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North America's Largest Arts Fest, the New York International Fringe Festival, Announces Dance Highlights (August 14 - 30, New York, NY)

by Sarah Hart
August 14, 2009
Robert Moss Theatre - 440 Lafayette Street, between Astor Place & East 4th St.

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North America's Largest Arts Fest Announces Dance Highlights
** 13th Annual Festival runs August 14 - 30, 2009 **

New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC), the largest multi-arts festival in North America, will present the 13th annual festival August 14 - 30, 2009. This year, the festival will offer performances by 201 of the world's best emerging theatre troupes and dance companies. Invited performers represent 7 countries (including Spain, Italy, China, Japan, and Australia) and 20 U.S. states (including Iowa, New Jersey, California, Connecticut, Washington, Texas, Wisconsin, Nevada and Missouri). The festival presents works covering a wide range of disciplines including drama, comedy, dance, performance art, children's theater (FringeJr), outdoor theater (FringeAlFrecso), spoken word, puppetry, improv, and multimedia.

Dance highlights of the 2009 Festival include:

Patricia Noworol Dance Company (New York, NY)
Circuits explores the pathways between the glamour of dance performance respectability and the more mundane layers of life hiding beneath it. It attempts to expose the realities behind seemingly extraordinary lives.
Robert Moss Theatre - 440 Lafayette Street, between Astor Place & East 4th St.
SUN 23 @ 4; TUE 25 @ 4:30; WED 26 @ 8; FRI 28 @ 7:45; SUN 30 @ 1:45

Dances In Funny
Ara Fitzgerald & Claire Porter (New York, NY)
Five dancing ladies known for wit in movement and original text merge their thoughtful wackiness into an evening of serious comedic dance that promises to be darkly funny. Can funny life be darkly danced? Or is dark dance funnier?
Robert Moss Theatre - 440 Lafayette Street, between Astor Place & East 4th St.
THU 20 @ 4:45; FRI 21 @ 5; SAT 22 @ 9:30; SUN 23 @ NOON; TUE 25 @ 9:30

Lola Lola Dance Theatre with the Institute for the Study of Performance and Spirituality (New York, NY)
Choreographer: Jessica Bonenfant
1848. The dead contact the Fox sisters of Hydesville, NY, and Spiritualism is born. Trance-driven mediums and disembodied spirits move within a supernatural soundscape, illuminated by textures of light and otherworldly projections in this multi-media dance theatre piece.
Robert Moss Theatre - 440 Lafayette Street, between Astor Place & East 4th St.
SUN 16 @ 3:45; THU 20 @ 2:45; SAT 22 @ NOON; SAT 22 @ 7:30; SUN 23 @ 9:30

Face the Music…and Dance!
The Center for Creative Resources (New York, NY)
Choreographers: Tina Croll, Heidi Latsky, Maura Nguyen Donahue, Noa Sagie
Five inspired NYC choreographers bring you a different perspective on today's struggles with a rousing celebration of strength in unity, revealing the power of dance over despair. So take a step back and experience this "imaginative, beautifully performed pleasure." NYTimes.
Robert Moss Theatre - 440 Lafayette Street, between Astor Place & East 4th St.
SUN 16 @ 7:30; TUE 18 @ 5:45; SUN 23 @ 2; THU 27 @ 9; SAT 29 @ NOON

Scandalous People A Sizzling Jazzical
MyChurch Productions (Brooklyn, NY)
Choreographer: Obediah Wright
With the backing of notorious mobster Dutch Schultz and infamous siren Mae West, a Harlem showman's dream of mounting a daring interracial revue on the Great White Way seems within reach…but at what cost?
Minetta Lane Theatre - 18 Minetta Lane between 6th Avenue & MacDougal Street
WED 19 @ 10:30; FRI 21 @ 6; SAT 22 @ 4:45; FRI 28 @ 9:15; SAT 29 @ 2:15

ETCH Dance Co. (State College, PA)
Choreographer: Elisha Clark Halpin
Displacement in Darfur, unrequited love, warfare, devastation, compassion, & desire; Testify takes you there and everywhere in between. Dancing the blues, women unleash the deep places of their hearts. Jagged and angular movements illustrate the physical embodiment of emotional truth.
Robert Moss Theatre - 440 Lafayette Street, between Astor Place & East 4th St.
TUE 25 @ 8:15; WED 26 @ 4:15*; THU 27 @ 5:45; SAT 29 @ 8:45; SUN 30 @ 3:30

A Time to Dance
Artistic New Directions (Berkeley, CA)
Come celebrate the 100-year life of award-winning dance therapy pioneer Elizabeth Polk. Join her waltz through poverty, artistic repression, the Nazi regime, and the joyous persistence of the human spirit. Written and performed by her grandniece, Libby Skala. Winner Best Solo-Performer, London Fringe.
Theatres at 45 Bleecker - 45 Bleecker Street at Lafayette
SAT 15 @ 2:15; TUE 18 @ 8; THU 20 @ 9:45; FRI 21 @ 3; MON 24 @ 9:45

Ukrainian Eggs: Terrible Tales of Tragedy and AlleGorey
Riedel Dance Theater (Jersey City, NJ)
Inspired by the delightfully ominous illustrations of Edward Gorey - 10 performers, 40 characters, and 20 unfortunate events pack this powder keg of dance theater with heart, hi-jinx, and "nuttily abandoned, dead-on humor." - The New York Times
Robert Moss Theatre - 440 Lafayette Street, between Astor Place & East 4th St.
TUE 25 @ 6:15; THU 27 @ 7; FRI 28 @ 2:15; SAT 29 @ 6:45; SUN 30 @ 4:45

FringeNYC is a production of The Present Company, under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Elena K. Holy. In 1997, New York City became the seventh U.S. city to host a fringe festival, joining Seattle, Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Houston, Orlando and San Francisco. In its first twelve years, FringeNYC has presented over 2000 performing groups from the U.K., Canada, Poland, Ireland, Japan, Singapore, Germany, the Czech Republic and every U.S. state, prompting Switzerland's national daily, The New Zurich Zeitung, to declare, "FringeNYC has become the premiere meeting ground for alternative artists." In November 2007, Michael Bloomberg presented FringeNYC with the prestigious Mayor's Award for Arts and Culture.

Tickets are $15 each available beginning July 24 at www.fringenyc.org, 212-279-4488 (inside NYC) or 1-888.FRINGENYC (outside NYC)or in-person at FringeCentral, the primary ticketing and information hub for the festival (54 Crosby Street between Spring and Broome; open noon - 8pm daily beginning July 31). Discount passes for multiple shows ($70 for a Fiver Pass, $120 for a Flex Pass good for 10 shows, and $500 for an all-you-can-see Lunatic Pass) are also available. For more information visit www.FringeNYC.org.
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