Aerial dance and acrobatics in Philly FringeArts -Tangle presents Loop

Tangle - Loop 1 - Anne Saint Peter

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 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 Contact for discount information.

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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