The 9th Annual Transmodern Performance Festival, the weekend-long “cultural phenomenon” celebrating the outré and experimental across multiple Baltimore venues, opens today. According to the official website, Transmodern presents “radical, experimental, expectation-defying work,” but I would add “delightful” (or some less lame equivalent) in there somewhere. Because though the festival features a fair amount of out-of-town and international artists, it’s very Baltimore, which is to say as experimental and conceptually severe as Transmodern may get, it never loses its joyful, celebratory vibe – at least not that I’ve ever witnessed. Take, for example, tonight’s opening event at Current Space: F.E.A.S.T., a “culinary performance” providing an “aural, visual, and palatable experience;” or tomorrow night’s The Body X-tended at 14K Cabaret, “an evening of uncanny garments;” or Sunday morning’s Love Parade (by Fluid Movement) at the Baltimore Farmer’s Market. You get the idea, right?
Transmodern features an equal portion of artists doing their regular schtick and others getting outside of their comfortable format. The band Weekends will be doing the normal, everyday, sublime thing that they do, while rapper Mickey Free will be mixing it up, collaborating with local dance group Effervescent Collective. So it’s an opportunity to catch up on Baltimore’s creative scene if you’ve been out of the loop as well as to see some this-is-never-going-to-happen-again performances.
For a full schedule of performances, visit transmodernfestival.com
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