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Christ Church Neighborhood House Theatre
Philadeplhia, PA
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A full-length evening of acrobatic storytelling choreographed and performed by Nick Gillette, Ben Grinberg, Adam Kerbel, and Lauren Harries, with a live music score by Rob Emanuele, "Communitas" is unlike anything you've ever seen. 65 minutes/family-freindly/accessible seating available.

Featuring Nick Gillette, Ben Grinberg, Adam Kerbel, Lauren Harries
Music performance by Rob Emanuele
Music by Rob Emanuele and Adam Kerbel
Created by Nick Gillette and Ben Grinberg

Production Stage Manager -- Christina Gesualdi
Lighting Designer -- Laura Bickford
House Manager -- Arianna Gass
Acrobatic Consultant -- Cole DellaZucca

Human sculptures and acrobatic encounters animate the tale Communitas. Four performers tumble, climb, fly and fall in a physical language of storytelling in action. A largely improvised musical score featuring contra- and classical- guitar, harmonica, and a reed flute intensifies the relationship between performers at the edge of their abilities and an audience witnessing genuine risk. By the end of its 65 minutes, performers will have come face-to-face with their own limitations and exhaustion, and together strive to overcome them. Oscillating between the silly and the profound, the ordinary and the extraordinary, Communitas delights and inspires audiences of every age.

Almanac Dance Circus Theatre is the collaboration between and artistic home for Nick Gillette and Ben Grinberg. After meeting as members of the inaugural class of the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training in 2011, they began collaborating on shorter comedic works, and focussed their training in hand-to-hand acrobatics at the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, where Almanac is now the resident company. In 2013, the Philadelphia-based artists captured the attention of New York City's dance community. They were selected for the prestigious Fresh Tracks residency at New York Live Arts, where, in December, a short excerpt of Communitas was performed to great acclaim. Former editor of Movement Research Performance Journal Ursula Eagly remarked "In [their] bodies, function holds emotional content.Between [them], the precision a balance requires is the same as tenderness. This is the emotional force of function."

"We are trying to show ourselves honestly in every moment, stripping away artifices to create a universal story. Whenever a part of the piece seems too nameable or easy to describe with words, we move back toward abstraction, so that each audience member can follow a narrative but have a unique and individual experience of what that narrative is," Grinberg says of the work.

"At the end of the day it's not even a metaphor. Ben and I literally lean on, lift, and support one another. We're showing the physicalization of our trust on stage," says Gillette.

*On Saturday, May 24th at 8pm, the performance of Communitas will be preceded by a special guest performance from No Face Performance Group.  For more information:

Communitas is generously funded by over 100 individual donors including Producer Carol-Jeanette Jorgensen.

Almanac Dance Circus Theatre is an emerging physical performance company that invites their audiences to see the brave and humble culture of the ensemble through the playful honesty of their work. They are current Fresh Tracks artists at New York Live Arts, the resident company at the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, and are artists-in-residence at Mascher Space Co-Op. Their work has been presented by Circus Now!, the University City District, SmokeyScout Productions, Pig Iron Theatre Company, and  New York Live Arts, including as special guests at the NYLA Gala (2014). Works include Communitas (2014), Inventions! (2013), and The Chase (2012).



Christ Church Neighborhood House Theatre (View)
20 North American Street
Philadeplhia, PA 19106
United States

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Arts > Circus
Arts > Dance
Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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