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Fusebox Festival

2013 lineup features Deborah Hay dance, line upon line percussion, Peat Duggins, and the return of Action Hero

By Robert Faires, February 1, 2013, Arts

Cold air wasn't the only thing that blew through town dramatically Tuesday night. The lineup for this year's edition of the Fusebox Festival did, too. In a party-cum-announcement at MASS Gallery, Fusebox founder and Artistic Director Ron Berry lifted the lid on who and what to expect for the ninth hybrid arts celebration, scheduled for April 17-28 at more than 15 different sites around the city. There's dance from New York City; performance art from Boulder, Colo.; theatre from the United Kingdom; interactive video from Brussels, Belgium; and plenty of boundary-busting work from right here in Austin. You can find the highlights below, but a more detailed rundown can be found on our Arts blog at

Austin choreographer Deborah Hay presents three dances – her duet As Holy Sites Go and the solos FIRE and No Time to Fly – performed by New York-based Jeanine Durning and Australian dancer Ros Warby.

Austin's line upon line percussion performs the U.S. premiere of Erewhon, a monumental percussion work by French composer Hugues Dufourt.

Belgium's Ant Hampton presents Cue China (Elsewhere, Offshore), a work for two audience members at computer screens in which their faces onscreen morph into the faces of Chinese computer factory workers.

British troupe Action Hero (A Western, Fusebox 2010) makes its triumphant return with the daredevil-inspired Watch Me Fall.

Former Austin artist Peat Duggins presents A Survey of Open Space, his documentary film account of his 14-week, 4,000-mile cross-continent bicycle ride.

NYC choreographer/dancer Nora Chipaumire performs the dance-theatre work Miriam.

Colorado-based solo performer Michelle Ellsworth remixes The Iliad into a techno-feminist work titled Phone Homer.

Early bird passes ($125) are on sale now. Regular passes ($175) and individual tickets go on sale Feb. 28. For more information, visit

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