New: Thanks for joining us at Loop, part of the 2014 FringeArts Festival! Loop is an all-new circus-theater show that traces our unseen connections via trapeze, aerial rope, and partner acrobatics. Tangle’s acrobats swing, climb, and weave through suspended loops and strands of rope to embrace–and sometimes to escape–the knots of human relationships.

Earlier this season: Tangle performed at The Porch at 30th Street Station with an all-new show, Passages! Passages is an urban circus-theater celebration of Philadelphia’s errand-runners, train commuters, tourists, cyclists, and people-watchers.

Interview with FringeArts: “In creating Timelines, we talked a lot about movement styles for different people and times: if the 1950s secretaries have very purposeful, direct gestures, maybe the people of the future are fluid and indirect by contrast, and they would consider, for example, a handshake to be the height of rudeness. We got to explore a lot of swinging, spinning, sliding movements for the people of the future, including my personal favorite, a brand-new aerial apparatus made of multiple loops suspended from the ceiling.”

Tangle performing Timelines, photo by Michael Ermilio
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.”

Tangle performing in the Philly FringeArts Festival. Photo by Kathy McLean with Solace Photography.

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.”


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