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Flash Press Release, 7-26: On the Fringe
North America's Largest Arts Fest Announces Dance Highlights

From Ron Lasko
Spin Cycle

NEW YORK CITY -- New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC), the largest multi-arts festival in North America, will present the 11th Annual Festival from August 10 to 26. Each year the festival presents programming by 190 of the world's best emerging theater troupes and dance companies. The festival will present work representing nine countries (including Sweden, Japan, Australia, France, Ireland, England and Romania) and 17 U.S. states (including Iowa, Utah, Minnesota, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Texas, Ohio, Florida and Illinois). FringeNYC will offer performances covering a wide range of disciplines, including theater, performance art, dance, children's theater, spoken word, puppetry, and multimedia.

Dance highlights of FringeNYC include:

"All Aboard"
Armstrong/Bergeron Dance Company of Bryan, Texas
Choreographers: Carisa Armstrong & Christine Bergeron
Multi-media dance work based on trains' influence on society, past and present. The work includes video/photography from NYC, Chicago, and Austin. Media and props allow the dancers to give the audience a visual experience of train travel from many perspectives.
Linhart Theatre @ 440 Studios
Fri. 10 @ 19:30 / Sat. 11 @ 17:45 / Sun. 12 @ 12 / Mon. 13 @ 19:45.

"Ancestral Voices"
MN2 Productions of Cleveland, Ohio
Choreographer: Natalie M. Kapeluck and Mark Tomasic
Ancestral Voices employs Ukrainian folk music, modern dance and puppetry to ask whether two sisters control or are controlled by their destinies.
Linhart Theatre @ 440 Studios Wed. 15 @ 17 / Thu. 16 @ 15 / Thu. 16 @ 21 / Fri. 17 @ 21:45 / Sat. 18 @ 15:30.

"Anna and the Annadroids: Clone Zone"
Anatomical Scenario of Columbus, Ohio
Choreographer: Anna Sullivan
Anna and her quirky robot girl clones playfully dance their way through video game-like layers of the psyche attempting to break free from their programmed existence. This computer animation-enhanced dance theater production is smart, funny, and surreal.
Linhart Theatre @ 440 Studios
Wed. 15 @ 15 / Thu. 16 @ 19 / Fri. 17 @ 17:45 / Sat. 18 @ 22 / Sun. 19 @ 19.

"Champ: A Space Opera"
Champollion and the Mediumship of Brooklyn, New York
Choreographer: John Heginbotham
Seven musicians, five dancers, three projectors, one Theremin. On a spaceship traveling to a distant solar system, Champollion receives a mysterious signal that alters the outcome of future mythology. This rock-dance pageantry asks you to step outside the ship.
Venue: TBA
Thu. 16 @ 7:45 / Fri. 17 @ 7 / Sun. 19 @ 2:45 / Mon. 20 @ 5:15.

"Her Kind: The Life & Poetry of Anne Sexton"
Wild Child Presents of New York, NY
Choreographer: Laurel Dugan
Be transported from a modest classroom to the macabre, sexual world of the confessional poet Anne Sexton. Weaving film, modern dance and character portrayals, 'Her Kind' explores the life and art of one of the most popular and controversial 20th century American poets.
Linhart Theatre @ 440 Studios
Mon. 20 @ 7:15 / Wed. 22 @ 3:30 / Thu. 23 @ 9:45 / Fri. 24 @ 7:45 / Sat. 25 @ 12.

Orientarhythm of Tokyo, Japan
Choreographer: Katsumi Sakakura, Eiko Masuda, Leigh Wierichs
Elements of traditional Japanese culture are combines with hip-hop dance to create a completely unique dance performance. Everyone, young and old, can enjoy our show and experience "Japanese Cool."
Our Lady of Pompei - Demo Hall
Fri. 10 @ 6:30 / Sun. 12 @ 7:15 / Mon. 13 @ 9:30 / Tue. 14 @ 6:45 / Wed. 15 @ 7:45.

"Requiem pour un ame seule"
Isabelle Barbat of Paris, France
Choreographer: Isabelle Barbat
From passages of extremely slow floor work to more rapid movements, the dancer metamorphoses into a contralto, the deepest of the female voices, powerfully interpreting on the dance stage Maurice Ravel's "Kaddish" and the traditional "Sometimes I feel Like a Motherless Child."
The Gene Frankel
Thu. 16 @ 8 / Fri. 17 @ 7:45 / Sat. 18 @ 5 / Fri. 24 @ 3:15 / Sat. 25 @ 2:30.

"The Game"
Movement Forum of Salt Lake City, Utah
Director: Graham Brown
Nine dancers make split-second choices until only one is left standing. This company from Salt Lake City brings a fresh approach to improvisation with a lot of skill and a little luck.
Linhart Theatre @ 440 Studios
Wed. 15 @ 7 / Thu. 16 @ 5 / Fri. 17 @ 7:45 / Sat. 18 @ 6:15 / Sun. 19 @ 12.

"The Hoarde"
Vissi Dance Theater of New York, NY
Choreographer: Courtney Ffrench
Driven by a lust for power and posterity, the king of the Hoardes, Osiris, captures Isis but promises to spare her family. When he betrays her, she seeks vengeance. The Hoarde is coming! This large-cast spectace features music by Nina Simone, Kitaro, Fela Kuti, Donna Summer, and Carl Orff.
Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
Sun. 19 @ 6:30 / Tue. 21 @ 7 / Wed. 22 @ 8:15 / Sat. 25 @ 5:15.

Ledges and Bones Dance Project of Los Angeles, California
Choreographer: Holly Johnston
Ledges and Bones Dance Project performs its hard-driving choreography in unrest. Holly Johnston, with her dancers, investigates the desire for personal identity without the politics of intimacy. Johnston earned recognition as one of Dance Magazine's Top 25 to Watch in 2007.
Linhart Theatre @ 440 Studios
Mon. 20 @ 9:15 / Wed. 22 @ 5:30 / Fri. 24 @ 3:30 / Sat. 25 @ 7:45 / Sun. 26 @ 12.

"What remains is the (stillness) of objects"
Room in association with Nomad Theatrical of New York, NY.
Director: Jill A. Samuels, Hillary Spector
Unfolding at the intersection of dance, text, image and music, '(stillness)' investigates dying and grace, repression and fantasy through the lens of a terminally ill young woman and her sisters who have returned to sit vigil by her bedside.
Theatres at 45 Bleecker Street - the Lafayette Street Theatre
Sat. 18 @ 5:45 / Sun. 19 @ 8:45 / Thu. 23 @ 5 / Fri. 24 @ 7 / Sat. 25 @ 2:30.

In 2007, 20 of New York City's most prominent downtown performance venues will host productions from around the globe as part of FringeNYC. Host venues, ranging in size from 50 to 500 seats, include the Lucille Lortel, Soho Playhouse, Players Theatre, Bleecker Theater, Lafayette Theater, CSV Cultural and Educational Center, and Cherry Lane Theater. FringeCentral will be located at 80 Carmine Street, at the corner of Varick -- opening July 27 at noon.

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 US city to host a fringe festival, joining Seattle, Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Houston, Orlando and San Francisco. In its first decade FringeNYC presented nearly 2000 performing groups from the U.K., Canada, Poland, Ireland, Japan, Singapore, Germany, the Czech Republic and across the U.S., prompting Switzerland's national daily, the New Zurich Zeitung, to declare, "FringeNYC has become the premiere meeting ground for alternative artists." The festival has also been the launching pad for numerous Off-Broadway and Broadway transfers, long-running downtown hits, and regional theater productions including "Urinetown," "Never Swim Alone," "Debbie Does Dallas," "Dog Sees God," "21 Dog Years," and "Matt & Ben." This fall, FringeNYC alumni "Silence! The Musical" and "Walmartopia" are scheduled to open Off-Broadway.

Tickets are $15 each, available beginning at midnight on July 20th at 212-279-4488 (inside NYC) or 1-888-FRINGENYC (outside NYC). Discount passes to multiple shows are also available. For more information, including a complete list of shows and show descriptions, visit www.FringeNYC.org.

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