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“Very Provocative and Rude”

Posted September 10th, 2015

Still-Standing-You_pers-2---PhileDeprez7522-202x300Did you catch the excellent interview with Pieter Ampe in Philadelphia Magazine‘s “The Ticket”? No? You should. Sarah Jordan talks to him about the intensity of Still Standing You, which has it’s last performances tonight and tomorrow at the Painted Bride. There are promises of ball-tugging. Tickets here.

Photo by Phile Deprez.

Preview: Colin Dunne’s “Out of Time”

Posted September 19th, 2013

Opening tonight! Here’s a taste.

You can also take an Irish step dance workshop with Colin on Saturday! If you’re interested, RSVP here.

Colin Dunne performs Out of Time September 19, 20, and 21 at the Painted Bride Arts Center, 230 Vine Street, Old City. $20-$35; all shows 7:00 p.m.

–Nicholas Gilewicz

Preview: “The Society”

Posted September 6th, 2013

Fringe is not Fringe without show’s like The Society. When else to you get a taste of Norwegian physical theater? Nowhere but through FringeArts, at the Painted Bride. Here’s your teaser:



The Society runs tonight through Sunday at The Painted Bride, 230 Vine Street, Old City. Times vary, $20-$37.

–Nicholas Gilewicz

The Weekender: Discover truest self, see infant in jug

Posted June 28th, 2013
Jug Baby

Jug Baby:An Autobiography

As a part of SoLow Festival, Philly’s pay-what-you-can, low-maintenance mill of experimental art,  come see the life and times of a shapeshifting baby made in a jug. CW Kennedy’s Jug-Baby:An Autobiography is the story of two parents without the means to care for their newborn babe . . . so they stuff it in a jar hoping it will meld into something they can sell to the circus. The moldable, meldable hero we  are left with battles with themes of sexuality and self-discovery featuring puppets, animation, and live music. It will be presented at the Arts Parlor, 1170 South Broad st (Broad and Federal) on Saturday, June 29th and 30th, and all shows start at 7pm (doors open at 6:30pm).

Terrance Gore

Terrance Gore

Terrance Gore—art curator, gallery owner, dancer, hairstylist, caterer, interior designer, and proponent of HIV positive awareness will be hosting a series of “Art of Healing” workshops wrestling with curriculum surrounding the connotations of “I AM . . .” and seeing oneself whole. Gore will be leading participants in activities exploring personal vindications and clarity of identity through the creation of collages, paintings, writing, poetry, movement studies, and short stories. The sessions will take place at Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine Street this Sunday, June 30th, as well as July 14, 21, 28, and August 4 and 11 from 11am to 2pm. For $15 each class and $80 for the full experience, you will leave these workshops in total communion with yourself, but don’t forget to register! Call 215.925.9914 or visit Painted Bride’s website to reserve your spot on the train to self discovery.

Two Hundred Thousand Dirty

Two Hundred Thousand Dirty

The 6th Philadelphia Independent Film Festival has arrived! From June 26 through this weekend partake in the dream of fostering a Channing Tatum-free independent cinema community and view such festival picks  as grungy urban strip mall based comedy Two Hundred Thousand Dirty and experimental narrative short film Seed Story at any of four participating Philadelphia venues–Franklin Institute, National Constitution Center, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and Bryn Mawr Film Institute. Check out the event schedule and choose wisely! (TIX)

 The Philadelphia Museum of Art opens its newest collection on Friday, June 28th in the Special Exhibitions Gallery, First floor, Perelman Building, 2525 Pennsylvania Ave. Bolstering the museum’s Art Splash kid-friendly summer exhibition schedule, Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney features nationally the acclaimed Philadelphia born and educated illustrator whose picturesque works include The Patchwork Quilt (1985); John Henry (1994); Minty, A Story of Young Harriet Tubman (1996); Black Cowboy, Wild Horses: A True Story (1998); The Old African (2005); and Sweethearts of Rhythm (2009). Take a child (your own, as the law would have it) and enjoy these precious illustrative masterpieces.

PHAIR, apparently NOT a symposium on the career of the always relevant singer/song-writer Liz Phair, is still kickin’! On Saturday, from 10am to 5pm June 29th stroll 23rd and Arch Streets, neighboring the Schuylkill River Walk  at the European open air market inspired event that aims to carve out a niche as Philadelphia art lovers’ ultimate treasure hunt. Check out The Philadelphia Tribune’s piece on the event here!

–Maya Beale

Alyesha Wise: Poetry and Performance

Posted April 17th, 2013
“Poetry started off as the feeling I got when I screamed in the pillow.”
Alyesha Wise. Photo: SP Photography.

Alyesha Wise. Photo: SP Photography.

On May 13 and 14, FringeArts presents our second annual Jumpstart, a showcase designed to identify new and emerging talent in the field of live performance. 2013 will feature six artists/companies performing short works, and we here at FringeArts Blog thought we’d catch up with them, starting with poet and storyteller Ms. Wise (mswisedecision.com), who will be performing her work A Denzel Theory.

Ms. Wise is Alyesha Wise, a poet and teaching artist from Camden, NJ, who has performed throughout the country. Currently residing in Philadelphia, she is the founder of Love, Us, which serves to spread universal and self-love through the arts. Alyesha is a two-time Women of the World Poetry Slam finalist, placing 5th in the world in 2010. Recently she was interviewed by film director Ron Howard who called her work “very powerful.” (Hey Ron, come to the show! You can get tickets here!)

FringeArts: Why is your show title A Denzel Theory?

 Alyesha Wise: A Denzel Theory is named after my kid brother, Denzel. Growing up in my hometown didn’t necessarily pave an easy road to success. Denzel made it look quite the opposite, remaining focused, engaging in sports and academics, then getting a full scholarship to college. This piece is about how our old city eventually swayed him in the opposite direction. This piece is about how this happens to many youth in environments like ours. This poem is a cry. And it’s a theory. Not sure when it came to me; but it’s one of the fastest poems I’ve ever written.

FringeArts: Where did you grow up?

Alyesha Wise: I grew up in Camden, New Jersey. It was a broken community. But it was community. I remember playing kickball and hide-n-go-seek. I remember growing up too fast. It made me the super person I am today.

FringeArts: How did you go about creating this work?

Alyesha Wise: It presented itself as a theory to me. I thought about all of the things I knew about my younger brothers, my older brother, the peers I grew up with, my students. I thought about how I changed my life around and how some don’t or never had to do so. I wanted the poem to have a hip hop feel without lacking “the poem.” And I wanted to finish saying to myself, Now this theory here makes perfect sense.

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Found Theater’s Electric Jungle

Posted September 17th, 2012

If the plaudits from Philadelphia Weekly, Metro, and their amazing feature on the Knight Arts blog didn’t already compel you to check out Found Theater’s Electric Jungle, perhaps their trailer will. Man, it’s only noon on a Monday, and I am already ready to smoke some balloon with an alligator.

Electric Jungle runs tonight at 7:00 pm, and September 20 through 24 (times vary) at the Painted Bride, 230 Vine Street, Old City. $15.

–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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