The People’s Tower

Watch THE PEOPLES TOWER be Erected and torn down! 2018 PIFA PREVIEW – Kimmel Center + MyNEWPhilly

At a press event held this morning, the
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts revealed new details about the upcoming installment of the
Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA). Kimmel Center President & CEO Anne Ewers|
announced the biannual Festival will be later in the year and will now take place June 1–10, 2018. Also
announced, The Kimmel Center’s exclusive membership in In Situ – a network of European presenters
specializing in art in public spaces. The Kimmel Center is the only U.S. member, and the affiliation allows
the Kimmel Center to bring unique European performances to Philadelphia.
The Kimmel Center also announced the centerpiece of PIFA 2018 – the return of Transe Express, the
French performance troupe that PIFA lovers will remember from their amazing spectacle during the
2011 Festival when more than 200,000 visitors packed the Avenue of the Arts to witness the ‘jaw-
dropping sensation.’ The group will bring the World Premiere of Crystal Palace – a 30-foot human
chandelier with more than 50 live performers and dancers. Crystal Palace will be a full, 90-minute
performance that artistically recreates the history of dance – from The Waltz and Tango, to the
Charleston, the Swing and Disco – through air acrobats and integrated dance groups.
“I am absolutely thrilled to share the news of PIFA’s return as well as our involvement with In Situ,” said
Anne Ewers, President & CEO of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts during her address. “PIFA is
our gift to this city, bringing together communities to share and appreciate art in all of its forms. There is
much to look forward to and it all starts this weekend with the fanfare of The People’s Tower!”


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