Look up! Philadelphia School of Circus Arts (PSCA) presents another dazzling flight to 1900s Paris with “The Green Fairy Cabaret,” from Thursday, September 8, 2011 to Saturday, September 10, 2011, at 8:00pm on Thursday and Friday, and 12:00pm and 9:00pm on Saturday. Fly with the “Green Fairy” as she brings aerial feats, comedy, juggling and spectacular physical skills to the 15th Annual Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe. Daytime performances are family friendly. Nighttime shows have special rewards. PSCA performances take place at 5900A Green Street, Philadelphia, PA 19144. Tickets are on sale at www.livearts-fringe.org or by calling 215-413-1318.
In the 1900s, Paris sparkled with five permanent circuses. Night after night, Picasso, Leger, Apollinaire and other artists watched the shows and mingled after hours with the jugglers, saltimbanques, clowns, harlequins and acrobats who virtually embodied artistic risk. Painters, sculptors and circus artists challenged the status quo by redefining the limits of human possibility. The popular – and controversial – drink absinthe (nicknamed the Green Fairy) was rumored to push these limits even further.
“During this extremely creative and socially volatile period, the Green Fairy was a symbol of transformation, freethinking, and a shakeup of the social order,” said PSCA’s Managing Director Robin Marcotte. “Our exotic, dazzling and comical performance is a perfect match for The Philly Fringe. The show honors a time in Paris when circus artists made their city into the world’s most renowned cultural center. Today, as part of The Philly Fringe, circus artists again will influence a cultural landscape by establishing Philadelphia as an unparalleled place to live, work, and visit.”
The 60-minute show stars Chris Chiappini (juggling), Kendra Greaves (fabric/tissu), John Jarboe (emcee), Kitsie Lundell (aerial ladder), Harley Newton (aerial ladder), Robin Marcotte (clown), Niff Nicholls (trapeze), Anthony Ruiz (acrobatic duo) and Erica Saben (acrobatic duo). “Green Fairy” is directed by PSCA’s Marcotte. “Green Fairy” features original music created by composer Eric Michaels.
Shows will be held at at 8:00pm on Thursday and Friday, and 12:00pm (Noon) and 9:00pm on Saturday. Tickets are $15 for children (12 and older), and $20 for adults. Evening performances are recommended for audiences 21 or older. Tickets can be purchased at 919 N 5th St, Philadelphia, PA 19123. Tickets are also available by visiting www.livearts-fringe.org, or calling 215-413-1318. For information about PSCA, visit www.phillycircus.com or call (215) 849-1991.
About Philadelphia School of Circus Arts
PSCA is the region’s center of contemporary circus arts. PSCA presents professional and student productions during the year. Seasoned faculty lead a curriculum featuring aerials (static trapeze, corde lisse, aerial silks and lyra), juggling, unicycling, tightwire, tumbling, acrobatics, Chinese pole, and physical conditioning. In addition to ongoing classes, PSCA also offers introductory workshops, birthday parties, rental space, summer camp and special guest performances. For information, visit www.phillycircus.com.
About The Philly Fringe
The 15th Annual Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe will take place September 2-17, 2011. Tickets prices range from free to $55. The Festival Guide will be available the first week of August, and can be either downloaded as a PDF or picked up in hard copy at any Festival venue as well as at key “Hot Spots” (to be announced online in July) throughout the city.
The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe were originally founded in 1997 as the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Today, the Live Arts Festival is a curated festival of the world's most cutting-edge, high-quality performing arts groups who are invited by the Festival's Producing Artistic Director. The Live Arts Festival is often the only opportunity the region’s audiences will have to see these works without traveling internationally. In 2011, 16 Live Arts shows will be presented.
The Philly Fringe is an unfiltered festival, where a platform is provided for new and established artists to present their work free of a selection process. For some it’s a once-a-year, or once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a show; for professional companies, it can be an opportunity to try something new. The Philly Fringe seeks create a cityscape filled with theater, dance, music, and everything in between for audiences to enjoy; encourage artists to give expression to and develop their talents and artistic visions in total artistic freedom without any curatorial barriers in bringing that work to an audience; to help artists become successful independent producers; and ensure the growth and continued health of the local and regional performing arts community. In 2011, over 200 Philly Fringe shows will be self-produced by thousands of artists from throughout the region.
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