The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival has announced the programming planned for its 2012 event, which will take place September 7-22 in venues and alternative spaces throughout the city of Philadelphia.

The festival, a platform for daring and innovative artists, will feature Australia's Back to Back Theatre's Food Court, directed by Bruce Gladwin; New York's Elevator Repair Service and Young Jean Lee Theater Company; Montreal's 7 Fingers urban circus company; and theater and dance from Philadelphia's leading art makers such as Headlong Dance Theater, Brian Sanders' JUNK, choreographer Jumatatu Poe, and New Paradise Laboratories, who will present 27 directed by Whit MacLaughlin.

Japanese playwright/director Toshiki Okada's and Pig Iron Theatre Company will collaborate on Minister of Mascots, a look at the after-effects of the Japanese tsunami directed by Dan Rothenberg and featuring James Sugg, Dito van Reigersberg, and Alex Torra. In addition, Okada will present his own triptych of plays.

Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental will team up with the Minneapolis-based Wilhelm Brothers for RED-EYE to HAVRE de GRACE, directed and designed by Thaddeus Phillips and created in collaboration with Geoff Sobelle and Sophie Bortolussi. In addition, Charlotte Ford is working with Philadelphia theater artists inclucing performers Sarah Sanford and Lee Etzold and director Emmanuelle Delpech, for Bang, a work of theater in which three distinct characters fall accidentally onto the stage.

The festival will also utilize the city's Benjamin Franklin Parkway, with an interactive public art experience from Montreal-based new media artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and the largest work in Live Arts Festival history with Sylvain Émard Danse's Le Grand Continental.

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