10+ Must-See Fringe Festival Dance Shows In Philly This September

Philly moves this month with dozens of dance shows produced for the Fringe Festival....

Philadelphia’s dance scene this September bursts with one-of-a-kind performances at venues across the city — including some unexpected spaces.

This month, you have the rare opportunity to check out innovative work by international choreographers or idiosyncratic creations by local artists, presented as part of Philadelphia’s enormous Fringe Festival, now celebrating 20 years of bringing progressive performing arts to Philadelphia spaces and places.

Here are a few of the 2016 Fringe Festival dance pieces you won’t want to miss this September.

CITIZEN

FringeArts presents an expressive look at the public and private aspects of nationality and belonging by renowned choreographer Reggie Wilson.

CITIZEN

When:September 8-10
Where:FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:$15-$75

www.fringearts.com

Exile 2588

The impressive physical routines of Almanac Dance Circus Theater take flight to folk music in a futuristic space epic.

Exile 2588

When:September 8-23
Where:Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine Street
Cost:$20

www.fringearts.com

Carried Away

Brian Sanders’ JUNK dance company is well know for its signature style of choreography, always blending serious athleticism and acrobatics with moving musicality and passion. For the Fringe Festival, the local dance troupe presents Carried Away.

Carried Away

When:September 9-24
Where:Brian Sanders' Junk, 2040 Christian Street
Cost:$35

www.fringearts.com

Barry: Mamaloshen in Dance

Virtuoso former Koresh Dance Company performer Asya Zlatina mines her Russian heritage and Yiddish culture with a team of dancers in a series of pieces set to the music of the Barry Sisters.

Barry: Mamaloshen in Dance

When:September 9-10
Where:401 S. Broad Street
Cost:$15

www.fringearts.com

Levée des conflits

In a curated Fringe production by French choreographer Boris Charmatz, an enormous company of dancers meander through a series of collective and individual movements while the audience surrounds them on all sides.

Levée des conflits

When:September 9-10
Where:Drexel Armory, 3205 Lancaster Avenue
Cost:$15-$29

www.fringearts.com

In the Clearing

Bring a picnic to the indoor forest created by Birds on a Wire Dance Theatre for their magical movement piece inspired by fairy tales.

In the Clearing

When:September 9-10
Where:20 N. American Street
Cost:$17

www.artful.ly

Wroughtland

Local choreographer Gunnar Montana brings his artistry to the 2016 Fringe Festival with a performance that centers on wicked fairytales and crushed optimism.

Wroughtland

When:September 9-24
Where:The Latvian Society of Philadelphia, 531 N. 7th Street
Cost:$30-$40

www.fringearts.com

Gala

Photo courtesy FringeArts

In a piece The New York Times has called "wildly entertaining," French dancer and choreographer Jérôme Bel brings 20 diverse dancers — professionals, amateurs and first-timers — to interpret dances from a range of eras.

Gala

When:September 13-15
Where:Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street
Cost:$15-$29

www.fringearts.com

Pandæmonium

Local Fringe favorites Nichole Canuso and Geoff Sobelle draw from desolation and ruins of the Mojave Desert in a multimedia-enhanced exploration of personal and natural space.

Pandæmonium

When:September 14-18
Where:FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:$15-$29

www.fringearts.com

Surface Tension

Tangle Movement ArtsPhoto by Mike Ermilio courtesy Tangle Move

Tangle Movement Arts presents a gravity-defying show that explores common issues in daily life through spoken word, aerial skills, trapeze and partner dancing. Surface Tension runs from September 14 through 17 at the Christ Church Neighborhood House.

Surface Tension

When:September 14-17
Where:Neighborhood House, 20 N. American Street
Cost:$14-$20

www.tangle-arts.com

Fore-ign/Fore-out

Four experienced choreographers meld their diverse national backgrounds in a journey through the immigrant experience and other human cycles.

Fore-ign/Fore-out

When:September 16-17
Where:CHI Movement Arts Dance Center, 1316 S. 9th Street
Cost:$20

www.fringearts.com

Walk to Topaz

Fringe FestivalPhoto by Marc and Stephanie Crousillat courtesy FringeArts

The legacy of Japanese-American internment still echoes in the delicate dance work of Brenden Tetsuo, a twenty-something Philadelphian.

Walk to Topaz

When:September 19-23
Where:Mascher space, 155 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Cost:$12

www.fringearts.com

portrait of myself as my father

Dance creator nora chipaumire never knew her Zimbabwean father, instead she uses boxing and other motifs of masculinity to invent her own embodiment of manhood.

portrait of myself as my father

When:September 23-24
Where:Perelman Building, 2525 Pennsylvania Avenue
Cost:$15-$29

www.fringearts.com

PHILADANCO in Concert

PhiladancoPhoto by Lois Greenfield courtesy PHILADANCO

The city’s renowned PHILADANCO dance troupe brings its talent to Bryn Mawr college for an energetic show. The local group is known across the globe for its creativity and celebration of African-American culture and dance.

PHILADANCO in Concert

When:Friday, September 23, 8 p.m.
Where:Goodhart Hall at Bryn Mawr College, 150 N. Merion Avenue, Bryn Mawr
Cost:$20

www.fringearts.com

Le Cargo

Congolese dancer Faustin Linyekula struggles with memory and the passage of time to tell the violent stories of his homeland through movement.

Le Cargo

When:Saturday, September 24
Where:FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:$15-$29

www.fringearts.com

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