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August 20, 2014, 4:23 pm

Arts festival features new unique performances

Tickets are now on sale for the 2013 Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA), taking place March 28–April 27. Produced by the Kimmel Center, PIFA 2013 “combines the creative talents of both large and small Philadelphia arts and culture organizations to create innovative and new works.”

The curatorial theme for the city-wide biennial festival, featuring more than 50 diverse artistic offerings, is If You Had a Time Machine. Among the highlights are Philadanco’s world premiere of “The Big Bang” by Christopher Huggins; an “onstage culinary adventure” by Chef Walter Staib, owner of City Tavern; Robert Glasper’s “reinterpretation” of Stevie Wonder’s classic album “Songs in the Key of Life,” featuring Lalah Hathaway, Eric Roberson and Stokley (from Mint Condition) and the world premiere of Tony Award-winner Savion Glover’s improvisational solo tap dance and percussive piece, “Dance Space,” as well as “Where Heaven’s Dew Divides,” a collaboration between percussive dancer/choreographer and vocal “improviser” Germaine Ingram and modern dancer/choreographer Leah Stein.

At a recent preview of PIFA 2013, Anne Ewers, president and CEO of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, recalled the origin of the festival saying, “When I was interviewing for this job, the search committee said, ‘What would you do to bring the resident companies closer together — to be more collaborative? I said, ‘Have you ever thought about a festival?’ An extraordinary effort brought together the idea of a festival ... not only our eight resident companies, but performing, visual and cultural arts organizations across the city, all working together under a common theme — all focused on three key tenets: collaboration, innovation and creativity. So in 2011, Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, affectionately known as PIFA, was hugely successful, and now we are honored to bring forward PIFA 2013.”

Tickets are available for purchase at, (215) 546-PIFA (7432), or at the Kimmel Center Box Office located at Broad and Spruce streets. Ticket prices vary for performances and events.


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