Nice and Fresh 2017

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

NICE AND FRESH: New Works of Theater and  Dance

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.

peepSHOW(dance theater)
A somatic exploration of the revealing.
(Think about it.)
Created + 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.


See Philly’s most exciting performing artists and companies at 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.

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

Read the reviews and press.


PAST 2017 Performances

Nice and Fresh: February

Featured: Almanac Dance Theater Circus, featuring Joseph Ahmed, Emmanuel Becerra, Ben Grinberg, Evelyn Langley, Robin Stamey; Freshblood/KC Chun-Manning in collaboration with Camilla Dely; Asya Zlatina featuring Ashley Searles; Josh McIlvain/Automatic Arts featuring Ezekiel Jackson and Sara Vanasse; The Joseph Davenport Experience with musical accompaniment by Betty Smithsonian; Hosted by Sarah Knittel

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

Nice and Fresh: January

Friday January 13 at 6pm and 8pm, Saturday January 14 at 6pm and 8pm

Featured these new works:

My Big Fat Superman (storytelling) Created + Performed by Steve Lippe; Research (performance art) Created + Performed by Irina Varina, with additional choreography by Mira Treatman and Grace Mi-He Lee; Milk (dance) Choreography: Evalina “Wally” Carbonell
Dancers: Evalina Carbonell, Weiwei Ma, Keila Perez-Vega (Saturday only), Grace Stern The Recruits (theater/one act play) Features Sarah Knittel + Anna Michael, written + directed by Josh McIlvain, Automatic Arts.

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


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