Delco artists gear up for Fringe Fest

DELAWARE COUNTY NEWS NETWORK
Published: Wednesday, August 25, 2010

By Margie Royal

For the 14th year, as summer wanes and September begins with back-to-school routines and shorter days, the annual Philadelphia Live Arts [Fringe] Festival arrives to offer a fresh jolt of energy to the Philadelphia arts scene. Although most of the Fringe events take place in downtown Philadelphia, a surprising number of Delaware County-based companies and artists are involved in the Festival. Here is a glance at some of this year’s Fringe shows that have a Delco-tie.

Although many of the Fringe Festival events require a trip into downtown Philadelphia, MM2 Modern Dance’s entry, Emergence, will be performed Saturday, Sept. 11 at 2:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, 601 Lansdowne Avenue, Drexel Hill.

This company, which has performed at the Philly Fringe for the past six years, under the direction of Steven Weisz,  utilizes the talents of college age and post-college dance majors.

The company had to receive special permission to bring their performance to Delaware County.

“I wanted to be able to bring this incredible experience to more people in the suburbs, who might not otherwise venture in to the city. The folks at the Fringe Festival were great in allowing us to extend their borders this year,” said Weisz.

Emergence explores, through movement and dance, the way complex systems and patterns arise out of relatively simple interactions.

Tickets are $15, and $10 for those under age 25.
Send text message to 25827 and in body of message put mm2dance to save $10 off general admission prices.

Original article at:
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On Stage, Philadelphia Philly Fringe Preview with MM2 Dance

On Monday, August 30th starting at 8:00pm, MM2 Modern Dance will be offering a sneak-peak of their upcoming Philly Fringe production of Emergence as part of Plays & Players Performing Arts Preview Night.

On Stage, Philadelphia’s Philly Fringe Preview Series features ten-minute performances of upcoming Philly Fringe productions, representing a wide range of artistic disciplines. Following the performances, audiences have an opportunity to meet and mingle with artists, and enjoy special offers to the upcoming productions at the post-show marketplace. This program offers audiences an opportunity to see which Philly Fringe performances are compatible to their interests, with the hope that they will attend the full productions of what they see at preview night.

MM2 Modern Dance will be previewing a new dance work by Liz Lyle entitled Post-Emergence. Lyle currently attends Eastern University as a dance major and has had her choreography showcased in three of the university’s dance concerts.  In addition, she teaches dance at the Barn Studio of Dance and Creative Steps Dance Studio. Accompanying Lyle will be MM2 dancers, Kristen Blundi and Jessica Bryan. In the piece to be presented, Lyle explores patterns that create contact between elements, while incorporating some quirky and humorous gems.

MM2 Modern Dance will be premiering the full production of Emergence at the Philly Fringe on September 11th with three shows at 2:30, 4:30 and 7:30pm at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center in Drexel Hill.

About MM2 Modern Dance
MM2’s mission is to provide emerging dancers with the opportunity to perform in professional venues as well as create choreography, utilizing contemporary movement, that connects both dancer and audience in a meaningful, relevant experience. MM2 creates dance works for the stage, outdoor landscapes and arts related venues, offering free or subsidized programs in order to make dance more accessible to the public. As a company, we believe that dance is a shared experience, through which we can better understand our common humanity by appreciating and exploring the different inflections of this art form.

Plays & Players Philly Fringe Preview
August 30th at 8:00 PM
1714 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Tickets: $12 in advance, $15 at the door
Tel. 215.735.0630
http://playsandplayers.org/performance/onstage

MM2 @FRINGE QUICK FACTS
Show:
Emergence
Company: MM2 Modern Dance
Event: Philadelphia Live Arts & Philly Fringe
Date: Saturday, September 11, 2010
Times: 2:30pm, 4:30pm & 7:30pm
Venue: Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, 601 Lansdowne Avenue, Drexel Hill, PA

Tickets:
$15 general admission
$10 students and buyers under 25 years w. ID
Box Office: http://www.livearts-fringe.org or http://www.DanceBoxOffice.com

Special $5 tickets available: Send text message to 25827 and in body of message put mm2dance to find out how to get this discount.

Dancing Her Way to The Philly Fringe

In just a few weeks, Kristen Blundi, a fifteen-year old from Obelisk, PA, will be dancing in the upcoming Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe with MM2 Modern Dance Company production of Emergence.

The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe is an internationally recognized presenter of performing arts. A broad array of performing artists, from Philadelphia and around the world, converge for two concurrent sixteen-day festivals during the month of September in venues throughout Philadelphia. Now in its 14th year, the festival will run from September 3rd –18th.

Kristen Blundi is not only the youngest member of MM2 Dance, but also one of the youngest participants in this year’s festival. MM2 Modern Dance evolved as a leader in imaginative movement and creative collaboration for college age dancers, as well as post-college dance majors in career transition. Kristen was the only high school student allowed in to the dance company. Artistic Director Steven Weisz explains, “her professionalism, level of maturity and skill as a dancer, made her immediately accepted by the rest of the company and had us look beyond our normal age requirement.”

For Kristen, who has studied dance for the past 8 years at Dance Depot in Collegeville and will be attending the Lehigh Valley High School for the Performing Arts in the Fall, the Philly Fringe offers the opportunity to put her skills to the test in a professional venue. Her training has included ballet, lyrical, contemporary, jazz and modern. She has performed and won numerous accolades in a variety dance competitions including placing first and in top ranks of The National Dance Showcase, Showstoppers, Access Broadway, Beyond The Stars, The Power of Dance and Starpower.

The work being presented at the Fringe this year by MM2 Dance, titled Emergence, has taken on a variety of meanings during the course of its development. Derived from examples in nature, a flock of birds or a school of fish moving together, emergence is the way complex systems and patterns arise out of relatively simple interactions. For Kristen, who is normally quiet and reserved, Emergence represents the losing of oneself in the sheer joy of movement and dance, while still maintaining an identity within “the flock”.

The experience of dancing with MM2 and preparing for the Philly Fringe is perhaps best expressed by Kristen herself. “Being the youngest member of MM2 is an honor for me. I am excited and blessed by the opportunity to pursue many different and unique experiences that dancers my age don’t have until later in their career. Dance is something that allows me to express myself. I have always wanted to dance and I am thrilled to take on this challenge. Working with the dancers’ diverse styles to blend and create something cohesive and expressive to present to the public is a wonderful opportunity. Fringe gives us the ability to present our heartfelt passion for dance to the public. It gives us the ability to share our movement, our feelings, and our lives.”

If you would like to learn more about Kristen and MM2 Modern Dance, you can visit their web site at https://www.mm2dance.org or simply attend her upcoming Fringe debut on September 11th.

 

QUICK FACTS
Show:
Emergence
Company: MM2 Modern Dance
Event: Philadelphia Live Arts & Philly Fringe
Date: Saturday, September 11, 2010
Times: 2:30pm, 4:30pm & 7:30pm
Venue: Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, 601 Lansdowne Avenue, Drexel Hill, PA

Tickets:
$15 general admission
$10 students and buyers under 25 years w. ID
Box Office: http://www.livearts-fringe.org or http://www.DanceBoxOffice.com

Special $5 tickets available: Send text message to 25827 and in body of message put mm2dance to find out how to get this discount.

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