February 7, 2023

Fusebox Festival 2020 Schedule goes Live


This year’s Fusebox Festival will host more than 40 artists and companies in one of the larger iterations yet of the annual performance arts confab.

Organizers have just unveiled the line-up at

Tickets are free, but you’ll need to make reservations. Reservations go live on March 26. Limited tickets will also be available at the door of each performance.

This year, the Fusebox Festival Hub is at Distribution Hall, 1500 E. Fourth St. From 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. each night of the festival (April 15-19), the Hub is host to a plethora of live shows, temporary installations and all manner of arts happenings. Tickets are not necessary for the Hub.

Here’s a few things that caught our eye:

“This A Room: Reality Winner Verbatim Transcription”
From Tina Satter / Half Straddle comes an edge-of-your-seat drama Is “This A Room: Reality Winner Verbatim Transcription” stages the transcript of Texas-born National Security Administration interpreter named Reality Winner (yes, that’s her real name) who discovered and leaked the proof that Russia interfered in the 2016 election, and that this information was being kept from the public.

“No Boundaries: A Journey to Embody the Work of Black Choreographers”
Gesel Mason brilliant performance lecture “No Boundaries: A Journey to Embody the Work of Black Choreographers,” presented in partnership with The Carver Museum, stages a vital history of Black choreography that cracks open our understanding of what it means to archive live performance.

Related: “Archiving Black Dance: Gesel Mason Preserves, and Dances, the Work Of African American Choreographers”

“Let ‘im Move You: Intervention”
Philadelphia dance artist jumatatu m. poe will stage pop-up performances situated in the streets and alleyways of Rosewood neighborhood that reflect the artists 10 years of research, celebration and experimentation with the J-Sette dance form, originally performed by Black southern US majorette lines at various historically Black colleges.

Autumn Knight: “M _ _ _ ER” 
A solo work by interdisciplinary artist Autumn Knight that considers how the concepts of “mother,” “murder,” and “matter” shape experiences of intimacy, utilizing non linear improvisation, sculpture, and manipulation of scenic elements like light and sound as tools for deeper inquiry.

“Mythological Border Crosser” 
Guadalupe Maravilla will incorporate autobiographical storytelling, songs, and choreographed rituals to create a new visual memory for the entangled genealogy of border-crossing stories.

“147 Devices For Integrated Principles”
Interdisciplinary artists Hillerbrand+Magsamen are joined by playwright Kirk Lynn and composer Peter Stopschinski for a project rooted in our society’s ever-growing desire to exercise control over our lives through various devices. Hurricanes, school shootings, divisive politics, anger, illness… how does anyone navigate, let alone survive in our world now? Can more apps really help? Should we constantly look to new technology to fix our problems? Or are there alternatives?

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin
Jeanne Claire van Ryzin
An award-winning arts journalist, Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is the founder and editor-in-chief of Sightlines.

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