Nice and Fresh April

“The best showcase for new performing arts in Philadelphia.” Phindie.com

NICE AND FRESH: New Works of Theater and Dance

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April 28 + 29

Friday April 28 at 6pm and 8pm
Saturday April 29 at 6pm and 8pm

Moving Arts of Mount Airy
6819 Greene Street (at Carpenter Lane)
Mount Airy, Philadelphia.

Balk (theater)
Two dads hang out without the protection of their wives and kids.
Performed by Ed Miller and Josh McIlvain, directed by Josh McIlvain, written by John Rosenberg of Hella Fresh Theater.

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A somatic exploration of the revealing.
(Think about it.)
CCreated + performed by Sarah Knittel and Lillian Ransijn

The Presidents (theater)
A power struggle at the Lodge over who gets to be which president in the Independence Day Parade.
Performed by Mike Franz + Mark Wheeler, directed by Lexa Grace, written by Josh McIlvain of Automatic Arts

Research 2 (performance art)
The collision of one’s sense of identity and change—whether in the world, relationships, or one’s own body.
Created and performed by Irina Varina

Select Readings from the 1986 Amnesty International Report (reading)
Exactly what it sounds like.
Concept and music by Josh McIlvain, reading by Christopher Munden (Friday) and TBD (Saturday).

Art by Chuck Schultz
Visual artist Chuck Schultz will display a number of his images of performers, which he has created while watching performances.

Each performance is 8–12 minutes, entire show is 70 minutes.

peepSHOW photo by Kim Spade. BALK photo by Richard Underwood.

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Nice and Fresh February: Theater, Dance + Circus!

With

Almanac Dance Theater Circus

Freshblood/KC Chun-Manning in collaboration with Camilla Dely

Asya Zlatina (featuring Ashley Searles)

Josh McIlvain/Automatic Arts (featuring Ezekiel Jackson and Sara Vanasse)

Hosted by

Sarah Knittel

with special guest The Joseph Davenport Experience featuring musical accompaniment by Betty Smithsonian

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Friday February 24 at 6pm and 8pm

Saturday February 25 at 6pm and 8pm

Venue

Moving Arts of Mount Airy
6819 Greene Street (at Carpenter La.)
(Mount Airy) Philadelphia, PA 19119

 

Photo (above) by Daniel Kontz

Nice and Fresh brings new works of theater and dance by Philly’s most exciting performing artists and companies to unique venues in Northwest Philadelphia neighborhoods.

Artists need to create.
Performers need to perform.
Audiences need to see new work.

Announcing our first Resident Artist: Sarah Knittel

Automatic Arts is thrilled to announce the launch of its Artist-in-Residence program, with its 2017 inaugural Resident Artist, theater artist and actor Sarah Knittel. By tying the residency to the company’s Nice and Fresh series, audiences will be able to watch the Resident Artist face new creative challenges throughout 2017. Automatic Arts will select one Resident Artist each year to be a part of the company.

Sarah Knittel, Joni and the Doorman, promo photo: Said Johnson.

Sarah Knittel in a Joni and the Doorman promo photo. Photo by Said Johnson.

The Artist-in-Residence program is closely tied to the company’s Nice and Fresh performing arts series. For each month from January to June, the Resident Artist will be challenged to creatively participate in Nice and Fresh: from acting in plays to hosting shows to writing and directing work and other creative challenges. The residency will culminate in the fall of 2017 with a Nice and Fresh that is produced and curated entirely by the Resident Artist under the Automatic Arts banner.

“Sarah Knittel is the perfect choice to kick off this new facet of our endeavors,” says artistic director of Automatic Arts, Josh McIlvain. “In addition to putting different kinds of performance—and types of artists—side by side, the Nice and Fresh series, for Automatic Arts, is about the challenge of creating and/or performing in new work continuously. I can’t force that on the other artists and companies that perform at Nice and Fresh, but this program allows us to do so with a willing participant; Sarah is an artist who shared our ideals and curiosity, willing to expand the idea of the space itself and the type of performance it can support. It’s also important for our future to have artists besides myself to be officially part of Automatic Arts, and expanding our output.”

“I’ve always loved performing in Nice and Fresh,” explains Sarah Knittel, “and admire the work that Automatic Arts does—it explores and encourages new, often daring work and always champions the creative process. I’m excited for the challenge and the months ahead!”

Sarah Knittel’s education began at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where her studies took her to the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, Stonestreet Studios for Film and Television, and The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. This past spring she fulfilled her graduate studies at the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training in Physical and Devised Theater. In Philadelphia, she performed for Automatic Arts, Hella Fresh, Pig Iron, Hedgerow, Philadelphia Shakespeare, Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium, Luna, Manayunk Theater Co., and Phenomenal Animals among others. Also a teaching artist, Sarah has taught for White Pines, Odd Act Theater Co., Story UP! and currently Dancing with the Students.

Presented by Automatic Arts,  Nice and Fresh is a performing arts series that features new works from Philadelphia and beyond-based theater, dance, and circus arts companies and artists. Curated by playwright-director Josh McIlvain of SmokeyScout Productions, each show features four to five artists/companies performing new and original works in the 10–15 minute range in a variety of artistic disciplines. Using only venues in Northwest Philadelphia (Mount Airy, Germantown, Chestnut Hill), Nice and Fresh provides an easy-going, affordable-for-everyone option to stroll around the corner and experience new theater and dance. Expect funny, imaginative, compelling pieces from artists in an accessible format and for only $7! Next show is February 24 and 25 at Moving Arts of Mount Airy, Carpenter Lane and Greene Street in Mount Airy, Philadelphia.

Nice and Fresh – Season 4!

“The best showcase for new performing arts in Philadelphia.” Phindie.com

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Season 4 begins!

Friday January 13 at 6pm and 8pm

Saturday January 14 at 6pm and 8pm

$7 / Art for the price of a sandwich

BUY NOW: autoarts.brownpapertickets.com

Featuring new works by

Josh McIlvain/Automatic Arts (theater)

Irina Varina (dance/performance art)

Steve Lippe (storytelling)

&more!

Moving Arts of Mount Airy
Carpenter Lane at Greene Street
Mount Airy, Philadelphia

Nice and Fresh brings new works of theater and dance by Philly’s most exciting performing artists and companies to unique venues in Mount Airy, Germantown and other Northwest Philadelphia neighborhoods. Features new works from Philadelphia-based (and beyond) theater, dance, and circus arts companies at venues in Northwest Philadelphia. Each show features four artists/companies performing new and original 10- to 15-minute works in a variety of styles and artistic disciplines. Read the reviews and press.

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The 2016/17 Nice and Fresh series is supported in part by the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts program of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Support also provided by PECO. This program is administered regionally by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.

Nice and Fresh is April 29 and 30

“The best showcase for new performing arts in Philadelphia.” Phindie.com

Nice and Fresh brings new works of theater and dance by Philly’s most exciting performing artists and companies to unique venues in Mount Airy, Germantown and other Northwest Philadelphia neighborhoods.

Friday April 29 at 7pm TICKETS
Saturday April 30 at 6pm and 8pm TICKETS

ONLY $7!

On sale now at: fresh16.brownpapertickets.com

Cliveden
6401 Germantown Ave (enter on Cliveden)
Philadelphia, PA 19144

Mature audiences.

April’s show features:

Booth House (theater)
In short: Anna lands her first “real” job, a marketing coordinator in a historical house, but is unprepared for the highly toxic work environment. Performed by Steve Lippe, Ed Miller, Anna Flynn-Meketon. Written and directed by Josh McIlvain. SmokeyScout Productions

Ederlezi (dance)
In short: A dance for five that blends devotional, ritualistic, and swirling movement in a celebration of the spring season.
Dancers: Evalina Carbonell, Annielille Gavino-Kollman, Liu Mo, Meredith Stapleton, Asya Zlatina. Choreographed by Evalina Carbonell.

Fuerza (dance)
In short: A solo dance that peels back the layers of one’s soul. Choreographed & danced by Evalina Carbonell.

Tonkaya Ryabina  (dance)
In short: A dance about coping with loneliness and featuring a traditional Russian folk song. Choreographed and danced by Asya Zlatina.

Shooting a Dog (theater)
In short: A young woman deals with the fate of her dog after he bites the neighbor’s kid—and the consequences of her inaction. Performed by Melissa Rakiro. Written and directed by Josh McIlvain

Solipsism (multimedia)
In short: The search for the meaning of a word creates fissures in a seemingly stable relationship. Written by John Rosenberg. Soundscore by Andres Villamil with Mike Szekely on drums. Hella Fresh Theater.

Plus a new 7-minute exhibition by Iva Fabrikant.

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IMG_6886Evalina Carbonell in Fuerza. Photo by Bill Hebert.

Nice and Fresh Spring Series at Cliveden!

Nice and Fresh: May

performances of new theater and dance

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Friday May 22 at 7pm
Saturday May 23 at 6pm + 23

Thanks for coming!

Home/Bastard
by Annie Wilson
The bastard is bedridden. Bastard is in pain.

National Park
Text, direction, and video by Josh McIlvain, dance by Deborah Crocker, original score by Andres Villamil
Dancer: Deborah Crocker. Actors: Lauren LeBlanc and Jonathan Steadman.
A multimedia extravaganza that takes you from the Rocky Mountains to a man’s bathroom.

The Mystery of Jean
Created by {HTP}: Manon Manavit and Julius Ferraro. Written by Jean Cocteau.
There’s something in the suitcase.

A Prairie Dance, For Now!
by Laura Vriend. Dancer: Rachel Carrico
She followed me from my hometown of Winnipeg, Canada. Her name is Prairie Girl.

Cliveden

6401 Germantown Avenue (enter on Cliveden)
Germantown, Philadelphia

Read up on the artists!

Nice and Fresh is a monthly performing arts series that features new works from Philadelphia-based (and beyond) theater, dance, and circus arts companies at venues in Northwest Philadelphia. Each show features four artists/companies performing new and original 10- to 15-minute works in a variety of styles and artistic disciplines. Read the reviews and press.

“‘Nice and Fresh’ curated show series gains popularity in Northwest Philly.” read the article about January’s show by Alaina Mabaso in WHYY NewsWorks!

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Cliveden, one of America’s most well-preserved historic sites, is located in Historic Germantown, Philadelphia, on 5 acres of land right off of Germantown Avenue. The 1767 building, site of the Battle of Germantown, remains one of the nation’s best-documented and least-altered colonial houses. Performances are in the Carriage House, below.

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