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On The Cutting Edge: 2012 Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe

Philadelphia's annual two-part festival of experimental performing arts kicks off in venues around the city this week. While the wide open, unvetted Fringe Festival has nearly 150 works by mostly Philadelphia artists, the curated Live Arts Festival includes 16 works selected from the local, national and international scene, with shows coming from as far away as Australia and Japan.  

This year, ordinary people are performing in two Live Arts shows:  Sylvain Emard's Le Grand Continental - a dance with 160 Philadelphians, and This Town Is a Mystery, created by Headlong Dance Theater for four families to perform in their living rooms. WRTI's Susan Lewis considers the Festival and the various ways it reaches out to the public.More Information.

Susan writes and produces stories about music and the arts. She’s host and producer of WRTI’s TIME IN online interview series, and contributes weekly intermission interviews for The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert series. She’s also been a regular host of WRTI’s Live from the Performance Studio sessions.