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Real Life and Live Arts

In case you’re just getting back from a three-month stint in Siberia or are just generally unaware of the Philly arts scene (though how could that be the case, if you’re a fan of First Person?!), then let me tell you about this little thing called the Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe. It’s just your run-of-the-mill two-week long extravaganza of theater, music, dance and just about every combination of multi-media, interdisciplinary collaboration you can think of that features some of the best performers from Philly and around the world. Yeah, it’s very ho hum.
And this year features some very first person-y projects. Here are our picks for pieces featuring documentary and memoir. But I want to hear what YOU’RE going to see, memoir, documentary, real life, fake life, whatever. Tell me in the comments.
Cankerblossom– Ok, it’s totally not memoir but it does feature former First Person Arts Artist-in-Residence Beth Nixon, so we can’t wait. (Beth is awesome! And she rocks cardboard like nobody’s business.)
Cedric Andrieux– Biography by way of dance. Plus, he’s one beautiful man. (See photo above) Even better, mention First Person and get 20% off your tickets.*
Journey to the West– Avant-garde first person storytelling based on the experiences of Chinese opera artists in the West.
Let’s Face It! Self Portraits and Life Stories– Helmed by FPA’s own Linda Dubin Garfield, this free event lets you tell your story via self-portraiture. Don’t just take my word for it… it was just pulled out as a City Paper fest pick.
No One Else Could Love You More– This documentary film provides a behind-the-scenes look at Philly’s own Headlong Dance Company and the making of their piece more.
Polaroid Stories– Based on Ovid’s Metamorphoses, the UArts Theater Department show centers around a story slam like you’ve never seen before.
What are you going to see? Tell me in the comments!
*Cannot be combined with other offers. Not valid on student or 25 and under tickets.
Photo by Jaime Roque de la Cruz

Upcoming Events
  • BEyond Expectations: Living with an Intellectual disAbility
  • Date: April 18, 2019
  • Time: 6:30 PM
  • Venue: Interact Community Center
  • Location: 7372 Henry Avenue
  • StorySlam: Laws of Nature (tickets on sale 4/8/19)
  • Date: April 30, 2019
  • Time: 7:30 PM
  • Venue: The Playground at the Adrienne
  • Location: 2030 Sansom Street