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July 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
Curated and Hosted by Ben Grinberg
The most skilled and expressive jugglers, acrobats, and aerialists in the region present works-in-progress at this special circus edition of scratch night. Curated and hosted by Ben Grinberg, the evening will feature four to six short performances by local companies and artists, offering an inside look at the future of contemporary circus. Join us as we celebrate risk-taking cross-pollination of circus with other art forms.
About the Artists
Skein of Heart by Brian Sanders’ JUNK
Enter/Exit the broken way. Always right? The metal is transparent and the softness of heart urges you forward. Find your way through a labyrinth of ugly human/beautiful monster. Part maze, part performance, part musical homage—a cryptic love. Those who enter the Skein of Heart do not leave as they came. Upcoming performances in the 2019 Fringe Festival.
Coated: 1944 Hartford Circus Fire (Excerpts) by Open Ring Circus
In honor of the 75th anniversary of the Hartford Circus Fire, Open Ring Circus created a 90 min show which combines circus acrobatics, theater, dance and original sound design. With support from the Connecticut Art’s Council and the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, the collective has focused the past 9 months on researching the event and creating a show that holds space for the fire that echoes throughout Hartford’s history. This winter, Open Ring spent time exploring archives of the 1944 fire at the Hartford History Center and the Connecticut Historical Society. They also interviewed survivors and community members deeply affected by the fire. This research has helped them navigate this tragic event and pay respect to this disaster that heavily affected the Hartford and American circus communities. 75th anniversary premiere in Hartford CT, July 12th at Charter Oak Center. Philly Fringe Festival performances at Secret Circus. NE Tour, September–November.
IndestructAble Flowers by Mark Wong
Mark’s work is rooted in the movement vocabulary of Breaking and social dance, blending action with storytelling. IndestructAble Flowers premiered as a duet with Lily Kind at the 2018 Fringe Festival. Mark is creating a full-length dance theater duet “You are not a Shining Star” to be performed in the 2019 Philadelphia Fringe.
Operation Wawa Road Trip by Joseph Ahmed with Tribe of Fools
After their father’s death, Lee and Joey have stolen his ashes and set off from Dayton, OH to Philadelphia to spread his ashes in a “meaningful place” – the Wawa parking lot. Driving the PA Turnpike at night they encounter night yard sales, ghost janitors and a Sheetz vs Wawa brawl. Operation Wawa Road Trip is a fast-paced comedy about grief, sibling rivalry and where “Home” is. Upcoming performances in September.
Love & Recovery by Mae West and Ally Wallace
Love & Recovery is an ongoing project exploring human connection, the process of self reflection, and the use of coping mechanisms. Inspired by Ally Wallace’s release of the Love & Recovery EP (via her musical persona, Ally & the Walrus) combined with the movement and circus explorations of Mae West, this duo delves into research around what it means for those that have experienced trauma to change the strategies they use for comfort. When do coping mechanisms become more detrimental than helpful and how do we recognize when our actions may need to change?