Leaps of Faith and Other Mistakes
Almanac Dance Circus Theatre
Saturday, September 23
Painted Bride Art CenterMap
From the company behind Exile 2588 comes a re-envisioning of Almanac’s acclaimed tale of sublime human idiocy, isolationist seafarer cults, & the absurdity of believing too hard. Breathtaking acrobatics and earnest theatricality combine with brand new live music. What do people do when they find themselves lost at sea?
$25 / 80 minutes
Created and Performed by Nicole Burgio, Nick Gillette, Ben Grinberg, Adam Kerbel Words by Josh McIlvain Directed by Annie Wilson Live, Original Music by Mel Hsu (original “Seafarers” theme by Patrick Lamborn) Lighting, Set, and Installation Design by Clancy Philbrick and Robin Stamey
Called “The little dance theatre troupe that could” by Philadelphia’s City Paper, Almanac 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 pursues present performance at the edge of what is possible, inventing through playful honesty. Since its founding, Almanac has performed for tens of thousands across eleven states and in Mexico, from street fairs to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, elementary school assemblies to private parties and events. 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 FringeArts, Trinity Rep, the International Festival of Contemporary Dance of Mexico City, the Faux/Real Festival, Colgate , Reading Terminal Market, Bearnstow, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Lois Welk, Circus Now!, the University City District, Automatic Arts, and New York Live Arts, and many others, 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 of New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania and develops educational programming for k-12 as well as college students. Full-length productions include An Homage to Whatshername and A Door in the Desert (2017), Exile 2588 (2016), Leaps of Faith and Other Mistakes (2015), The Fleecing (2015), Nightfall (2014), and Communitas (2014). www.thealmanac.us.
Pictured: Nicole Burgio, Adam Kerbel, Ben Grinberg Credit: Jenna Spitz
Pictured: Adam Kerbel, Nick Gillette, Ben Grinberg, Nicole Burgio Credit: Daniel Kontz