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4th Annual SoLow Festival takes over Philadelphia from  June 20th through June 30th. The festival is dedicated to new, experimental work focusing on solo performance with low-maintenance and low-stress.  It was conceived by Philadelphia performance artists Thomas Choinacky and Amanda Grove. Seeking a way to present their own solo work, with minimal expense, they developed the idea to get other people involved.

Now in its fourth year the SoLow Festival is experimenting  with the theme of Loners and Rebels, while continue its use of non-traditional locations and venues throughout the city. It challenges artists and audiences alike to step out of the norm by making and seeing art that may otherwise never be created.

It is a chance to catch Philly’s finest performers breaking new ground in the raw. Every show is “pay what you can” or free so you can immerse yourself in 10 days of strange, creative joy.

A complete line up of over 40 participants to this year’s festival can be found at http://solowfestival.blogspot.com/ from a variety of arts genres. However, here is your line up of SoLow dance performances!

SHOW: At the Gloaming with the Hipster Shaman
ARTIST: Annie Wilson
LOCATION: Kensington Apartment
DATES: Fri. June 21 and into Sat. June 22 @ 5:00am through dawn (with the Summer Solstice)
(Party is overnight and starts on Fri. 6/21 at 9pm. Performance starts at 5:00am on Sat. 6/22 and is 45 min.) And a second performance on Sunday June 23 @ 5:00am
RESERVATIONS: Limited seating. Capacity: 20 for the party. 10 for the performance. Email anne.macg.wilson@gmail.com to reserve your spot and obtain specific venue information.
SUMMARY: All-night solstice party with a pre-dawn exorcism of performance art. If you come celebrate the summer Solstice, I will feed you and give you libations. Stay up all night June 21st, party with me, and at 5am Saturday, June 22nd I will perform an exorcism, faith healing, or baptism on you or a loved one. Please feel free to BYOB.

SHOW: 3 – MM2 = 1 (Tre meno emme emme 2 e’uguale a uno)
ARTIST: MM2 Modern Dance Company
LOCATION: The Porch at 30th Street Station
DATE: Sunday, June 23 @ 2pm    (30 min. possibly looped a second time)
RESERVATIONS: Free. Show up weather permitting.
SUMMARY: It has been said “When a modern-dance choreographer creates a solo for herself, it’s like a writer turning from novel to short story. The materials and the method are the same, but the result is more concentrated, polished and personal.” With 3 – MM2 = 1, each company member has been charged with such a task of being both choreographer and dancer. This is but un gusto or a taste of what we will be presenting on tour in Florence this Summer. 6 solo dances by – Heather Fleischman “Endless Peace” , Brianne Scott “Slow Growth, Matthew Varvar “Steal”, Jessica Bryan “Nervous Innocence”, Jenna Faye Eugenides “Inadequate” , and Katelyn Capato “Called”.

SHOW:  On the Rocks
ARTIST: Stuart Meyers in collaboration with Adam Kerbel & Kelly Turner
(Producer: Hybridge Arts Collective)
LOCATION: Studio 34 4522 Baltimore Avenue 19143
DATE: Mon. June 24th @7pm & 9pm and Wed. June 26th @ 7pm & 9pm  (45 min.)
RESERVATIONS: Seating is very limited so please contact info@hybridgearts.org to reserve a spot. Walk-ins welcome if not sold out.
SUMMARY: A queer clown with a red bucket walks into a room and explodes it into a nightclub. He’s looking for lust, transcendence, and maybe even love. With a wink to the club kids, this fantasy unfolds like a feverish music video. But is this dream built to last? Prepare to be inebriated, disoriented and transported by “On The Rocks.”

SHOW: unlacing fingers
ARTIST: Dan Higbee (Choreography by Colleen Corcoran)
LOCATION: Colleen Corcoran’s living room. 21st and Locust area
DATES: Mon. June 24th @ 7pm.
RESERVATIONS: Artist must be contacted to reserve a spot and obtain venue address. Very limited seating. dan.higbee13@gmail.com
SUMMARY: A devised dance art piece about a man saying goodbye. PWYC for free beer and a Higbee dance. Beat that on a Monday.

- Steven Weisz

Founder & Editor
While not a dancer himself, Weisz’s love for the arts and dance started as a child growing up in New York City. With parents, who were strong supporters of the arts and part of a community with an incredible array of notable artists in music, dance, theater and fine arts, Weisz’s access and affinity for the performing arts took root. Upon attending college in Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania in the mid 70’s, Weisz started performing as a puppeteer, magician, juggler and fire eater as a means of supplementing his income. This soon grew in to what became Rainbow Promotions Inc., one of the largest entertainment and special events producers in the region. It was here that he began to promote and book dance for major events throughout the city. Many of the dancers he worked with in the early days of his company are now major choreographers in Philadelphia. At the same time, Weisz’s interest in computers and the early developments of what is now known as the Internet, led him to also start another company, Delaware Valley On Line, which became one of the first regional ISPs. It was this combination of event production, internet development and event marketing that led him to examine the use of the internet as a means to promote the arts. Dance continued to be a major interest for Weisz and in 2005 he founded PhiladelphiaDANCE.org as a major online resource to promote dance in the city. It was soon after that the Dance Journal was also founded as a way to provide an outlet for writing on a range of topics that encompass the ever growing and emerging dance community in the region. Weisz continues to run both PhiladelphiaDANCE and The Dance Journal on purely a voluntary basis with no income derived from any of his projects. He is also the Artistic Director of Graffito Works, a unique platform for dancers and performing artists to create site-specific work and to make it readily accessible to the public.

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