(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – REMIX, a celebration of artistic innovation inspired by the mission to support emerging artists and the development of new work, kicks off the Berkshire Fringe‘s first international season on Monday, July 23, 2012, at 6p.m., in the Daniel Arts Center at Simon’s Rock College. REMIX will feature five short performances by local artists who have all been inspired by identical source materials.
Artists participating in the 2012 Berkshire Fringe season were each asked to “donate” something from their own shows that they believed would be inherently inspiring to someone else’s creative process. Participating gala artists will then work with these specific “donations” — including props, set pieces, concepts and lines of text — all of which will be taken out of context and used to inspire brand new short performances.
Featured REMIX artists include actress and dancer Karen Lee and collaborator Colin Gold; composer/singer Anna Dagmar; improv duo Barby Cardillo and Alexia Trainor (AKA Frog and Toad from RBIT-Royal Berkshire Improv Troupe); theater/music collective My Redneck Image (featuring composer Mark Kelso, director Meg Agnew and writer Cindy Parrish); and comedy writer/actor/filmmaker Zachary Green.
“REMIXING is all about drawing inspiration from existing material and reimagining and reinterpreting it in completely unexpected and exciting new ways” said Fringe co-artistic director Sara Katzoff.
“It’s extraordinary how much creativity and innovation emerges from having such specific parameters” said Fringe co-artistic director Timothy Ryan Olson. “The artists participating in the REMIX project are all working in different mediums and they are all encouraged to take huge creative risks — it’s inspiring and definitely embodies the spirit of the Fringe and our mission as an organization.”
Tickets range from pay-your-age to $100, and include hors’ d oeuvres from Chef Peter Platt (The Old Inn on the Green/Southfield Store); a silent and live auction; a dance party and libations donated by Domaney’s Liquors and Fine Wines.
“There are a lot of younger people and patrons of all ages who really want to support the arts but just aren’t able to purchase a $500 gala ticket. It’s important to us that our celebration remains welcoming to everyone in our community. The future of the arts–not just for us, but for everyone–is hugely dependent on accessibility.”
All proceeds from REMIX underwrite the Berkshire Fringe’s numerous free programs. Taking place July 23 – August 13., 2012, on the campus of Bard College at Simon’s Rock, the Berkshire Fringe presents three weeks of groundbreaking original theater, dance, live music and community workshops by emerging artists from the United Kingdom, Korea and across the United States.