Martha Graham Cracker’s Choral Extravaganza

Martha, the band, and some of Philly’s biggest voices.

The world’s tallest and hairiest drag queen returns with her band to FringeArts for an unforgettable evening of stories, live music, and special guests.

Martha Graham Cracker is played by Pig Iron Theatre Company co-founder Dito van Reigersberg and has been performing in Philadelphia for more than 14 years. She’s also played to sold out rooms in Austin, New York, Washington D.C., California, Las Vegas and Europe.

Forget everything you think you know about drag and come party with Miss Martha Graham Cracker. No two shows are ever the same.

$30 general
$15 students & 25-and-under
$2 FringeACCESS member
Member Discounts Available

Pursuit of Happiness

Nature Theater of Oklahoma / EN-KNAP Group
What is happiness? To what wild frontiers will we pursue it? To what surprising and unseemly Hollywood ending?

Part of the 2019 Fringe Festival

September 20 + 21, 2019

A Mexican bar man. An Austrian sales rep. A trip to Baghdad. A modern-day magic potion. Unsettlingly uplifting cowboy dances. Creators Pavol Liska and Kelly Copper of Nature Theater of Oklahoma (named after the theater in Kafka’s novel Amerika) and internationally renowned Slovenian dance troupe EN-KNAP Group follow the American Dream from a Wild West saloon to the battlefields of Iraq.

Part barn dance, part movie pitch, part comedy of manners, Pursuit of Happiness plays with language, movement, setting, and genre through an endlessly morphing folk tale of ultra-violent Western expansion, taking on the myth and legacy of the American Dream and its aspirational aftermath.

All performances have open captioning.

$39 general
$15 students/25-and-under
$2 FringeACCESS
Member discounts available

Úumbal: Nomadic Choreography for Inhabitants

Part of the 2019 Fringe Festival

September 7, 13 + 14, 2019

Winding through a South Philly neighborhood from 5th Street between Shunk and Oregon to Mifflin Square, Úumbal: Nomadic Choreography for Inhabitants is an ambulatory dance performance wholly created by the people of this city and enacted by residents representing its diverse population.

Choreographer Mariana Arteaga developed Úumbal (Mayan for “balance”) in response to an incident in 2014, when forty-three students disappeared from Ayotzinapa, Mexico, presumed murdered by criminal gangs or the authorities that enabled them. She watched as the Mexican government repressed the mass protests in the wake of the disappearance. If repression could be choreographed, she mused, so could freedom and joy. She saw in her practice of collective dance the opportunity to reclaim public space for pedestrians, for communities, for joy.

First performed in Mexico City, Úumbal makes its U.S. premiere as part of the 2019 Fringe Festival. Arteaga and her local collaborators set up collection points in various neighborhoods to solicit dance steps from everyday residents of Philadelphia. A group of local volunteers helped mold these contributions into a communal performance that includes movement, choreography, and choreographic actions in public spaces along the streets, parks, and sidewalks of South Philadelphia. Join as a nomadic companion and participate in this joyful procession.

Please, visit our website for a full list of dates and times: https://fringearts.com/programs/fringe-festival/

Fase, Four Movements to the Music of Steve Reich

Before she became an internationally acclaimed choreographer, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker was a young Belgian student moving to New York City with a music cassette in her travel pack. The deceptively simple repetitive compositions by American minimalist Steve Reich became the soundtrack and inspiration for a breakthrough choreographic work—three duets and one solo credited with creating a new vocabulary of movement for contemporary dance.

Both the music and the dance start from the principle of phase shifting through tiny variations: movements that are initially perfectly synchronous gradually start slipping and sliding, resulting in an ingenious play of continuously changing forms and patterns.

Premiered in 1982, Fase, Four Movements to the Music of Steve Reich laid the foundation for a groundbreaking choreographic career. Having always danced Fase herself, De Keersmaeker now passes her first performance piece on to two new dancers.

Visit our website for a full list of dates and times: https://fringearts.com/

Daybreaker // PHL Dance Dance Resolution

On Saturday, January 12th, join us 57 stories in the clouds at One Liberty Observation Deck

2019 will mark Daybreaker’s newest mission: global unity. This means we’ll be dancing to a global theme, for a global giveback and creating a global music video(!!) for the month of January. Imagine every Daybreaker city around the world, dancing in the same theme for the same epic cause.

This month, from coast-to-coast, city to city, our global theme is:

DANCE DANCE RESOLUTION— Daybreaker’s New Year’s celebration at sunrise.

JANUARY is an exciting time for renewal, known for inspiring fresh starts and new beginnings. Our souls’ deepest intentions come to play and for once — we give ‘em a shot. But so often, we give up, fall short or throw in the towel come February.

Imagine if we had community members from 24 cities behind us, inspiring us to see our resolutions through.

We’ll bring to the dance floor every resolution we want for ourselves, and dance to them with conviction and the support of thousands.

They say before we go out and spark change in the world, we must first change the things that crave changing within.

Dress inspiration is sparkling white.

Our Philly sunrise goes down Saturday, January 12th.

See you on the dance floor

THE LINEUP
+ Featuring FDVM
+ Yoga with Stacia Nero 6 – 7am (bring a yoga mat!)
+ Dance Party 7 – 9am
+ Free kombucha, healthy breakfast bites + more (while they last)
+ Live performances & surprises

We are proud to share that this event will be climate positive, courtesy of CHOOOSE who is helping us offset more CO2 than our carbon footprint for the morning.

Top 5 Events:
Put Your Dancin’ Shoes On

The dance scene is thriving in Philly, and this week we’re bringing you the Top 5 events to get yourself movin’ and groovin’. Whether you’ve never danced before in your life, used to dance often or dance every day, these opportunities are available for all levels and ages, so don’t be shy! With the annual Philadelphia Dance Day, renowned performance series, and other free class and workshop opportunities, there’s a lot of places to dance all over the city, so don’t miss out!

Philadelphia Dance Day
When: Saturday, July 25, 9am-11:30pm. Where: Various locations throughout the city. Cost: Free.

The annual Philadelphia dance day brings Philadelphians a day of free dance classes and workshops throughout the city and a way to celebrate the beautiful art of dance. Philly Dance Fitness first organized the event three years ago to celebrate National Dance Day, a holiday coined by the creators of Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance. This festival will not only offer free classes in various genres, but also live dance performances by some of the city’s most renowned dancers and a huge dance gala. In partnership with many different studios across the city, the festival will offer classes and workshops for all ages and skill levels. The goal of Dance Day is to unite the Philadelphia community in celebrating dance as a powerful platform for creative expression and physical activity.

Dance Day Evening Gala
When: Saturday, July 25, 8pm-11:30pm. Where: The Ethical Society of Philadelphia, 1906 Rittenhouse Square. Cost: $5.

To close out the day of dancing, Philadelphia dance day will host their annual evening gala at the Ethical Society of Philadelphia. The gala will feature at least five different dance workshops, an open Zumba party, professional dance performances, open social dancing, and most importantly, an evening of celebration and fun.

Koresh Come Together Dance Festival
When: Wednesday, July 22-Sunday, July 26, various times. Where: Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 South Broad Street. Cost: $25 for students.

World-renowned dance company Koresh will host their 3rd annual Come Together Dance Festival, where local and national artists will perform in multiple performances over the five day series. 33 dance companies will perform a variety of genres, including hip hop, contemporary, modern, ballet, tap, acrobatic, musical theater and more. Audiences will be kept on their toes with the diverse talent and creativity of the different artists performing throughout the festival. Other special events throughout the series include happy hours, post-show talk-backs with the artistic directors and a closing night cast party. Audiences can expect to see some incredible talent and celebrate the diverse dance scene of Philly!

Koresh Come Together Dance Festival Workshop Series
When: Tuesday, July 21-Saturday, July 25, various times. Where: Koresh Dance Studios, 2002 Rittenhouse Square. Cost: $25.

In honor of their highly-anticipated performance series, Koresh will be holding workshops with different dance companies visiting Philadelphia for the series. At a significantly lower price than previous years, participants can attend workshops by companies from the festival including Raphael Xavier teaching Ground-Core technique, Sakshi Productions teaching Odissi Indian-style dance, Koresh Dance Company teaching their superb technique and Ballet Inc. teaching ballet technique and barre. In recognition of Philadelphia Dance Day, hip hop legend Tyger B will teach a FREE beginner hip hop workshop on Saturday, July 25. Preregistration is mandatory to attend these workshops!

I Can’t Believe It’s $5 Ballet
When: Tuesday, July 28, 7pm. Where: 954 Dance Movement Collective, 945 North 8th Street, 1st floor. Cost: $5.

If you’re looking for a beginner class in a no-pressure environment, 954 Dance Movement Collective is offering beginner ballet technique classes for only $5! The mission of their group is to “feed a thriving environment that supports artists who dance, who make dances and teach dance. To explore opportunities for healing dance practices. To build community through dance.” They will be offering a fun class teaching ballet basics and listening to eclectic music. The class begins with floor barre work focusing on basic core strength and alignment, and then moving onto traditional standing ballet barre and other ballet techniques. Participants do not have to wear dancewear, but are encouraged to wear comfy clothes they can move in.

 

Top 5 Events:
Immerse Yourself in the Arts

Philadelphia is a city thriving with art, and as a student you should immerse yourself in as many creative experiences as possible. Whether it be visual art, dance, theater, or music, there are so many opportunities to engage in the arts community first-hand. In the summer months, art exhibits of all types are held more often and are typically held outdoors in the welcoming weather. The best part of these events? They fit a college students’ budget, as most of them are free and open to the public. Here’s a list of some exciting chances to engage in different events in the art community of Philly this week!

Pasion y Arte Flamenco Co. Performance in Public Spaces 
When: Friday, June 12, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Where: The Porch at 30th Street Station. Cost: Free!

Pasion y Arte Flamenco is the premier all-female flamenco dance company in Philly and will be presenting an hour-long, interactive, and fun dance performance on the outdoor porch of 30th street Station. The entertaining performance will include a brief history of the Flamenco dance, Flamenco dancers and musicians from the company, live music, and an invitation for audience members to join in the Flamenco dancing and have fun.

ARTspiration!
When: Saturday, June 13, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Where: Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine Street. Cost: Free!

Fleisher will be holding its annual community arts festival ARTspiration!, which has become so popular it is often attended by more than 2,000 people. This free event that was started in 2007 will be held on Catharine Street right outside Fleisher’s historic campus. This festival will cater to all ages and offer a look into the creativity and art that is so present in Philadelphia. Activities include music and dance performances and art-making activities led by local artists.

West Park Arts Fest
When: Saturday, June 13, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Where: West Park Cultural Center, 4201 Parkside Avenue. Cost: Free!

The 8th annual West Park Arts Fest will be held at the West Park Cultural Center and celebrate different cultures and the diverse community of Philadelphia through music and dance. The celebration will include outdoor singers and performers, cultural dance groups, and activities for children such as arts and crafts under a pavilion.

Graffito Works at Shofuso House
When: Sunday, June 14, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Where: Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, Landsdowne Drive and Horticultural Drive. Cost: Free after admission!

Graffito Works is an interactive, site-specific dance performance that is open to the public, and is choreographed and directed by Steven Weisz. The on-site dance will show audience members a collaborative and thoughtful work as the dancers improvisational skills are shown through their interactions with each other, the site, and objects around them.

Open Spaces: An Art in the Open Exhibition
When: Tuesday June 16, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Where: Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagys Mill Road. Cost: Free!

The scenic and nature-oriented Schuylkill Center is hosting their Open Spaces outdoor arts exhibition. Nine artists will present their work both indoors and on the trails of the Schuylkill Center. These artists spent three days creating their work in public, some artists creating string and ribbon sculptures, and leaving their creative processes visible to audience members. The event will also hold a reception to celebrate these talented artists and offer light refreshments in the gallery, along with a guided walk to the outdoor works.

Top 5 Events: Appreciating the Arts

In a world where technology seems to be creeping further and further into every aspect of society and our lives, the arts still hold important cultural and societal value. And that doesn’t mean ancient statues or paintings that art history labels as important (although they’re cool too); it means everything that people create and share, and you don’t have to be an expert in painting techniques or dance to appreciate and engage in the arts. This week’s Top 5 captures some of the creative and artistic endeavors going on around Philly, with everything from theater to hip-hop for you to enjoy.

Selections from the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival
When: March 26, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Where:  International House, 3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia Cost: $7 each

This week, International House is showing selections from the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival, which is a collection of fiction, documentary, and animated films about human rights. The first film being presented is A Quiet Inquisition, which follows the ethical dilemma of a Nicaraguan OB GYN who must choose whether to follow a new law that bans all abortions or to provide the care that she believes can save a woman’s life. The second film, Private Violencedepicts two women who are domestic violence survivors and pose provocative questions for addressing this societal issue. Lastly, Sepideh – Reaching for the Stars documents the story of Sepideh, a young Iranian woman who dreams of becoming an astronaut despite the societal and familial pressure she feels to check her ambition. All three screenings tell captivating stories of people rising above their situations, so be sure to catch at least one of these inspiring films!

Wednesday Nights at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
When: March 25, 5:00 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia Cost: Pay what you wish

Wednesday nights at the Philadelphia Museum of Art aren’t your typical experience. You can get creative at art-making workshops, get your poses on at a yoga session, play games, explore the galleries, or enjoy regional artists and musicians. This week’s museum-at-night-exploration includes poets, performers, and scholars who will guide visitors through an evening inspired by Represent: 200 Years of African American Art. A multimedia piece explores the historic impact of the MOVE bombing of 1985, Tracie Morris will present original poetic works, and a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon will allow visitors to help improve how African American artists are represented online. Grab your friends and don’t miss this fun night at the museum!

JT Hip-Hop Workshop
When: March 28, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Where: Headlong Dance Studios, 1170 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia Cost: $20

This hour-and-a-half-long dance session will have you dancing like Justin Timberlake. Ok, maybe not exactly like JT, but pretty close. You’ll be doing slides, shoulder shrugs, spins, and any other move that the master beat-boxer, singer, and dancer pulls out in his music videos. Don’t worry if you don’t have dance experience–the combination are easy to follow and instructors will break down the steps for the routines. Past and present hits will be the soundtrack for the session, and you’ll be inspired to move with the fun choreography lined up. Don’t miss this chance to celebrate the work of Timberlake and to spend the afternoon dancing. 

The Gender Weave Project
When: Through March 29 Where: Mt. Airy Art Garage, 11 West Mt. Airy Avenue, Philadelphia Cost: Free!

In observance of Women’s History Month, the Mt. Airy Art Garage presents “The Gender Weave Project,” an exhibition featuring the work of Moore College of Art & Design students. It will also feature the work of professional artists like Carol Loeffler, Arleen Olshan, and Kathryn Pannepacker. All of the works explore gender and identity, focusing on the respective artist’s own relationships to those categories. Art forms and approaches vary; some of the women employ photography, and others present paintings. Traditional depictions of gender and identity are on display, but so are convention-challenging pieces and ones the explore the multiple identities one person can harbor. All of the works share one similarity, though: they all seek to raise awareness of and overcome social prejudices and misconceptions. This is a great opportunity to enjoy contemporary and captivating art for free!

Hamlet at The Wilma Theater
When: March 25 through April 19 , regular museum hours Where: 265 South Broad Stree, Philadelphia Cost: $10

Hamlet is one of Shakespeare‘s most renowned plays, following indecisive Hamlet as he struggles to make a decision about just about anything. The fight for the throne of Denmark unfolds in the background as the play explores morality and vengeance. But the Wilma Theater isn’t interested in the historicity of centuries ago–instead, their rendition places the intricate mental musings of Hamlet into a 21st century context. Hamlet is played by accomplished actress Zainab Jah in this modern twist on the classic tale. Student tickets are discounted at $10, so be sure to catch this entertaining and innovative approach to one of Shakespeare’s most popular tragedies.