Unveiling Tourette Syndrome and revealing its artistic intelligence

As part of Philly Fringe, Band of Artists will present “Tourettes: A Dancing Disorder” at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, September 7 and 8, and the Painted Bride Art Center at 230 Vine Street in Philadelphia. It also will appear at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, September 14 and 15 at the Main Stage Theatre of the Spruance FineArts Center at Arcadia University, located at 450 South Easton Road in Glenside, Pennsylvania.

Band of Artists, a unique multidisciplinary group of forward-thinking performers and presenters, unveils the artistic intelligence of Tourette Syndrome in modern dance, music, interactive lecture and Q&A.

Group founder Sutie Madison, who has had Tourette since age 8, explores the fluid boundaries between creative expression and health-event by choreographing out of the tics, twitches and vocalizations of the condition. In the safe space of performance, audiences are invited to gaze without awkwardness, learn about Tourette and question definitions of art and disability.

The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe were originally founded in 1997 as the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Today, the Live Arts Festival serves as a series of selected cutting-edge, boundary-breaking performing arts events, created by some of the most renowned contemporary artists from our region and around the world. The Fringe serves as a collective home for artists bringing their work to audiences in every conceivable form — in traditional and untraditional venues, using new artistic forms and established ones, breaking rules or refining them.



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