Tangle offers audiences an aerial dance adventure with Ampersand

Tumbling, climbing, singing, running, flying. In Ampersand, Tangle works with acrobatic dance and aerial theatrics to tell the story of several ordinary lives in Philadelphia. Combining traditional circus arts like trapeze, aerial rope, and partner acrobatics with powerful narratives of memory and belonging, Tangle will bridge performance disciplines and bring urban life to a grand scale. On Thursday September 8th (7pm) and Friday September 9th (6:30 and 9pm), Tangle will bring their new work to Philadelphia Soundstages in Northern Liberties (1600 N. 5th Street).

Audiences will see the daily grind of a morning commute turned literally upside-down, battles fought on a crowded sidewalk, memories sprung to life in aerial dance, and the objects of an ordinary living room transformed by music and movement. “This new work is called Ampersand, after the typesetter’s abbreviation for ‘and,’ because we’re inspired by stories of connection and intersection,” says Tangle founder Lauren Rile Smith. “Our show is about bridging performance disciplines, using music and found text to create new concepts, bringing bodies together, building structures from which we can take flight.”

Tangle founding member Sarah Nicolazzo adds, “For me, aerials are about strangeness and impossibility. I think there’s something really utopian about an art that’s all about pushing the boundaries of what bodies ‘naturally’ do, how they move, how they relate to gravity and each other.” Tangle’s performers have trained their acrobatic skills at schools from around the world to Germantown, and now are bringing them to a unique venue (Philadelphia Soundstages’ infinity cyclorama) in Northern Liberties. Audiences are invited to this one-of-a-kind premiere, a proud part of the 2011 Philadelphia Fringe Festival.

What: Tangle presents Ampersand— a dance, theater, and aerial spectacle.
Where: Philadelphia Soundstages, 1600 N. 5th Street, Philadelphia 19122.
When: Thursday September 8 at 7:30 pm, and Friday September 9 at 6:30 pm and 9 pm.
Tickets: $10-15 (discount for student and theatergoers under 25). Purchase at the door or through the Live Arts and Philly Fringe box office.

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 PhiladelphiaDANCE.org, 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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