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FringeArts – RealLivePeople presents Would I Lie To You

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Philadelphia-based contemporary dance company RealLivePeople (RLP) announces their newest show, Would I Lie To You, as part of the 2014 Neighborhood Fringe. Would I lie to you? is a 55 minute exploration of the lies we tell and the naked truths they conceal, from the casual to the profound. The cast’s own lies, past and current, are at the core of this playful, revealing and explosive production. This world premiere will be performed at the Latvian Society, 531 N. 7th Street, from September 5-10.

Artistic Director Gina Hoch-Stall will be dancing with Sara Nye, Drew Kaiser, Megan Mazarick, Megan Quinn and Adrian Plascencia. In the company’s original style, the piece will be a mix of choreographed sections and tightly structured improvisation, with the dancers moving fluidly through the intersection between truth and lies. The performance will also include improvised mini-dances based directly on lies collected anonymously from the audience.

“Deception has always fascinated me. I enjoy the multiple layers of revelation, intimacy and truth. ” Hoch-Stall explained. “I chose to make a dance about lying because I think that movement and physical relationships, juxtaposed with text and storytelling, can reveal and articulate truths we are trying to hide, even from ourselves.”

RealLivePeople explores human experiences through firsthand stories and unspoken gestures; we focus on the spaces between, the quick look away and the light tap on the shoulder. Our work strives to balance inventive, athletic movement with poignant and provocative interactions that resonate with an audience. We tackle our subject matter from multiple perspectives, bringing in composers, artists and filmmakers to collaborate and even incorporating our audience’s opinions and stories into the work in real time. For us the work is about being human onstage—part performance, part real-life.

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RealLivePeople,
Would I Lie to You?
September 5th at 7:00 and 9:00 PM
September 6th at 7:00, 9:00 and 11:00 PM
September 7th at 5:00 and 7:00 PM
September 9th and 10th at 7:00 PM.
Philadelphia Latvian Society, 531 North 7th Street, Philadelphia PA, 19123.
Tickets: $15, purchase at the door or through the FringeArts Box Office.
For More Information: reallivepeople.org

- Steven Weisz

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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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