Fringe Festival Highlights Art, Film and Theater

The 19th annual Ursinus Fringe Festival, Sept. 12 through Sept. 15, showcases the creative talents of artists on campus and in the community.

A vibrant, creative collection of performances and events will again be the focus of the Ursinus Fringe Festival. Modeled after the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, it will feature a diverse array of theater, dance, music, film and visual art works.

Some of the events are interactive and encourage participants to step out of their comfort zones and approach art in a new and interesting way. It is a community-driven event that takes place in several locations on campus. 

This year’s events include:

Wednesday, Sept. 12

Living Statue with Philadelphia theater artist Brian McCann

Noon, outside Wismer Center

Classical Indian Dance Workshop

3 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., Blackbox Studio Theater

Fringe Cabaret

7 p.m., Blackbox Studio Theater

Artists from the Ursinus campus community perform works of dance, song, poetry, comedy, and more. Unpredictable and entertaining, the cabaret showcases the performing skills of Ursinus artists in this fun, entertaining and varied show.

Thursday, Sept. 13

Classical Indian Dance Workshop

1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., Blackbox Studio Theater

Queer Film Festival Screening: Mädchen in Uniform (1931, German with English subtitles)

7 p.m., Olin Auditorium

Manuela is a spirited teenager attending a strict boarding school for girls where she falls in love with her teacher, Fräulein von Bernburg. The film was banned in Germany and nearly banned in the U.S. for its queer content.   

Dance Films at the Fringe!

6 p.m., Lenfest Theater

The fourth annual Dance Films at the Fringe is produced in partnership with Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema and features an array of international work by artists from China, France, Finland, Canada, the United Kingdom and the U.S..

Friday, Sept. 14

Afro-Cuban Dance Workshop

4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Blackbox Studio Theater

Dressed in colorful, authentic costumes and singing in traditional African languages, the dancers of Troupe Da-Da move gracefully to the powerful rhythms of the Djembe & Dundun, drums from Guinea West Africa, and the Conga & Bata drums of Cuba. Troupe Da-Da also plays a number of African percussion instruments such as the log drums from Ginuea, West Africa, the talking drum from Nigeria, and the sekere (hand drum), played in West Africa and Cuba.

Drag Show

10 p.m., Blackbox Studio Theater

Join hosts Thunder Showers and Summer Clearance as they welcome the gorgeous and talented Astala Vista, plus two amazing Philadelphia Drag Wars winners, Anita Manhattan and VinChelle.

Saturday, Sept. 15

Aerial Dance Fabric Workshops with Nicole Predki of Frequent Flyers Productions, Inc.

12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Blackbox Studio Theater

This workshop is designed for anyone interested in exploring new ways to move through space. While you’ll leave feeling like a performer from Cirque du Soleil, no special skills are required to participate. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate.