New: Tangle presents TIMELINES, April 3-5 2014! Come join us at Christ Church Neighborhood House for Tangle’s all-new aerial dance theater show, Timelines! Timelines is a circus-theater fantasy of time travel, evolution, aging and healing, the inner workings of a clock, and more. Tickets and more information.
Break/Drift/Resist reviewed by thINKingDANCE: “The aerial work lends itself to imagery and weightlessness beyond the reach of earthbound dancers…. After rising to the swing, she pauses for a moment, then gestures with one foot–the type of gesture we are accustomed to seeing a dancer, not a trapeze artist, perform. Working on the trapeze, she projects a lucid understanding of how the aerial and dance theater worlds exist seamlessly. It is enjoyable to see Tangle take on the challenge of interdisciplinary work, with their strong sense of self and community…. Tangle creates new worlds of relationships through their experimental work.”
Break/Drift/Resist reviewed by Philadelphia City Paper: “It reminded of Cirque de Soleil, but on a relatable level; these artists aren’t fantastical (other than in their upper body strength). Their mode of storytelling just so happens to involve propelling themselves through the air via only their own momentum on a rope or twirling down a stretch of cloth while sustaining their entire body weight with one ankle wrapped loosely above like it’s no big deal. … No matter the speed of the spins and falls, the artists managed to come across as graceful and deliberate in their actions.”
Interview with the FringeArts blog: “For this show, we put together aerial equipment in innovative ways, to generate new types of movement. Our stage of circus equipment is a novel, surreal landscape aiming to mirror the interactions of everyday life, a dense forest of trapeze and ropes for our characters to navigate. At times the aerial equipment is an obstacle to fight past, and at other times it is the path to traverse.”
Dance, Dance, Otherwise We Are Lost: a visit to a rehearsal for Break/Drift/Resist: “Of note was a silks routine performed by a member of the troupe where she weaved herself into a dreamcatcher-like shape. There was also a clear and palpable tenderness and respect amongst the all-female troupe as they moved through challenging rope routines and choreography. The performance can best be summarized by another quote from Pina Bausch: ‘To understand what I am saying, you have to believe that dance is something other than technique. We forget where the movements come from. They are born from life.‘”
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