A Guide To Dance Performances at This Year’s Neighborhood Fringe

by Steven Weisz for The Dance Journal | photo STORM- Asya Zlatina and Dancers

FringeArts 2017
September 7 – 24, 2017

The Fringe Festival, presented by FringeArts, is a 17-day, city-wide celebration of innovation and creativity in contemporary performance. Each September, the Festival explodes into every nook and cranny in neighborhoods across Philadelphia with more than 1,000 artistically daring performances, including national and international performances curated by FringeArts, and works that are produced by independent artists and promoted by FringeArts. The party continues late night, every night, with music, food and drink at FringeArts’ center on the Delaware River waterfront. This vast assemblage of curated and self-produced innovators offers an unparalleled opportunity to see a cross section of the world’s greatest experimenters at one time, in one city.

The festival itself is made up of two components FringeArts Curated (click here for listings) and Independently Produced or the Neighborhood Fringe.  The guide to to this year’s dance and interdisciplinary performances that are a must see can be found below. For more information, tickets and festival happenings be sure to visit the FringeArts site at http://fringearts.com  Of course be sure to check back here at the Dance Journal for all the previews and reviews of dance at FringeArts 2017.


Center City

Bradley’s Bucks
Sept. 18-21|Franky Bradley’s|1320 Chancellor St. Philadelphia, PA. 19107|$30-50|105 Minutes
Bradley’s Bucks are returning to the Philadelphia Fringe to transformthe upstairs venue at Franky Bradley’s for the second time. In collaboration with Dave Kane, Head Chef of Franky Bradley’s, the Bucks will provide their audience with a proper dinner-theater experience! Drink, dine and deviate around dance!

AmeROCKin Justice
Franky’s First Ladies
Sept. 11, 13, 17|Franky Bradley’s|1320 Chancellor St. Philadelphia, PA. 19107|$20|90 Minutes
A patriotic production embracing the freedom to express life through dance & music in this great country. The First Ladies bring you an all AmeROCKin experience to bring back the true meaning of being an American girl (or boy or woman or man). Indulge in a sensual dance show with pride, liberty and justice for all.

Movemakers Philly Presents i.d.
Sept. 15-17, 22-23|2100 Chestnut St. Philadelphia, PA. 19103|$15|50 Minutes
Movemakers Philly, a hip-hop dance school at 21st and Chestnut, presents a poetic experience of sound and movement for all ages.



Elemental ForcesElemental Forces
Sept. 22-23|The Performance Garage|1515 Brandywine St. Philadelphia, PA. 19130|$25|70 MinutesDancefusion, Philadelphia’s dynamic modern dance repertory company will present Elemental Forces, exploring the energy that brings us together, featuring the company in four powerful works; Songs (1956) by Mary Anthony, Weathervane by Janet Pilla Marini, Waterwise by Jennifer Yackel, and a new work by Masad Qawishabazz.

Kimberly D. Landle & Caff AdeusSept. 18-19|The Performance Garage|1515 Brandywine St. Philadelphia, PA. 19130|$20|60 MinutesThe Klassic Contemporary Ballet Company and Studio CVFFVDEUS will be making their Fringe Arts Festival debut with three new pieces performed by KCBC and the students of KCBC2, choreographed by Kimberly D. Landle. Alongside these performances, Caff Adeus will be presenting a new photography exhibition entitled, Woolvs.

Asya Zlatina and Dancers
Sept. 14, 17|The Performance Garage|1515 Brandywine St. Philadelphia, PA. 19130|$15|60 MinutesSTORM fleshes out Gustav Holst’s powerful Planets Suite, coming up on a 100 year anniversary of its 1918 premier. The characters in STORM exhibit extreme emotional states, but ultimately represent the varying beautiful and petrifying emotions which can all be found in a single human being.
Tribute to 70’s Rock ArtistsRock on Pointe Dance CompanySept. 9|The Performance Garage|1515 Brandywine St. Philadelphia, PA. 19130|$23|90 MinutesRock on Pointe Dance Company puts music from the 1970s on pointe. We will dance, en pointe, to songs by Aerosmith, Pink Floyd, The Eagles, Jackson Browne, Ambrosia and more. Complimentary “Sweet Cherry Wine” (is that part of a song?) toast for anyone over 21.Come join us for a great evening.

break my echo
Sept. 7-8| The Performance Garage|1515 Brandywine St. Philadelphia, PA. 19130|$15|60 Minutes
We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are”-Anais Nin
Three pairs of award winning composers and choreographers respond to a melody from Stockhausen’s Zodiac-inspired Tierkries. Acclaimed musicians from new music groups So Percussion and Music join for a performance exploring the nature of perspective.



Partial Collaborations
Denise J. Murphy
Sept. 8-9|Masher Space Cooperative|155 Cecil B Moore Ave. Philadelphia, PA. 19122|$10|45 Minutes
The work is a series of real and imagined conversations, experiences and collaborations between the dancers and a selection of 20th century female choreographers.

The Storytellers
Joy Madden
Sept. 21-23|The Iron Factory|118 Fontain St. Philadelphia, PA. 19122|$15|60 Minutes
Choreographer Joy Madden and a spirited company of dancers weave together dance, music and storytelling to tell the beguiling tale of heartbreak, humor and overcrowding in an Irish Catholic family.

Then The Tail
Sept. 8-10|The Iron Factory|118 Fontain St. Philadelphia, PA. 19122|$20|40 Minutes
This site-specific work challenges how we hear and listen to our natural language. Creating space to change our focus from meaning to sound. Then The Tail was created for The Iron Factory, and made in collaboration with choreographer Lora Allen, sound designer Adam Vidiksis and dancers Elizabeth Weinstein, Ashley Lippolis, CrystalNicole, and Andrea Lanzetti.


Northern Liberties

Gunnar Montana
Sept. 5-10, 13-18, 20-24|The Latvian Society|531 N 7th St, Philadelphia, PA. 19123|$35|60 Minutes
Gunnar Montana transports us once again, this time to a brutal underground nightclub where no fucks are given, and fierceness is always welcome. Fantasy, fetish and carnal desire are all in fashion so leave your inhibitions at home because inside KINK HAUS, anything goes. That is, if you can get past the doorman.

Spilt Milk
Ella Cuda / Whitney Casal
Sept. 9-10|Riva Health and Wellness|1 Brown St. (Suite C) Philadelphia, PA. 19123|$10|60 Minutes
Prepare for the showdown. Gaze at your opponent: ready, aim…but hold on, it’s not what you think. Perhaps the conflict is just in your head. We each have our own story in a narrative we all share. Engage in finding common ground among the many versions of spilt milk.

White Nights
Hua Hua Zhang/Visual Expressions
Sept. 19|Asian Arts Initiative, Studio C|1219 Vine St. Philadelphia, PA. 19123|$10|30 Minutes
Inspired by a Chinese poem, White Nights examines the universal question: How can we find peace of mind in our ever-changing society? The project is a series of dreams that focus on the self’s interactions with the world as it struggles with this question. This 30min preview will share a limited portion of the show.


Northwest Philadelphia

3 PONY SHOW/ keila cordova dances
Sept. 14-16|Conwell Dance Theater|1801 N. Broad St. Philadelphia, PA. 19122|$18|60 Minutes“What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.” AristotleWe were once like family. But now? It’s hard to hold a stranger’s hand. Even if you’ve known them all your life. You can’t go home. Join 3 Pony Show for Kith, a mapping of our bodies’ human story of chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reason & kinship.
Splintered GlassCourtney Hunter and Guest ArtistsSept. 16|The Performance Garage|1515 Brandywine St. Philadelphia, PA. 19130|$20|60 MinutesSplintered Glass explores the human desire to understand what lies beyond the surface of reality as we know it. It examines the ethics of Artificial Intelligence, challenges the apparent facades of our world and brings iconic Philadelphia sculptures to life. All we see has something beyond it, will you take a look?

Plight Release and the Diasporic Body
Lela Aisha Jones| FlyGround – Temple University Reflection/Response 2017
Sept. 22-23|Conwell Dance Theater|1801 N Broad St. Philadelphia, PA. 19121|$20|70 Minutes
Lela Aisha Jones | FlyGround will premiere Everyday Saturday and also feature Jesus & Egun, proclaimed by Eva Yaa Asantawaa as a choreographic world she would want to live in permanently. These works from Jones’ newest series, Plight Release and the Diasporic Body, bask in blackness as everyday, diasporic phenomena.


Old City

Life Lines
Tangle Movement Arts
Sept 6-9 | Neighborhood House | 20 N. American St. Philadelphia, PA 19106 | $14-20 | 90 minutes
Seven women collide and are changed forever. In this dynamic circus-theater show, strangers meet their match, empty rooms listen in, and women find their power in flight. Tangle’s acrobats climb trapezes and aerial silks as they face sudden changes, spark chain reactions, and test the hidden threads that bind us.

Leaps of Faith and Other Mistakes
Almanac Dance Circus Theatre
Sept 6-23 | Painted Bride Arts Center | 230 Vine St. Philadelphia, PA 19106 | $25 | 80 minutes
From the company behind Exile 2588 comes a re-envisioning of Almanac’s acclaimed tale of sublime human idiocy, isolationist seafarer cults, & the absurdity of believing too hard. Breathtaking acrobatics & earnest theatricality combine with brand new live music. What do people do when they find themselves lost at sea?


South Philadelphia

Leah Stein Dance Company
Sept. 13-23 | School building at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish | 2329 S. 3rd St. Philadelphia, PA 19148 | $20 | 45 minutes Dance/choreographer Leah Stein and violinist/composer Diane Monroe invite audiences to join them in an intimate, nuanced and surprising duet. How does the body, these bodies and voices respond to events close and far, embody absence and presence, and activate the immediate moment.

Edge of the Rock
The Rock School for Dance Education
Sept. 23 | The Rock School for Dance Education | 1101 S. Broad St. Philadelphia, PA 19147 | $10 | 45 minutes
Exciting, energetic young talent from around the world perform classical and contemporary vignettes that will keep you on the edge of your seat! Alumni from The Rock School go on to join the most prestigious dance companies worldwide. See the dance stars of tomorrow, today!

Mistress of the Maze
Sept 16-17 | CHI Movement Arts Center | 1316 S. 9th St. Philadelphia, PA 19148 | $15 | 50 minutes
A thousand years before the Greeks wove the tale of the Labyrinth and the Minotaur, Ariadne was Mistress of the Maze. Masks, movement, and music interpret this new/ancient story of a Minoan goddess whose dominion extended over the sacred Labyrinth and its strange half-human and animal hybrid inhabitants.

Silencing the Tides
Olive Prince Dance
Sept 16-17|Ballroom Philadelphia|1207 Gerritt St. Philadelphia, PA 19147|$18|50 minutes
An intimate experience of evocative dance asking you to witness what it means as an individual to stand up and go against the tide. Exploring the tidal forces in life, women become bodies of water close enough to touch. Joined by visual artist Carrie Powell, creating a sculpture of laundry the dance resides in.


West Philadelphia

Sept. 7-17 | Grays Ferry Crescent Trail Park | DuPont Crescent Trail, Philadelphia PA 19146 | $35-75 | 50 minutes
Set forth with this FringeArts favorite on a journey unto the … strand…, the troupe’s latest immersive, site-specific production. Don your headsets and field gear; seek out along a self-guided adventure through the urban wilds. What seems, remains to be seen. Worlds; eras, scrape, collide and, unfold us into our future.

The Soul Speaks: An Improv Dance Performance
Bizzarro Bill
Sept. 7 | Art Church of West Philadelphia | 5219 Webster St. Philadelphia, PA 19143 | FREE | 15 minutes
An improv dance performance in it’s purest form. Performance is purely of the soul and purely of the state of improv, no prior Choreography or prior thoughts of the performance shall commence. No prior thoughts regarding the performance shall take place. The music shall be selected only 30 seconds prior to showtime.

Onion Dances
Talia Mason
Sept. 22-14 | Community Education Center | 3500 Lancaster Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19104 | $15 | 60 minutes
Imagine walking through your grandparents’ home, each room filled with vivid memories–your great-grandmother writing a novel, your grandmother riding a motorcycle, your mother believing she lived and died in the Holocaust. Shifting between memory and reality, these musings are gauzy, crisp, Jewish, blurry and honest.

About Steven Weisz

A Graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with advanced degrees in Psychology and Education is an entrepreneur and CEO for several for-profits and non-profit corporations in the region. He is also an adjunct professor of Psychology with several local Universities.

Steven is currently the CEO of Delaware Valley on Line, one of the first regional Internet Service Provides that now focuses on business-class web hosting, design, and internet marketing. He is president and founder of Rainbow Promotions Inc., a special events and entertainment agency established in the late 70’s, that services corporate and retail accounts both locally and nationally.

Steven is the Founder of PhiladelphiaDANCE.org, the largest web presence and resource for the dance community in the greater Philadelphia region, and the Founder and Editor of The Dance Journal. His involvement in the dance community extends to being Director of Graffito Works, an international platform for dancers and performing artists to create site-specific work and to make it readily accessible to the public.

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