Philly Fringe of­fers con­tem­po­rary, ex­per­i­men­tal arts

The Review - - NEWS - By Brian Binga­man bbinga­man@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @bri­an­binga­man on Twit­ter

PHILADEL­PHIA » It’s a cel­e­bra­tion of thought-pro­vok­ing, bound­ary-push­ing unique­ness and spon­tane­ity.

Each Septem­ber FringeArts presents the an­nual Philadel­phia Fringe Fes­ti­val, a 17day pre­sen­ta­tion of theater, dance, comedy, vis­ual art, spo­ken word, film, and mu­sic that fills the city’s neigh­bor­hoods, with more than 1,000 FringeArts-cu­rated and in­de­pen­dently pro­duced per­for­mances.

Ac­cord­ing to VisitPhilly. com, the fes­ti­val draws around 40,000 peo­ple.

The 2018 Fringe Fes­ti­val hap­pens Sept. 6-23, and here’s what’s be­ing of­fered just in the sub­urbs:

*”Camp Pause,” Cana­day Li­brary Rare Book Room, Bryn Mawr Col­lege, 101 N. Merion Ave., Bryn Mawr: Ta­nia El Khoury and Abir Sak­souk worked with four res­i­dents of the Rashi­dieh Refugee Camp on the coast of Le­banon to re­flect on the ideas of refuge and the sea that con­nects them to Pales­tine. Four videos that play si­mul­ta­ne­ously on the walls of a square gallery space fol­low one story. Ad­mis­sion is free and hours Sept. 12–23 are noon to 10 p.m. Wed­nes­days through Fri­days, 2 to 10 p.m. Satur­days and Sun­days.

*”Gar­dens Speak,” Hep­burn Teach­ing Theater, Good­hart Hall, Bryn Mawr Col­lege, 150 N. Merion Ave., Bryn Mawr: Pre­sented at 5 p.m. Sept. 12; 8 p.m. Sept. 13; 4, 5, 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Sept. 14; 4, 6 and 7 p.m. Sept. 15; 3, 4, 6, 7 and 8 p.m. Sept. 16; 3, 4 and 8 p.m. Sept. 20; 4, 5, 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Sept. 21; 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 and 8 p.m. Sept. 22; and 3, 4, 6 and 7 p.m. Sept. 23, this im­mer­sive sound in­stal­la­tion con­tains the oral his­to­ries of peo­ple buried in Syr­ian gar­dens that par­tic­i­pated in the up­ris­ing against the regime of Bashar Hafez al-As­sad. Each nar­ra­tive has been con­structed with the friends and fam­ily mem­bers of the de­ceased to retell their sto­ries. They are com­piled with found au­dio that ev­i­dences their fi­nal mo­ments. Rec­om­mended for ages 12+. The in­ter­ac­tive ex­pe­ri­ence in­volves par­tic­i­pants be­ing in­vited to lie down and have con­tact with soil. The 3 and 4 p.m. per­for­mances on Sept. 15 will be in Ara­bic. Tick­ets are $20. There will be a strict no-late­com­ers pol­icy.

*”As Far As My Fin­ger­tips Take Me,” Taft Gar­den be­tween Good­hart Hall and Cana­day Li­brary at Bryn Mawr Col­lege, 150 N. Merion Ave., Bryn Mawr: This 12-minute, one-on-one in­stal­la­tion per­for­mance is an en­counter through a gallery wall be­tween an au­di­ence mem­ber and a refugee. Their arms and fin­ger­tips touch with­out them see­ing each other. The refugee marks the au­di­ence mem­ber with the story of a fam­ily’s jour­ney from Syria to Swe­den as the au­di­ence mem­ber lis­tens on head­phones to those who have chal­lenged bor­der dis­crim­i­na­tion. When the per­for­mance ends, those sto­ries can be kept or washed away. It’s a com­men­tary on the Dublin Reg­u­la­tion man­date of a fin­ger­print­ing data­base across Europe for all refugees and mi­grants. Per­for­mances be­gin ev­ery 15 min­utes for an au­di­ence of one from 2 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 15-16 and 22-23, and 3 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 19-21. Ad­mis­sion is free. Sign up in per­son at Taft Gar­den.

*”No, We Won’t Shut Up!”, 3 Rose Val­ley Road, Me­dia: This Rose Val­ley Sto­ry­telling House Con­cert with Bady Works stars a group of women that have some­thing to say about what’s wrong with our world. Is­sues range from white priv­i­lege to wage theft to racism to gen­tri­fi­ca­tion to sex­ual ha­rass­ment to po­lice vi­o­lence, and they tell their per­sonal sto­ries. Tick­ets are $15.

*”The FREN BANKLIN Ex­pe­ri­ence”: Have you ever won­dered about the his­tory of your old home? Start­ing Sept. 8 al­low Fren Banklin, the no­to­ri­ously un­re­li­able cousin of Ben Franklin, to re­gale you for a half hour with the sto­ries buried be­neath your floor­boards. One $19-$23 ticket cov­ers as many guests as you can fit within your per­sonal dwelling place. Set up a date and time at (917) 309-2645 or www.fren­banklin.com.

Of course there’s a lot more than that go­ing on. A dig­i­tal Fringe Fes­ti­val pro­gram can be found at www.fringearts. com. You can also call (215) 413-1318.

PHOTO BY TERRY BREN­NAN

In Tribe of Fools’ “Fly Ea­gles Fly,” pre­sented Sept. 6-22 at the Louis Blu­ver Theatre at the Drake, 302 S. Hicks St., Philadel­phia, hi­lar­ity en­sues when Gwen, a brand-new Philadel­phia Ea­gles fan, and Copy Mike, the IT guy at the of­fice, start an of­fice pool dur­ing the Ea­gles’ Su­per Bowl sea­son.

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