Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Live Arts Festival announces 2012 acts

The Live Arts Festival announced the line-up for their 2012 festival, running September 7-22, which once again is a combined bill of international and homegrown acts and art.

Live Arts Festival announces 2012 acts

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Shannon Murphy in Jumatatu Poe´s "Private Places"
Shannon Murphy in Jumatatu Poe's "Private Places" LBrowningPhotography

The Live Arts Festival announced the line-up for their 2012 festival, running September 7-22, which once again is a combined bill of international and homegrown acts and art.

The centerpiece is the U.S. premiere of Back to Back Theatre's experimental work "Food Court," dealing with bullying, body image and the abuse of power. The piece, like all of Back-to-Back's work, is acted out by a troupe of actors with what the company describes as "perceived intellectual disabilities." It's set to a score by the Necks, an avant-jazz group hailing from Australia. Back-to-Back appeared in the 2009 Live Arts with "small metal objects."

Here's a trailer of the piece from a 2009.

The dance program is split down the middle with foreigners and local talent. Sylvain Émard Danse’s "Le Grand Continental," a work featuring 200-plus amateur dancers performing in a 30-minute piece. Originally performed in 2009 in Montreal, the Philadelphia iteration will be the largest of its kind and the biggest piece ever in the Live Arts fest.

In addition, 7 Fingers returns to Live Arts again after bringing "Traces" to the fest last year with "Sequence 8," combining theater with the circus arts (think Cirque du Soleil with all of the talent and less of the pomp and circumstance).

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