Our Guide to the Fringe Festival

posted by , on August 1, 2014 at 12:31 pm

Although summer may be coming to an end, there’s still plenty of great events happening in Philadelphia. One festival to get excited about is the 2014 Fringe Festival. From September 5th – 21st, Philadelphia will become a hub for local, national and international art celebrating everything from dance to high-flying aerial acts. This wide variety of art is what separates the Fringe Festival from conventional art shows–artists aren’t bound by the constraints of any form or genre. Instead, the festival gives artists the freedom to break traditions and create new pathways in the world of art. We’ve compiled a list of some of the breakthrough acts you won’t want to miss during this year’s festival. So get out there and explore the arts.

If you haven’t seen a show by one of Philadelphia’s premiere contemporary dance companies, now is your chance. BalletX will have free performances at two different locations during the festival: The Porch at 30th Street Station and the Bridgette Mayer Gallery. These performances celebrate the art in and around Philadelphia, and you’ll have the opportunity to see works of art come to life through contemporary ballet.

“Another Word for Missing”
New Street Dance Group combines multiple aspects of dance and theater to create narratives through movement. In “Another Word for Missing,” New Street Dance explores the theme of loss in a series of five vignettes. Paired with a score by Alexandra T. Bryant and choreography by Krista Armbruster and Shannon Dooling, the show is sure to evoke an emotional response as it goes on a journey through human nature. This one-time performance will take place on September 13th, at 7:30 pm at the Performance Garage. Tickets are $15 for the general public and $10 for students and 25-and-under.

ETC Theater offers a comedic look at one of society’s favorite social media sites: Twitter. This humorous take on electronic communication marks ETC Theater’s ninth appearance at the Fringe Festival. Offering six shows at the Shubin Theatre, “#(hashtag)” is sure to delight Twitter-addicts and newbies alike. Tickets are $15 for general admission or $10 for students and 25-and-under. Check for showtime and more info here.

“The Adults”
Following a family vacation, New Paradise Laboratories examine what it means to be an adult in this comedic play. When the adults of the family unleash their inner child, an exploratory look at human nature ensues. The world premiere of this featured play will take place at the Painted Bride Art Center from September 3rd – 14th.Tickets are $29 for general admission and $15 for students and under 25. Check for showtimes and more info here.

“99 Breakups”
Chances are you’ve experienced or witnessed a breakup at least once in your life. Based off of this idea, Pig Iron Theatre Company’s latest play examines endings and new beginnings and our fascination in watching them unfold. Through an intimate look at different situations and breakups, Pig Iron will offer a rare look into how we deal with change. The world premiere will take place at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and with 14 showtimes between September 4th and 16th, there’s no reason not to see this daring play. Tickets are $29 for general admission and $15 for students and under 25. Check for more info and showtimes here.

Experiment #39
Join the Institute for Psychogeographic Adventure (IPA) in a journey through Old City like you’ve never experienced before. Every 15 minutes on September 6th – 7th, you’ll have the chance to fill out a psychological survey that determines the course your tour will take. Parties of four or less will explore the neighborhood in a unique and personalized way. Throughout the tour, you’ll interact with several stationed artists and encounter surprises around every corner. Tickets for the tour are $29 for general admission and $15 for students and under 25. You can find out showtimes and more info here.

100% Philadelphia
100 real Philadelphians gather on stage to tell the true story of the city in this innovative presentation. With the help of overhead cameras, this show offers the chance to view statistics as living, breathing people rather than numbers on a page. Watch as fellow Philadelphians organize on stage to visually display the characteristics and statistics that make up the city. Created by Rimini Protokoll, this concept has been produced in cities such as Berlin and Melbourne, so don’t miss one of its three shows in Philadelphia. Tickets are available to the show at Temple Performing Arts Center on a pay-what-you-wish basis. Find out more information and showtimes here.

Tangle Movement Arts is an all-female aerial performing group that aims to tell stories through a unique blend of aerial artistry and dance. “Loop” examines human connections through the movements of suspended performance. Pairing the delight and wonder of the circus with the narrative of theater, this performance is sure to inspire. There are only four showings to this unique show at Philadelphia Soundstages, so make sure to get your tickets early. Tickets are $20 for the general public and $15 for students and the 25-and-under crowd. You can check showtimes and find more information here.

These are just a few of the great artists and performances you can find at the 2014 Fringe Festival. You can find a complete list of artists and more information on their website.

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