Brian Sanders’ JUNK is known for their ingenious use of found objects and clever inventions that bridge the gap between dance and physical theater. Sanders’ choreography blends traditional dance theater with an inventiveness and physicality that gives reason for critics to hail JUNK as “Philly’s most imaginative perpetrator of dare-devilish physical theater” and declare Sanders as “the city’s most exciting choreographer.” JUNK maintains its home season in Philadelphia, PA each fall as a mainstay of the FringeArts Festival.
JUNK’s mission as a dance-theater company is to inspire with creativity. The company strives to produce work that is both artistic and accessible while maintaining a ceaseless desire to try new things. Through original productions and community outreach JUNK seeks to serve as a catalyst for generating fresh ideas and to encourage us to see the world in a new and vital way.
As a brother of six, growing up in Princeton, Brian’s reckless fun was easily channeled once he found his love for gymnastics and classical dance. Inspired by the inventiveness of shows like Bob Fosse’s Dancin’ and Pilobolus on Broadway in the 1970’s, Brian resolved to become a choreographer in his own right. At the time he was unaware that he would eventually sustain an extensive working relationship with one of the founding members of Pilobolus, Moses Pendleton who went on to found his own company in 1980, MOMIX, where for the next ten years Sanders choreographed and performed with the company worldwide.
Since Sanders’ success with MOMIX he has gone on to choreograph and perform nationally and internationally for dance, television, theatre, and video. In Italy Brian choreographed two nationally televised mini series and choreographed a touring show, NOGRAVITY, which performed as part of the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games in Torino.
After many independent projects as a choreographer, he eventually founded Brian Sanders JUNK, in 1997. JUNK has since become a nationally recognized troupe performing domestically, internationally and regularly in Philadelphia and the surrounding area. Sanders continues to create evening length works and a consortium of repertoire on JUNK. His site-specific shows sell out every year for the Philadelphia FringeArts Festival.
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