MUSICIAN, MODEL & MEDICAL EXPERIMENT (Anomie Fatale): 2015 Fringe review 33

Excerpted by kind permission from thINKingDANCE.net.

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Photo by Lori Foxworth.

Furnished with casual wooden tables and benches and only as large as the first floor in a South Philly row home, Agno Grill hosts MUSICIAN, MODEL & MEDICAL EXPERIMENT, an amalgamation of a coffeehouse, cabaret, and creative therapy session. The open windows of the restaurant feel exposing during an intimate performance featuring Anomie Fatale, a former biochemistry student who fills each of the title roles.

Sitting in a walker adorned with artificial greenery, Fatale recounts her tragedies, infusing humor through her narrative, which she reads from a binder. At age twenty, Ehlers-Dalos Syndrome interrupted Fatale’s life,  tossing her onto the surgical table for operations that left her a quadriplegic. As she regained physical abilities, she began to revalue the allure of the body. MUSICIAN, MODEL & MEDICAL EXPERIMENT integrates Fatale’s life experiences with burlesque vignettes accompanied by her band Great Neck. Fatale’s concluding piece, a rendition of Edith Piaf’s “No Regrets”, is particularly striking. She introduces the song with these words: “Pain is relevant and so is beauty.” Read the full review >> [Agno Grill, 2104 Chestnut Street] September 6-16, 2015; fringearts.com/musician-model-medical-experiment.

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Whitney Weinstein for thINKingDANCE

Whitney H. Weinstein arrived in Philadelphia in 2008 to expand on her small-town life in Lancaster, PA. Upon completion of her BFA in dance at Temple University, Whitney continued choreographing small masterpieces and instilling knowledge in young dancers at Orlandi Dance Center, the Lionville Community YMCA, and Barclay Early Childhood Education Center. She is interested in bridging the gap between being a pedestrian and dance professional with coEXIST Dance Company, and analyzes that gap with thINKingDANCE. With a range of experience from her many roles as teacher, student, performer, and traveler, Whitney furthers her explorations of multiple art forms by shifting through different communities. Whitney has grooved with artists such as LEVYdance, Tiffany Mills, and Janis Brenner, and frolicked with Dangerous and Movin’ Dance Company, Hypen-Nation Arts, Dance Max Moving Company, Grant Street Dance Company, Youtheathre, CoJoMotion, and Temple University concerts.