For the Philly Fringe, Insectinside offers up a raw and volatile love story in a whirling fantasy insect realm. Presented by Grounded Aerial, it combines modern dance (ground) with uniquely rigged aerial elements (air) in equal parts with a cast of fifteen artists. The production incorporates silk artists, dancers, a stilt artist, actors, gymnastics, and bungee aerial, along with an original musical score. But if you are looking for a mini circus, then this is not the place. Rather, Insectinside is emotionally charged choreography amplified into the air.
Based in New York City, but with strong ties to the Philadelphia area, Insectinside has been a huge success in both San Francisco and New York City. While the cast is mainly from NYC, this Fringe presentation incorporates some Philly based performers as well.
Each character presented has a complex layering of insect aggression combined with human empathy. While subtly investigating the concept of individual and communal betterment, Insectinside catapults the audience into a whirlwind fantasyland of flying wasps, fireflies, and a towering praying mantis. As the characters interact, play with, and perform among the audience through out the performance, there is surprise and message moment by moment.
Directing this flying menagerie is Karen A. Fuhrman, a trained modern and ballet dancer with an M.A. from NYU. Now specializing in both ground and aerial choreography, she has performed with the renowned dance company Pilobolus, seen with 2007 Oscars Award Show, Ellen Degenerous, Oprah, and the Conan O’ Brian show. Other credits include Cavalia by Cirque du Soleil, De La Guarda (off-Broadway NYC), and MOMIX
With Grounded Aerial, Ms. Fuhrman’s choreography has appeared at Yerba Buena’s Art Festival (San Francisco), Microsoft’s worldwide Vista and Office Logo launch, benefits in Lake Tahoe, Limelight night club (NYC), Company y Company (Barcelona, Spain), Bidvest International Awards Ceremony (Johannesburg, South Africa), Skirball Theater (NYC opening for Neil Diamond), Spiderman II release party, the International Palace in Guatemala City, Usher (NYC Gala), Madeski, Martin, and Wood Concert (Hammerstein Ballroom, NYC), as well as 19th century barns, post-modern cathedrals, and northern California beaches.
Ultimately, as the characters fly among and interact with the audience, what unfolds is a raw love story that will make you feel and think, and perhaps tug just a bit at your heart strings.
Interdisciplinary, 60 minutes
September 10th & 11th at 8:00pm
September 12th at 3:00pm and 7:00pm
Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, 5900A Greene Street
Information & Tickets: http://www.phillyfringe.org/details.cfm?id=14142
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