Tangle presents The Girl’s Guide to Neighborly Conduct in FringeArts

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photos by Michael Ermilio

When a new neighbor moves into the rowhouse next door, six longtime housemates spark with conflict, romance, trapeze duets—and the need for a very modern etiquette manual. The Girl’s Guide to Neighborly Conduct is a dynamic circus-theater exploration of how to greet strangers, when to take out the recycling, and what it means to find home. On Thursday September 10th (8pm), Friday September 11th (8pm), and Saturday September 12th (3pm and 8pm), Tangle will bring their new work to Philadelphia Soundstages in Northern Liberties (1600 N. 5th Street).

Against a kinetic cityscape of suspended rope and silk walls, The Girl’s Guide to Neighborly Conduct investigates life’s unspoken rules and expectations. Tangle’s seven-woman cast negotiates queer connections, female strength, and what it means to live in community. Tangle’s acrobats swing from trapezes, cartwheel across the dinner table, and lift each other out of trouble in this new show merging circus arts, dance, and theater.

“We’re really proud of The Girl’s Guide to Neighborly Conduct’s unique mix of dance, theater, and aerial acrobatics—a contemporary circus style that’s perfect for the FringeArts Festival,” says Tangle founder Lauren Rile Smith. “Our show is about what happens when strangers suddenly get close. It creates relationships charged with awkwardness and possibility—for anger, for romance, for rearranging lives. We stitch these relatable moments into the surreal world of Tangle’s circus-theater, with a house made out of aerial silks and relationships that include the literal, physical support of an acrobatics partner in a trapeze duet.”

Tangle’s innovative aerial storytelling tells the story of a complex web of friendship and community, on the unique infinity cyclorama of Philadelphia Soundstages. The Girl’s Guide to Neighborly Conduct premieres as part of the 2015 Philadelphia FringeArts Festival, at Philadelphia Soundstages (1600 N. 5th Street) on September 10th, 11th, and 12th. Tickets ($15-20) are available online at tangle-arts.com.

Tangle Movement Arts is a circus arts company with a contemporary twist, whose performances mix traditional circus like trapeze and acrobatics with dance, theater, and live music to tell a multi-dimensional story. Tangle’s work is devised collaboratively by its all-female ensemble, and reflects individuals of diverse identities, with an emphasis on queer and female experience. Philadelphia City Paper writes, “Tangle Movement Arts has a record of quality-yet-accessible shows—simultaneously lovely and exhilarating.” Based in Philadelphia, Tangle has been a FringeArts Festival favorite since its inception in 2011.


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Tangle presents The Girl’s Guide to Neighborly Conduct

Thursday, Sept. 10 at 8pm, Friday, Sept. 11 at 8pm, Saturday, Sept. 12 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 http://fringearts.com/event/the-girls-guide-to-neighborly-conduct/