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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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The Quiet Room

Posted September 21st, 2019

September 21 + 22, 2019

The Quiet Room examines the internal and external notions of Alzheimer’s victims through movement. The movers attempt to track their improvised movements and patterns while crucial components of their archetype fade away. They fight to keep their memory alive from their impending yet uncertain outcome.

$10 / 30 minutes


The Quiet Room is a movement piece designed by an independent artist to create awareness about Alzheimer’s. During this year’s Fringe Festival we will learn, reminisce, and fundraise for the Alzheimer’s Association in their fight to find a cure for this horrible disease through dance. The choreographer, Hailey Hubbs, holds a Bachelors degree in dance from Rowan University. Hailey is a dance instructor at a South Jersey dance studio, Dance Xperience, and an upcoming choreographer in the south Jersey/Philadelphia region. She has trained under former Philadanco dancer and choreographer, Dawn Bazemore, as well as other credible artists such as Leslie Elkins (also a performer in The Quiet Room), Paule Turner, Beau Handcock, Jennifer Gordon, Mea Pangia and many others.

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I Know It Was the Blood: The Totally True Adventures of a Newfangled Black Woman

Posted September 20th, 2019

September 20-22, 2019

In this award-winning sojourn embracing Southern roots, gospel rhythms, and queer identity, one family’s love conquers all. A scrappy Jersey girl finds the courage to live authentically in this soul-rich performance of storytelling, theater, song, and poetry. Philly Premiere!

$13 / 75 minutes


Written, Directed, and Performed by Tara Lake

Artists’ Choice Award – Chicago Fringe Festival 2018
Rochester Fringe 2018 Best Bet – Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Not to Miss at Charm City Fringe – Baltimore Magazine

Tara Lake is a Soprano, Storyteller, Playwright, Actress and Scholar-Artist. 

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I Know It Was the Blood: The Totally True Adventures of a Newfangled Black Woman is a recipient of the 2019 Independent Artist FestiFund

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Happy Hour on the Fringe

In this episode of Happy Hour on the Fringe, April Rose, FringeArts’ Fringe Festival Coordinator, talks to Tara Lake, Terry Brennan, Jarrod Markman, and Joseph Ahmed about their independent show offerings for this year’s Fringe Festival and their experiences as newbies and seasoned veterans of Fringe. Listen below or read the transcript on the FringeArts Blog.

I Know It Was the Blood: The Totally True Adventures of a Newfangled Black Woman will play September 20-22 at The Whole Shebang.

Operation: Wawa Road Trip will play  at the Proscenium Theatre at The Drake on September 5–9, 12–16, and 19–21.

 Dissonance and Generations are visual art exhibitions that will be showing at Da Vinci Art Alliance during the 2019 Fringe Festival. Free / Gallery hours: Wednesdays–Sundays, 12–5pm. DVAA is also presenting Composition in Concert, displayed at International House Philadelphia daily from 8am–10pm during the Fringe Festival.

See Amid The Winter Snow

Posted September 19th, 2019

September 19–21*, 2019

It’s Christmastime in September! Join our lovable snowman for a drink as he narrates the Yuletide pandemonium that is the tale of Mitchell Claus and Daisy Scarlett. Their love story is threatened when a blackmail scandal emerges in Santa’s workshop amid Mrs. Claus’ critical re-election bid for mayor of the North Pole.

*Audio description for Saturday, September 21 performance at 1:30pm.

ADA accessible

$15 / 100 minutes


Peter Fenton is a Philadelphia-based writer for the stage, screen, and blog committed to creating intelligent, humorous content. He specializes in writing comedy dialog, most frequently within fantasy, fairy tale, and science fiction stories for all ages. Following his first two stage play publications in February 2019, Fenton launched ByPeterFenton.com to begin freelance script and story writing and to host information about each of his stage and screenplays as well as a periodic blog about his writing process and personal life. While they overlapped working at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, director Amanda Pasquini and actress Chelsea Cylinder joined with Fenton to mobilize ByPeterFenton.com as a theatrical production company in May 2019, mounting the world premiere of Fenton’s holiday comedy See Amid the Winter Snow as their debut production.

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Happy Days

Posted September 17th, 2019

September 17, 2019

SpArc Services presents a new take on an old classic. A lonely girl is transported to a mystical land where she meets new friends, conquers fears, and faces challenges. Join Jill, Evil Batman, Peter, and Paul, Fabulous, and more as they sing and dance their way through Peaceful Meadow in search of a way home.

$10 / 50 minutes


The mission of the Cultural Arts Center at SpArc Services is to foster creativity, self-confidence, and community connections for adults with developmental disabilities through classes in the visual and performing arts, outings to cultural venues, and opportunities with other arts-based organizations.

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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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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.

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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The Rose Garden

Posted September 13th, 2019

September 13–15, 2019

An existentialist play masquerading as a ridiculous farce. The Rose Garden toes the line between raucous comedy and cerebral drama, and leaves audiences asking themselves: What are you waiting for?

$10 / 45 minutes


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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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Give Your Heart

Posted September 9th, 2019

September 9, 11 + 14, 2019

Give Your Heart is a participatory sound performance designed to both involve and reflect the Philadelphia community. Participants will be able to add their heartbeats to an improvisational sound score, both generated and enjoyed by Philadelphians.

Free / 60 minutes


Using medical technology, audience members will have their heartbeats recorded, looped, and played back into LOVE Park as an abstract soundscape, reminiscent of a communal drum circle.

This project sponsored by ThinkLabs, Inc. https://www.thinklabs.com

Rain dates: Sept 16 & 18 at noon

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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.

Roll Play: An Improvised Adventure

Posted September 8th, 2019

September 8, 14, 15 + 20, 2019

Dungeons & Dragons & Improv! Like Whose Line Is It Anyway? meets The Lord of the Rings, Roll Play cleverly combines fantasy storytelling games with interactive improv comedy. With YOUR suggestions shaping the world, the characters, and their quest, every show is a brand new adventure!

$15 / 60 minutes


All performances are BYOB and appropriate for all ages. Celebrating someone’s birthday or other event? Let us know via our Facebook page, and they’ll be part of the show!

“Went on a whim as a lover of D&D and theater, and wow. I was amazed by how funny this was! Really well moderated, and some truly hilarious moments.” (Sandra S.)

“It would’ve been the highlight of my evening even if I hadn’t been invited up to cameo as a Lich Queen. Fun for RPG fans and people who just like funny stuff.” (Yona Y.)

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Dancing Again in Love

Posted September 7th, 2019

September 7, 8, 13–15 + 20–22, 2019

Dancing Again in Love is an ode to Black love, a choreopoem that puts the Black femme at the forefront of her story. Taking us on a journey through dance, poetry, and song, it asks whether we choose to repeat generational ways of love or break the cycle and redefine love for ourselves!

$10 / 70 minutes


 Black Love as a citing of resistance to oppression and stereotypes. This piece features many Black & Brown intersectional voices not often heard on stage. Inspired by Audre Lorde’s notion of women having to love in order to survive and the necessity for the “erotic.”

There will be a brief talkback and Q&A with the cast, crew, and playwright, Sabriaya Shipley, after each performance.

Cast Niya Colbert, Eric Carter, Imani Rothwell, Racine Lancaster Original Music by Jaymarie Santana, Shanel Edwards, Aaron Ball, Niles Bronze, Ronniere Spacely

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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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Billy the Baaadly Behaving Bully Goat: The Musical

Posted September 7th, 2019

September 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 2019

Billy the Bully Goat’s parents and teachers are at their wits’ end! They cannot get Billy to stop picking on the other kids in his class. Luckily, the Wise Old Goat has a plan. Will it work? Can Billy change his behavior? Ages 4-9.

$8 kids, $12 adults / 45 minutes


Written by Staci Schwartz (a physician, author, and educational consultant for children’s bullying prevention) Directed by Ben Smallen (actor, director, and board chair and founding member of Directors Gathering) Original music composed by Liz Filios (a Barrymore Award–winning actor, musician, and teaching artist) Music directed by Michael Borton (cowriter and composer of Berenstain Bear LIVE – Family Matters).

About Play Nice Productions
In today’s world, bullying is all around us—in books, in movies, on TV, in schools, on playgrounds, and in workplaces. Our children are watching as divisive behavior is normalized. Adults must teach kids to be kind and to make good choices. Why not make that learning fun through interactive children’s theater, a medium good for both auditory and visual learners? Play Nice Productions was created in May 2019 to offer young children interactive and exciting theater experiences that will help them learn to be kind, empathetic, and inclusive individuals. Our first show is a 45-minute play, Billy the Baaadly Behaving Bully Goat: The Musical, during which a young bully goat must learn how his mean behavior affects others. Kids aged 4–9 will laugh, sing, and interact with our talented cast—all while learning to be caring and compassionate up-standers.

This play will be performed six times during the 2019 Fringe Festival in September. We are so excited to be contributing one of the few Fringe programs geared specifically for kids and families! All performances will take place in a popular, ADA-accessible, neighborhood child and family enrichment center called Nest (located at 1301 Locust Street).

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Billy the Baaadly Behaving Bully Goat: The Musical is a recipient of the 2019 Independent Artist FestiFund

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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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Howie Hypnotize

Posted September 6th, 2019

September 6 + 7, 2019

Mind blown! The Howie Hypnotize Show is an interactive experience that makes you the star! Whether you stay in the audience or make it on stage, you’ll laugh, laugh, and laugh some more. Howie has performed at the NYC FRIGID, Rochester and Pittsburgh Fringe Festivals, and all over the East Coast.

$12 / 50 minutes


The Howie Hypnotize Show is a clean, interactive and audience participation show. All can participate in the cool experiments at the beginning. To be on stage you must be 13 or older. There are two steps leading into the venue. This unique venue requires shoes off to protect the beautiful floors, so bring a pair of slippers or socks.

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States of Matter

Posted September 6th, 2019

September 5 + 6, 2019

An evening of contemporary ballet featuring new work by Laura Katz Rizzo and Blythe E. Smith. Blythe will present eUSa, inspired by the music of Yann Tiersen and Emanation. Laura will present Elemental Frequencies, three dances evoking and embodying the universal elements of air, earth, and fire.

$20 / 90 minutes


Laura Katz Rizzo, Blythe Smith and Bryan Koulman are choreographers working with ballet vocabulary in innovative ways, exploring outer edges of the balletic tradition. Thank you to Temple University Department of Dance for providing space and support.

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