“I’m excited to be launching a indiegogo for my first feature film very soon. The project will be shot entirely in Philadelphia with an all local crew. The film itself will be a feature length Rock ’N’ Roll musical featuring 50’s inspired rock n roll music and entirely custom built sets to give it a 70’s feel with all practical effects. The hope is to create Philadelphia’s own cult musical like Baltimore’s Hairspray or Britain’s Rocky Horror Picture Show or De Palma’s Phantom of the Paradise.” – Hanna Hamilton
The indiegogo video includes members of local Philly bands including Sheer Mag, Amanda X, Void Vision, Cabbage, Vanillalord and more!!!
“The internet has a virus and the bug is rock n roll! Sally and her band Secret Lover are the only rockers left in a dystopian vaporwave hellscape. They’re trying to rip, rock and shake it up but once you’re caught in the web things get sticky.” – Secret Lover
“This film will use the music of the band, Secret Lover, to take us on a journey to a sexy, rockin and absurdly comedic universe. Inspired by 50’s rock ’n’ roll with a vaporware aesthetic, it is our hope to create Philadelphia’s own campy cult musical like Baltimore’s hairspray, Britain’s Rocky Horror Picture show or DePalma’s Phantom of the Paradise.” – Secret Lover
World-Class Festival Showcases Groundbreaking Work from
International Artists and Local Partners for a Curated Exploration of the
Performing and Visual Arts
The Kimmel Centerfor the Performing Arts announces the return of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA), taking place across the venues of the Kimmel Center’s campus, as well as select locations throughout the city, from April 8 through April 23, 2016. A 15-day celebration of art and community, PIFA showcases innovation and a breadth of local and international performances and installations, all curated by The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. With more than 60 events across genres and art forms, PIFA is bookended by the Article 13 – a grand-scale fire and sand installation that tells the story of immigrants around the world – which serves as the grand opening of the Festival and culminates with the celebrated PIFA Street Fair.
In this third installment of PIFA, the curatorial vision illustrates the concept “We Are What We Make.” The Festival will explore how our humanity is shaped, changed, inspired, and challenged by the world we create, all displayed through a variety of performing and visual arts. A massive installation by Mimi Lien – recipient of a 2015 MacArthur Genius Award – will consume the lobby of The Kimmel Center, bringing this vision to life and will be on display throughout the Festival.
“We are thrilled to once again produce PIFA, the perfect manifestation of The Kimmel Center’s mission to introduce broad and diverse audiences to world-class, ground-breaking programming,” said Kimmel Center President and CEO, Anne Ewers. “To see our local arts organizations coming together in collaboration with one another, as well as with the renowned international artists joining us from around the world, is sure to be an extraordinary experience for the hundreds of thousands touched by PIFA.”
“‘We Are What We Make’ is the unifying thread and audiences will see it represented in countless ways through the art they’ll experience this year,” said Kimmel Center Artistic Director Jay Wahl. “The works were meant to challenge not only the artists but those who appreciate art to look deeper and get something unique from this experience, which will last long after the Festival is over.”
Multi-event ticket packages are available now and include the PIFA Sampler Pass (three shows), PIFA Immersion Pass (five shows), or the PIFA All-Access Pass; all come with a wide range of added benefits including access to exclusive events. Single tickets for PIFA events will go on sale to the public beginning December 7, 2015. Tickets can be purchased by visiting kimmelcenter.org or calling 215-893-1999.
Lyric Fest‘s composer in residence Kile Smith talks about his process in writing “Waxing Poetic, In This Blue Room“, a 45 minute song cycle. The music is based on 17 poems that are in turn based on the batik paintings of Laura Pritchard.
“The overall mission of Lyric Fest is to bring people together through the shared experience of song by offering to diverse audiences lively, theme-oriented voice recitals designed to edify, educate, stimulate dialogue, and foster community.” – About Lyric Fest
“Kile Smith is Composer in Residence for Lyric Fest, the Helena Symphony, and the Church of the Holy Trinity on Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia. His music is praised by critics and audiences for its emotional power, direct appeal, and strong voice. Gramophone hailed the “sparkling beauty” of his music, calling Vespers “spectacular.” The Philadelphia Inquirer called it “ecstatically beautiful,” American Record Guide, “a major new work,” Audiophile Audition, “easily one of the best releases of the year of any type… a crime to pass up,” and Fanfare, “a magnificent achievement.” – About Kile Smith
“Lyric Fest unveils an exciting new commission from LF’s first ever composer in residence, Kile Smith. This cross-fertilization of visual, poetic and musical arts features works of four Philadelphia poets inspired by Laura Pritchard’s imaginative paintings of fine-art batik. Join us for a unique and lively art happening ~ art viewing, poetry reading and musical premiere all wrapped in one. With baritone, David Teadt and mezzo soprano, Suzanne DuPlantis and Laura Ward, piano.” – Lyric Fest
Morphing in Design and Motion, Group Motion Community Performance Project, Diane Litten Fiber Artist
“Diane Litten is playfully exploring unconventional fashion: no patterns, no sewing, just fabrics. All shapes, sizes, misshapes, holes, intentional and not, textures and colors. These fabrics were formerly used to create spaces and dress windows, and she is excited to be bringing them back to life, ‘dancing’. While working with them, a jingle organically came about that she will be singing in the background from time to time. She calls the line and the jingle ‘No Sew Fabulous‘.” – Diane Litten
“Diane Litten is able to successfully bring together chaotic beauty with structured form, creating pieces that make a statement… Her ability to create whimsy while helping the wearer make a definitive statement is nothing short of genius.” – Philadelphia Art Alliance 2011
GROUP MOTION Performance Project… is an extension of the Group Motion Friday night workshop that has been running in Philly for over forty years, guiding participants into a space of authenticity, communication and play, and into personal and collective journeys. PP has been ongoing for thirteen years, and is offered twice each year to engage and celebrate a focused experience of dance/movement and music as a form of ritual and community. With a different theme for each Performance Project, we engage in a process of collaborative creation and play to investigate themes based on PERSONAL stories, ENVIRONMENTAL concerns, BODY IMAGE, or DREAMS, and aim to create a sacred space where landscapes and archetypal images can emerge.
Community Education Center, Meetinghouse Theater, 3500 Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (Parking in the Rear – enter lot from Filbert Street) March 22nd at 3:00pm. Admission: $15.00/$10.00 Students/Dancers/Seniors – buy tickets here.
Exhibition includes art, images, artifacts, and stories from the The Clothesline Muse PHILADELPHIA, PA—The Painted Bride Art Centers Gallery is the setting for an exhibition of more than 100 works that explore historical and contemporary visual artists’ relationship to the Clothesline. On view March 7 – April 12, 2014, Clothesline Musings | Art Inspired by The Clothesline includes artists Allan Freelon (1895-1960), Earl Horter (1881-1940), Beverly McIver, Howardena Pindell, and Maya Freelon Asante, as well as artwork selected from a national call for artists.
This multimedia, interactive exhibition is inspired by the grind and grace of domestic life. A diverse range of visual media is presented: fine art, photography, prints, sculptures, installations and digital art created by artists’ interpretations– literal, figurative, and abstract– of the clothesline, hand washing and line drying, clothesline games and memories, and the environmental impact of taking in the wash. Clothesline Musings | Art inspired by the Clothesline will run in tandem with thepremiere of The Clothesline Muse, a multi-disciplinary theatrical production that explores the clothesline as a metaphor of our community lifeline and its ties to our environment. The exhibition will also take a closer look at the set and stories behind The Clothesline Muse– showcasing archival images, artifacts from hand washing, visual projections and music from the production.
Clothesline Musings | Art inspired by the Clothesline will run in tandem with the premiere of The Clothesline Muse, a multi-disciplinary theatrical production that explores the clothesline as a metaphor of our community lifeline and its ties to our environment. The exhibition will also take a closer look at the set and stories behind The Clothesline Muse– showcasing archival images, artifacts from hand washing, visual projections and music from the production.