Fringe Bytes: Grounded Aerial – Insectinside

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
dance company.

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.

Grounded Aerial

Interdisciplinary, 60 minutes
Philly Fringe
September 10th & 11th  at 8:00pm
September 12th at 3:00pm and 7:00pm
Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, 5900A Greene Street
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About Steven Weisz

A Graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with advanced degrees in Psychology and Education is an entrepreneur and CEO for several for-profits and non-profit corporations in the region. He is also an adjunct professor of Psychology with several local Universities.

Steven is currently the CEO of Delaware Valley on Line, one of the first regional Internet Service Provides that now focuses on business-class web hosting, design, and internet marketing. He is president and founder of Rainbow Promotions Inc., a special events and entertainment agency established in the late 70’s, that services corporate and retail accounts both locally and nationally.

Steven is the Founder of, the largest web presence and resource for the dance community in the greater Philadelphia region, and the Founder and Editor of The Dance Journal. His involvement in the dance community extends to being Director of Graffito Works, an international platform for dancers and performing artists to create site-specific work and to make it readily accessible to the public.

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