Riding the momentum of the 2015 Fringe Festival, FringeArts invites Philadelphia favorites and international arts innovators in theater, dance, and music to take the stage at their beautiful waterfront location September-December 2015. Year-round programming at FringeArts is supported by PNC through the PNC Arts Alive initiative.
With two years of full-time programming under its belt, FringeArts has cemented its position as the home for contemporary performing arts in Philadelphia. The Fall season continues FringeArts’ commitment to international and Philadelphia-based arts innovators, presenting artists from as distant a place as Poland (Michał Zadara with CENTRALA) to world-class artists from our own back yard, such as No Face Performance Group, whose Abbot Adam series was incubated in the FringeArts’ studio.
“Of all the epochs of FringeArts,” says Producing Artistic Director Nick Stuccio, “this Fall best represents the heart of our mission. From cultivating hyper-local, Philadelphia-based artists like Kun Yang Lin and No Face, to turning our eyes to national provocative figures like Miguel Gutierrez, to inviting institutions like Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker from Brussels and Michał Zadara from Poland into our space, we are presenting the very best contemporary art the world has to offer.”
Courageous artists will bend audiences’ perception of what art is and who it is for during FringeArts’ Fall season. Miguel Gutierrez meditates on his epic artistic career with his Age and Beauty series, while Kun Yang Lin/Dancers source immigrant stories from Philadelphia’s famed S. 9th Street to create a dance piece that has Philadelphia at its very heart. Two seasoned and famed choreographers – Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker (of Rosas) and Boris Charmatz – rediscover their love of dance in a tender duet Partita 2, while director Anisa George and her cast plunge into the dark lineage of The Catcher in the Rye in Holden.
FringeArts continues to expand its music repertoire by partnering with Ars Nova Workshop, who will co- present two phenomenal music shows. The Thing, a Scandinavian jazz power trio who reinvent a variety of familiar compositions, kicks off the Fall season. Ars Nova returns in November with a presentation of Adam Rudolph’s Organic Guitar Orchestra, led by the namesake legendary hand drummer and band leader. FringeArts’ Late Night and First Friday music series continues with Red 40 and the Last Groovement firmly at the helm.
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2015 FRINGEARTS FALL PROGRAMMING OVERVIEW DANCE
[ FAMED CHOREOGRAPHERS TAKE THE STAGE ] In her opus of over forty pieces, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker had never composed a duet with a man in which she herself would dance. Partita 2 (Nov 1) is the first. The encounter between Boris Charmatz and herself is an invitation to stray from De Keersmaeker’s meticulous construction together with the whimsical and boyish, and at times titanic improvisatory flights of Charmatz. The complementary duet breaks open with a third partner, the violinist Amandine Beyer, whose physical presence, like the fiddler on the street, sustains a humble sense of virtuosity. Configuring various situations of listening with and without watching, in silence or in music, enhances the experience of the bare force of the stage design by visual artist Michel François.
Partita 2 stems from a peculiar delight: what happens when two choreographers, famed for directing many bodies, rejoice in their love for their own dancing? “For me Bach is structure, but his transcending dimension is written in the flesh,” says De Keersmaeker.
Partita 2 has been supported by Musée de la danse – Centre chorégraphique national de Rennes et de Bretagne.
[ COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT IN MOVEMENT ] Kun Yang Lin/Dancers takes a look at itself and its neighbors for its next creation, Home/S. 9th St. (Nov 91-21), informed by the stories of the diverse community along Philadelphia’s famed South 9th Street corridor, where KYL/D’s dance center—CHI Movement Arts Center—is located, and where artistic and executive directors Kun-Yang Lin and Ken Metzner reside. From the intensely personal to the universal experiences of all who call a new place home, in this multilayered, multi-textured performance, Kun Yang Lin and his dancers use their bodies to tell layered and personal stories of immigration and displacement.
Inspired by the community engagement methodologies of Cornerstone Theater Company in Los Angeles, Kun Yang Lin – himself an immigrant from Taiwan – reveals how for many individuals in Philadelphia neighborhoods, immigration is at the root of identity. Original music was composed by Cory Neale.
[ A QUEER ARTIST COMES OF AGE ] Age & Beauty Part 1: Mid-Career Artist/Suicide Note or &:-/ is the first of a suite of queer pieces Miguel Gutierrez is creating over the course of three years that addresses the representation of the dancer, the physical and emotional labor of performance, tropes about the aging gay choreographer, the interaction of art making with administration, the idea of queer time and futurity, and mid-life anxieties about relevance, sustainability and artistic burnout. Part 1 is a duet for 43 year old Gutierrez and 24 year old performer/dancer Mickey Mahar and follows from a packed set of precise unison dances to an irreverent and celebratory corruption of orderliness, suggesting modes of communication and relations where hyper-emotional affect is not only the conceptual and choreographic core of the performance, but also the only hope for continuing in this fucked up world.
Age & Beauty Part 1: Mid-Career Artist/Suicide Note or &:-/ was commissioned for the 2014 Whitney Biennial and was made possible with support and developmental residencies from the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography at Florida State University, the ]domaines[ program at Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon in Montpellier, France and Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia.
Gutierrez’s exploration of his development as an artist continues with Age & Beauty Part 2: Asian Beauty @ the Werq Meeting or The Choreographer & Her Muse or &:@& is the second installment in a suite of queer pieces that addresses the representation of the dancer, the physical and emotional labor of performance, tropes about the aging gay choreographer, the interaction of art making with administration, “queer time,” futurity, and mid-life anxieties about relevance, sustainability and artistic burnout. Part 2 deals with Gutierrez’s long-term creative/work relationships and features performer/choreographer Michelle Boulé, arts manager Ben Pryor, and lighting designer Lenore Doxsee. The piece uses retrospection and archive to demonstrate how relationships, money, and flights of fancy are at the center of all art making.
The presentation of Age & Beauty Parts 1 & 2 was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Age & Beauty Part 1: Mid-Career Artist/Suicide Note or &:-/ was commissioned for the 2014 Whitney Biennial.
Fall at FringeArts begins late September, and continues through December of 2015. Tickets are priced between $15 and $35. Students and patrons age 25 or younger are eligible $15 for tickets to FringeArts shows. PhiladelphiaDANCE.org Members receive 50% OFF select programming.