity, madness, parades, and acrylic nails. Basically, how words and worlds come together and fall apart. Tatarsky has performed original work and the work of others at venues including: Vox Populi, Werks Barehouse, Judson Church, Skirball, New Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Bronx Art Space, PSNY, MoMA PS1, The Kitchen, La Mama, The Brick, CPR, Gibney, and many bars. With Ming Lin as Shanzhai Lyric, they publish mini-complications of bootleg t-shirt poems. Writings on hyper-capitalism, mimes, nonsense poetry, and counterfeit culture are forthcoming in ArtReview Asia, Spike, and Garlands.

About the Artists

april scratch night

Photo by Thom Lessner

Relationship Fluid by Rose Luardo
I describe my practice as: character based, intergenerational, homemade, art brute, manic, at times highly collaborative, grotesque yet simultaneously charming and really funny. I am into: cultural quirks, hair, clothing, gesture, posture, inflection, comportment, humor, detail, physicality, channeling humans like a psychic, transitions, humor again and handicraft. To get a sense of my work, think hilarious, middle-aged pixie forging through a creative landscape of wigs, costumes and personalities.

MI YIDI MA by Marcelline
On April 1st, I will present MI YIDI MA (fula translation for I Love You) an unfinished poem I’ve been writing about my birth mother Alice since the beginning of my journey into self discovery since Spring of 2017. Over time the poem took on a larger form, I began to identify other motherly influences in my life affirming the divine feminine within. The resulting text is a veneration of all those influences, from the music of Alice Coltrane, who I credit for indirectly training my ears to properly listen to music, to the patakis of Mother Orishas Oshun, Oya and yemaja/Olokun who have rendered clear the spiritual dimensions of my femininity.

Dance of Heads by F&G’s Magic Cabaret
This piece is the beginning of a mutual exploration of the interconnectedness of living things. We are interested in using mask traditions and modalities of movement to represent the connection of bodies across media, time, space, and species.

Photo by Kate Raines

Holidays I Hate (showcase series) by Magda
This work is part of a series of showcases called “Holidays I Hate.” I am curating and creating new work with the theme of shitting on the hallmark version of holidays like Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. I am open to other hate-able holiday suggestions.