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.

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Nice and Fresh: February 2016

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

Nice and Fresh: Pop Up Performances of New Theater and Dance

Friday February 19 at 6pm and 8pm

Saturday February 20 at 6pm and 8pm

Thanks for coming!

Moving Art of Mount Airy
6819 Greene Street (at Carpenter La.)
Mount Airy, Philadelphia

Featured new stuff by 

Thomas Choinacky

Loren Groenendaal/Vervet Dance

Baby Steps
with Megan Thibodeaux and Andalyn Young

Josh McIlvain/SmokeyScout Productions
with Julius Ferraro and Katherine Perry

Plus the 7-Minute Exhibition featuring a new work by Iva Fabrikant

NOTE: Mature audiences. Not a kids show!

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SLIDESHOW Philly tour Nov 12 – Dec 5, it’s a wrap!

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REAL SLIDES. A FICTIONAL FAMILY SAGA.
AN OLD FASHIONED SLIDESHOW BECOMES A THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE.

SLIDESHOW was performed throughout the Philadelphia-area this November and into December. 4 weeks, 8 shows, 7 venues. Thanks to all who hosted, and all who came!

“What if Don Draper’s Carousel pitch was a theatrical experience? That’s kind of the vibe given off by Josh McIlvain‘s Slideshow. This intimate performance uses real slides to unfold a gripping tale of a family as seen through the fleeting images on a screen.” Philebrity.com

“The punchy-colored slides and humorous yet heartfelt prose McIlvain recites is as uncanny and nostalgic as some of our own family scrapbooks.” Read the City Paper review!

“Ingenious travel down memory lane!” Read the Stage Magazine Review!

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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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Nice and Fresh: February!

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Friday February 27 at 6pm + 8pm
Saturday February 28 at 6pm + 8pm

Moving Arts of Mount Airy
Greene St and Carpenter La
Mt Airy (across from the Co-op), Philadelphia

A great show, thanks for coming!

Sarah and Anna

Magick and Glitter
Hella Fresh Theater / performed by Anna Flynn-Meketon and Sarah Knittel; written by John Rosenberg. In short: A sorority girl who wants Magick the Magician’s to autograph her teddy bear befriends the magician’s assistant.

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Created and performed by Megan Mazarick. In short: An evolving solo dance by Megan Mazarick, “When I was in Egypt in 2014 I finally figured out I am a lady. I know, right? How depressing. So part of making this solo is about being unlady-like or facing female identity in new ways.”

Lords of the Universe or FIVE YEARS IS TOO LONG TO WORK HERE
SmokeyScout Productions / performed by Fred Brown and josh McIlvain; written and directed by Josh McIlvain. In short: Two men lord over the masses from their perch at a café, overly obsessed with the girls who make their coffee, and a belief that they are still in the game.

Where are the Spoons?
Flower in the Storm
SHARP Dance Company / Choreography by Diane Sharp-Nachsin / Dancers: Joe Cicala, Sandra Davis, Sophie Malin, Miguel Quinones, Kate Rast. In short: Two short works from the modern dance company, one solo from there upcoming show, one a group piece about being on the wrong end of rage.

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