Inspired by Edinburgh’s renowned Fringe Festival, Philadelphia’s version took root in 1997. Over the next several weeks, galleries, bars, and public plazas will be among the ordinary spaces turned into venues for experimental performing arts. Some people are also transforming - stepping away from their day jobs and out of their comfort zones.
WRTI’s Susan Lewis takes a broad look at the festival and a close up on how one Live Arts show is turning ordinary people into dancers.
Philadelphia's annual two-part festival of experimental performing arts kicks off in venues around the city this week. While the wide open, unvetted Fringe Festival has nearly 150 works by mostly Philadelphia artists, the curated Live Arts Festival includes 16 works selected from the local, national and international scene, with shows coming from as far away as Australia and Japan.
Jumpstart is a new, three-day showcase from Philadelphia Live Arts for emerging artists in the field of live performance art. WRTI's Jim Cotter speaks with Craig Peterson, director of the Philly Fringe about Jumpstart.