FringeArts announces self-produced Neighborhood Fringe dance performances for 2013 Festival

Published by The DANCE Journal, republished by kind permission.

2013 Fringe Festival PhiladelphiaIn addition to the festival’s annual selection of Presented Fringe performances by internationally renowned contemporary artists and stars of Philadelphia’s stages, this year’s 130-plus independently produced Neighborhood Fringe artists will take the city by storm for a record-setting 18 days this fall, presenting more than 700 performances of cutting-edge dance, theater, comedy, visual art and more in every neighborhood, from Fishtown to Fairmount, West Philly to Old City.

“FringeArts has a long-standing tradition of providing an unjuried platform for artists to develop their visions in total freedom from curatorial barriers,” says Nick Stuccio, president and producing director. “This year’s neighborhood-centered festival showcases the fact that these risk-taking self-producers are animating the diverse spaces of Philadelphia with their art and enriching the city’s communities.”

Since 1997, the Fringe Festival has offered an opportunity for artists of all disciplines to present their work under the auspices of a structured festival, providing administrative support throughout the production development process while eliminating curatorial barriers to creativity. Participating artists are encouraged to partner with local businesses, promoting the cultural economy of the city and enriching the audience experience during the two weeks of performances.

Here is an advanced listing of dance being offered in this year’s Neighborhood Fringe…

Adjacent Spaces, Leah Stein Dance Company

As Pretty Does, keila cordova dances

BASEMENT, Gunnar Montana

Beautiful Extremities, a collaboration of up-and-coming Temple artists

Tangle presents Break/Drift/Resist innovative aerial dance theater

Tangle presents Break/Drift/Resist
innovative aerial dance theater

Break/Drift/Resist, Tangle Movement Arts

Bricolage, Negan Lynn/Asterial Dance, Catie Cuan Dance

Cavidad, E|N|Z|A

Celebrating Dance, Dancefusion & 360 Dance Company

chORDED Motion, New Street Dance Group

Collapse/Intersect, Throughline Collective

Diakinesis, pillardance company

The Elastic Air Project, SomaticMovers

enormous PoCkEtZ, Gracie Sarena Alison Kiara Emma Julee Dominique

The Garden, Nichole Canuso Dance Company

HATCH, Birds on a Wire Dance Theatre

The Iron Factory, allendance and Tori Lawrence + Co.

Love … and a Little Torture, Yes Brain Dance Theater

Muse: The Body Overlooked, Kate Horton, Katherine Moore, Anna Fedak

The Night of the Big Wind, Ailish Claffey & Alicia Christofi-Walshe

Open Door Dance Project, Open Door Dance Project

The Rock School for Dance Education, The Rock School for Dance Education

Roots, AKA performance

Roux., Roux Dance Company

Shringara Rasa, The Emotion of Love, Naatya Seva

Stars and Garters: A Doctor Who Burlesque Show, Busts & Trunks Burlesque

THREE, MM2 Modern Dance Company

TRAPPED, Project Moshen Dance Company

All Fringe Festival tickets are now available for purchase online at through TicketLeap, or at the Festival Box Office at (215) 413-1318. Festival show prices vary and are listed with each show description on the Festival website and in the Festival guide. The 2013 Festival Box Office is located at 120 N. Third St. (between Arch and Race streets), and will be open daily, Aug. 29-Sept. 22, noon to 8 p.m.

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Steven Weisz for The Dance Journal

While not a dancer himself, Weisz’s love for the arts and dance started as a child growing up in New York City. With parents, who were strong supporters of the arts and part of a community with an incredible array of notable artists in music, dance, theater and fine arts, Weisz’s access and affinity for the performing arts took root. Upon attending college in Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania in the mid-70s, Weisz started performing as a puppeteer, magician, juggler and fire eater as a means of supplementing his income. This soon grew in to what became Rainbow Promotions Inc., one of the largest entertainment and special events producers in the region. It was here that he began to promote and book dance for major events throughout the city. Many of the dancers he worked with in the early days of his company are now major choreographers in Philadelphia. At the same time, Weisz’s interest in computers and the early developments of what is now known as the Internet, led him to also start another company, Delaware Valley On Line, which became one of the first regional ISPs. It was this combination of event production, internet development and event marketing that led him to examine the use of the internet as a means to promote the arts. Dance continued to be a major interest for Weisz and in 2005 he founded as a major online resource to promote dance in the city. It was soon after that the Dance Journal was also founded as a way to provide an outlet for writing on a range of topics that encompass the ever growing and emerging dance community in the region. Weisz continues to run both PhiladelphiaDANCE and The Dance Journal on purely a voluntary basis with no income derived from any of his projects. He is also the Artistic Director of MM2 Modern Dance Company, an incubator, providing support, space and opportunities for new emerging dance artists, who wish to explore the choreographic process, in order to cultivate and introduce new work to new audiences.