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Shimmy your Fringe!

Posted September 22nd, 2019

September 22, 2019

Dance performance with a short workshop American Tribal Style® dancing made famous by FatChanceBellyDance®. We will show you some fun tribal belly dance steps, then invite you up on the dance floor to GET YOUR FRINGE MOVING! Come for the show and stay for the fun!

Free / 60 minutes


State Street Tribal is Philadelphia’s premier FatChanceBellyDance® Sister Studio. This means American Tribal Style® Bellydance is here in Philly. Experience the dynamic and joyful art form in its “OG” finest. When it comes to tribal belly dance, American Tribal Style® is “often imitated –never duplicated.”

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unbird unbeast

Posted September 21st, 2019

September 21 + 22, 2019

A dance performance and sculptural installation, unbird unbeast engages in contemporary myth-making as an embodied practice. By activating a lush sensorium of dense movement within complex sculptural environment, we ask ourselves to constantly attempt to feel more and feel differently.

$8 / 45 minutes


Sound design by Niall Jones Costumes by Andrew Smith

 

Proceed with Caution

Posted September 20th, 2019

September 20–22, 2019

Proceed with Caution grapples with personal, social, and global security and trust in the present-day—a time of global violence, the Trump presidency, mass shootings, and the #MeToo movement. A group of performers explore security through dance, video projection, and spoken and recorded words

$20 / 90 minutes


Refreshed and expanded after it’s premiere in the 2018 Fringe Festival, the work directed by Darcy Lyons is back to take the stage at one of Philadelphia’s best venues for dance. Expanded and updated over the past year, Proceed with Caution includes a new twenty minute section about security after 9/11. The central theme of the work comes from security expert Bruce Schneier. He writes: “Security is both a reality and a feeling and they’re not the same thing… The foundation of security is trust, both personal trust and global trust.”

The piece begins to address these questions: How do humans build trust in dance? How do we build trust with each other? How do we build trust in the world at large? How do we address and assess our fears about personal safety? How do our personal feelings of security intersect with global security? How do we make an impact on security through art and activism? With the support of projected video dispersed throughout the piece, the group of performers tell raw stories in their own voices and bodies of their real life experiences of feeling safe, feeling scared, and being truly endangered. The new hour-long version evolves as it moves from the personal to the global, addressing modern issues and how they affect our individual and collective associations and understandings of safety within an increasingly turbulent humanity. Proceed with Caution does not claim to have all the answers, but it’s worth experiencing because the work takes a brave step into exploring one of today’s greatest challenges that everyone can relate to: security.


Lyons and Tigers creates dance theater work for the stage, performance installations, and dance films. We revel in crossing those fabricated lines that often restrict dance making. We enjoy experimenting and taking risks. We are highly collaborative within the company and our work is often co-created with video projection, visual art, and text that is spoken, recorded, and projected. Our work pushes the edges of discomfort, crawls into the risky places that make our hair stand on end, make our hearts softly open to the world, or pull us into one of the many places in between. This production is not suitable for children and may contain triggering content.

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La Bolivianita

Posted September 19th, 2019

September 19–22, 2019

This autobiographical one-woman performance work by Pasión y Arte artistic director Elba Hevia y Vaca explores her story as a Bolivian immigrant and mother. La Bolivianita delves into her almost lifelong journey with Flamenco and how that has continued to evolve as she ages. The piece will culminate in an interactive dialogue with the audience. Directed by world-renowned Flamenco artist Belen Maya. World Premiere.

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$20 / 55 minutes


About Elba Hevia y Vaca

Born in La Paz, Bolivia, Elba Hevia y Vaca began her study of classical Spanish dance at the age of five. She studied with great masters in Spain for over 20 years, and later joined the Ana Martinez Flamenco Dance Company and Raquel Peña Spanish Dance Company in Washington D.C., where she was a soloist. In Philadelphia, she continued her study of modern dance, jazz, and contact improvisation from various Philadelphia artists. In 2000, Hevia y Vaca founded Pasión y Arte out of a strong and intensely personal conviction that highly-stylized traditional Spanish Flamenco dance is a perfect vessel to empower women. These values have been reflected in the eight original, critically acclaimed works she has created for PyA, and in the numerous grants, fellowships, and accolades awarded to Hevia y Vaca and PyA under her direction. In addition, she was nominated for a prestigious Pew Fellowship in 2018. She conducts master classes throughout the US, has taught at local Philadelphia universities, teaches various levels of Flamenco at at her Overbrook Studio in West Philadelphia, and has been teaching at Franklin & Marshall as a Senior Adjunct for the last 20 years.

About Pasión y Arte

For more than a decade, Pasión y Arte (PyA), Philadelphia’s premier all-female contemporary flamenco dance company under the direction of Elba Hevia y Vaca, has been embracing artistic excellence in performance, education and community engagement focused on modern feminist flamenco. Deemed a world classic by The Philadelphia Inquirer, Pasión y Arte continues to strengthen flamenco’s legacy as a classical form while also expanding the trajectory of modern feminist flamenco through its conservatory classes, performances, and national tours. In eight original productions, and through its presentation of the 2012 and 2014 Philadelphia Flamenco Festivals, PyA empowers women through self-expression by embracing bold experimentation that challenges traditional flamenco gender stereotypes.

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Candle, Sword, and Fan

Posted September 14th, 2019

September 14 + 21, 2019

Candle, Sword, and Fan is a theatrical show that intertwines dance and art with archetypal themes of youth, adult, elder-with a Jungian slant. The dances are of a fusion style incorporating various balancing props.  In between dances, the audience will view The Plastic Club artists and models in action! The Plastic Club is one of the oldest artists clubs in America.

$15 / 60 minutes


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50th Anniversary of the Original Woodstock 1969!

Posted September 14th, 2019

September 14 + 15, 2019

This year is the 50th anniversary of the original Woodstock! Rock on Pointe, the dance company that dances to rock music on pointe shoes, revisits that unforgettable concert, performing to the music that was recorded live that weekend, including Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, Joan Baez, and more.

$28 / 105 minutes


Rock on Pointe will dance to the original recordings from the Original 1969 Woodstock. This show is a tribute to those that organized and performed at that historic concert. Woodstock created a moment in time that will not be forgotten. We will revisit this historic moment and reawaken—if only for the time of the show— the peace and spirit that existed on a farm in New York State for those three days. Rock on Pointe claims the protection of the Copyright Act of 1976 for this historic and (for those that weren’t with us in the 1960s) educational show.

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RISE: Relationship is Self Existing

Posted September 14th, 2019

September 14, 2019

A collaboration between Leah Stein and Asimina Chremos that engages dancers and community members to perform at LOVE Park, RISE raises awareness of momentary spatial relationships, groupings, and constellations created by everyday folks in our city as they travel from place to place.

Free / 25 minutes


RISE is made possible with support from the Fairmount Park Conservancy and Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation.

In the case of inclement weather, RISE will have a rain date on Sunday, September 15 at 2pm, 3pm, and 4 pm.

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Happy Hour on the Fringe

On this episode of Happy Hour on the Fringe, we share a drink with Marc Wilken from Parks and Recreation and three independent Fringe Festival artists: Dana Suleymanova (Dear qupid), Eric Thayer (Give Your Heart), and Leah Stein with Asimina Chremos (RISE: Relationship is Self Existing).  All of the performances are participatory and engage with the City of Brotherly Love as they explore love, the beating heart, and how human bodies share space in LOVE Park this September.  Listen to the podcast episode below or read the full transcript on the FringeArts Blog.

Fire in the Sky

Posted September 13th, 2019

September 13 + 14, 2019

This is a cosmic constellation. Come for the conversation. Stargaze for days. Costarring the interstellar Maddie & Kayla, Queenz Collective (Sanchel Brown, Caitlin Green), and Haylee Warner. This work supports and is supported by Urban Movement Arts (UMA) Come take a class! UMA welcomes adults of all ages and experience levels.

$15 / 60 minutes


Soar between the planets of our performance solar system. You will be buckled in an out of mini performances inhabiting the studios, cubbies, and closets of Urban Movement Arts (UMA). Quick feet are hidden around the corner. Orbiting bodies invite you with their gravitational field.

Fire in the Sky is a performance event produced by Urban Movement Arts (UMA) community members Queenz Collective (Sanchel Brown & Caitlin Green), Haylee Warner & collaborators, and Kayla Bobalek & Maddie Hopfield.

UMA is producing Fire in the Sky as part of its expanded Artists in Residency (AIR) programs, directed by Lily Kind. The AIR program supports creators of experimental dance, theater, and performance who walk with Afro diasporic and American folk dance traditions. UMA welcomes adults of all ages and experience levels to learn American folk dance and African Diaspora movement genres such as Hip Hop, Jazz, Breaking, Waacking, and House. UMA serves as the downtown hot spot for professional dancers in under-represented forms to practice, cipher, and build.

Additional support Austin Blakely (So Serious Live), Eppchez Yes!, Malachi Lily, Marina Oney, Ryan Blakely, Danica Strushensky, Julia Bryck, Mehgan Abdel-Moneim, Isabella Yannoni

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RE: SHE, a litany of adventures

Posted September 13th, 2019

September 13–15 + 20*–22, 2019

Born into a lineage of hate, a band of modern-day explorers exhumes an unseen but cancerous tale. As they awaken alternative stories, some must atone for their sins and those they’ve inherited, while others must avenge wrongs still ongoing. If they don’t, they may write the next chapter in this horrific penny dreadful.

*ASL interpretation for Friday, September 20 performance at 8:30pm.

accessible seating available at all performances

$20 ($15 for Students) / 80 minutes


the after-image creates theatrical events for the passionately postmodern audience. we are a theater company contending with the stories and forms that have preserved the status quo. we conjure text, movement, video, and sound into productions that engage an active audience in the collective questions of our past, present, and future.

Co-producing artistic directors Kate St. John and Amy Shoshana Blumberg founded the after-image in 2019 after creating he called it cymbeline, an immersive rendering of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline. They earned their MFAs in scenic design and theater directing, respectively, and draw on their backgrounds in the Classics and modern dance to develop their work.

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Honey

Posted September 13th, 2019

September 13–15, 2019

An evening of original dance created and conceived by Philly-based artists Evalina “Wally” Carbonell and Melissa Rector, Honey delves into the intoxicating search for sweetness, alternately stinging and smooth, viscous and flowing.

$20 / 60 minutes


Honey is an original dance co-production making its premier at this year’s Fringe Festival. It will be an immersive evening of movement that will both inspire and entertain. Featuring dance that is sweet and stinging, syrupy, and flowing, audiences can expect innovative and moving new choreography by Evalina “Wally” Carbonell and Melissa Rector, with expressive performances by them and their diverse and talented dancers.

About the Artists

Evalina “Wally” Carbonell is a Philadelphia-based dance artist. She received her early training at the National Ballet School in Maryland. She went on to earn her BFA in Dance from Florida State University, studying with such luminaries as Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and Suzanne Farrell. Upon graduation, Evalina joined the Roxey Ballet Company, dancing as a principal artist from 2005-2011. As a free-lance artist, she has worked and choreographed extensively, and continues to be an active performer as a guest artist nationally and locally. Evalina teaches dance, GYROKINESIS® and GYROTONIC® in addition to creating her own work. A passionate performer, creator, and teacher, Evalina joined Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers in 2012. In recent years, she has produced four consecutive shows for the Fringe Festival, was the recipient of the Ellen Forman Award for Choreography in 2017, and was honored to create a new choreographic work on the dancers of KYL/D for their fall 2018 home season.

Melissa Rector started dancing at a young age with Monica Folio. She graduated from the University of the Arts in 1993. Melissa has been dancing with Koresh Dance Company since its inception in 1991 and is the company’s assistant artistic director. She is also an instructor at the Koresh School of Dance, where she teaches her unique style that blends modern jazz and Luigi technique. Her work has been performed locally at the Fringe Festival, the Annenberg Center, Drexel University, the Grier School and Brandywine Ballet. She frequently travels around the country to perform, teach master classes and set choreography on students. In 2008, Melissa helped to establish the Koresh Youth Ensemble and serves as their artistic director, setting both original choreography and company repertory on the group.

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Dance Collection

Posted September 13th, 2019

September 13 + 14, 2019

Dancefusion presents Dance Collection with Dance Iquail and Megan Flynn Dance Company. The program features Dancefusion in the revival of Mary Anthony’s Seascape (1973) along with new works by Janet Pilla Marini, Camille Heasley, and Omar Frederick Pratt. Dance Iquail and Megan Flynn Dance Company present compelling new works.

$25 / 85 minutes


Dancefusion in collaboration with Dance Iquail and Megan Flynn Dance Company will present Dance Collection at this year’s FringeArts Festival on September 13 at 7:00pm and September 14 at 3:00pm and 6:00pm at the Performance Garage 1515 Brandywine Street Philadelphia 19130. The program will offer an assemblage of works, both old and new that will offer the audience a wonderful glimpse into three powerful, Philadelphia based, modern dance companies. 

Dancefusion will feature the revival of Mary Anthony’s Seascape. Choreographed in 1975 to music by John La Montane, this work illustrates Mary’s love for the sea and its wildlife along the coast of Fire Island, NY. Dancefusion will primer three new works by company members; Dawn Chorus, by Janet Pilla Marini is set to music by Inward Coil and is inspired by a community of prey and predators. Camille Halsey’s A Time for a Season explores Ecclesiastes 3:1 “To everything there is a season.” Set to music by Zoe Keating, Camille states, “we all go through different season in life where we are challenged, but we must choose to embrace our circumstances and grow as people. Pictures in Glass Frames by Omar-Frederick Pratt is set to music by Craig Armstrong and Max Richter. It’s been said “A picture is worth a thousand words”. This piece explore the feeling of vulnerability by putting those “pictures” on display, having to talk about them in an open setting.

Dance Iquail will present a mini-documentary From The Directors Point of View followed by Night Falls a solo choreographed by Iquail Shaheed set to music by Booka Shade.

 Megan Flynn Dance Company will premiere Megan’s newest work, Ties which is inspired by an exploration of Attachment Theory – how the type of attachments we form in early childhood, shape a lifetime of interpersonal relationships. What is the long term psychological impact when those earliest bonds are secure, unstable or unexpectedly severed? How do we find stability amidst chaos? Flynn explains, “I commenced creative research on this piece while I was in residence with The NADINE Project this summer at the Dragon’s Egg in Ledyard, CT, not far from my parents’ home. I was simultaneously embodying memories of my own happy childhood, against the backdrop of the horrifying accounts of the current crisis in the child detention centers. With my dancers, we are questioning the distinction between boundaries and borders, ties and tethers, confinement and containment, and how we perceive attachment to others.”

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Sprout! A Full Length Not-A-Ballet

Posted September 12th, 2019

September 12-15, 2019

A sprout pops up in early spring, losing one of its precious leaves in the process. Heartbroken, it uproots to journey on in search of The Answers. Step into the surreal world of Sprout! as alligator brass bands and lonely accordion lovers take to the stage to contemplate love, loss, and what it means to be (not) human. It’s a big ol’ family-friendly fairytale with surrealist tendencies and a live band brought to you by 6 dancers, 5 musicians, 1 narrator, and a few giant puppets.

$5 for children (12 and under), $20 / 45 minutes


Creator & Choreographer Maddie Rabin Composer Addie Herbert Musical Collaborators: Gabi Shapiro, Elizabeth de Lise (Lizdelise), & Dori Byrne Performers Savannah Green, Winfield Maben, Sarah Owens, Dawn Pratson, Stephanie Stevens, & Sevon Wright

The Destination is the Downbeat

Posted September 12th, 2019

September 12, 13, 19 + 20, 2019

This new tap dance and jazz music work by Pamela Hetherington considers how to “keep time” in jazz music. For tap dancers, how they keep time in jazz music has everything to do with who they are as human beings. Time is a feeling; it is swing, groove, and rhythm—the essence of tap dancing itself. Rhythm is personal and music is the original DM (direct message).

$15 / 75 minutes


Pamela Hetherington’s choreography explores the theme of keeping time across different types of jazz music, including blues, hard bop, free and post-bop and features the music of Bobby Timmons, Oscar Peterson, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Mel Lewis, and original compositions by the band. Featuring Erica Corbo on piano, Paul Giess on trumpet, Nicholas Krolak on bass, and the company of three tap dancers. Along with the musicians, there are three tap dancers working in concert: Lauren Belasco, Alec Chupik, and Kristin Potocki.

Artistic direction and choreography by Pamela Hetherington

Pamela Hetherington brings her company Take It Away Dance to the Philadelphia Fringe Festival for four presentations of The Destination is the Downbeat, a new work that considers the notion of ‘keeping time’ in jazz music. Distinctly Philadelphian in its sound, approach and vibe, Take It Away Dance creates a thrilling combination of movement and music, improvised solos and group choreography. The show explores the theme of keeping time across different types of jazz music and leaps into compositions by Bobby Timmons, Oscar Peterson, Miles Davis and Mel Lewis, along with original compositions by the band. The musical accompaniment is provided by Erica Corbo, (who is also the music director), trumpeter, Paul Giess; and bassist, Nicholas Krolak. Along with the musicians, there are four tap dancers working in concert: Lauren Belasco, Alec Chupik, Morgan O’Shea and Kristin Potocki.

This is the company’s fifth anniversary year. Music Director, Erica Corbo and Pamela Hetherington started working together in 2018, and their musical relationship has extended into other projects that claim a space for women in jazz. The jazz future is female.

Drummers is a former warehouse space renovated into a sophisticated jazz venue by internationally-renowned drummer, Sherrie Maricle. Doors will open at 7 pm, and the music will start at 7:30 each evening. The set will last approximately 75 minutes with no intermission.

About Take It Away Dance: Take It Away Dance maintains the connection of music and dance. Our work is inspired by diverse jazz music influences with a distinctive focus on the music and grooves that originated here in Philadelphia. Take It Away Dance has been presented by Jazz Bridge Neighborhood Concerts, The Philadelphia Jazz Project (7X7 Series), Creative Philadelphia (Culture in the Courtyard), Dixon Place Eight in Show), The Barnes Foundation (Free 1st Sunday), Allentown Art Museum (3rd Thursday), and Symphony Space (Stam-Pede/APAP). The company has presented five original evening-length original concerts since 2014. They have also presented the work of world-renowned women tap dance choreographers, such as Dorothy Wasserman and Heather Cornell, through the re-staging and performance of classic repertory. Take It Away Dance has been featured on the nationally-syndicated arts program, Articulate, and has been directed by Pamela Hetherington since 2014.

About Pamela Hetherington: Pamela Hetherington is a Philadelphia tap dancer. Her artistic work aims to expand the boundaries of jazz tap, both as a soloist, a choreographer, and a composer. She was a principle dancer with Tap Team Two & Company, under the direction of Robert F. Burden, Jr., from 1996-2011. In 2014, she created Take It Away Dance, a tap dance and live music company has been presented consistently in Philadelphia and New York for the last five years. For Take It Away Dance, she has choreographed and directed five evening-length tap dance and live music concerts since 2014. Her work moves fluidly into music writing and recording: she has an original jazz composition published in the Philadelphia Real Book and is a featured recording artist on “The Whitman Project” mixtape, published by The Philadelphia Jazz Project. Pam has been interviewed about her work on Articulate (WHYY) and The Arts Desk (WRTI), and she was recognized in The Philadelphia Inquirer and Dance Teacher Magazine for her work directing The Philadelphia Community Tap Project. She owns Philadelphia’s principal studio for percussive dance: Sound Space Performing Arts.

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I Spy, With My Little Eye

Posted September 12th, 2019

September 12–15, 2019

I Spy, With My Little Eye slides down the Chutes and Ladders of youth into the Scrabble of your earliest memories. This interactive dance performance provides an opportunity to Connect Four a moment in the shared joys and toys of childhood experience. Through five sections of movement, eight dancers search for unified experiences that highlight moments of togetherness, of childhood friends, of special places that inspire our imaginations, of collecting precious items that define our personalities. Accompanied by original music by Alina John, we move together in spontaneous games of I Spy, Tag, Hopscotch, and Whisper Down The Lane in an exploration of presence and fun, dancing ourselves into a playful reflection on what it was like to be a kid. Children are welcome!

$5 for 12 and under, $20 / 55 minutes


Choreographer and Philadelphia native, Kalila Kingsford Smith, is an independent performer, dance educator, and dance writer. Informed by her training in modern and contemporary dance, her choreography flows between tension and release, momentum and suspension, improvisation and composition, and storytelling and abstraction. Kalila Kingsford Smith Dance is a project-based collection of dancer-artists who build interactive environments in which the dance crosses the perceived boundaries between audience and performer. Each dance is a product of the creative energies of all involved; the performers, the creative collaborators, and the audience.

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T U R F

Posted September 12th, 2019

September 12 + 13, 2019

This immersive dance experience places the audience in and around the performance space in an unconventional theater setup. The all-female cast from NYC-based Inclined Dance Project invites the audience to experience dance from a fresh point of view and explore new perceptions of environment.

$15 / 60 minutes


Inclined Dance Project is an all-female Brooklyn-based contemporary dance company which strives to present visually intricate landscapes inspired and propelled by human experiences. As an all-female dance company Inclined aims to challenge the stereotypical roles of a female dancer by creating works that defy gender and physicality. Derived from a fusion of classic dance vocabulary, pedestrian mannerisms, and contemporary ideas, IDP aims to create work that tests the imagination of audiences. Inclined approaches dance-making through a “set and destroy” method, allowing the performers and collaborating artists the opportunity to deconstruct material and incite dialogue, exploration, and personal contribution to a work. The end result is athletic, technical, and dynamic movement that challenges the dancer and engages audiences.

Inclined Dance Project was founded by Artistic Director Kristen Klein in 2009 and the company has performed at many venues and festivals throughout New York City, New England, and San Francisco including Boston University, The Brooklyn Academy of Music: Fishman Space, the Ailey Citigroup Theater, Baruch College, Dixon Place, Little Boxes Theatre, The Dance Complex, Chen Dance Center, the Center for Performance Research, University Settlement, the Martha Graham Center for Contemporary Dance, Greenspace, The Actors Fund Arts Center, Triskelion Arts, RAW Artists, the Totts Gap Arts Institute, and the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, among many others. The company is a fiscally sponsored project of Fractured Atlas and has been featured in Dance Spirit Magazine, The Huffington Post, Critical Dance Magazine, DiY Dancer, FitEngine Reviews, offoffoff Dance, and on Dancemedia.com.

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Úumbal: Community Conversation

Posted September 8th, 2019

September 8 at 4pm

Join us at the Fringe Festival Bookstore at  Cherry Street Pier where artist Mariana Arteaga and Úumbal participants will discuss their performance in the streets of South Philadelphia with Fringe Arts Community Engagement Coordinator Tenara Calem.

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About Mariana Arteaga

Mariana Arteaga studied Social Communication at the Metropolitan Autonomous University Xochimilco in Mexico. She has worked internationally creating, directing and producing artistic projects, festivals, curatorships, and choreographies. She has also worked as a performer for various national and international choreographers. She has been invited as a curator and speaker at the Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama, Japan, the Festival Cena Contemporânea in Brasilia to the Encounters of Cena, and the Tanzplattform in Germany.

She is the first Latin American to win the Visiting Fellows Program Grant awarded by the prestigious Saison Foundation in the category artistic director–curator, to promote the exchange, dissemination and collaboration in contemporary dance between Mexico and Japan. In recent years she has explored the choreographic work with citizenship. In 2015 she was invited by the Chopo University Museum to develop Úumbal: Nomadic Choreography for Inhabitants, a collective choreographic exploration in public space constructed for and by citizenship. Úumbal was selected by the prestigious art magazine La Tempestad as the best performing arts piece of that year. In 2017, she launched the #Uumbalenlared platform to share the artistic experience of this project and so it can be replicated. Her most recent works are Maravatío, Choreographic Score for Collective Care, Encounter and Play and her participation as a performer for the retrospective exhibition by Xavier Le Roy at the Jumex Museum. She continues working independently as an artistic director, choreographer, curator and as advisor for national and international developing contemporary dance and live arts projects for many independent and institutional initiatives, national and internationally.


About the Fringe Festival Bookstore

FringeArts partners with much-loved local bookseller Head House Books to present a pop-up emporium on Cherry Street Pier. Head down to Philadelphia’s newest, most arts-friendly waterfront park (just across Columbus Boulevard from the Festival Bar at FringeArts) to browse books and publications by and about the artists in the 2019 Fringe Festival. Delve deeper into the Curated Fringe Festival shows at a series of intimate conversations and live podcasts with the artists and community partners behind the shows. Learn more here.

You Are Not a Shining Star

Posted September 7th, 2019

September 7, 8, 21 + 22, 2019

Have you ever thought about your legacy? I mean, what makes you SPECIAL? What does it mean to be YOU? Are you the experiences you’ve accumulated? Are you the thoughts in your brain? If you’ve never pondered this, don’t worry. We’re here to help. Shining Star is a movement-based performance that is weird but not boring. This work supports and is supported by Urban Movement Arts (UMA), where we both work and teach. Come dance with us! UMA welcomes adults of all ages and experience levels.

$15 / 60 minutes


Performed by Vince Johnson and Mark Wong Designed by Mark Wong Outside eye by Lily Kind Supported by UMA

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RE:figuring

Posted September 7th, 2019

September 7 + 8, 2019 

RE:figuring gathers, shapes, and rearranges. Leslie Elkins and foursome performance partner with Corinne Karon to play with ordered motifs and improvised ephemera, delighting in the discovery of patterns, fleeting and continuing.

$15 / 60 minutes


Foursomeperformance originally began as a dance theater collective interested in making fun and funny performances that reveled in the humor and darkness of human nature. The founding members of Foursomeperformance, Leslie Elkins, Grace Mi-He Lee, Jeff Prall, and Darcy Sebright, premiered Part I of their American Trilogy: The Pursuit of Happiness/What’s Your Problem? in the 2007  Fringe Festival. American Idle: We’ll Be With You Shortly debuted at 3rd Street Gallery in Old City. Over the next two years they performed Part II American Idol: Who Made You Boss?/Wasn’t It You? and Part III American Idyll: Love Is In The Air/What’s That Smell? both at Angler Movement Arts Center in Fishtown.

Foursomeperformance continues as a dance theater collective led by Rowan University professor Leslie Elkins. Our mission is to bring a variety of people together to experiment and devise performances that can only happen when multiple bodies, minds, voices, and talents contribute to the work. Foursomeperformance currently consists of established artists, designers, and performers working in collaboration with emerging artists. Present members include Leslie Elkins, Corinne Karon, Elizabeth Jones, Lele Tran, Jeff Warden, Michelle Campbell, Stephanie Filippo, Molly Jo Gifford, and Jayce Williams.

In last year’s 2018 Fringe Festival, Foursomeperformance premiered Embracing the Liminal, and most recently performed as part of Breaking The Glass Ceiling: A Celebration of Women in Choreography at Rowan University. Embracing the Liminal is a structured improvisational work considering transitional spaces and what it feels like “in-between,” from undone to finished, uncertainty to clarity, and indetermination to progress. We continually question these feelings; how we can feel simultaneously alone but supported, synchronized but messy, energized but afraid to breathe.

This year we are presenting RE:figuring, a performance that plays with ordered motifs and improvised ephemera. We are shaping and rearranging movements, sounds, images, and props all in an effort to discover patterns, both fleeting and continuing.

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SplitScreen

Posted September 6th, 2019

September 6–8 + 13–15, 2019

Separated by time and space, Meg and Sterling have to find their way back to the center of the Wild Wild Web. Through dance, theater, and video, SplitScreen helps us rediscover who we are in this new digital landscape. No one is turned away at the door due to lack of funds.

$10 / 45 minutes


Created and Performed by Meg Kirchhoff and Sterling Melcher Music by Tom Carman MN Outside Eye by Karina Culloton PHL Outside Eye by Jeffrey Evans

For information about the Minneapolis location, please email tree.lock.productions@gmail.com

This production was developed through Philadelphia’s SoLow Fest 2018, Springboard for the Arts and the Hinge Artist Residency in Fergus Falls, MN, Joe’s Steak + Soda Shop, and the generosity of the populace at large.

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