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Being/With: Home

Nichole Canuso Dance Company

September 10-October 3

2020 Fringe Festival

60 minutes

Free – $50


Closed Captioning

Embark on a poetic encounter with a stranger, accompanied by a tender and mysterious audio guide. A guided performance experience that connects two solo audience members via Zoom, Being/With: Home is an embodied exploration of separation, connection, and the power of listening. Embracing the objects and memories that populate your own space, you’ll create something new, with someone unexpected.

Being/With: Home is created in connection with Being/With: Live, a dual site performance installation that will premiere as part of the 2021 Fringe Festival. Being/With: Live builds poetic bridges across neighborhoods and borders, making space for the intimacy and immediacy of collaborative exchange. The Being/With project as a whole builds on themes and technology explored in previous Nichole Canuso Dance Company works such as The Garden of Forking Paths (2017), Pandæmonium (2016) and TAKES (2010).

Being/With: Home is best enjoyed by those who are curious and open to sharing tender virtual space with a stranger.

Audiences interested in exploring the themes of Being/With: Home in a group setting are invited to participate in one of four free interactive workshops connecting twelve participants at a time, each in their own home. Read more on the event page for the workshops.

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Conceived and Directed by Nichole Canuso in collaboration with Sadah Espii Proctor, Christopher Sannino, Mikaal Sulaiman  (Sound Designers/Composers), Christopher Ash and Jessica Valoris (Online “lobby” Design), Jennifer Turnbull (Workshop Facilitator), Liza Goodall, Tenara Calem (Outreach Coordinators) Nic Labadie Bartz (Head Stage Manager), Kendall Allen (Stage Manager), Sarah Gardner (Associate Producer), Elizabeth Scanlon (Script Consultant) and Annie Wilson, Eun Jung Choi, Guillermo Ortega, Jennifer Kidwell, Arielle Colella, Lillian Ransijn, Rhonda Moore (Performers).


Thursday, Sept 10 at 1:30pm & 3pm Saturday, Sept 12 at 7pm Wednesday, Sept 16 at 4pm, 5:30pm, & 7pm Thursday, Sept 17 at 4pm, 5:30pm, & 7pm Friday, Sept 18 at 1pm, 2:30pm, & 4pm Wednesday, Sept 23 at 4pm, 5:30pm, & 7pm Thursday, Sept 24 at 4pm, 5:30pm, & 7pm Friday, Sept 25 at 1pm, 2:30pm, & 4pm Monday, Sept 28 at 4pm, 5:30pm, & 7pm Tuesday, Sept 29 at 1pm, 2:30pm, & 4pm Wednesday, Sept 30 at 4pm, 5:30pm, & 7pm Thursday, Oct 1 at 4pm, 5:30pm, & 7pm Friday, Oct 2 at 1pm, 2:30pm, & 4pm Saturday, Oct 3 at 2:30pm, 4pm, & 5:30pm


Pay What You Wish $5–50

Happy Hour on the Fringe

In this episode we talk to Nichole Canuso, Artistic Director of the Nichole Canuso Dance Company. Join Nichole and Zach Blackwood for this happy hour as the two of them discuss the importance of connection in these times, the evolving state of performance, and their favorite places in Philly! To find out more about Nichole, visit the NCDC website at

About Nichole Canuso

Nichole Canuso, Artistic Director of Nichole Canuso Dance Company, is interested in the stories we tell ourselves and the stories we tell other people. Her projects are concerned with creating moments of connection across distances, as well as the intimacy and immediacy that can come from simple exchanges. This artistic obsession manifests in performances that explore presence and absence, participation and spectacle. 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), The International Festival for Art and Ideas (CT) and internationally (Hungary, Mexico, UK). 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), Headlands (CA). She is a 2017 Pew Fellow.

Contextual Programming

Check out the Digital Toolkit for Being/With: Home for sources of inspiration to Nichole Canuso and her team in the making of this piece.


Being/With: Home has been supported by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, the Federal-State Partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and support from our presenting partner, FringeArts. Being/With: Live has been supported by 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 The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and our presenting partner, FringeArts. Development residencies include MacDowell Colony (NH), Bryn Mawr College (PA) and Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences (GA). Production residency funded by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Festival Producer: Ed & Anne Wagner
Festival Co-Producer: Christie Hartwell

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