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Aerial dance and acrobatics in Philly FringeArts -Tangle presents Loop

Tangle - Loop 1 - Anne Saint Peter

Tangle Movement Arts presents Loop, a dynamic circus-theater show that traces our unseen connections, as part of the 2014 Philadelphia FringeArts Festival. Tangle’s acrobats swing, climb, and weave through suspended loops and strands of rope to embrace—and sometimes to escape—the knots of human relationships.

“Loop explores the choice to grab hold of— or give up on— community,” says Tangle founder Lauren Rile Smith. “Connections with other people both empower and constrain you when you’re making a choice— in ways that aren’t always obvious. We wanted to use aerial dance and acrobatic partnering to explore that dynamic. The women in these stories are literally supported, raised up, held back— or left hanging.”

Via trapeze, aerial rope, and partner acrobatics, Loop follows two very different women through the difficult choice to leave or stay with their communities.A solitary wanderer climbs a mountain of suspended ropes, but she is confronted by strangers before she can escape to her next adventure. By turns they fight, flirt, and finally realize they are stronger together. Meanwhile, a close-knit trio of entertainers rely on each other to move in unison through the air—until one suddenly quits, tired of living life in perfect sync. The women she leaves behind have to rebuild their act—and their friendship—when they are left hanging.

Behind the scenes of these stories are two mysterious agents of change, who manipulate the invisible loops that keep people together—as they pluck one strand of a web, the whole net reverberates, transforming lives and reshaping connections.

Tangle’s innovative aerial storytelling is staged among sculptures by artist Julia Wilson, and performed on Philadelphia Soundstages’s unique infinity cyclorama. Loop premieres as part of the 2014 Philadelphia FringeArts Festival, at Philadelphia Soundstages (1600 N. 5th Street) on September 18th, 19th, and 20th. Tickets ($15-20) are available online at tangle-arts.com.

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 experience, and is devised collaboratively by its all-female ensemble. The New York Times writes, “Tangle Movement Arts turns a series of hanging loops into a stand-in for examining precarious relationships.”Tangle is based in Philadelphia and has been a Philly FringeArts Festival favorite since its inception in 2011.

Tangle presents Loop
Thursday, Sept. 18 at 8pm, Friday, Sept. 19 at 8pm, Saturday, Sept. 20 at 3pm and 8pm.
Philadelphia Soundstages, 1600 N. 5th Street, Philadelphia PA 19122.
Tickets: $15-20 (discounts for artists, students, seniors, and groups).
Purchase online at tangle-arts.com. Contact info@tangle-arts.com for discount information.

- 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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