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Philadelphia Fringe Fest Comes to Drexel

September 7, 2008

Philadelphia Fringe Fest

Indigenous Pitch, a collective of Philadelphia-based dance companies, will take the Mandell Theater by storm in their performances of ‘Manic Swell, ’a Philadelphia Live Arts Fringe Festival presentation, sponsored in part by the Westphal College. The show will feature hip-hop theater, motion capture animation, multi-media dance and aerial stuntwork performed by Philly Fringe dance favorites Binc, Illadelphlave, Stephen Welsh/SWERVE, Underground Dance Works, Surge, and recent Westphal Digital Media graduate, Lauren Mandilian. 

Alumnus Lauren Mandilian will present Information Overload: A Collaborative Multimedia Performance. The modern dance, which incorporates animation, projections, real time video and motion capture, explores how society relates to technology. Back for its second showing at the Mandell Theater, this outstanding piece brings together several programs at Drexel including Performing Arts, Digital Media, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Music Industry.

Looking at insanity and memory through different stylistic lenses, the creators of ‘Manic Swell’ transport the audience into the eye of the storm with original live music, video/still projections and comic prop use. The City Paper called Indigenous Pitch ‘muscular, acrobatic, witty’ and The Philadelphia Inquirer wrote that they are ‘hilarious, quirky and always inventive.’

Do not miss this electrifying line-up of contemporary dance and multi-media. Performances of ‘Manic Swell’ are Friday, September 5th at 7 PM, Saturday, September 6th at 2 PM and 7 PM and Sunday, September 7th at 7 PM. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased through the Fringe Box Office by clicking here, or by calling 610-853-9656.


  • ‘Manic Swell’
  • September 5, 7 PM; September 6, 2 PM & 7 PM; September 7, 7 PM
  • Mandell Theater, MacAlister Hall, 33rd and Chestnuts St.
  • Tickets can be purchased at the Fringe Box Office here, or by calling 610-853-9656