Fringe Festival

Fringe Festival

3 weeks. 1000+ performances. A city alive with contemporary art.

September 5–22, 2019

The Philadelphia Fringe Festival is a 3-week long, city-wide celebration of innovation and creativity in contemporary performance. Each September, the Festival explodes into every nook and cranny in neighborhoods across Philadelphia with more than 1,000 artistically daring performances, including national and international performances curated by FringeArts, and works that are produced by independent artists and promoted by FringeArts. The party continues late night, every night, with music, food and drink at the FringeArts center on the Delaware River waterfront. This vast assemblage of curated and self-produced innovators offers an unparalleled opportunity to see a cross section of the world’s greatest experimenters at one time, in one city.

Our 2019 Curated Fringe Festival lineup is now on sale. The full lineup of Independently Produced Fringe Festival shows and additional Festival events will be announced later this summer.


Superterranean, Pig Iron Theatre, Mimi Lien

Superterranean

Pig Iron Theatre Company / Mimi Lien September 5–15, 2019

Our structures are big. We’re small.

World Premiere!

Part of the 2019 Fringe Festival. 

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B-side, Wooster Group, Eric Berryman

The B-Side: “Negro Folklore from Texas State Prisons”
A Record Album Interpretation

The Wooster Group September 5–8, 2019

“Nothing short of transcendent.” The New York Times

Part of the 2019 Fringe Festival

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Late Night Snacks, Bearded Ladies, Justin Vivian Bond, Stephanie Blythe

Late Night Snacks

The Bearded Ladies Cabaret September 7–29, 2019

Heyyyyy, u up? Looking for a post-Fringe nightcap? A consensual art hookup? A sugar high to ride into the wee hours?

Part of the 2019 Fringe Festival

Presented in partnership with Opera Philadelphia, Vox Populi, Hidden City Philadelphia, Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation, and the Mayor’s Office of LGBT Affairs.

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Úumbal, Mariana Arteaga

Úumbal: Nomadic Choreography for Inhabitants

Mariana Arteaga September 7, 13 + 14, 2019

Philadelphia is the choreographer. Its streets the setting. Its people the dancers.

U.S. Premiere!

Part of the 2019 Fringe Festival

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There, Rosa Barba, Blanka Zizka, HotHouse

There: In the Light and the Darkness of the Self and the Other

Blanka Zizka and Rosa Barba with the Wilma HotHouse September 11–22, 2019

Based on There: In the Light and the Darkness of the Self and the Other by Etel Adnan

World Premiere!

Part of the 2019 Fringe Festival. Presented in partnership with The Wilma Theater.

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Cartography, Kaneza Schaal, Christopher Myers

Cartography

Kaneza Schaal & Christopher Myers September 12–15, 2019

Five young migrants discover what it means to leave home and begin a new life.

Part of the 2019 Fringe Festival

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Fase, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker

Fase, Four Movements to the Music of Steve Reich

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker / Rosas September 12–14, 2019

Every journey begins with a single step—or a single swing of an arm.

Part of the 2019 Fringe Festival

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Is This A Room, Tina Satter, Half Straddle

Is This A Room: Reality Winner Verbatim Transcription

Tina Satter / Half Straddle September 13–15, 2019

What does it mean to have honor in today’s America?

Part of the 2019 Fringe Festival.
Co-presented with the Annenberg Center

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Un Poyo Rojo

Un Poyo Rojo

Un Poyo Rojo September 19–21, 2019

Sport. Sexuality. Humor. Charismatic Argentinian duo Un Poyo Pojo explores the range of possible relationships among men.

Part of the 2019 Fringe Festival

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Pursuit of Happiness, Nature Theater of Oklahoma, EN-KNAP Group

Pursuit of Happiness

Nature Theater Of Oklahoma / EN-KNAP Group September 20 + 21, 2019

What is happiness? To what wild frontiers will we pursue it? To what surprising and unseemly Hollywood ending?

Part of the 2019 Fringe Festival

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Let Me Die

Let Me Die

Joseph Keckler September 21–28, 2019

At once a festive meditation, strange ritual, and morbid medley.

World Premiere!

Part of the 2019 Fringe Festival.
Presented in partnership with Opera Philadelphia as part of Festival O19

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