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April 26, 2013
To say PIFA's Street Fair takes up six blocks of South Broad Street - from Chestnut just past Lombard - is to grossly understate the scope of the arts festival's open-air finale. The event, intended to celebrate and encapsulate a month of citywide shows, ends up doing more than just that. Sure, there will be variations on the festival's time machine theme: a dinosaur petting zoo (with a life-size T-Rex), a human fountain, acrobats overhead, medieval knights, postapocalyptic stilt walkers, a ton of live, global music, and French welders working on time machines of their own. But there will also be a giant Ferris wheel and Spanish galleon ride.
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October 19, 2015 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts will return in the spring of 2016 - delayed a year and noticeably smaller, but decidedly international in flavor. PIFA is slated to run 15 days, April 8-23, and will feature more than 60 events, including five world premieres, across all forms of artmaking - theater, dance, music, the visual arts, and a host of related genres. Officials at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, organizer of the festival, said that groups from Australia, Mexico, Europe, and elsewhere in the United States will join with some of the region's most prominent organizations to lend the festival its quirky flavor.
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April 3, 2016 | By Stephan Salisbury, CULTURE WRITER
When the third version of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, or PIFA, breaks out around town beginning April 8, it will represent a more modest version of the arts extravaganza that ended with 200,000 people thronging a Broad Street fair in April 2011. The festival will be shorter - two weeks instead of the four weeks of 2011 and 2013. There will be fewer events - 60 this year versus 145 in 2011. And the budget for the festival, organized and presented by the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, is noticeably smaller - $4.5 million this year, down from 2013's $5.6 million, and $10 million in 2011.
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April 3, 2016 | By John Timpane, Staff Writer
After taking over the town in 2011 and again in 2013, the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) is back April 8-23. Comprising more than 60 events, it kicks off with Article 13 , a huge multimedia, multigenre installation, and it closes with a big street fair, on Broad Street between Chestnut and South Streets, with art, food, vendors, and entertainment. Curated by the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the festival takes as its theme "We Are What We Make. " A massive installation on that theme by MacArthur Award-winner Mimi Lien will take over the Kimmel lobby.
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April 23, 2016 | By Merilyn Jackson, For The Inquirer
A ntics Performance Group is a Los Angeles hip-hop company, founded by Artistic Director, Amy "Catfox" Campion in 2007. It wrapped up the dance performances of this year's PIFA festival at the Perelman Theater on Wednesday evening in a production titled Sneaker Suites . The genre of hip-hop dance has been evolving in Philly over the last 25 years under giants in the field like the imaginative Rennie Harris, the elegant and political D. Sabela...
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January 28, 2013 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Music Critic
Two years after mounting an illuminated model of the Eiffel Tower and a monthlong run of 145 performances, exhibitions, lectures, screenings, and other events - all capped by a huge South Broad street fair - the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts returns. While it's smaller and less overwhelming, intriguing collaborations and ubiquitous venues will nevertheless still define PIFA, which begins March 28. And, yes, a South Broad street fair will again mark the end, on April 27. This time the festival will be loosely organized around the theme "If you had a time machine.
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April 8, 2011 | By JONATHAN TAKIFF, takiffj@phillynews.com 215-854-5960
Somewhere along the path, the event's name was changed to the more encompassing, embracing branding of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts 2011. Still, browse through the selection of musical offerings - special object of our affection - or chat it up with the festival's artistic producer Barbara Silverstein. You'll soon understand why this month-long soiree (also heavy with dance, theater and art-exhibition components) was originally to be called "Stravinsky In Paris.
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April 24, 2013 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
'If you had a time machine . . . " is the theme of the 2013 Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, now in its final week. Unvoiced is the rest of the question: ". . . where would you go?"
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April 23, 2016 | By Merilyn Jackson, For The Inquirer
A ntics Performance Group is a Los Angeles hip-hop company, founded by Artistic Director, Amy "Catfox" Campion in 2007. It wrapped up the dance performances of this year's PIFA festival at the Perelman Theater on Wednesday evening in a production titled Sneaker Suites . The genre of hip-hop dance has been evolving in Philly over the last 25 years under giants in the field like the imaginative Rennie Harris, the elegant and political D. Sabela...
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April 20, 2016 | By Sofiya Ballin, Staff Writer
Dreams are the bridge between our subconscious and our reality; they also can become a bridge between us. On Friday at the Perelman Theater, the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts hosts the Philadelphia premiere of Holding It Down: The Veterans' Dream Project , created by Grammy-nominated pianist-composer Vijay Iyer and poet Mike Ladd. A multidisciplinary show featuring music, poetry, and video monologues created from the dreams of veterans, the project premiered at Harlem Stage in 2012 and was made into a 2013 album.
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April 20, 2016 | By Nancy G. Heller, For The Inquirer
' Global Artistry ," Philadanco's contribution to this year's Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, consisted of four short works, all beautifully presented and each created by a choreographer from a different country. An enthusiastic crowd filled the Perelman Theater on Friday night as 'Danco began its three-day run. The performance, to a rhythmically and melodically complex recording by Zap Mama, "Labess," from Jamaican choreographer David Brown, was thrilling. Led by tiny and impossibly flexible Rosita Adamo, the seven dancers were equally comfortable with Brown's homages to Alvin Ailey and Martha Graham and his daring, inventive movements - like the duet danced by Adamo and the tall, prodigiously talented Adryan Moorefield.
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April 17, 2016 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
Kristina Wong is on a mission. As a performance artist who self-identifies as someone "who fights for the marginalized," she wanted to find some way to "leave a legacy" by "making a difference. " The Wong Street Journal is her message. Treading the fine line between preaching and entertaining, she tells us about her three-week trip to Northern Uganda. As a third-generation Chinese-American, Wong goes to Africa, where she is mistaken for a white person (so much for her idealized solidarity among people of color)
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April 17, 2016 | By Merilyn Jackson, For The Inquirer
The festivalization of the arts has long been one way for audiences to see artistic works from other places. And whether it's a dance or theater company, if spectacle is a hallmark, you can bet Los Angeles-based Diavolo will be at the top of the list of festival programmers around the world. Thursday evening at the Merriam Theater, as part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA), they performed a show titled Architecture in Motion , comprising two gigantic works, L'Espace du Temps and Cubicle . They were to have had a two-night run but were cut down to one, which may have accounted for the excited overflow audience.
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April 16, 2016
Friday-Sunday Changing spaces A trio of installation artists - ceramicist Matthew Courtney , paper sculptor Sun Young Kang , and painter Zahra Nazari - have created large-scale works for the show Transformations , ending this weekend at the Main Line Art Center, 746 Panmure Rd., Haverford. Times: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Admission is free. Information: 610-525-0272 or www.mainlineart.org Friday Short subjects The invaluable Secret Cinema presents Movies for Every Occasion: The Best and Worst of Castle and Official Films, a selection of nine-minute reels made to be sold to projector owners for home showings.
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April 13, 2016 | By Merilyn Jackson, For The Inquirer
The Brooklyn company Gallim Dance, nearly a decade old, made its Philadelphia debut Sunday evening at the Kimmel Center's PIFA festival at Verizon Hall. Titled Attack Point , the world premiere, choreographed by Gallim founding director Andrea Miller, took place in collaboration with organists from the Curtis Institute of Music and Choral Arts Philadelphia. The concept of the collaboration is "a night of dance listening and organ watching. " So, with the grand Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ looming rel√Ęche above us, a smaller organ reigned on stage, where we could watch the organist's feet at the pedals for the nondance works.
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April 11, 2016 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
Broad Street has been yarn-bombed! Perfect timing! With unseasonable snow in the forecast, the big concrete planters in front of the Merriam Theater are wearing sweaters, and the orange tulips are looking cozy as well as very pretty. It's a lovely installation created by University of the Arts students in conjunction with Knitting Peace , the first show of PIFA (Philadelphia Festival of the Arts) playing through Sunday at the Merriam Theater. The yarn-bombing UArts students are part of a remarkable interdisciplinary course.
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April 9, 2016 | By Annie Monjar, For The Inquirer
Once again, the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) has descended on the city with performances and events by some of the world's most distinctive artists starting today through April 23, when the fest culminates in a massive street fair. Once again, you're likely to be overwhelmed by programing (more than 60 events this year) and need someone to pull the absolute cannot-misses from the spread. We found eight shows worth adding to your calendar, with a focus on the free, kid-friendly, and wacky-in-a-good-way.
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April 6, 2016
Paper Planet The long: PIFA not for kids? Pish posh. The Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts' preeminent must-do for wee-nagers is on the Kimmel Center's top floor: a fantastical, pop-up, all-paper, explorable forest. The short: If they like an empty cardboard box, they'll love this. The background: Aussie kids' theater company Polyglot builds and rebuilds its best-known, all-recyclable, totally interactive performance space, inviting littler Yanks to explore, craft, and listen to the paper trees in the Kimmel's airy, enclosed Hamilton Garden.
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