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FringeArts – Brian Sanders’ JUNK Presents SUSPENDED – Raw, Brash, Erotic Physical Theater


FringeArts’ Festival favorite since 1999, Brian Sanders’ JUNK,  presents SUSPENDED on September 5-8, 11-14, 17-20, 2014.  SUSPENDED is a raw, brash, erotic, extreme, electrifying performance that uses physical prowess and strong adult content to create a conflicted state of mind.

Since 1992, Brian Sanders and his company, JUNK has left audiences spellbound by the intricacies and daredevil risks of Sanders’ ingenious choreography.  Dance critics have hailed JUNK as “accessible, technically flawless and thrilling” and declare Sanders as “the city’s most exciting choreographer” and “one of Philadelphia’s greatest cultural treasures.”

“I want the audience to feel SUSPENDED” says Artistic Director, Brian Sanders, “adrift in a series of opposing sensations … that strange sensation somewhere between joy and terror, like the plummet on a roller coaster. Laughing and crying at the same time. Is it painful or sublime? The sensation similar to feeling hot and cold simultaneously. Not numb, but caught, in sheer silence and stillness. A place of both beauty and unloveliness”

SUSPENDED will be performed by a predominantly male cast, including founder Brian Sanders, in JUNK’s massive studio, housed in the soaring nave of Shiloh Baptist Church at 2040 Christian Street, 2nd floor, Philadelphia.  In 2012 JUNK formed a partnership with Partners for Sacred Places, a nonprofit organization which preserves historic houses of worship by renting space to social service organizations and art groups to help defray the costs of maintaining the building. JUNK fans expect the unexpected … so the 60” ceiling and reverent architecture should be no surprise as an intriguing site-specific Fringe creation.

Tickets range from $30-75/person. Performances start at 9pm and last 45 minutes.  Limited Locker Room Pre-Show tickets are available at 8:30pm for admission to the adjacent chapel, where guests can share a more intimate moment with the artists. The exclusive prelude will include JUNK’s creative version of bathing by candlelight and rat-tail towel wars– available with VIP Lounge Seating for $75/person.

For tickets, order online at: https://pafringe.secure.force.com/ticket/#details_a0Si0000004Y6q7EAC or call the Box Office: (215) 413-1318

For more information on Brian Sanders’ JUNK and SUSPENDED visit: www.briansandersjunk.com/suspended

- 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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