Thursday, September 11, 2008

Luscious Live Arts/Fringe

When I went to Bali, entire villages would turn out for a late night's performance. The atmosphere was zingy, charged with high spirits and virtuosity. In Philadelphia, the first two weeks each September when the Live Arts/Fringe Festivals are on full tilt feel just like that. Our whole village of dance artists and dance watchers comes out to share work and thoughts on what they're seeing. The infusion of fine artistry from out-of-towners provides stick-to-the-ribs inspiration for the coming season.

We are lucky to be in this city that supports such a blast of dance activity. We are lucky that the presenters, funders, artists and audience all align to make it possible. It's one of the city's greatest strengths and I, along with many, am enormously grateful.