Invert! (2013)

Tiffany Holder performing Invert! Photo by Juan Irizarry/Philadelphia Dance Photo Project

Combining vertical flirtation, glittery sequins, feminist history, and a cordless power drill, Invert! premiered at the majestic Sanctuary at the Rotunda on in May 2013. With a nod to queer history– “invert” being a 19th-century term for gender nonconformists– as well as the basic image of circus arts, a body upside-down, Invert! upends expectations in Tangle’s all-new evening of aerial dance theater. Check out our interview with the FringeArts blog!

Tangle’s seven-woman cast travels through simmering duets, a torch-song trapeze solo, a celebration of campy drag traditions, and a tribute to Rosie the Riveter complete with on-stage power tools. Tangle’s kaleidoscope of bodies merge, fall apart, and climb to the Rotunda’s 40-foot ceilings, interspersed with tango solos by Juilliard violinist Caeli Smith.

The PR Review says, “[Tangle] lures the audience with intricate shapes and emotional authenticity… Missing Invert! is missing out on groundbreaking arts and culture.”

Tangle performing Invert!, photo by Michael Ermilio