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Rough and Tumble: Pickled Peaches and Herring

Lillian Ransijn/Human Resources

September 3–7

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September 3 at 7:00pm

September 4 at 10:00pm

September 5 at 6:00pm

September 6 at 7:30pm

September 7 at 10:00pm

2022 Fringe Festival

60 min


Icebox Project SpaceMap

Wheelchair Accessible

Rough and Tumble: Pickled Peaches and Herring is an up close and hyper-personal tongue-and-cheeky look at life’s hopes and disappointments. Buckle up to be taken on a rough and tumble, show and tell clown-dance-burlesque-theater and somewhere in between ride that acknowledges how pain is so close to pleasure, loss so close to love, and that humor is a crucial means of survival.

Asked about her work, Lillian cites the writing of David Whyte and bell hooks who propose a love large enough to carry grief and the erotic as the space between individuals full of aliveness and that can hold the celebration and the grief of life together as one. Turning towards live performance as a vehicle for this elegiac and erotic space—a space for what some call the 6th stage of grief—meaning-making—Rough and Tumble: Pickled Peaches and Herring looks across a watery expanse of love and loss at relationships with relatives dead and living, and to the legacy of pickled foods and raw feelings they have left behind.

For ages 18+

This show is presented as part of Cannonball Festival, Philly’s artist-centered performance hub, packing in 65+ full length shows and 300 performances in two nearby venues. Discover risk-taking theater, dance, circus, music, and comedy alongside a vibrant garden bar with a free nightly cabaret, pop-up events, workshops, artist talkbacks, and more. September 1–30 at the Maas Building (1320 N 5th St) and Icebox Project Space (1400 N American St). Learn more at


Content Considerations

This performance contains brief suggested nudity (to the level of thong/nipple coverings), references to death and grief, sexuality and sex.

Health & Safety

Proof of vaccination is required to attend this event, and masks must be worn for the duration of the performance. Audience members will be asked to show proof of vaccination before entering the venue. Both digital and physical proof of vaccination are accepted. Please plan accordingly.


Lillian Ransijn-Lead Artist/Performer
Dylan Smythe-Creator/Performer
Francesca Montanile- Director


About the Artists

Lillian Ransijn (Lead Artist) is Philadelphia-based dance theater director, creator, and performer who employs the moving body and personal storytelling to plumb the depths of grief, loss, and missed connection. Driven by what some call the 6th stage of grief—meaning-making— their works for stage and screen find beauty in the grotesque and humor in the ludicrous challenge of moving through and metabolizing every day life/inherited lifetimes. A graduate of Emory University’s Dance and Movement Studies and Theater Programs (2005) and Pig Iron/UARTS M.F.A. in Devised Performance Practice (2016), Lillian has created and performed here in Philly and in Atlanta, GA with Nichole Canuso, Susan Eldridge/DENSE, Greg Catelleir, The Lucky Penny, Claire Porter, David Dorfman, Dance Truck, Ellisorous Rex and the Dance Machine, Fly-By Theater, Fourth Quarter Ensemble, Helen Hale, 7 Stages, The Eva Steinmetz Project, The Peekaboo Revue, Theater Emory, Urban Movement Arts, and Wolfthicket/Lily Kind.

Dylan Smythe (Creator/Performer) is a lover of rhythm, bodies, people, and movement. He strives to apply lessons learned as a student of music, dance, and bodywork towards moving through instead of around/over/away from. Interest in play and improvisation has led him to work with creators such as Lily Kind as a member of the Wolfthicket ensemble, and with Lillian Ransijn in their 2019 work Good Grief. Following a decade-long passion studying the Afro-Brazilian art of capoeira, he continues training in multiple queer-rooted Afro-diasporic dance styles, including House and Waacking, at Urban Movement Arts.

Francesca Montanile Lyons (Director/Outside Eye) is a Philadelphia-based director, performer, and multi-disciplinary artist. Her work across mediums seeks to disempower shame through playful honesty and voyeuristic delight.  Francesca is Co-Artistic Director of Antigravity Performance Project, a tristate devising company that makes original performance with non-theatrical texts. She conceived of, wrote, and directed Dear Diary LOL– a play made with the words of real-life diaries of teenage girls in the late 90s/early 2000s- premiered in the 2017 Philadelphia Fringe Festival, followed by a run at FringeArts and two runs at the New Ohio in NYC in 2018. She is a member of Girl Poop, a “delightfully weird” femme foursome specializing in Pussy Pop Rock: short, high-octane ditties inspired by first-person experience set to simple and catchy beats. Other credits include directing Legal Tender by poet Kyle Dacuyan (Antigravity at AntFest 2019 and FringeArts 2020), All 100 Fires by Donna Oblongata (2019 National Tour), Fourth Quarter (First Person Arts Festival 2018), and Rough & Tumble (2018), as well as performing/co-creating The Hopefuls (a satirical punk-clown band, 2016), Slaughter/ette (2015), and Nellie/Nellie (2014). Her illustrations have been published in Prickly Pear Printing’s “Rescued” issue (2022) and Sought magazine’s Holiday Issue (2021). MFA in Devised Performance from UArts/Pig Iron School (2016). BA in Theatre Arts & Performance Studies from Brown U (2011).