Dance Artists descend on Camp Fringe

FringeArts announces the first year of its new residency program – dubbed Camp Fringe – and the ten artists or groups of artists who are participating in the summer of 2017.  Artists are provided a stipend, opportunities for creative cross-pollination, and rehearsal space at FringeArts’ waterfront headquarters and 140 N. Columbus Blvd (at Race Street).

FringeArts is committed to supporting emerging artists by providing tools that will help them develop new, risky, fearless work.  With the support of the Independence Foundation through their New Theatre Works Initiative, FringeArts is launching a new residency initiative for Philadelphia-based artists in July of 2017.

Camp Fringe offers multiple one-week artist residencies over the course of three weeks in July, using spaces in the FringeArts building along the Delaware River waterfront.  By hosting multiple artists and projects during this residency period at once, Camp Fringe fosters peer-to-peer connections and opportunities for feedback and exchange.  With 2 to 4 artists or groups in residency per week, artists share 1 or 2 communal meals during the week, as well as end-of-week showings within their cohort.

Each year, Camp Fringe will establish a new cohort of artists in the city whose work aligns with our mission to present world-class contemporary performance that challenges convention and inspires new ways of thinking.

The dance artists or groups of artists participating in the 2017 residency are:

fidget is a platform for the collaborative work of choreographer Megan Bridge and composer Peter Price.  The duo will be using Camp Fringe to develop two works simultaneously. Sp3 (Space, Pulse Pattern, Presence) is a new dance work performed by 6 local dancers which is slated to premiere at FringeArts in winter 2018. PA RT (1978) is a duet by Steve Paxton and Lisa Nelson which Bridge and her collaborator Beau Hancock are working to re-stage in a research setting.

Jaamil Olawale Kosoko
Jaamil Olawale Kosoko is an American curator and performance artists, who is using Camp Fringe to develop séancers, a performance work that collapses lyrical poetry, psychic movement forms, and strategies of discursive performance to investigate concepts of black magic, resurrection, and paranormal activity.

Sam Tower
Sam Tower + Ensemble will use Camp Fringe to intensively workshop the script for Strange Tenants, premiering in the 2017 Fringe Festival. Written by Jeremy Gable, the story and text is derived from physical material, original characters and narratives created by the ensemble; Merri Rashoyan, Nia Benjamin, Tess Kunik, Bi Jean Ngo, and Katie Croyle. Directed by Sam Tower, this dance theatre psycho thriller evokes 1950’s Hitchcock and cult horror.

Residencies began the first week in July, with each company assigned a single week in the three-week program. Each week begins with a welcome meal provided by La Peg, allowing all campers to meet the other companies and provide networking opportunities for all involved. Companies are scheduled to spend time in either our rehearsal studio or theater in morning and afternoon shifts, allowing each group to rehearse once per day throughout the week. A mid-week luncheon focuses on networking and cross-pollination among groups as artists share progress and insights with each other.

Camp Fringe is supported by the Independence Foundation’s New Theater Works Initiative.  More about camp fringe and all the resident artists at

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