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Brian Sanders Likes Fractions

Posted January 14th, 2011

Brian Sanders is no stranger. He also likes fractions.

He and his comrades at JUNK have been thrilling audiences with ingenious choreography that combines exhilarating athleticism, creativity, beauty, and wit since 1992.

April 20, 1992, that is.

At least that’s what our mathematicians here at the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe have calculated. JUNK has announced anniversary performances in honor of 18 3/4 years of daring new dance theater.

What’s so special about 18 3/4 years? We’re not sure. But who cares? Why wait 3 more months for a 19-year anniversary (or 15 more months for a 20-year anniversary) just for a nice, round number? Don’t let the Gregorian calendar tell you what to do. Let Brian Sanders tell you what to do. He won’t let you down.

The program includes five performances to be held Thursday, January 20 – Sunday, January 23 at the University of the Arts (details below). You’ll see excerpts from Philadelphia Live Arts Festival favorites such as Urban Scuba, Adshock, and Patio Plastico. In addition, several of Sanders’ works made famous by the internationally renowned MOMIX will be staged.

Brian Sanders’ JUNK is known for their ingenious use of found objects and clever inventions that bridge the gap between dance and physical theater. Dance Magazine describes JUNK as “accessible, technically flawless and thrilling.” Philadelphia Weekly hails Sanders as “the city’s most exciting choreographer” and Philadelphia City Paper hails him as “a national treasure”.

Brian Sanders’ JUNK 18 3/4 Anniversary Performances

Thursday, January 20, 7:00 pm
Friday, January 21, 8:00 pm
Saturday, January 22, 2:00 pm
Saturday, January 22, 8:00 pm
Sunday, January 23, 2:00 pm

Arts Bank at the University of the Arts
601 South Broad Street (corner of South Street)

Tickets are $35/person for the Friday, January 21 8:00 pm and Saturday, January 22, 8:00 pm performances, and $25/person for all other performances. $10 student rush tickets will be available for all performances at The Arts Bank Box Office ten minutes prior to curtain and will be limited to one ticket per person.

All tickets can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999, online at, or at the Kimmel Center Box Office, open daily from 10am to 6pm (additional fees apply.)

All proceeds benefit JUNK, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, who’s mission as a dance theater company is to inspire audiences with creativity and a ceaseless desire to try new things. Through original productions and community outreach JUNK seeks to serve as a catalyst for generating fresh ideas and to encourage audience members to see the world in a new and vital way. For more information on Brian Sanders’ JUNK or the Anniversary performances, visit

-Dan Comly