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Circadium Presents: 4:18 AM / Chaos Theory

Posted September 20th, 2019

September 20–22, 2019

A contemporary circus double feature: 4:18 AM is an introspective visual album of Let Them Eat Chaos by poet and musician Kate Tempest. In one surreal minute, seven strangers question their own humanity. Chaos Theory uses juggling, equilibristics, and theater to study the differences between order and chaos. 15-minute intermission between shows.

$20 / 90 minutes


“Circadium Presents” is an annual contemporary circus addition to the Philadelphia Fringe Festival hosted and sponsored by Circadium School of Contemporary Circus. Special thanks to Kate Tempest and wildlife entertainment for the use of “Let Them Eat Chaos” by poet and musician Kate Tempest.

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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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Another Agatha: a myth of perception

Posted September 17th, 2019

September 17–19, 2019

A mother and a daughter imagine each other’s lives in this immersive, subversive prayer from Migration Theory. Their stories loop, collide, morph, and transform in this dance meditation on perception, survival, and unbridgeable distances. Accompanied by music, dark humor, and dessert. Preview performance $10 (Sept 17 at 6:30pm).

$10–$20 / 60 minutes


Migration Theory is a physical art company from Boise, Idaho. We’re artists exploring the spaces between disciplines in order to create original work that is kinetic, participatory, heartfelt. We believe in the potential and power of real-time art experiences. We seek joy in all we do. We aspire to bring our work to other places. We create art that moves.

Artistic Director Tracy Sunderland Associate Artists Sarah Gardner & Heidi Kraay Performed by Antony Bolante, Donna Jean Fogel, Sarah Gardner, Lisa Lechner, Callie Ritter & Tracy Sunderland

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Everything Okay in There?

Posted September 11th, 2019

September 11–13, 2019

Billy Joel said it best: “You know that when the truth is told, you can get what you want or you get old.” Vienna’s birthday is always celebrated with a sleepover. There are three games to play: childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. However, Youth can be neither won nor lost. Vienna waits for you…

$12 / 100 minutes


MyVision Theater Ensemble is an after-school theater company based at The Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA). All of the Ensemble’s members are in 10th, 11th, or 12th grade. Although MyVision produces theater, the ensemble urges all members to embrace the arts in every form, and members represent every arts major offered at CAPA.

Members of MyVision take on every artistic role in our productions, including writer, director, actor, and designer, among others. The Ensemble creates and presents original, provocative productions. MyVision makes an effort to touch on a wide variety of sensitive subjects including, but not limited to domestic violence, gender identity, and abortion. MyVision Theater Ensemble was founded by and is run by the visionary artists of tomorrow.

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Dumpster Dance for Garbage People

Posted September 10th, 2019

September 10 + 11, 2019
Dumpster Dance for Garbage People is not a solution, it’s a recognition of a process. A bizarre fever dream of aggressive camp dance, it embraces so much wrong that it’s right. We are all garbage—own it and feel the fantasy. Dumpster Dance for Garbage People: welcome to the void.

$15 / 90 minutes


Bio: Prudence Anne Amsden has recently received her MFA in dance from Temple University and is an emerging interdisciplinary artist in Philadelphia. Once a native of California she has a degree from Mills College in Art History. Through her developing career she has worked with dance artist Molissa Fenly, Shelly Senter, Merian Soto and Awilda Sterling-Duprey, and Lela Aisha Jones. Since moving to Philadelphia, she has become involved in the local drag and queer performance community and now works to bring not traditional drag and experimental improvisation dance together whenever she can. As an artist she is interested in improvisation, performance, drag, video, surrealism, kitsch, camp, horror, humor, feminism, unicorns, garbage and glitter. She is a self identifying dumpster fire, and love to attract and work with people who identify the same way.

No one will be turned down due to lack of funds.

Parking and Location Information:

Street Parking is available in the neighborhood, there are two paid lots nearby the venue. Franky Bradley’s is a short walk for the Walnut/Locust st stop on the Broad Street Line. The performance will take place upstairs in Franky Bradley’s lounge.

Show Information:

21+ performances due to *mature content*: Tuesday, September 10th & Wednesday September 11th

Doors 7:30pm, Performance 8:30pm

Slight audience participation

Tipping is encouraged

Audience free to get up and get a drink and use restroom through the performance

Safe Space

Music by Mary Koszycki Costumes and Props by Olan Reeves Head Choreographer Prudence Anne Amsden Cast Pritika Agarwal, Ron Binary, Khaki Capri, Zsa Zsa St. James, Mercury, Moonbaby, Pretty Girl, Samantha Sayten

 

 

 

 

Question Reality

Posted September 10th, 2019

September 10 + 12–15, 2019

Enter a mind-bending combination of live theater and exploration that may lead you to doubt the very nature of existence — to “Question Reality.” Step out of YOUR reality and into a Lynchian world of mystery and intrigue. Come early and stay late in our Immersive HQ Lounge, the hub for immersive entertainment at Fringe – where performances are not just a show, but an adventure.

Audience members become “players” of “Question Reality” as they are drawn to a century-old abandoned warehouse, where a tear in reality has opened a portal to another realm – where nothing is ever as it seems. Inside, discovery is paramount as players embark on a journey filled with unexpected encounters. Throughout more than 6,000 square feet, players will be thrust into a story that’s out of this world as they meet unsettling characters and explore elaborately designed sets.

$20 / 30 minutes


From our humble beginnings at the University of Pennsylvania to 4 years of wildly creative productions in Orlando, Pseudonym Productions has returned to Philadelphia to present the first in a series of revolutionary experiences.

We create thrilling immersive experiences that entertain, engage, and captivate for those who crave more adventure in their lives.

At Philly Fringe: Be among the first to enter the Pseudoverse, an infinite world of entertainment that isn’t just a place; it’s a lifestyle.

After Fringe ends: Return to Pseudonym throughout the month of October as the immersive fun continues for a social Halloween experience unlike any other. Mysterious, psychological, and foreboding, arrive ready to explore. Begin with a drink in our lounge and effortlessly get swept away to uncover mysteries and discover intriguing characters across a world filled with unexpected encounters.

Across vibrant worlds, engagingly unique performances, and astonishing visceral thrills, our productions let you choose your own experience, so you can become anyone you wish, allowing you to be the hero, or the villain, you always wanted to be.

Enter a whole new world of entertainment and connect with others in meaningful, unexpected ways.

Within our experiences, you’ll discover that every story and every adventure has a soul. They are experiences that surround you with imaginative, otherworldly sensations that stay with you long after your journey ends.

Inspired by interactive video games, our experiences transport you to a world unlike your own, where appearances deceive and even the familiar feels entirely foreign. No headsets. No controllers. This is not virtual reality, it’s real reality.

With Pseudonym Productions, take a step outside your comfort zone, live differently, and question reality.

 

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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.

Dear qupid

Posted September 9th, 2019

September 9, 15 + 22, 2019

Viewers are invited to seek love advice from qupid at this interactive performance situated near the LOVE sculpture. Part awkward school play, part shoddy lemonade stand, this is a combination of advice columns, dating shows, themes around romance, and the divine in a strange whimsical experience.

Free / 60 minutes


Special thanks to my assistant performers and the FringeArts team for making this happen.

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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.

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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Lavender Life

Posted September 5th, 2019

September 5, 6 + 18–20, 2019

Slip into the Lavender Lounge, a 1930s speakeasy where the underground LGBTQ+ community comes together in search of strength amid the rise of fascism. Come as you are and BYOB as the music of the era tells the story of a community whose spirits cannot be broken, where everyone can be themselves for a little while.

$10 / 45 minutes


Directed by Molly Jo Music Direction by Kylie Westerbeck Executive Produced by CGO Productions

This event is BYOB.

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Immigrant Concierge Services

Posted September 5th, 2019

September 5, 11 + 15, 2019

What happened when a conservative billionaire had a freak accident in the Mexican desert and was rescued by a group of migrants? A mutually profitable business partnership, of course! In a tale told with live music, hear how they disrupted the current immigration system to offer a novel pathway toward the American dream.

NOTE: There has been a venue change for this event. the Sept 15th show will take place at Kismet Radio, located at 448 N and 10th street. 

$12 / 55 minutes


Written and Narrated by Brian Shapiro Directed by Seth Reichgott Live Music by Brian Shapiro, Nicholas Panasevich, and Michael Brenner

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Much to Do, Much to Fix

Posted September 5th, 2019

September 5–8, 12, 13, 15, 16 + 19–21, 22, 2019

Written and directed by John Cambridge, Much to Do, Much to Fix explores the production of electricity, apathy, and love. Join us to experience the other side of energy in a world that spins the audience through the land of the gods and the lives of a few special humans.  Please be aware that audience members will be on a moving platform throughout the duration of the show. BYOB. Absolutely no late admission.
 
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$15 / 75 minutes


Wings of Paper is a non-profit Northeast Philadelphia theater and community arts company that focuses on developing and supporting live performances and local artists. This mission is achieved through producing and creating plays, coordinating artist-in-residency programs, and raising awareness of the artist community in Northeast Philadelphia.

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Know Thyself

Posted September 5th, 2019

September 5–7, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20 + 21, 2019

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” – Plato

Philosophy is both familiar and mystifying. “I think therefore I am,” “Tyranny of the Majority,” “Know Thyself.” But how well do we know ourselves, and if philosophy was a game, how would we win? In this immersive, game-theater salon, the rules we live by, and our darkest impulses, are always in play.

$25 / 60 minutes


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IKantKoan is an immersive theater and game design company using play/s to explore complex systems. The company was founded by Philadelphia-based game designer and theater artist Jessica Creane, who’s work has been presented at The Franklin Institute, HERE Arts Center, Caveat Theater, FringeNYC, BostonFIG Festival, and Bandwi/d/th International. Jessica has been a resident artist at three National Parks, Fresh Ground Pepper, and Barn Arts, with an upcoming residency in the Arctic Circle. She has spoken at TEDx, game design and educational conferences, led game design and performance workshops for all ages and abilities, and teaches game design at Drexel University and UARTS. IKantKoan’s 2018 Fringe Festival show, CHAOS THEORY, is currently enjoying an extended run at Caveat Theater, NYC.

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Reflecting Bodyfields

Posted September 20th, 2012

Bodyfields Performance Collective reflects on their work so far:

And I’m pretty sure a couple of ’em came over for BBQ once; Jonathan and Bobby, I’m looking at you. Enjoy the rest of the fest, kids!

Experiencing people as really kind of huge runs tonight at 7:00 pm and Friday at 9:00 pm, at First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut Street, Rittenhouse Square. $10 in advance, $5-$20 sliding scale at the door.

–Nicholas Gilewicz

Ticcing the Stage: A Conversation with Sutie Madison

Posted September 4th, 2012

“There’s something very primal about Tourette Syndrome,” says Sutie Madison, an artist and the impresario and director of the 2012 Philly Fringe show Tourettes: A Dancing Disorder.

According to the National Institutes of Health, Tourette syndrome is “a neurological disorder characterized by repetitive, stereotyped, involuntary movements and vocalizations,” more commonly, and collectively, called tics. Sutie herself has Tourette’s and is working to transform the movement of tics into a kinesthetic language.

“There’s something very surreal about having Tourette’s in general. You don’t see people doing stuff like this,” Sutie says, repeating one of her tics for me, in the crowded Center City coffee shop where we’re talking. “The show is about sharing and celebrating the surreal quality, and allowing people to take a look at the qualities of Tourette’s, and just stare at us. We allow people to look, to stare, to give the audience that gift.”

At the same time she wants to introduce audiences to the mundane surreality of life with Tourette’s, Sutie is trying to make a performance that isn’t only about the mundane.

“The work is a combination of art and science, at the intersection of research and creative expression. We use tics from medical footage, study the movements, and use them as the foundation for the choreography.”

After the jump: training performers to tic, and turning tics into art.

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