News of Delaware County
Published: Monday, August 29, 2011
By JIM RUTTER, Correspondent
The Philadelphia Live Arts and Fringe Festival celebrates its 15th anniversary when it kicks off on Sept. 2. Since it began in 1997, over a quarter-million audience members have seen the works of more than 10,000 performing artists in dance, theater, music and the visual arts. A number of prominent national and international artists and companies premiere new works each year, elevating what began as a simple off-beat event to a festival of worldwide stature.
This year’s lineup includes world-class artists and companies from Philadelphia, New York, Montreal, Paris, Tel Aviv and India.
And like every year, the most ambitious of Delaware County’s performers will take their place right along with them, performing in converted art galleries, the basements of warehouses and apartment complexes, and even shouting the content of their shows at passerby from street corners (who may or may have paid for tickets).
Fringe regulars MM2 – formerly Music & Motion Dance Productions – present “One Word,” a thematically unified collection of dance pieces. Steven Weisz’ Drexel Hill troupe has performed in the past six festivals. His productions-whether created singly, or in this case, in collaboration with his dancers-incorporate a number of dance styles usually set to popular music that the choreography encapsulates in meaning and tone.
“One Word” focuses on the transformative power of words, with each piece exploring a single concept such as love, laughter and friendship. Each of the company’s eight dancers choreographed a piece set to each of these words and MM2’s thematic approach to modern dance will no doubt resonate powerfully with audiences.
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