Free Fringe

Each year the festival hosts Free Fringe activities around town called Random Acts of Fringe. From Butoh Parades to impromptu mobile installations to dance performances in Pritchard Park… you never know what to expect.  All Random Acts of Fringe are totally FREE!  So come and enjoy some Fringe on us.

Our 2019 Random Acts of Fringe include:

The Fringe Festival Kick Off Madness, January 20th 5-7 pm
Lazy Diamond

This kick off to the Fringe Week will include Peacock Party!
Peacock Party seduces with their Dark Cabaret love songs and makes music into performance art.  Louly Peacock’s original songs weave tales of love, loss, and redemption. Caressingly beautiful and  soothingly lambent, they offer glimpses into the agonizing and exciting world of a modern southern siren whose vocals pull you in to the deep. Peacock Party group includes dancers and painters and invites audience participation. 

At 7:00pm, The Accidentals will lead the audience, parade-style, from The Lazy Diamond to the Vance Monument.

Starting at 7:30 The kick off continues with Escaping Altamont by Robert Ladislas Derr. Performed at the 2018 Asheville Fringe Arts Festival, Escaping Altamont departs from Thomas Wolfe’s Look Homeward, Angel. In the autobiography, Wolfe refers to Asheville as Altamont as he recounts his escape from childhood. Visualizing the idea of escape, thirty-seven people—the number of years Wolfe lived—break through a wall of paper. The soundtrack of ripping paper among songs with “escape” in the lyrics makes context to the visual and experiential.

Followed by Inoxia, by Amy HamiltonThe site of the Vance Monument was formerly an open slave market—now the central plaza at the heart of Asheville. The monument itself is dedicated to Zebulon Vance, a slaver who fought for the Confederacy. Inoxia is an exorcism ritual using movement, sound, film and community participation that will penetrate the psychogeography of the monument, cleanse the space and consider its futures.

… And finally, a performance by The Accidentals.  The Accidentals (Asheville’s Creative Collective of Improvisational Dancers Exploring Noise, Time, Audience, Levels and Space) is an improvisational, movement based company inspired by alternative performance spaces such as parking lots, sidewalks, bowling alleys and bars. The Accidentals love to involve the audience in their performances. In this years’ Asheville Fringe Festival, they will create three brand new pieces at the Opening Kick Off, the LaZoom Room and Realta Salon.

Tuesday, January 22 at Fringe Central , 6-9pm –  Artist Check In Party with…

[S]hell by Luce Romaldini – Entering into the self only to discover what is the exact opposite of what has always seemed to exist on the surface. Experience the shock of deep realization as the reality of authentic individuality is uncovered in a totally new mixed media movement based performance illustrating the intense journey of finding the hidden self. Emerging from the depths of inner being, one emerges to share things previously unseen before by audience.

The Accidentals (Asheville’s Creative Collective of Improvisational Dancers Exploring Noise, Time, Audience, Levels and Space) is an improvisational, movement based company inspired by alternative performance spaces such as parking lots, sidewalks, bowling alleys and bars. The Accidentals love to involve the audience in their performances. In this years’ Asheville Fringe Festival, they will create three brand new pieces at the Opening Kick Off, the LaZoom Room and Realta Salon.

And… The Lost presented by Dark Horse Theatre  – Each year, a group of long-dead artists find themselves drawn together for a salon and a ghostly nightcap. As they begrudgingly rehash the faded moments of their own time in the spotlight, both triumphs and missed opportunities weigh heavily. Soon, the old petty slights and tensions begin to boil over. But something seems different this time. We see them, but do they see you?

7pm, Wednesday,  January 23  Escaping Altamont film screening at Fringe Artist Roundtable Discussion at Revolve Gallery.
Performed at the 2018 Asheville Fringe Arts Festival, Escaping Altamont departs from Thomas Wolfe’s Look Homeward, Angel. In the autobiography, Wolfe refers to Asheville as Altamont as he recounts his escape from childhood. Visualizing the idea of escape, thirty-seven people—the number of years Wolfe lived—break through a wall of paper. The soundtrack of ripping paper among songs with “escape” in the lyrics makes context to the visual and experiential.

The Fringe Artist Roundtable Discussion will include Robert Ladislas Derr, Jim Julien, Carmel Clavin, Kate Moore and Ben Waugh from The Great Perhaps Performance Collective, Bremner Duthie, and Keith Shubert.  Artists will share experiences performing at various Fringe festivals around the world. Artists are highly encouraged to attend.  All audiences and Fringe Fans are welcome.

3pm, Thursday, January 24 and 4pm, Saturday, January 26
at ZaPow Gallery

Twisted From Constantly Watching Doves by Zach Fuller and Emily Smith
New dance/butoh by New York based dancer/choreographers Zack Fuller and Emily Smith, two amorphous and shape shifting entities on a cryptic journey through glimpses of fractured fairy tales and twisted memories. Alternately tender and violent, grotesque and beautiful, with elements of punk and European Clown, in collaboration with the sonic complexities of multi-dimensional percussionist Michael Evans.

4pm, Thursday, January 24 at LaZoom Room
Professor Whizzpop’s Fantastic Fleas by Tom Hughes
Welcome to the Circus Minimus! The Smallest Show on Earth! The original Circus in a Suitcase!
Professor Whizzpop’s Fantastic Fleas is an amazing new show featuring mighty mites and fabulous fleas performing feats of daring and death defying stunts. Meet our resident strongman; Hercu-flea and watch as he lifts two hundred times his own bodyweight! Be awe inspired by our juggling fleas or the incredible Rosa Flea; our highdiver! Come see the fantastic fleas… it’s the show you’ve been itching to see!

3pm, Friday, January 25 at Realta Salon.  The Accidentals (Ashevilles Creative Collective of Improvisational Dancers Exploring Noise, Time, Audience, Levels and Space) is an improvisational, movement based company inspired by alternative performance spaces such as parking lots, sidewalks, bowling alleys and bars. The Accidentals love to involve the audience in their performances. In this years’ Asheville Fringe Festival, they will create three brand new pieces at the Opening Kick Off, the LaZoom Room and Realta Salon.

5pm, Friday, January 25 at LaZoom Room.  Creativity for the Artist Whose Creative Work No One Cares About

Creativity for the Artist Whose Creative Work No One Cares About’ is a satirical academic lecture presented by The Professor. His impeccable doctrine, controversial motivational techniques, and imposing cheek bones will hopefully shock, inspire, and motivate you to get out and try your best. Because, after all, your current best isn’t quite all that impressive.

The Professor will be lecturing at Fringe Central, outdoors (weather permitting), and several of our Fringe After-Parties!

10am-1pm, Saturday, January 26 at Magnetic 375. Artist Workshop – Improvisation into Performance

Improvisation into Performance focuses on the development of an omni-centered body.  In it we explore elements of Grotowski work, butoh, partnering exercises, physical actions from daily life, and visualization as a means of engaging the body’s inner stream, culminating in extended improvisations in relation with music, space, and other bodies. Open to dancers, movers, improvisers, actors, people interested in butoh, or anyone seeking a physical experience.

Suggested donation to the Artist: $20-$30. Please pay what you can!

2pm, Saturday, January 26 at LaZoom Room.  Creativity for the Artist Whose Creative Work No One Cares About

Creativity for the Artist Whose Creative Work No One Cares About is a satirical academic lecture presented by The Professor. His impeccable doctrine, controversial motivational techniques, and imposing cheek bones will hopefully shock, inspire, and motivate you to get out and try your best. Because, after all, your current best isn’t quite all that impressive.

The Professor will be lecturing at Fringe Central, Pritchard Park (weather permitting), and several of our Fringe After-Parties!

After Parties All Parties start at 10 pm.  Join us after the shows end at a Fringe After Party for even more Free Fringe performances!

Thursday, January 24 at Sly Grog Lounge.  The Kavalactones! Featuring Caleb Beisert and Aaron Price.
Kavalactones play to the feeling in the room while building soundscapes that tell textured stories. These spontaneous explorations can be called “drip noise” but also may contain elements of pirate jazz and space rock, such as pallasite and enstatite chondrite. Drawing from a lineage of art and design in the mountains around Asheville, NC, the band weaves ideas of chance, randomness, and “more with less” to find the right groove.

Friday, January 25 at Mothlight.   

Professor Whizzpop’s Fantastic Fleas by Tom Hughes
Welcome to the Circus Minimus! The Smallest Show on Earth! The original Circus in a Suitcase!
Professor Whizzpop’s Fantastic Fleas is an amazing new show featuring mighty mites and fabulous fleas performing feats of daring and death defying stunts. Meet our resident strongman; Hercu-flea and watch as he lifts two hundred times his own bodyweight! Be awe inspired by our juggling fleas or the incredible Rosa Flea; our highdiver! Come see the fantastic fleas… it’s the show you’ve been itching to see!

Dylan Gilbert, Fawning Gash
Celebrated North Carolina songwriter Dylan Gilbert blends noise rock, crooner-pop and performance art in a brand new work about finding optimism and tenderness in these fearful, tech obsessed, nostalgia-loving times.
Dylan Gilbert is a songwriter and artist living in Charlotte, NC. He has been performing and producing work in the southeast since 2005 and is a founding member of genre-bending punk band Hectorina. His newest solo material sets out to explore spiritually and humility in the modern age through the use of ambient soundscapes, noise pop and performance art.

Saturday, January 26 at Habitat Tavern & Commons.   Sonorous Threshold – Rob Falvo, Harold McKinney, Cindy Tate, & Carlyn Waller-Wicks
Witness a series of momentary improvisations performed by trombone, clarinet, accordion, piano, percussion, and movement. Creative impulse builds tension and release, inviting expression and inspiration in-the-moment.  We listen and respond and blend together to create something new. The audience participates by bringing energy and presence as the group crosses the threshold with sound and movement into a place where neither the performers nor audience have or will ever go again.

Sunday, January 27th at The Crow and Quill.   The Lost presented by Dark Horse Theatre
Each year, a group of long-dead artists find themselves drawn together for a salon and a ghostly nightcap. As they begrudgingly rehash the faded moments of their own time in the spotlight, both triumphs and missed opportunities weigh heavily. Soon, the old petty slights and tensions begin to boil over. But something seems different this time. We see them, but do they see you?

 

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