Sprout! A full length not-a-ballet premieres, Sept 12-15

Heartbroken after the loss of its first leaf, a young sprout uproots and journeys on in search of The Answers. Audiences will step into the surreal world of Sprout! as alligator brass bands and lonely accordion lovers take to the stage to contemplate love, loss, and what it means to be (not) human.

The 45 minute show will run for four performances as part of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, September 12-15 at Panorama in West Philly. General admission is sliding scale $15-25. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Seating is limited. Tickets will be available for purchase at Fringearts.com.

Sprout! brings seven dancers, a narrator, a giant puppet, and a live band of five musicians together to dance and sing the tale of the sprout’s search for love and friendship, as it navigates grief in its transient world. It’s ballet, and it’s not as this ambitious and experimental piece seeks to push the boundaries of storytelling through dance. The show will have all original music composed by Addie Herbert. Set design by Emilia Onthank.

Creator and choreographer Maddie Rabin, directing her first full-length production, is inspired by Peter Schumann of Bread and Puppet Theater’s Cheap Art Manifesto. He conveys the essential and the obvious with simple phrases like, “Art wakes up Sleepers.” She says, “In a world that thrives on isolation and distraction, I hope to create a space where people feel fed and seen, sharing in the small act of resistance that is art.”

Maddie Rabin has choreographed with and for friends in Vermont, California, and New Orleans in the productions The Accordion-themed Variety Show: Hosted by Death and Romance and Fete. She has been dancing since she was three years old, and she has taught dance for the last ten years. Composer Addie Herbert released her first album Year in 2019. This will be her first full-length project. Maddie and Addie have been friends for eight years, and have collaborated on countless artistic endeavors when they lived in Vermont, and in their travels together.

Creator and Choreographer: Maddie Rabin
Composer: Addie Herbert
Set Designer: Emilia Onthank
Musical Collaborators: Gabi Shapiro, Elizabeth de Lise (Lizdelise), Dori Byrne, Silvio Navarro
Narrator: Dawn Pratson
Dancers: Savannah Green, Winfield Maben, Sarah Owens, Stephanie Stevens, Sevon Wright

Sprout! A Full Length Not-A-Ballet
Thu 9/12 8 pm
Fri 9/13 7 pm
Sat 9/14 8 pm
Sun 9/15 2 pm
Panorama 5213 Grays Ave, Philadelphia
General Admission sliding scale $15-25. Kids (under 12) $5
Tickets: https://fringearts.com/event/sprout-a-full-length-not-a-ballet/