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Putting the Vulnerable Thing Out There: An interview with Chelsea & Magda

Female friendships, aggression, integrity, Lisa Frank, light-up sneakers, and more.

Photos by Dudu Quintanilha.

Good Maneries: interview with choreographer Luis Garay

Colombian choreographer and director Luis Garay brings Maneries, performed by (and created for) the fiercely captivating dancer Florencia Vecino, to FringeArts April 14-16, 2016

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Getting to know you: Interview with Gabrielle Revlock

The choreographer talks about SHOW NO SHOW, a lively and intimate portrait of two people getting to know each other for the first time.

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Hot Spontaneous Performers: FringeArts Interview with David Zambrano on SOUL PROJECT

Republished by kind permission from the FringeArts blog. “Since the beginning of my career as a choreographer, I have always selected a group of international individuals. I like the idea…

Fringe Festival The Extra People

Ant Hampton talks audience, space, and the experience of the extra ahead of Fringe Festival show, THE EXTRA PEOPLE

“It’s almost like this isn’t really a ‘show,’ more some kind of process.”… Ant Hampton talks THE EXTRA PEOPLE

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How to Live Faster: Interview with Dito van Reigersberg of Pig Iron

Pig Iron’s latest wild theatrical creation opens this week at FringeArts. I Promised Myself to Live Faster is an absurdist sci-fi epic and wild allegory about gayness in 2015,

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There’s No Bizness like SHOWBIZ: Sebastian has a new show

Sebastian describes SHOWBIZ as “part theater, part concert special, part social commentary extravaganza.”

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Putting the value on the art of performing art

The support for performing arts organizations and artists, of all sizes, pales in comparison to the type of funding that art museums obtain. It is time to start placing more value on the “art” part of performing arts.

Photo © Jacques-Jean Tiziou / www.jjtiziou.net.

Interview with Charlotte Ford: The untenable career of a successful Philadelphia theater artist

Philadelphia’s theater scene is better than ever—haven’t you heard? But so few of its practitioners can eke out a living wage from it. This interview Charlotte Ford takes a serious look at how poor the health of the theater industry is in this city.

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THE WEST Comes to Town: Interview with Creator Alex Bechtel

THE WEST is ensemble-devised musical theater, described as “an absurdist western music hall drama about the gun that killed Billy The Kid, the gun that didn’t, and truth and fiction in history, human relationships, and our day-to-day lives.”

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Just one asshole with an opinion: theater critic Mark Cofta on the art of reviewing and observations on Philly’s theater scene

Originally published on the FringeArts blog. Republished with kind permission. “I see 150 to 180 plays a year, and still always regret missing a bunch.” Mark Cofta has been covering…

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Jenna Horton And The Birth Of Etna

Interview with Jenna Horton about her Jumpstart piece MOUNTING ETNA.

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Angry Ed Miller Dishes On His Fringe Show Wired & Being A Theatre Artist In Philly (he’s not really angry, it’s just “Angry Ed Miller” has a nice ring to it)

Ed Miller has been acting in and creating theater works in Philly since the 90s (the new 60s). Or at least, that’s when I first encountered him, sometime in the…

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Annie’s Got a Brand New Bag: See It at the Philly Fringe

Annie Wilson is a local dancer-choreographer-performer-art maker type who has been making her presence known these past several years since graduation from the University of the Arts. I first met…

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“I always hated the 70s when I was a kid because I was dumb,” and other words of wisdom from John Rosenberg, writer-director of Queen Of All Weapons

California born and bred, now entrenched in Philadelphia, the playwright-director John Rosenberg debuts his latest work Queen Of All Weapons this Saturday at 2pm at the Papermill Theater (2528 Ormes Street) in…

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Personal Thoughts Made Physical: Jaamil Kosoko talks dance, poetry, and the Gemini Show

Philly-based choreographer and dance impresario Jaamil Olawale Kosoko is a busy man these days—creatively, curatorially, and administratively. He recently changed the name of his company from Kosoko Performance Group to The…

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Classics Now and Forever: Interview with Quintessence Theatre’s Alexander Burns

Quintessence Theatre Group is wrapping up its inaugural season at the Sedgwick Theater in Mount Airy with The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, which is running now through May 22nd….

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World War What? Did PIFA forget a little something in its celebration of Paris 1910-20?

We here at PPAA are all for the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA)–it’s great to have a major springtime performing arts festival in the city. But is it…

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Dance and Music Rights, or When Were You Planning To Pay For That Music, Friend?

In the not distant past, I was watching a dance performance, which I was enjoying, and I couldn’t help thinking—if this dance company was caught by the people who own…

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Lessons from Newt Gingrich: or how we in the theatre and dance communities can stop acting like losers and learn to make the nation love us

How often have you heard that performing arts are dying, that we’re a niche market, that you can never make a living off of it, that we’re a charity case?…