Nice and Fresh Archive: Seasons 1–3

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PHOTOS FROM SEASON 3

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phila_cultural_fund_logoAutomatic Arts is supported by The Philadelphia Cultural Fund.

Special thanks to our host partner, Cliveden, for March and April’s Nice and Freshes, and August’s Home Entertainment

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SEASON 3 – Round up

Nice and Fresh Expo Edition: New Theater and Dance (June 2016)

Artists: Awful DJ (comedy troupe from NYC), Annie Wilson, Josh McIlvain/Automatic Arts, Almanac Dance Theater Circus, Yolanda Wisher, John Rosenberg, Anna Kroll

Venue: Morris Arboretum / as part of the 2016 STEAMpunk Expo

NICE AND FRESH: April 2016

Boothe House (theater) Automatic Arts, Performed by Steve Lippe, Ed Miller, Anna Flynn-Meketon. Written and directed by Josh McIlvain. SmokeyScout Productions; Edelezi (dance) Dancers: Evalina Carbonell, Annielille Gavino-Kollman, Liu Mo, Meredith Stapleton, Asya Zlatina. Choreographed by Evalina Carbonell. Fuerza (dance) Choreographed & danced by Evalina Carbonell. Tonkaya Ryabina  (dance) Choreographed and danced by Asya Zlatina. Shooting a Dog (theater) Performed by Melissa Rakiro. Written and directed by Josh McIlvain Solipsism (multimedia) Written by John Rosenberg. Soundscore by Andres Villamil with Mike Szekely on drums. Hella Fresh Theater.  7-minute exhibition by Iva Fabrikant.

Venue: Cliveden, 6401 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19144

NICE AND FRESH: MARCH 2016

Silent Tide (dance) Choreographer: Olive Prince Dancers: Olive Prince, Brandi Ou, Wally Carbonell, Alissa Zrei; Vacationland (theater) Automatic Arts, Written and Directed by Josh McIlvain. Performers: Lauren LeBlanc, Ezekiel Jackson, Wyl McCaul Action is Primary (dance/performance art) Performed by Annie Wilson Juan-Winfield Escutia-Scott or the Mexican-American War, a butcher’s play (theater) Written and Performed by Chris Davis 7-minute exhibition by Iva Fabrikant.

Venue: Cliveden, 6401 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19144

NICE AND FRESH: FEBRUARY 2016

Baby Steps (theater/music/comedy/fabulousness) Performers/Creators: Megan Thibodeaux, Andalyn Young; PAYROLL & The Jailbird (theater), Automatic Arts, Performed by Julius Ferraro and Katherine Perry Written and directed by Josh McIlvain; Presence of Mass (dance) Vervet Dance, Dancers: Loren Groenendaal, Megan Wilson Stern Prop Sculpture by: Leslie Rogers Structured Improvisation Designed by: Loren Groenendaal; A User’s Manual (performance art) created and performed by Thomas Choinacky 7-minute exhibition by Iva Fabrikant.

Venue: Moving Arts of Mount Airy, 6819 Greene Street, Philadelphia, PA 19119

NICE AND FRESH: JANUARY 2016

Encounters by The Naked Stark Dancers Sean Thomas Boyt and Leanne Grieger Choreographer Katherine Stark. Pepperidge Farm by Automatic Arts Performed by Paul McElwee and Fred Brown Written and Directed by Josh McIlvain. Autopia by Hella Fresh Theater, Performed by Sarah Knittel, Directed by Josh McIlvain, Written by John Rosenberg. I’d rather choke than be a quitter by Sam Tower/Plant Me Here Created by Sam Tower, Emma Arrick, Tess Kunik, Caitlin Dagle, Shakai Mondai, Emilie Krause. Performers Emma Arrick, Tess Kunik, Caitlin Dagle Composer/Performer Shakai Mondai Costumes Emilie Krause Director Sam Tower

Venue: Moving Arts of Mount Airy, 6819 Greene Street, Philadelphia, PA 19119

 

Nice and Fresh: May 2015

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Show dates: April 10 at 7pm and April 11 at 6pm and 8pm Venue: Cliveden, Philadelphia, PA.

Program

The Great American performed songs “The Supermodel Who Loved Me” and “The Sarge Drinks Manhattans.”

National Park Text, direction, video by Josh McIlvain, dance by Deborah Crocker, original score by Andres Villamil; dancer: Deborah Crocker; actors: Lauren LeBlanc and Jonathan Steadman.

A Prairie Dance, For Now! by Laura Vriend; dancers: Laura Vriend, Rachel Carrico.

The Mystery of Jean Created by Manon Manavit and Julius Ferraro and performed by Julius Ferraro; text by Jean Cocteau. {HTP}

Home/Bastard Created and performed by Annie Wilson. (www.theanniewilson.com)

Nice and Fresh: April 2015

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Show dates: April 10 at 7pm and April 11 at 6pm and 8pm Venue: Cliveden, Philadelphia, PA.

Program

Yolanda Wisher and the Quick Fixx (April 10 only) performed songs “Cornrow Song” and “Crosswoman Blues.” (www.yolandawisher.com)

The Exceptional and The Smoke performers/collaborators Ben Grinberg, Nick Gillette, Nicole Burgio, Adam Kerbel; words by Josh McIlvain. Almanac Dance Circus Theater (www.thealmanac.us)

Disappearing Act Choreographed and performed by Katherine Kiefer Stark / With music created and performed by Bethany Brooks. The Naked Stark (thenakedstark.com)

Of our remnants (April 11 only) choreography by Olive Prince; dancers: Wally Carbonell, Emily Reynolds, Caroline O’Brein, Brandi Ou. Olive Prince Dance (www.oliveprince.com)

Little Sister Plays Guitar performed by Performed by Julius Ferraro, Anna Flynn-Meketon, Francesca Piccioni; written and directed by Josh McIlvain. SmokeyScout Productions.

Nice and Fresh: February 2015

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Show dates: February 27 at 6pm and 8pm; February 28 at 6pm and 8pm Venue: Moving Arts of Mount Airy, Philadelphia, PA.

Program

Flower in the Storm, performed by Sandra Davis, choreography by Diane Sharp-Nachsin,  SHARP Dance Company.

Lords of the Universe or FIVE YEARS IS TOO LONG TO WORK HERE, performed by Fred Brown and Josh McIlvain; written and directed by Josh McIlvain, SmokeyScout Productions.

Where are the Spoons? performed by Joe Cicala, Sandra Davis, Sophie Malin, Miguel Quinones, Kate Rast, choreography by Diane Sharp-Nachsin,  SHARP Dance Company.

Garden Instruments of Death, art installation by Said Johnson.

monster, performed and created by Megan Mazatrick.

Magick and Glitter, performed by Anna Flynn Meketon and Sarah Knittel, directed by Josh McIlvain, written by John Rosenberg, Hella Fresh Theater.

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Nice and Fresh: January 2015

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Show dates: January 30 at 8pm; January 31 at 6pm and 8pm. Venue: Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, Philadelphia, PA.

Program

Unwind/Rewind, Tangle Movement Arts, performed and created by Lauren Rile Smith.

LOOKS LIKE EVERYONE HAS LEFT, Murmuration Theatre; performed and created by Nell Bang-Jensen, Brian Ratcliffe, Isa St. Clair; directed by Craig Getting; written by Jessie Bear.

Sunny Days with Sea-Side Simon, created and performed by Melissa Krodman).

7-Minute Exhibition, created and installed by Iva Fabrikant.

Touch, Tangle Movement Arts; performed by Lee Thompson, Caitlin Donaghy, Lauren Rile Smith; choreography by Lee Thompson.

The Beauty Of The Program Is, SmokeyScout Productions, performed by Deborah Crocker, written and directed by Josh McIlvain.

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Nice and Fresh: December 2014

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Show dates: December 5 at 6pm and 8pm; December at 6pm and 8pm Venue: Moving Arts of Mount Airy, Philadelphia, PA.

Program

Aaliyah (rock the boat), Hella Fresh Theater, performed by Anna Flynn Meketon and John Rosenberg, written and directed by John Rosenberg. A Hip and A Swing and Emoticon, Putty Dance Project, danced and choreographed by Lauren Putty White, music composed and performed by Brent White on the trombone); 7-Minute Art Exhibition by Iva Fabrikan. Get Up, Almanac, created and performed by Nick Gillette + Lauren Harries. Joni and the Doorman, SmokeyScout Productions, performed by Sarah Knittel and Ethan Lipkin, written and directed by Josh McIlvain. Intro recording: 


Nice and Fresh: November 2014

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Show dates: November 14 at 6pm and 8pm; November 15 at 6pm and 8pm Venue: Moving Arts of Mount Airy, Philadelphia, PA

Program

A Clean Dislike, performed by Melissa McBain + Sarah Knittel, directed by Jane Stojak, written by Alex Dremann.

The Multiplicity of Me, idiosyncrasy productions, performed by Danielle Currica and Michele Tantoco [6pm, 11/14],  Shannon Murphy and Michele Tantoco [8pm, 11/14], Shannon Murphy and Miko Doi-Smith [6pm, 11/14], Miko Doi-Smith and Shari Williams [8pm, 11/15].

Every Day is Sunday (11/14 shows only), performed and created by Teresa VanDenend Sorge.

Why Not a Happy Dance? (11/15 shows only), performed and created by Megan Flynn.

Hamburger, SmokeyScout Productions, performed by Ilse Zoerb, written and directed by Josh McIlvain.

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 Nice and Fresh: October 2014

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Show dates: October 3 at 6pm and 8pm; October 4 at 6pm and 8pm Venue: Moving Arts of Mount Airy, Philadelphia, PA.

Program

Space-Time Suite, performed by Katie C. Sopoci Drake and Heather Doyle; choreographed by Katie C. Sopoci Drake. The History of Rock n Roll, SmokeyScout Productions, performed by Langston Darby and Jonathan Steadman, written and directed by Josh McIlvain. Are you not your own, performed by Jenna Bryant and Barbara Tait, choreographed by Barbara Tait. Awful DJ, Awful DJ, performed and created by Josh Lay, Cory Cavin, and Bill Grandberg. Intro recording: 


Nice and Fresh: February/March 2014

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Show dates: February 28 at 8pm; Saturday March 1 at 6pm and 8pm. Venue: Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, Philadelphia, PA.

Program

Cana of Galilee, Hella Fresh Theater, performed by Robert Stineman and Ellie Ruttenberg, written and directed by John Rosenberg.

New Start, performed and created by Kendra Greaves and Cole Della-Zucca.

love-joy diver, created and performed by Megan Mazarick and Les Rivera.

Conversion (SmokeyScout Productions, performed by Langston Darby, written and directed by Josh McIlvain). SEE VIDEO.

Musical guests:  Sweet Soubrette, featuring Ellia Bisker, Heather Cole, Lyndol Descant, sang “What’s My Desire” and “Sweet Time” at 2/28 show; SEXCOP sang “Language of Love” and “On the Beach” at 3/1 shows.

Special thanks to Jay Ko for videography. (The high quality video stills are taken from his work.)

Intro recording: 


 

 Nice and Fresh: January 2014

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Show dates: January 24 at 8pm; January 25 at 6pm and 8pm. Venue: Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, Philadelphia, PA.

Program

Communitas II, Almanac, created and performed by Nick Gillette, Ben Grinberg, and Adam Kerbel. leftrightwaterice, When We’re Older, created by Nicole Bindler, danced on 1/24 show, and Andy Hayleck, performed music, Curt Haworth danced on 1/25 shows. The Warrior Princess or Monologue for the Unemployed, SmokeyScout Productons, performed by Rachel Lancaster, written and directed by Josh McIlvain. SEE VIDEO. International Potato Center, Hella Fresh Theater, performed by Sarah Rosenberg and John Rosenberg, written and directed by John Rosenberg. Special thanks to Jay Ko for videography. (The high quality video stills are taken from his work.) Intro recording: 


 Nice and Fresh: December 2013

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Show dates: December 6 at 7pm and 9pm; December 7 at 7pm and 9pm Venue: Moving Arts of Mount Airy, Philadelphia, PA.

Program

Let it Snowden, Hella Fresh Theater, performed by Josh McIlvain and Francesca Piccioni, written and directed by John Rosenberg.

Discreet Holy Landspan, Stone Depot Dance Lab, dancers: Melissa Chisena, Scott McPheeters and Eleanor Goudie-Averill, choreographed by E. Goudie-Averill.

Jesus and the Sister-in-law, SmokeyScout Productions, performed my Emily L. Gibson, written and directed by Josh McIlvain.

Lovertits, performed by Christina Gesualdi, Jenna Horton and Ilse Zoerb, choreography/concept by Annie Wilson.

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 Nice and Fresh: November 2013

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Show dates: November 1 at 7pm and 9pm; November 2 at 7pm and 9pm Venue: Moving Arts of Mount Airy, Philadelphia, PA.

Program

The Chase
, Almanac, created and performed by Ben Grinberg and Nick Gillette. Plot: Section 46 Lot 366-11 Grid O/P-22.5, Hella Fresh Theater, performed by Francesca Piccioni and John Rosenberg, Written and directed by John Rosenberg. City Bird Sings the Car Alarm, idiosynCrazy productions, created and performed by Shannon Murphy. MAKING the WORLD a BETTER PLACE through MURALS, SmokeyScout Productions, performed by Emily L. Gibson and Steve Lippe, written and directed by Josh McIlvain. Intro recording: 


 Nice and Fresh: October 2013

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Show dates: October 4 at 7pm and 9pm; October 5 at 7pm and 9pm Venue: Moving Arts of Mount Airy, Philadelphia, PA.

Program

Protection, Hella Fresh Theater, performed by Kevin Ryan and John Rosenberg, written and directed by John Rosenberg)

Lay of The Land, moving parts, created and performed by Meg Foley.

Bortle 8 is the True Darkness, written and performed by Chris Davis.

Sadie Remembered, SmokeyScout Productions, performed by Sarah Knittel and Steve Lippe, written and directed by Josh McIlvain.

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