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Temple of Venus

Posted September 13th, 2019

September 13, 2019

The Temple of Venus is open for worship on Friday the 13th of September. Holding space with light, sound, flesh, scent, and taste, this immersive experience is centered on the divine feminine, presented through an interactive flesh suspension, art installation, accompanied by poetry, burlesque, and ritual. Enjoy a submersion of the senses with curated cocktails and snacks as you explore an ancient artform brought to new life in the city, in honor of Venus.

$50 / 90 minutes


The Collective of Jawn is a group of multi-disciplinary practitioners who have come together to weave their magick and create beautiful environments with a blend of hook suspension, rope, dance, performance, art installations, burlesque, poetry and photography.

Using exemplary stagecraft and thoughtful curation of aesthetic elements, Temple of Venus will feature suspension of Amanda Mandalay and Will Atkins by Orban Isma of The Skin Project, performances from Eyrie Twilight, Miss V and others of Hexwork, visual alchemy from Brent of Tiv Photos, and coordination from the creative minds of ELECTROCUTE. “Beauty that exists on the fringe has always fascinated people, as strange and bewildering as it may seem,” says Amanda Mandalay, creative director of ELECTROCUTE, “Temple of Venus is a chance for us to showcase some of the more cultural aspects of the occult in modern-day terms. Beyond ancient history and beauty standards, I am happy to say that our show presents a taste of Occulture that is diverse, decadent, and playful in its respect of the divine.”

About the Artists

Eyrie Twilight has been creating live Occulture since 2014 with the inception of Hexwork- A Spellbinding Burlesk Revue, a twice annual celebration of the Sacred and the Sexy, featuring a rotating cast of performances exploring themes of death and the divine feminine.

An expert at ephemeral capture, Brent has expanded his creative vision from the camera to creating immersive pieces integrating ascetic experiences through technology. His mercurial talents inform the audience and provide beautiful, engaging backdrops for your photos.

Orban Isma is a multi-disciplinary artist, that works primarily with rope, metal, and the human body. His focus is in exploring the connections between geometry and the human sensory experience, and as a result, finds himself in the realm of the occult often. His primary medium of interest is that of body suspension, which led to his founding of Anchors Aweigh in 2011, and The Skin Project in 2015.

Amanda “SpOoky” Mandalay is a dark artist who embodies the adage “variety is the spice of life” with her diverse background in aerial acrobatics, dance, flow arts, body modification and performance coordination. Her penchant for the unusual and the beautiful show in her designs, themed acts and visually arresting stage presence. She has been directing and performing in shows with ELECTROCUTE since 2010 and is the creative force behind Nightmare Festival, Dreamscape, and others.

The Collective of Jawn celebrates all that the spirits of Love and Beauty have to offer in their show and become alchemists in their own right; blending their skills and transforming them into a fusion of their own that is the Temple of Venus.

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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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Coated: 1944 Circus Fire Project

Posted September 13th, 2019

September 13–15, 2019

On July 6, 1944, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus tent went up in flames during a matinee show in Hartford, CT. Through aerial arts and acrobatic storytelling, Coated asks questions about blame and responsibility, human fragility and resilience, while keeping the memories of the 1944 Circus Fire victims alive.

$25 / 70 minutes


About Coated

Through acrobatic storytelling and aerial arts, Open Ring Circus brings the story of the 1944 Hartford Circus Fire to the stage. The acrobats delve into the day of the tragedy and its aftermath, tracing the legacy the fire has imparted on the Hartford community, fire safety regulations, and the American circus tradition. Bridging traditions and techniques from contemporary circus and classical circus, Open Ring Circus confronts the risk and responsibility that humans face every day.

Open Ring Company Jack Kavanagh, Emma Luz, Molly Barger, Charles Keidel, Ywanne Chen, Glenna Broderick
Artistic Director/Company Founder Jack Kavanagh
Rehearsal Director Noa Schnitzer
Sound Design Emma Luz and Devon Bate
Lightning Technician Adam Brandt
Acrobatic Coaching Aidan O’Shea

Coated: 1944 Circus Fire Project is made possible with support from the Connecticut Office of the Arts, Fractured Atlas, Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, Lake Placid Center for the Arts, and Dragon’s Egg Studio.

About Open Ring Circus Company:
Open Ring Circus was originally established as a small open mic night based in a loft in Montreal which provided space for circus and experimental performance artists to show works-in-progress and receive feedback in a supportive environment. Though Open Ring Circus later developed into a production company, the original event remains a regular Montreal institution. Open Ring produced the company’s first full-length show, The Canary’s Silence (2014), initially developed and presented in Montreal, with additional performances at the New England Center for Circus Arts (2016) in Brattleboro, VT, and the International Festival of Arts and Ideas (2017) in New Haven, CT. In 2018, Open Ring received a grant from the Connecticut Office of the Arts to develop Coated, a show that explores the Hartford Circus Fire of 1944.

History of the 1944 Circus Fire:
On July 6, 1944, the Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus pitched their tents in Hartford, Connecticut. At their matinee show that day, as the Flying Wallendas took their place on the tightwire platform, the tent went up in flames, claiming upwards of 168 lives, and injuring more than 700. During this time, it was commonplace to waterproof the tent with a coating of highly flammable paraffin wax and gasoline and block exits with animal cages during act transitions. It was these circumstances which resulted in the profound amount of fatalities. In response to this tragedy, the United States, led by Connecticut, implemented strict legislation for circuses and circus tents, requiring firefighters on site, clear exits and aisles, and flame-retardant coating, among other preventative measures.

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Run Boy Run Production Presents: Complex[ion] Woman

Posted September 13th, 2019

September 13–15, 2019

Complex[ion] Woman explores the intricacies of contemporary women of color. From straightening or curling our hair to coping with difficulties within the Black community, women of color live lives that are unique in their experiences but universal in their issues. But that’s what makes us complex.

$25 / 75 minutes


With the promise to open your mind, RunBoyRun Productions is here to give you the most thought-evoking work by some of the brightest up and coming minds in the Philadelphia and surrounding areas. With our work covering many genres, our goal is to not only awaken the intellect but also produce conversation about your theatrical experience. If there is one thing for sure, RunBoyRun is here to give you the experience you will run and tell someone about.

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she didn’t want to be found

Posted September 13th, 2019

September 13–15 + 20–22, 2019

Three scary stories told in fragments, moments, and installations: “The Ghost of Mediocrity”, “The Body that Wouldn’t Be”, and “Papa’s Done Gone Crazy”. Marshmallows, tragic dogs, guitars, deadbeats, abandoned farmhouses, campfires, dreams, diaries of the dead, hot chocolate, shades, surgeries, and dirges gather in the dark.

$10 / 60 minutes


Eurydice by Radio Eris

Posted September 13th, 2019

September 13 + 19, 2019

Discordian rock band Radio Eris tells the lost tale of Eurydice in this psychedelic rock opera, a mythological journey through the underworld and dimensions beyond time with the goddess Eris as a guide.

“Daring players … making gorgeously melodic rock with irresistibly odd storylines … [an] always epic song-story” (A.D. Amorosi, City Paper).

$8 / 110 minutes


My Last Revolution

Posted September 13th, 2019

September 13, 20 + 21, 2019

A peace-loving, card-carrying social democratic, passionate environmentalist, bicycle advocate, full-time stay-at home dad, playwright, and Dutch transplant in the American heartland takes up Kendo with local “men” and is challenged to the fight of his life. This and other stories of battles and self-discovery.

$12 / 70 minutes


Text by Gerhardus van Wilgen Percussion by Jerry Mayall

FreeWork

Posted September 13th, 2019

September 13–15 + 20–22, 2019

Welcome to NorthBank! To increase employee engagement, we’re rolling out FreeWork. No one gets a desk, and employees can work wherever. Feel free to collaborate, innovate, and even steal. Laugh along as two unlikely work friends stick it to the man in this comedy about a heist of mid-century modern furniture.

$20 / 90 minutes


FreeWork is a new play by Terrilyn McCormick. The production is directed by Elise D’Avella and stars Elizabeth Terry and Annie Fang

About Open Concept Productions
Open Concept is a new Philadelphia-based production company that will financially seed and mentor two emerging playwrights a year through the process of producing their own work. FreeWork is the company’s first production.

About Kleinbard
FreeWork will be performed in the offices of corporate sponsor, Kleinbard. Founded in 1939, Kleinbard is a respected Philadelphia-based law firm that provides sophisticated legal representation. For more information, please visit kleinbard.com

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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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Lysistrata, Cross Your Legs Sister!

Posted September 13th, 2019

September 13–15, 20–22 + 27–28, 2019

The women withhold sexual privileges and occupy the main bank building to force the men to make peace and end the war. This musical adaptation of Aristophanes’ Lysistrata explores the timeless message: Make love not war.

$25 / 95 minutes

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Friday, Sept 27 at 7:30pm
Saturday, Sept 28 at 7:30pm


About Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Collective
Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Collective (KCAC, founded 2008) started as a touring company performing plays in Philadelphia. In 2011, the company was invited to NYC to perform in the off-off Broadway Dream Up International Theatre Festival hosted by Theatre for the New City. The company took a hiatus shortly afterwards but regrouped in 2015 as the members started Arden Blair Enterprises, LLC, a multi-faceted art and entertainment company (KCAC became a subsidiary Arden Blair, LLC). During that same year, the company performed Flying West and Wine in the Wilderness at the Walnut Street Theatre Studio 5 and Ain’t Nobody: A Civil Rights Musical! at the historic Church of the Advocate. In 2016, KCAC became the resident theater company at the historic Church of the Advocate and has been performing new works such as Stoop Daze and classics such as For Colored Girls.

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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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Fragments from a Witch’s Journal

Posted September 13th, 2019

September 13, 20 + 21, 2019

The life of a witch is revealed from a lost journal that traces her journey through the world. A woman reads from the manuscript, relating the story the witch tells.

$8 / 35 minutes


Wild Plum is a pop up theatre dedicated to bringing new perspectives to old ideas. The concept of “the witch” is used to place women outside the mainstream. In this piece the Witch tells her story through the finding of a lost manuscript. The piece is written and performed by Christine Emmert. The concept is one which lays bare the witch’s story.

This group has participated before in Fringe. “The Yellow Wallpaper” was a work based on the classic story . Their second offering was “Say No More” which re-thought Strindberg’s “The Stronger.” Wild Plum has performed in last winter’s BRIDGE Phil show with their take on the legend of the wandering jew,” Plague Seeker,” that speaks to displaced persons of the world. The company is small. Richard Emmert and Christine Emmert are its founders who lived in Valley Forge. You can contact them through dakinichris@yahoo.com for more information

 

 

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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Manifest Destiny

Posted September 12th, 2019

September 12–15, 2019

A theatrical presentation of alternative-rock songs written by singer-songwriter Jesus G. Inspired by the juxtaposition of his Catholic upbringing, Native-American ancestry, and sexuality, this work seeks to challenge the abuse of power and honor the soul’s journey, from its trials to its triumphs.

$15 / 55 minutes


I’ve always believed that the medium of music; while essential for escape, entertainment, and emotional release; can also be used as a tool to free the soul through political, religious, and spiritual questioning.

The term manifest destiny was originally used in reference to the European settlers who invaded North America with the proclamation that their God had promised this land to his followers. Of course, the Native Americans asked, who is this God of yours who would set man against man in conquest of a land that cannot be bought nor sold? Surely, this cannot be the great man, Jesus, whom we have heard of.

In titling this evening “Manifest Destiny,” I seek to explore the idea that we are all in charge of manifesting the life that we desire. My Manifest Destiny seeks to challenge the bigoted views of the separatist, religious person who believes that he will show up at the gates of heaven and be rewarded with a place in the eternal pantheon. In my opinion, any idea of inequality in the name of God is erroneous and is the root of all war. For truly, in the end, if one’s truth has led to the oppression and death of others, then who is this God who has influenced these actions? Was it God at all? Or was it a man-made creation posing as God?

Salvation lies within our ability to manifest moral obligation and wisdom, regardless of threats or promises of the hereafter. If one needs rules, promises, or threats in order to be a good person, were they ever a good person to begin with? We are bigger than the rules that seek to bind us. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.

– Jesus G

It is time to speak your truth.
Create your community,
Be good to each other.
Do not look outside yourself for a leader.
There is a river flowing now very fast,
It is so great and swift.
That there are those who will be afraid,
They will try to hold onto the shore.
They will feel they are being pulled apart,
And will suffer greatly.
Understand that the river knows its destination,
The elders say we must let go of the shore.
Push off into the middle of the river,
Keep our eyes open and our heads above water.
And I say; see who is in there with you,
Hold fast to them and celebrate!
At this time in history,
We are to take nothing personally.
Least of all, ourselves!
For the moment we do,
Our spiritual growth and journey comes to an end.
The time of the Lone Wolf is over!
Gather yourselves!
Banish the word struggle from your attitude and vocabulary.
All that we do now must be done,
In a sacred manner and in celebration.
We are all about to go on a journey,
We are the ones we have been waiting for!

– Excerpt from a prophecy of the Hopi Nation, American Southwest

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Fear Itself

Posted September 12th, 2019

September 12–14, 2019

We live with fear everyday. Fear Itself  takes the audience on a tour through a real historical cemetery to explore the concept of fear, the lost souls we encounter along the way, and the choices we get to make to either save these souls or leave them behind.

$10–$20 / 45 minutes


The Hum’n’bards Theater Troupe is dedicated to creating devised musical theater, exploring themes of science fiction, social justice, queer identity, and more. We at the Hum’n’bards believe that art needs to be accessible to people, regardless of financial ability. Therefore, our shows offer flexible ticket policies such as pay-what-you-can and sliding scale. The company was founded in 2016 by Wyatt Flynn, and has continued to create original work with primarily queer theater artists.

Past shows include:

We’ll Sleep When We’re Dead (Theater Week 2019)
God Forgive These Bastards (Fringe Festival 2018)
Not Not the Illuminati (Theater Week 2018)
Glister (Fringe Festival 2017)
Scrap’t (2017)
Pangaea (Fringe Festival 2016)

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Stripping the Yellow Wallpaper

Posted September 12th, 2019

September 12–14, 2019

A contemporary twist on “The Yellow Wallpaper,” the feminist ghost story that first illuminated the horrors of facing mental illness alone.

Audience members are invited to stay for a brief 20 minute talk back at the end of each performance to share their reactions to the piece.

Pay what you wish $10 – $20/ 50 minutes


Stripping the Yellow Wallpaper highlights the themes of mental health and feminism springing from Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s semi-autobiographical short story, “The Yellow Wallpaper.” First published in 1892, it chronicles a woman’s descent into madness from “the rest cure,” prescribed for her severe postpartum depression. Our play weaves in the resonant and discordant work of other feminists from Gilman’s time and our own, including philosopher Mary Whiton Calkins and playwright Adrienne Kennedy.

 

 

 

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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