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Nichole Canuso Dance Company

September 9-October 2

2021 Fringe Festival



Multiple Locations

Wheelchair Accessible

Two solo audience members connect in virtual space from opposite sides of the city. Through the use of live-feed technology, participants are guided through a movement duet and conversation with a stranger in another room, known only in this fleeting digital space. Being/With is a meditation on separation and connection, loss and embodiment, and the power of listening.

Part solo journey and part virtual encounter, Being/With builds poetic bridges across neighborhoods, honoring the intimacy and immediacy of collaborative exchange. People with divergent life experiences move together, share stories, experience being seen and heard, and together find the tender spaces to learn about each other.

Being/With takes place in two neighborhoods simultaneously: The Pearlstein Gallery in West Philadelphia and Trinity Church in South Philadelphia. In addition to signing up for a performance slot, audiences are invited to visit the gallery spaces just outside of each venue. These galleries are a series of designed spaces where you can hear audio content from interviews with neighborhood residents.

Being/With is part of a larger series of events and activities that include Being/With: Home and Being/With: Workshops (both part of 2020 Fringe Festival), as well as a cumulative neighborhood interview archive that hosts images, stories and conversations from the participants who reside in each performance location.

Health & Safety

Proof of vaccination is required to attend this event. For the safety of audiences, artists, staff, and our greater community, you must be fully vaccinated to attend this event. Fully vaccinated means two weeks after your second dose. You will be asked to show proof of vaccination before entering the venue. Accepted forms for proof of vaccination include: a physical vaccine card with your name on it or a digital photo of your vaccine card on a cell phone. Please plan accordingly.

Masks must also be worn for the duration of the performance.


Being/With is being developed with support from The National Endowment of the Arts, a William Penn Foundation New Audiences / New Places grant, New England Foundation for the Arts, National Dance Projects Award, and FringeArts. Being/With has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. Development residencies include MacDowell (NH), Bryn Mawr College (PA), Swarthmore College (PA), and Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences (GA).

Festival Producers: Ed and Anne Wagner


September 9—October 2

Mondays: 1:30, 2:15, 3:00, 3:45 / 5:45, 6:30, 7:15
Tuesdays: 1:30, 2:15, 3:00, 3:45 / 5:45, 6:30, 7:15
Wednesdays: 11:00, 11:45, 12:30, 1:15
Thursdays: 1:30, 2:15, 3:00, 3:45 / 5:45, 6:30, 7:15
Fridays: 1:30, 2:15, 3:00, 3:45 / 5:45, 6:30, 7:15, 8:00, 8:45
Saturdays:  1:30, 2:15, 3:00, 3:45 / 5:45, 6:30, 7:15


The performance is designed for one audience member at a time in two separate venues: The Pearlstein Gallery (3401 Filbert St) in West Philadelphia and Trinity Church (2300 S 18th St) in South Philadelphia. Please select your preferred location, then you will be directed to choose a performance date and time.


$35 general admission

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Evangelical Church of the Trinity
(South Philadelphia)
2300 S 18th St
Philadelphia, PA 19145

Pearlstein Gallery
(West Philadelphia)
3401 Filbert St
Philadelphia, PA 19104


Written and Directed by Nichole Canuso in collaboration with Pablo N. Molina (Video and Lighting Designer/Software Architect), Jesse Garrison (Co-Video Designer and Software Developer), Sadah Espii Proctor, (Composer/Sound Designer), Christopher Ash (Set and Installation Designer), Tojo Rasedoara (Assistant Sound Designer), Adiah Hicks (Assistant Programmer), Emily Schuman (Props Designer), Tenara Calem (Audience Engagement Liaison), Jennifer Turnbull (Workshop Facilitator and Community outreach Facilitator), Rebecca Kanach (Costume Designer), Nic Labadie Bartz (Production Stage Manager), Payton Smith and Brandon Ehrenreich (Stage Managers), Mel Leeds (Assistant Production Manager), Peter Smith (Technical Director), Colin J Sass (Lighting Director and Systems Engineer), Meredith Boggia (Producer), Suzanne Snider (Oral History Interview Consultant), Sasha Kostyrko (Audience Communications) and Annie Wilson, Lillian Ransijn, Izzy Sazak, Rhonda Moore, Jennifer Kidwell (Performer/Guides)

Community Interviewees: Liljana Alimadhi, D’Wayne Drummond, Victoria Ellis, Linda Furia, Cass Green, Bruno Melone, Veronica Michael, Brother Rahim Muhammad, Derrick Pratt, Jade Rota, Terri Shockley

Our gratitude to collaborators who contributed to the production in earlier development phases: Mikaal Sulaiman, Chris Saninno, Sarah Gardner, Elizabeth Scanlon, Matt Saunders, Robin Stamey, Chelsea Murphy, Eun Jung Choi, Guillermo Ortega

About the Artist

Nichole Canuso, artistic director of Nichole Canuso Dance Company, is interested in the stories we tell ourselves and the stories we tell other people. This artistic obsession manifests in performances that explore presence and absence, participation and spectacle. She is committed to long-term development processes that enable relationship-building with artistic collaborators, community partners, and audiences. Together with her collaborative teams she designs immersive worlds for audience members to inhabit. For the past two decades, sitting at the crossroads of movement, visual art, and theater, Canuso’s choreographic projects have been presented nationally (New York Live Arts (NYC), American Repertory Theater (MA), Los Angeles Performance Projects (CA), Velocity (WA), HERE (NYC), The International Festival for Art and Ideas (CT), among others) and internationally (Hungary, Mexico, UK and others). Choreographic residencies include the Maggie Allessee National Center for Choreography (FL), MacDowell (NH), Millay Colony for the Arts (NY), NCCAkron (OH), Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences (GA). Support for her choreographic work includes The National Endowment for the Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts, National Dance Projects Funding, The Knight Foundation, a Bessie Shoenberg First Light Commission, the Leeway Foundation, the Independence Foundation, The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, the Ellen Foreman Memorial. Canuso has been commissioned to create new work for The American Philosophical Society Museum, Axis Dance Company, Drexel University, Dickinson College, Bryn Mawr College, The Philadelphia Museum of Art. Choreography for theater productions includes Arden Theater Company, Theatre Exile, Theater Horizon and most recently The Institute on Disabilities’ production of A Fierce Kind of Love. She is a faculty member of the MFA program at University of the Arts/Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training (APT). She is a 2017 Pew Fellow and a 2021 New York Stage and Film NEXUS fellow.

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