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Tangle travels across time with all-new aerial dance showcase Timelines

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Tangle Movement Arts presents Timelines, a dynamic dance theater show from Philadelphia’s innovative aerial artists. Tangle’s nine-woman cast mixes traditional circus arts, like aerial acrobatics and tumbling, with dance, theater, and spoken word to present a highly kinetic meditation on female bodies in time.

From a wistful look at how our bodies change with age to an extravagant story of time travel into an unknown future, Timelines uses aerial dance and theater to explore our fantasies and fears of time, delivering Tangle’s characteristic “unexpected visual elements and fearless personal narrative” (Edge Philadelphia).

A dancer twists on the pendulum of a giant clock as it ticks down moments. An acrobat echoes life evolving on earth millennia ago, rising out of the ocean and into the air via body contortion and aerial rope. Two vaudevillians can’t quite resolve their comic timing on the trapeze. And a daydreaming secretary in a 1950s office escapes to a radical future in which people and relationships connect in profoundly different ways. Past, present, and future collide in an acrobatic drama of swinging trapezes and suspended fabric.

Tangle Movement Arts is a circus arts company with an interdisciplinary focus, whose work integrates traditional circus like trapeze and acrobatics with dance, theater, and live music to tell a multi-dimensional story. Tangle’s work reflects individuals of diverse identities, with an emphasis on queer and female experiences, and is devised collaboratively by its all-female ensemble. Tangle is based in Philadelphia and has been a Philly FringeArts Festival favorite since its inception in 2010.

Timelines premieres at Christ Church Neighborhood House (20 N. American Street) on April 3rd, 4th, and 5th. Tickets ($15-20) are available via www.tangle-arts.com. Timelines is part of the Philadelphia Queer Media Activism Series, an annual series of live performances, film screenings, panel discussions, and workshops which present creative and radical takes on the intersections of race, class, disability, citizenship, sexuality, and gender identity/expression.

- Steven Weisz

Founder & Editor
While not a dancer himself, Weisz’s love for the arts and dance started as a child growing up in New York City. With parents, who were strong supporters of the arts and part of a community with an incredible array of notable artists in music, dance, theater and fine arts, Weisz’s access and affinity for the performing arts took root. Upon attending college in Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania in the mid 70’s, Weisz started performing as a puppeteer, magician, juggler and fire eater as a means of supplementing his income. This soon grew in to what became Rainbow Promotions Inc., one of the largest entertainment and special events producers in the region. It was here that he began to promote and book dance for major events throughout the city. Many of the dancers he worked with in the early days of his company are now major choreographers in Philadelphia. At the same time, Weisz’s interest in computers and the early developments of what is now known as the Internet, led him to also start another company, Delaware Valley On Line, which became one of the first regional ISPs. It was this combination of event production, internet development and event marketing that led him to examine the use of the internet as a means to promote the arts. Dance continued to be a major interest for Weisz and in 2005 he founded PhiladelphiaDANCE.org as a major online resource to promote dance in the city. It was soon after that the Dance Journal was also founded as a way to provide an outlet for writing on a range of topics that encompass the ever growing and emerging dance community in the region. Weisz continues to run both PhiladelphiaDANCE and The Dance Journal on purely a voluntary basis with no income derived from any of his projects. He is also the Artistic Director of Graffito Works, a unique platform for dancers and performing artists to create site-specific work and to make it readily accessible to the public.

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