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August 30, 2007

   

Bryn Mawr at the Fringe Festival

The Live Arts/Fringe Festival is underway, bringing its annual celebration of innovation and creativity in the performing arts to a broad spectrum of Philadelphia venues from Aug. 31 to Sept. 15. Bryn Mawr faculty members, an alumna and a current student are among the contributors to the festival. Some of their offerings:

  • Director of Theater Mark Lord, assisted by Megan Smith '10, provided dramaturgy for Headlong Dance Theater's Explanatorium; Lecturer in Dance David Brick is a founding member of Headlong. Explanatorium is described as "an inquiry into and meditation on things we can't explain." The piece is to be performed at the abandoned Christian Science Church, also known as the Rotunda, at 40th and Walnut Streets; Headlong promises that viewers will "see human beings disperse their atoms, turn into teardrops and recreate the Big Bang. Finally, each person will know the truth for herself. Some may choose to ascend to the mother ship." Nine performances from Sept. 7 to Sept. 15; details here.
  • scene from Dance performanceGSSWSR alumna and Lecturer in Dance Myra Bazell will lead her company, the SCRAP Performance Collective, in Between the Pages: 3 Sisters, a Winged Boy and a Lighthouse. Performed at St. Andrew's Chapel, 4201 Spruce Street, the multimedia work "brings a world of magic and mystery to life" in a series of audiovisual environments created by by klip//collective, videographer Joe'l Ludovich, and designer Madison Cario. Four performances between Sept. 4 and Sept. 9; details here.
  • Lecturer in Dance Nichole Canuso's company will present Wandering Alice, leading spectators through "trials, delights, pitfalls, and discoveries within the site-specific installations that furnish Canuso's creation." Composer and sound designer James Sugg, video artist Lars Jan and installation artist Jen Goettner collaborated with Canuso and nine dancers to create "Alice's surreal, challenging, and moving world." The single performance, to take place at Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 N. American Street, is free; details here.
  • Lecturer in Dance Amanda Miller Rothlein will present Principles of Uncertainty with the Miro Dance Theatre, Nadia Hironaka and Eugene Lew. Miller Rothlein, a choreographer, works with video and visual artists to create this outdoor happening featuring "Fifty drum kits, fifteen dancers, two video artists and the science of particle acceleration." Three free performances at 205 Race Street; details here.
  • Lecturer in Dance Grace Mi-He Lee will perform in Foursome's We'll Be With You Shortly. This interdisciplinary performance is characterized as a "madcap fantasy about the wonders of customer service." Seven performances, Sept. 9 - 15, at the Third Street Gallery on Second Street (58 N. Second Street); details here.
  • Charlotte Ford '02 will appear in Flamingo/Winnebago by The Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental/Le Chat Lunatique/Thaddeus Phillips (who will perform his ¡El Conquistador! as part of this year's Performing Arts Series at Bryn Mawr). Flamingo/Winnebago is described as "a theatrical road trip that follows the journeys of two men. One, an Indian immigrant who runs a Sinclair gas station in New Jersey, notices the bees are dying and takes off into the American West in a Winnebago; and two, a young man who searches for his past at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas." Eight performances at the Painted Bride Arts Center; details here.

Photo by Alan Kolc

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