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KAPPAROT (Daughters of Disruption): 2016 Fringe review 74

In the Art Church, a house of a theater with carpeted stairs and a open room set with rows of chairs, performer collaborators Chana Rothman and Annie Lewis greeted the…

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BRONX GOTHIC (Okwui Okpokwasili): Are you awake?

We follow a journey of sex, friendship, beauty, blackness, and love for two young girls in the Bronx.

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WALLS (Darcy Lyons): 2015 Fringe review 67

Covering everything from a cell wall to the Great Wall of China, WALLS explores of how walls—and the acts which build and destroy them—shape lives

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CAREFUL INJURIES (Other Case Notes Ensemble): 2015 Fringe review 56

Composed as a series of vignettes, CAREFUL INJURIES “began as an examination of physical states and expressions of comfort, fear, and exhaustion.”

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OF OUR REMNANTS (Olive Prince Dance): 2015 Fringe review 30

In OF OUR REMNANTS, the utilitarian object is one of comfort, and comfort is an act of avoidance.

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BODY OF WATER (Antonia & Artists): 2015 Fringe review 22

This hour-long dance work explores the movements of water, both inside the body and surrounding us.

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UNDERGROUND RAILROAD GAME (Jennifer Kidwell & Scott Sheppard / Lightning Rod Special): 2015 Fringe review 21

ennifer Kidwell and Scott’s Sheppard’s skillfully devised work slowly bends and breaks the separation between historical Americana and contemporary experience.

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MIRRORING SKY — A Soundscape (InVersion Theatre): Fringe Review 58

Starting in bustling Rittenhouse Square, MIRRORING SKY guides participants along familiar city streets, ending at the Schuylkill River Park

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HUMAN FRUIT BOWL (Andrea Kuchlewska and Harmony Stempel): Fringe Review 27

HUMAN FRUIT BOWL draws audience members into the mind of a nude model as they witness an open depiction of this model as an aware and vocal object.

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About, or in, the Liminal Space: John Ollom at 954 Dance Movement Collective

Phindie dance writer Katelyn Bobek spoke with New York City based choreographer John Ollom about his work and a new series of classes in Philadelphia.

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STANDING ON CEREMONY: THE GAY MARRIAGE PLAYS (Quince), GayFest! 2014.

“What’s really interesting to me is that in just a few years since “Standing on Ceremony” came out, some of the pieces are already ‘period pieces.’ There is, for instance, one piece about two women flying from California to Iowa because marriage is legal in Iowa but not California (it was while Proposition 8 was still making its way through the courts). And the two women are saying things like, ‘Can you believe we live in California and have to fly to Iowa to get married?’ Well that, of course, is no longer the case. So in a way it’s a primer on recent history and an indication of how quickly things change!”

Quince Productions’ GayFest! kicks off with HEAD OVER HEELS

Philadelphia’s first and largest LGBTQ theater festival, GayFest! by Quince Productions, returns this August 5-23 to Plays and Players Skinner Studio. Opening this year’s festival is the The Bang Group’s HEAD OVER HEELS, a high energy mix of concert dance, slapstick, and musical theater in a cabaret setting. Artistic director and choreographer David Parker took time with me to offer some insights into the dance and his New York City dance ensemble’s interests in creating the piece.