Philadelphia’s newest art festival has returned with a brand new theme based on the topic of time travel. The festival, which features a month of music, dance, theatre, visual arts and activities, kicked off yesterday Thursday March 28 and runs through to April 27 at locations all over the city.
This year’s theme is “If You Had A Time Machine”. Over 50 events, installations and performances from both local and international acts based on the theme of time travel will be explored.
Among the acts is Tony Award winning choreographer and dancer Savion Glover, who will launch the festival’s opening weekend with “Dance Space,” a world premiere that he says will take the audience back to the beginning of the universe.
Other acts include acclaimed singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright who will pay homage to Judy Garland’s 1961 performance with his show “Prima! Rufus! Judy!” while Danilo Perez, Grammy Award winning pianist and composer, will use a multi-instrumental jazz piece to commemorate Balboa’s discovery of the Pacific Ocean in 1513.
The festival features a full line of top class performers. There are free performances happening on most nights around the time travel theme. Trapeze artists will sell tickets for public trapeze lessons nearly every day for the duration of the festival.
The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Philly Pops also have concerts scheduled as well as smaller musical and theatrical performances which are inspired by the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the first moon landing in 1969.
Photo: AP / Matt Rourke