Still Standing You

In the Fringe Festival, there’s the “Neigh­borhood Fringe,” which is open to any artists who sign up to participate (they’re the more wild-card performances), and then there’s “Curated Fringe,” which means FringeArts muckety-mucks themselves select the shows. That’s basically a guarantee you’re getting only the freshest, finest, freakiest presentations for your money. They’re the Fringe blockbusters, if you will. Here’s what you need to know about each of the 12 Curated Fringe shows this year, boiled down to their essence with the words of FringeArts itself. (Check for detailed descriptions.)

After the Rehearsal/Persona: There’s a 10,000-gallon, full-stage pool of water in this pre­sentation of two Ingmar Bergman screenplays “reimagined” for the stage. The plays focus on “the messy lives of theater artists.”

Three shows by Jo StrØmgren Kompani: A Doll’s House: On stage, the home of the actress playing Nora is literally in miniature: She can barely fit in it. There: Dance theater performed in a nonsensical dialogue that sounds like a real language but isn’t. The Border: Theater plus dance, a “complicated love story.”

Alias Ellis MacKenzie: Ellis MacKenzie was the alias for Barry Seal, America’s most notorious drug-smuggling pilot. In the show, performers play actors on a telenovela about his adventures, on a soundstage-like set.

Available Light: A rarely performed, 30-year-old work by esteemed choreographer Lucinda Childs. The new, unique set, with two industrial platforms, is an architectural marvel. Expect gorgeous light­ing and sound.

Still Standing You: Two dancers; scenes of male friendship/love/rivalry; the naked male body in an aggres­sive and intimate dance.

Underground Railroad Game: See our feature on page 10.

Swamp Is On: See our feature on page 12.

Suite in n°2: A choral work for five solo voices singing of spoken words; ordinary words and sounds evolve and are treated as precise musical scores. “Words dressed in Versace.”

Soul Project: Dancers perform solos to live recordings of classical soul songs. Audience members roam freely and get up close and personal.

The Extra People: You’re one of only 15 in the audience. Other audience members per­form onstage; they’re being told what to do through headphones, in the dark, with a flashlight. Then you switch places. “You’re cast as an extra, but for what?”

See Also: City Paper‘s Fringe Fest previews and reviews.