Five fantastic fringe festivities, five fabulous STL neighborhoods.
St Lou Fringe celebrates five years of critical acclaim by extending its programming to span a full five-month season. Starting in April and ending in August, every month will feature a dynamic event showcasing independent arts and each spectacular event will take place in a different St. Louis metro area neighborhood.
“St Lou Fringe is responding to the needs of our city in a new, creative, and innovative way.” Says Executive Director, Em Piro: “Fringe is now a program for – and by – the creative doers who define the St Louis cultural identity. In an effort to bolster cultural activity in St Louis, Fringe offers support for collegiate organizations – artistic, civic, or otherwise – to fulfill programming that they may not be able to manifest on their own.”
The 2016 featured programs and highlighted neighborhoods are as follows:
EVENT: PARTNER PROGRAM 2016: Shake38 and Gateway Burners with St Lou Fringe present: “LOST, PURSUED BY BEAR.”
DATE: Friday, April 22, 10pm-1am
NEIGHBORHOOD: Near North Riverfront
VENUE PARTNER: William Kerr Foundation, 21 O’Fallon Street, 63102
In 2016 Fringe partners for a second year with Gateway Burners and SHAKE 38, commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. This event features performances by the Lonely Mountain String Band (previously featured in 2015’s The Life and Times of Marie Antoinette), scenes from The Winter’s Tale, burning effigies, and coincides with the announcement of the St Lou Fringe Festival participating artists.
EVENT: Five-Fifths Artist Showcase presents THE AGE OF GLAM
EVENT DATE: May 21, 7pm-9:30pm
NEIGHBORHOOD: The Grove
VENUE PARTNER: Attitudes Nightclub, 4100 Manchester, 63110
Tickets: $35 GA, $65 VIP, free late night drag show.
At FIVE-FIFTHS, a single classic story is tackled by an assembly of St Louis’ finest independent artists. A featured performance tells the story in five acts, each performed by a different discipline of performing art. Previous shows have featured puppetry, dance, theatre, taiko drummers, burlesque, bluegrass music, spoken word – all are fair game in this carefully curated selection of favorites and newcomers.
In 2016, St Lou Fringe and Sensory Overload will collaborate with Attitudes Nightclub to take St Louis back in time to “The Age of Glam,” an age of swingers and disco, funk and panthers, gold and glitz. The event will once again feature an immersive scenic design by Hap Phillips of Muse Creative and will introduce original performances by The Black Rep, Theatre Lab, DJ Boogieman, Terra Josephine, Matthew Kerns, the 4100 Review and more. The evening’s theme will cover cultural, political, and pop influences from the early 70s through the early 80s. A Cher-themed drag show will be presented by Attitude’s Nightclub following the event.
EVENT: Artist Salon
EVENT DATE: June 19, 7-9pm
VENUE PARTNER: Downtown STL Inc, Venue secured… but not yet announced (63101)
June introduces a new relationship between Downtown STL Inc and St Lou Fringe. Together, these organizations will present a new event, the “Artist Salon” designed to reflect the revitalization of St. Louis’ urban center. The Salon is an immersive multi-disciplinary independent arts experience open to patrons to see work created by artists of contrary media. Artists from St Louis and around the country are paired and meet for the very first time at the Salon, and are invited to build of one another to develop new work in real time as onlookers meander in and out of this urban pop-up venue.
EVENT: ACT YOUR PANTS OFF
EVENT DATE: July 19, 7-10pm
NEIGHBORHOOD: Cherokee Art District
VENUE PARTNER: Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Ave, 63118
TICKETS: $10, plus tips for the performers
The stakes – and waistlines – have never been higher. St Lou Fringe pairs up with local professional actors to offer you the very best talent in St Louis, in the most relentless setting. In three rounds, nine actors face a series of acting challenges, competing for audience admiration. The spectators tip their favorite performances, and top tipped performer is at the mercy of the crowd, who then must engage in possibly the strangest strip-tease to be celebrated on the stage.
EVENT: FRINGE FESTIVAL
EVENT DATE: August 19-27
NEIGHBORHOOD: Grand Center
VENUE PARTNER: Kranzberg Arts Center, The Dark Room, Duet, KDHX, UCBC (63103)
TICKETS: Range from $1-$20
Finally, the Fringe season culminates with St Lou Fringe’s two week Fringe Festival in Grand Center. This year festival introduces two new venues, and revives for a fifth year the small theatres of St Louis’ arts district (KDHX, Duet, The Kranzberg Arts Center).
This year’s festival will include both new and familiar programming. 2016 will see the premiere of microtheater (short performances for an audience of no more than 13 patrons in an intimate, immersive setting), spin rooms (post show talk backs an workshops), and an incubator program (a specialized collaborative showcase setting with more support for emergent artists). Over half of the Festival performances will focus on stories of individuals underrepresented in the mainstream performing arts based on ethnicity, gender identity, language, dialect, age, physical ability, BMI, or other barrier. Past favorite programs like Fringe Family and the Artica sculpture garden will again invite arts appreciators of all ages and interests to enjoy the Festival. .
This will be St Lou Fringe’s first collaboration with Downtown STL Inc, its second year in the Cherokee Art District, the fourth year of programming with Grove venues, and its fifth year of programming in Grand Center.
ABOUT ST LOU FRINGE: St Lou Fringe bolsters cultural identity in St Louis by providing a support structure to connect independent performing arts with accessible, affordable showcase settings for audiences. Fringe showcases theatre and dance, storytelling and spoken word, burlesque and acrobatics, visual art and more in a one-of-a-kind pressure-cooker of artistic expression. St Lou Fringe has been named “Best Theatre Festival” and “Best Theatre Surprise” by the Riverfront Times, one of “Nine Intriguing US Fringe Festivals” by CNN, and one of “Fifty Essential Summer Festivals” by the New York Times. The 2016 Fringe Season runs April through August. For more information: http://www.stlfringe.com.