In the News: Center-Funded Fringe Festival Productions Praised in The New York Times

1/2: Lucinda Childs’ Available Light in performance at the Drexel University Armory as part of the 2015 FringeArts Fringe Festival. Photo © Jacques-Jean Tiziou. Courtesy of FringeArts.
2/2: After the Rehearsal/Persona by Toneelgroep Amsterdam. Photo © Jan Versweyveld.

Two Center-funded performance projects presented by FringeArts at the 2015 Fringe Festival—Available Light and After the Rehearsal/Persona—have gained national media attention, including positive reviews in The New York Times.

“The Philadelphia Fringe Festival offers an awfully tempting reason for a road trip with its presentation of ‘Available Light,’” wrote Brian Seibert in a New York Times preview. “This landmark 1983 collaboration of the choreographer Lucinda Childs, the composer John Adams and the architect Frank Gehry is now on a revival tour of America and Europe, with no scheduled stops in Manhattan or Brooklyn.”

In a review of Available Light, Siobhan Burke (who also previewed the performance in a critics’ guide) noted that “Childs was among the revolutionaries of Judson Dance Theater in the 1960s” and described how Childs, “from a narrow palette of pivots, brushes, low jumps, turns and other balletic modules… mines a breathtaking spectrum of kaleidoscopic crosshatching patterns.” Burke also highlighted the Center-produced online publication A Steady Pulse: Restaging Lucinda Childs, 1963-78, calling it “a handsome online platform, [and] exemplary archival project.”

Laura Collins-Hughes lauded director Ivo van Hove and Toneelgroep Amsterdam’s production of After the Rehearsal/Persona, writing that “passion is messy, and passion is what we were witnessing…at the 23rd Street Armory…where the superb actors of Ivo van Hove’s Toneelgroep Amsterdam banished every last remnant of Ingmar Bergman’s perpetual chill from a pair of plays about art, delusion and the ravages of devotion.”

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