Myzrie House

Mark Wong and Nicole Burgio present Myzrie House, Sept 22-25

Mark Wong and Nicole Burgio are thrilled to present their original dance theater work, Myzrie House, in the Cannonball Festival as part of the 2022 Philadelphia Fringe Festival. The full-length show, which will run for a limited engagement in September 22, 23, and 25, 2022, will be at the MAAS Studio space (1325 N Randolph St, Philadelphia, PA 19122). Myzrie House blends Burgio’s talents in circus arts with Wong’s background in Breaking to explore relationship strife in a science-fiction world. The Cannonball Festival, held in partnership with Philadelphia Fringe and Almanac Dance Circus Theater, provides vital avenues and support for independent artists to create bold and risky work.

Wong, who wrote the piece with Burgio, is excited to be a part of the Fringe this year. “We didn’t necessarily set out to make a show about marriage and quarantine,” he noted, “but those themes definitely ended up creeping in. We did know that we wanted to make fun, silly, and dynamic work around serious stuff, without being too heavy handed thematically.” Burgio adds, “We always aim to create work which is weird, but not boring.”

Myzrie House was written, designed, and choreographed by Wong and Burgio, with directorial help from Annie Wilson. Featuring an eclectic soundtrack and fiery original movement, the piece tells a story through action only, with no spoken text. The science- fiction narrative follows two humans thrust into a mysterious cell together for reasons unknown. Are they the last people left on Earth? Can they escape? Are they meant to become friends, more than friends, or perhaps enemies? And what’s the deal with the ominous doomsday clock which keeps appearing?

A whimsical and dark tale, Myzrie House was first conceived as a commissioned work for Temple University’s Reflection:Response series in 2021; it was also performed at the premiere of the Cannonball Festival that same year. Wong and Burgio challenged themselves to create ‘light work about heavy issues’, and pushed through the height of the pandemic to find safe rehearsal spaces, dance and perform at full speed through masks, and, like all artists, keep the flame of performance alive. As passionate arts educators, both Burgio and Wong truly believe in the power of movement and story, and worked to create Myzrie House as a not-boring, all-ages show without compromising their unique aesthetics.

Nicole Burgio and Mark Wong are two married movement artists living in West Philly. Nicole is accomplished in acrobatics, circus arts, and physical theater; her solo performance xoxo moongirl (with Almanac Dance Circus Theater) toured nationally and abroad. She currently works as an acrobatics/circus coach and performer. Mark is passionate about Breaking, and strives to use it as an artistic and educational tool for youth with his company, Hip Hop Fundamentals. He also works with the Kimmel Cultural Campus Education department as a Program Coordinator. Together, Wong and Burgio they fervently pursue empowering others through the arts.

 

Myzrie House
September 22, 23, and 25, 2022
MAAS Studio Space, 1325 N Randolph St, Philadelphia, PA 19122

Ticket prices:
$20 – General Admission
$50 – Supporter Level
Sliding scale ‘Pay what you can’ – $5-20
Tickets – https://fringearts.com/event/myzrie-house-2/all/

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