2020 marks the 18th year of the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival.
Events take place January 19-26, 2020. Here are a few of the special events and performances you won’t want to miss.
Cooper Bates of Los Angeles, CA, will bring a new piece, The Son of a Man, about an aging father reaching out to his estranged son, to ask forgiveness with a million-dollar apology. Bates’s 2019 production, Black When I was a Boy, filled the Magnetic Theater and earned broad acclaim. Performances of The Son of a Man take place January 23–25 at 7 p.m. each evening at The Block Off Biltmore, 39 South Market Street in Asheville.
La Gaviota Teatro
URIKUBU: Language without Frontiers is a performance by La Gaviota Teatro, a theater and puppetry group from Mexico City. The piece is a multidisciplinary work of physical theatre, creating a wondrous world of fantasy, both gritty and lyrical. It will be performed at the Magnetic Theater on January 24 & 25 beginning at 5 p.m.
Yuhas & Dancers
Voted Fringe Favorite in 2018 and ’19, Yuhas & Dancers, a Columbia, SC-based company, will present Radical Softness at the Diana Wortham Theater on Saturday, January 25 at 9 p.m. and Sunday, January 26 at 4 p.m. The dancers explore where softness meets resistance, using makeshift walls, bricks, feathers, and bodies flying through the air. The piece creates a world of empathy through movement and storytelling by dancers of all shapes, sizes, and colors.
Asheville Fringe After Party
Out-of-Town Artist Pop-up party features live performances plus DJ Nex Millen. Thursday, January 23 at 10 p.m. at The Block Off Biltmore, 39 South Market Street in Asheville.
In the South we meet at the dinner table. There are many things that divide us, but our love for southern food—soul food—brings us together. Join TAPROOT ensemble as we wrestle with what it means to be southern women, we tell stories, dance and sing about all those things “you’re not supposed to talk about at the dinner table.” Dance, storytelling, live music, and southern treats from Early Girl Eatery. Performances held Saturday, January 25 at 5 p.m. and Sunday, January 26 at 4 p.m. at the Be Be Theatre, 20 Commerce St., downtown Asheville.
Moving Body Dance Company
In a dystopia where circumstance brews skepticism, fear, and polarization, we explore separation and connectivity. Through evocative grittiness, this dance investigates what is at stake when we refuse to connect. Performances held Friday, January 24 at 9 p.m. and Sunday, January 26 at 6 p.m. at the Be Be Theatre, 20 Commerce St., downtown Asheville.
For more information about the festival, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (828) 301-5091. Fringe Central is located at the LaZoom Room at 76 Biltmore Ave. in Asheville.