Tangle Movement Arts presents Loop, a dynamic circus-theater show that traces our unseen connections, as part of the 2014 Philadelphia FringeArts Festival. Tangle’s acrobats swing, climb, and weave through suspended loops and strands of rope to embrace—and sometimes to escape—the knots of human relationships.
“Loop explores the choice to grab hold of— or give up on— community,” says Tangle founder Lauren Rile Smith. “Connections with other people both empower and constrain you when you’re making a choice— in ways that aren’t always obvious. We wanted to use aerial dance and acrobatic partnering to explore that dynamic. The women in these stories are literally supported, raised up, held back— or left hanging.”
Via trapeze, aerial rope, and partner acrobatics, Loop follows two very different women through the difficult choice to leave or stay with their communities.A solitary wanderer climbs a mountain of suspended ropes, but she is confronted by strangers before she can escape to her next adventure. By turns they fight, flirt, and finally realize they are stronger together. Meanwhile, a close-knit trio of entertainers rely on each other to move in unison through the air—until one suddenly quits, tired of living life in perfect sync. The women she leaves behind have to rebuild their act—and their friendship—when they are left hanging.
Behind the scenes of these stories are two mysterious agents of change, who manipulate the invisible loops that keep people together—as they pluck one strand of a web, the whole net reverberates, transforming lives and reshaping connections.
Tangle’s innovative aerial storytelling is staged among sculptures by artist Julia Wilson, and performed on Philadelphia Soundstages’s unique infinity cyclorama. Loop premieres as part of the 2014 Philadelphia FringeArts Festival, at Philadelphia Soundstages (1600 N. 5th Street) on September 18th, 19th, and 20th. Tickets ($15-20) are available online at tangle-arts.com.
Tangle Movement Arts is a circus arts company with an interdisciplinary focus, whose work integrates traditional circus like trapeze and acrobatics with dance, theater, and live music to tell a multi-dimensional story. Tangle’s work reflects individuals of diverse identities, with an emphasis on queer and female experience, and is devised collaboratively by its all-female ensemble. The New York Times writes, “Tangle Movement Arts turns a series of hanging loops into a stand-in for examining precarious relationships.”Tangle is based in Philadelphia and has been a Philly FringeArts Festival favorite since its inception in 2011.
Tangle presents Loop
Thursday, Sept. 18 at 8pm, Friday, Sept. 19 at 8pm, Saturday, Sept. 20 at 3pm and 8pm.
Philadelphia Soundstages, 1600 N. 5th Street, Philadelphia PA 19122.
Tickets: $15-20 (discounts for artists, students, seniors, and groups).
Purchase online at tangle-arts.com. Contact [email protected] for discount information.