In the Light – Vervet Dance dances and plays all day at FringeArts, Sept 15th

Vervet Dance presents In the Light, a semi-composed durational music and dance performance lasting from sunrise to sunset directed by Loren Groenendaal. Each season a large ensemble of skilled improvisers fill the space and the daylight hours with movement and acoustic sounds. The fall performance of In the Light is part of the the Philly Fringe festival on Saturday, September 15, 2018 with a 13 hour and 6 minute duration from 6:42am to 7:48pm.  The ensemble will perform at The Iron Factory located in Kensington at 118 Fontain Street, 3rd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19122.

The audience is invited to come and go throughout the performance.  Most tickets are $15 and allow for the audience to arrive and stay as long as they like within a window of time, 6:42am-11:00am, 11:00am-2:00pm, 2:00pm-5:00pm, 5:00pm-7:48pm. The $50 tickets allow for arrival and return at any time during the day 6:42am-7:48pm. All tickets are available through or at the door.

Vervet Dance’s In the Light expands the duration of a typical performance into an astonishing length allowing for a deep exploration of rhythm within ourselves, nature, and our community. This long-form composition from sunrise to sunset is directed by Loren Groenendaal and broadens our senses of art, time, and humanity. The ensemble builds the composition from improvised movement and sound, enlisting repeating and patterned forms while recognizing there is no true repetition, shifting gradually and dramatically. While moving and sounding with breath, sensation, and awareness, the performers are composing in the moment and discovering new artistic territory.

Powered by humans and the sun, the music is acoustic, the dancing is live, and the lighting “design” is by the sky. The cast is only aware of time passing by their own experience and noticing the changes in the sunlight; they rest and eat when their bodies desire. Unlike most performances, the resting is not hidden from the audience as the ensemble is encouraged to rest in the performance area creating a radical aesthetic that values action and recuperation. The audience may arrive, leave, and even return at any time in our day-long performance.

Loren Groenendaal was born in central Pennsylvania and raised on rural wooded mountains. Her childhood in this natural environment and the idea that humans are part of nature, informs her aesthetic and fuels the research for In the Light.Loren’s work investigates the community-building possibilities of live art, the spectrum between improvisation and composition and dares to blur the lines between ritual and performance. She has a pattern of making dances about the patterns in nature. As an improviser, she explores free and structured improvisation, solo, in duos with musicians, and in larger groups. She is a proponent of complexity, adaptability, resilience, curiosity, and empathy. Loren is the founder, artistic director, and choreographer for Vervet Dance, a Philadelphia-based contemporary dance company. She has been actively creating, curating, and presenting work in Philadelphia and beyond since 2003. She earned an MFA in Choreography at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a BA in dance and visual arts from Oberlin College, and a Certificate in Laban Movement Analysis from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies. Loren’s work has been performed from Canada to Mexico in Baja, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Montreal, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia and has been supported by multiple venues and organizations. She has self and co-produced concerts and concert series of colorFULL, Fresh Juice, Making the Rounds,Semi-Composed, and The H-O-T Series of Philadelphia.

Artists for the fall In the Light include Alpha_Alpha, Erica Corbo, Michael Bradford Forbes, Loren Groenendaal, Curt Haworth, Jen Kertis-Veit, Katherine Kiefer Stark, Eliot Klein, Chloe Marie Newton, Connor Przybyszewski, Mick Ricereto, Margot Electra Steinberg, Michele Tantoco, Andy Thierauf, Schuyler Thum, and Mauri Walton.

Photo credit of Spring “In the Light” by JH Kertis of Chloe Newton, Sean Thomas Boyt, Margot Electra Steinberg, and Connor Przybszewski.


“In the Light” by Vervet Dance
Saturday, September 15, 2018 6:42am­ to 7:48pm, audience may come and go
The Iron Factory, 118 Fontain Street, 3rd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19122
$50 all day ticket 6:42am-­7:48pm
$15 portion of the day: 6:42am-­11am, 11am-2pm, 2pm-5pm, and 5pm-7:48pm


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