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Houston Fringe Festival Celebrates
The Best of Fringe!
Date: May 16 & 17
Location: Frenetic Theater, 5102 Navigation Blvd.
Cost: $20 presale, $25 at the door. Tickets can be purchased HERE
The Houston Fringe Festival presents The Best of Fringe, featuring performances by Alexandria Gurley, China Cat Dance, Cirque La Vie, Nicolay Dance Works and This Infinite Closet, May 16 & 17 at 8pm at Frenetic Theater. This diverse array of solo and ensemble work includes dance, circus art, spoken word and improvisation. Performers for The Best of Fringe were selected from the list of 2013 Houston Fringe Festival award winners, chosen by festival audience members, volunteers and producers. Join us for a night of fringey feats on stage followed by live music on the patio.
The Houston Fringe Festival only happens once a year… except when we bring back festival favorites for a fringe fix!
Passport To Womanhood is a one-woman theatrical show that infuses poetry and dramatic monologues. It seeks to answer the questions that if life is a journey, then for females, the moment of clarity and transformation into adulthood can be considered a passport. And if this is true, then all the experiences had, people met, lessons learned are all just stamps on the passport. But what is it that truly defines a woman? What is that moment of transformation marked by? Meet Kenya, this is her journey, this is her life, this is her story, this is a glimpse into her passport to womanhood.
Alexandria Gurley, aka Alex Tha Great (Poet/Actress/Vocalist) received a M.A. in Cultural Studies from Claremont Graduate University and a B.A. in African American Studies from University of California, Irvine. Passport To Womanhood is the first of her own original theater projects and she is currently working on writing a script called Hair And There Been There Done That. As a poet, she has been performing over the country since 2009 in venues such as 2nd Verse, Words Over Lattes, Austin Neo-Soul Lounge, and Natty Roots & Rhyme. She is currently based in Dallas, Texas where she is building a new open mic as co-founder of The Lyrical Project. She is also the author of collection of original poetry Sticks and Stones Don’t Break My Bones. (http://1greatpoet.wix.com/alexthagreat)
Through dance and costuming, Aquaria takes the audience on an underwater journey where they will encounter mermaids, fish, sea urchins, jelly fish, and a host of fanciful water creatures.
Performing throughout Texas since 2008, ChinaCat Dance, under the artistic direction of Maggie Lasher, is a fun, fresh company with a unique approach to contemporary dance. Known for creative and memorable costuming and design elements, ChinaCat presents simple themes that speak to the imagination and the heart. (www.chinacatdance.com
TETZEPI created by all the artists via, Internet, Text, Email, and phone calls, lots of phone calls! The ideas were gathered and joined while the artist lived in different location, states and cities. Opening the doors to a new show and creation, Cirque La Vie brings a show of high level acrobatics and movement with a very deep but light, dark but happy, square but rounded story line about “Daring To Be Different”. Directed by Kelly Tran. Artistic director: Reyie Nal
Cirque La Vie is a circus company that allows artist to run away from their everyday life by creating works of art that some people have called crazy, others imaginative and some left speechless. Cirque La Vie has been seen in Americas Got Talent and WithOut A Net FIlm Premiere. Living by its motto “Dare To Be Different.” C.L.V brings a breath of fresh air every time they set foot on a stage living audiences both moved and inspired. (http://cirquelavie.wix.com/cirquelavie
Vivaldi Trois is a direct music visualization of the Vivaldi Mandolin Concerto in D as performed by the Romeros. I have attempted to respond in movement to every sixteenth note of the musical performance. This makes for a very densely packed somewhat corny dance that I hope the audience will find humorous and exhilarating.
Dana E. Nicolay, Artistic Director – Nicolay Dance Works. Drawing on his international background in ballet, contemporary dance and Laban Movement Analysis, Dana strives to create dances that speak clearly and truly of the human experience. His body of nearly 50 concert works has produced numerous awards and recognitions from organizations such as the American College Dance Festival Association, Regional Dance America, and the Mid-America Dance Network. He pursues an active free-lance career as a teacher, choreographer, and adjudicator. He holds the MFA in modern dance from TCU, is a Certified Laban/ Bartenieff Movement Analyst and is a tenured full professor of dance at Sam Houston State University. (www.nicolaydanceworks.com)
This Infinite Closet performs a Bat – a surreal form of improv presented in complete darkness. Performers create improvised realms using ethereal storytelling interspersed with sound effects, music and percussion made with their own voices and bodies. This distinctive improv form encourages audience members to close their eyes let their imaginations wander as performers weave vocal soundscapes, transcend boundaries of time and space and explore characters and settings outside the realm of a typical improv performance.
This Infinite Closet was formed in 2012 by Station Theater Comedy Conservatory alumni Roger Anderson, Jessica Brown, Matt Graham, Laura Helmers, Kelly Juneau and Steven Saltsman. Members are active in Station Theater, supporting their community and sharing their love of improv by performing, teaching, coaching and touring. They connected over a shared love of the absurd and non-traditional characters and found their group voice in the Bat, invented by their mentor Joe Bill of The Annoyance Theater in Chicago. This Infinite Closet has performed at the Houston Improv Festival and Trill Comedy Festival. (www.facebook.com/ThisInfiniteCloset)