Philly Fringe – A Look at the 2009 Philadelphia Live Arts Festival
The Philadelphia Lives Arts Festival and the Philly Fringe are taking over Philadelphia yet again this September. The two festivals run simultaneously creating a city that burts with boundry-pushing performances and wild creativity.
The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival will present fifteen of the worlds best and most cutting-edge performing arts companies. Meanwhile Philly Fringe promises to be another blast of artistic freedom, as local companies, individuals, and fly-by-night gangs of performing artists stage their newest work in galleries, city streets, and regular old theaters.
performances of note this year include “13 Most Beautiful…Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests”. Rockers Dean & Britta, who used to be members of the band Luna, will perform music onstage as to 13 of Andy Warhol’s screen test films. Philadelphia’s own, The Pig Iron Theatre Company, will be on hand with their newest offering “Welcome To Yuba City, which recreates a mythical truck stop where a wild cascade of characters explores the limits of human lunacy. Chunky Move’s highly acclaimed, cutting-edge fusion of technology and dance is on full display in “Mortal Engine”. This intensely physical, sensual, and visually daring work uses movement- and sound-responsive projections that morph human figures into light and sound and back again.
Since The Philly Fringe lineup won’t even start to be revealed until mid-July there is still so much to check out. So with that said it’s safe to say that come September 4th-19th, Philadelphia will be overrun with theater in a good way.