Fast as lightning: Fusebox’s “60-in-Sixty”

Mari Akita
Mari Akita performs in 2013 iteration of Fusebox's "60-in-Sixty" show and fundraiser

Fusebox’s annual “60-in-Sixty” has become an Austin summer tradition of sorts.

In its off-season, when Fusebox is not presenting its international performance arts festival, the organization puts the spotlight on an all-locals show. Think of it as a crazed, lightening-fast talent show with 60 individual artists each doing something on stage — usually the more surprising, the better — for 60 super-short seconds.

There’s Austin well-knowns like composer Graham Reynolds, Matt Teodori of Line Upon Line Percussion, puppeteer Caroline Reck, dancemaker Alexa Capareda, actor and writer Katherine Catmull. Visual artists get on the stage and into the show too:  Liz Rodda,  M.E. Laursen, Annie B. Miller and Ted Carey. And Jaime Salvador Castillo, the chair of the City of Austin Arts Commission, is on the show’s roster.

Fusebox organizers won’t give too much away but say this year’s show includes  “a condensed history of Latinx Rock, a political horse puppet, a grand micro opera, and a wacky windsock dance,” among other acts.

When “60-in-Sixty” first launched it was one show. Now, there’s two performance for a reason — it typically sells out.


Shows are 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. July 27, at the North Door. Tickets are on a sliding scale of $20, $30 and $50. See fuseboxfestival.com

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