Almanac Dance Circus Theatre
Thursday, September 8
Painted Bride Art CenterMap
Exile 2588 is an acrobatic folk-music space epic adaptation of the story of Io set 572 years in to the future. Smashing together the genre of space epic with the sweet strains of American folk music, Almanac’s physical vocabulary swells to include break dance, static trapeze, and ever more innovative ensemble acrobatics, asking timeless questions about mortality and how much control we have over our bodies.
Almanac’s signature style of physical storytelling, dance, and circus will be accompanied by an original song cycle by Chickabiddy (Aaron Cromie and Emily Schuman). The piece is outside eyed by Pig Iron Theatre Company’s Dan Rothenberg.
$20 / 70 minutes
See two shows for the price of one! Use code: ExileHero to see both Almanac’s Exile 2588 and Tribe of Fools’ Antihero for $30 on the same night, in the same building!
Performers/Creators: Ben Grinberg, Nick Gillette, Nicole Burgio, Mark Wong, Lauren Johns
Director: Nick Jonczak
Outside Eye: Dan Rothenberg
Set Design: Peter Smith
Costume Design: Natalia de la Torre
Production Management and Lighting Design: Robin Stamey
Musicians/Composers/Band: Chickabiddy — Aaron Cromie and Emily Schuman
Almanac Dance Circus Theatre was founded in 2013 by Nick Gillette and Ben Grinberg, graduates of the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training, with Adam Kerbel, a graduate of the Headlong Performance Institute. The company is Philadelphia’s standard-bearer for contemporary circus, nationally recognized as the only company to be selected for Circus Now’s International Circus Exposure Community Choice Competition for two years in a row.
Almanac pursues present performance at the edge of what is possible, inventing through playful honesty. Current company members also include Nick Jonczak, Robin Stamey, Nicole Burgio, Lauren Harries, Joseph Ahmed, and Evelyn Langley. They were selected as 2013-2014 Fresh Tracks artists at New York Live Arts, were the first resident company at the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, and are artists-in-residence at Mascher Space Co-Op. Their work has been presented by, among others, FringeArts, Trinity Rep, Colgate University, the Tyler Arboretum through the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, Evening of Duets, Bearnstow, Pig Iron Theatre Company, the Arts and Business Council of Greater Philadelphia, Lois Welk, Circus Now!, the University City District, SmokeyScout Productions, and New York Live Arts, including as special guests of Bill T. Jones, with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company at the NYLA Gala (2014).
The company is a roster artist with Young Audiences and develops educational programming for students K-12 as well as college students. Full-length productions include Leaps of Faith and Other Mistakes (2015), The Fleecing (2015), Nightfall (2014), and Communitas (2014).