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It’s almost September, the month of Cynthia’s 44th birthday and also the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, in which Cynthia will present a small excerpt from her new work in progress Articles of Faith, as part of Catch Takes Bok. She also plans to see many exciting works in the festival by such inspiring artists as Ann Hamilton, Jerome Bel, Nichole Canuso, Nora Chipaumire, and Martha Graham Cracker, among many others. Cynthia will appear in next year’s Fringe Festival in two projects: one by Michael Kiley (scheduled to be our guest next week on Moving to Philadelphia!) and another by Big Dance Theater, the latter serving as inspiration for the song of the week, Bess’s Lament, written from the perspective of a young wife who has caught her husband having an affair with their even younger maid, according to the syllabic and chord-shifting structure of a song by My Brightest Diamond.
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This week Cynthia is away from Philadelphia, hard at work on Martha's Vineyard, rehearsing with Big Dance Theater... and also attempting to manifest the faith required to continue working on a new show that will be performed in small part as soon as September 17th (in Philadelphia, as part of the Catch performance series at Bok, within the Philadelphia Fringe Festival) and in large part also pretty darn soon, the first week of November (at commissioning venue American Dance Institute in Maryland) whose subject matter is itself faith: both the many uses of faith - as a form of hope to carry one through catastrophic adversity, as a kind of self-fulfilling prophecy, as an antidote to panic when facing deadlines that seem impossible to meet, as an energy source when creating something new (especially when one's livelihood has come to depend on one's ability to create new things) - and the extreme difficulty of cultivating faith when perfectly wonderful people suffer and die young and perfectly decent homes are destroyed by acts of God. For the first time ever, this week's podcast includes a "sneak preview" in the form of a mini-monologue from Articles of Faith, followed by a song about the difficulty of proceeding with the creation of a show called Articles of Faith.
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This week has been oppressively hot, and both Jeff and Cynthia have had to spend most of it working in mid-town Manhattan, the 9th circle of hell. Nevertheless the realms of fantasy are alive and well there and have rescued the spirits of these two folks from total despair: Jeff experienced Virtual Reality at Madame Tussaud’s, pretending to shoot at imaginary ghosts; meanwhile Cynthia accidentally has fallen in love with a fictional character (who is much too young for her, even if she happened to be single which she is not) from a “young adult” teen romance book she got paid to read out loud… Back in Philadelphia, the realms of the unreal (as some choose to call them) continue to rescue humans from oppressive heat and depressing politics, in the form of visual art (tiny paintings by Louise Fishman at the ICA) and music (songs of Charles Mingus performed live outdoors in Clark Park). And so, in spite of all manner of doubts, Cynthia continues to toil away at creating an escape from reality of her own - a show that is itself an homage to frames of mind that allow us to weather the pains of human life without being crushed by suffering (apparently, suffering is optional) - and offers up an a cappella version of a song called Spectacular Display, that may end up being the opening song of this new work.
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What do a description of shooting stars, the IMAX movie about the National Parks now playing at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, and Cynthia’s new project Articles of Faith all have in common? They are fueled by the energy of attempting an impossible task, which like all forms of energy is indestructible.
Topics you might become curious about by listening to this week’s report on multiple Philadelphia adventures include: what God hates, how lead can be organically removed from soil, what K stands for, how do witches and faeries define the terms witch and faerie, where and when free boating is offered in Philadelphia, whose 18th century garden is preserved and available for wandering through today, how to make a natural home-made hydrating beverage equivalent to Gatorade in its replenishing powers yet free of refined sugar, some of the many protests that took place during the Democratic National Convention last week, what is permaculture and why do people practice it, are there contemporary pagans and what do they believe and why, and how anarchists provide sonic support for an idea without clapping. The song of the week is inspired by and modeled after Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s performance of “Hope” at the Mann Center, and is titled “Structure of Hope."