The New York Fringe Festival opens today, bringing more than 200 performing companies and 1600 performances to local venues. Affordable tickets to interesting and innovative work is just one reason to support this fringe or one of the others soon to open in cities across the country. Here are some more:
They foster independent artists;
They stimulate economic growth - restuarants, hotels, the travel industry and every small business in the neighborhood of a fringe event benefit with new customers and opportunities for promotion;
They support the creative community;
The promote under-developed neighborhoods;
By making performing arts visible, available and affordable, the festival supports local arts year-round.
Full disclosure: I will be performing CrAzYToWn: my first psychopath in two upcoming Fringe festivals and am already realizing the benefits not only as an artist, but as a person passionate about the arts. The outreach from organizers, energy from supporters and excitement about the creative process are a much-needed lifeline and motivating force for independent artists.
CrAzYtOwN: my first psychopath will be presented at:
Black Cloud Gallery
1900 S. Halsted
Chicago, IL 60608
Friday August 31 at 7 p.m.
Saturday Sept. 1 at 5:30 p.m.
Sunday Sept. 2 at 7 p.m.
EXIT on Taylor Theater
277 Taylor Street
San Francisco, CA
Saturday Sept. 8 @ 9:00 PM
Sunday Sept 9 @ 7:30 PM
Monday Sept 10 @ 10:30 PM
Friday Sept 14 @ 7:00 PM
Saturday Sept 15 @ 6:00 PM
Sunday Sept 16 @ 4:30 PM
Below is a collection of the exercises we have used in the workshops, accompanied by some studies that supports their use.
Improvisation is a powerful way to become aware of mental habits and patterns. Reflecting on our inner experiences after engaging in an improvisation exercise provides an opportunity to decide whether our mental habits are effective and useful or self-limiting and obsolete. The tensions of the creative process and this kind of interpersonal interaction are a fa…