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Gabrielle Revlock

September 10-October 4

2020 Fringe Festival

25 minutes

Pass the Hat


In a touch-deprived era, SEX TAPE’s tension between friendship and erotic love (with detailed reenactments from the artist, Gabrielle Revlock’s private life) dares the audience to imagine alternate possibilities for love, care, nurturing, and touch. For this 2020 Fringe Festival, the live performance has been reimagined for the camera by filmmaker Shawn Kornhauser, to retain the intimate and meditative quality of the original work.

SEX TAPE is the second project where Revlock has recreated a moment in her life but shifted the focus by removing the man. In 2016, she premiered I replaced him with a lamp, a solo extracted from an accidental video recording of herself receiving verbal feedback from an older, established, male artist. For SEX TAPE, the spontaneous choreography between Revlock and a male lover, documented on video, has been reconstructed by Revlock and longtime female friend, Michele Tantoco. “I wanted to complicate notions of what friendship can look and feel like, repatterning my own search for care” says Revlock. “On a visit to the National Portrait Gallery I came upon a sculpture by Patricia Cronin of two women, her and her partner, embracing. It wasn’t passionate, it was tender. And while the work is titled Memorial to A Marriage and depicts two lesbians who would not have the right to marry for another 10 years, what I saw was a depiction of care that resonated with me and transcended the politics of sexuality and legality.”

“An engaging and profound performance experience.” – The Dance Journal

SEX TAPE’s strange tension between friendship and erotic love, replacing the lover with a same-sex friend, was also its genius.” – The Broad Street Review

Recommended for 13+.

Available to stream online 24/7 during the Festival. Click “get tickets” below to be emailed the link.

Gabrielle Revlock + Michele Tantoco: Thursday, September 17, 5-5:30pm
Gabrielle Revlock + Shawn Kornhauser: Monday, October 5, 6:30-7pm

At the mixer you’ll have an opportunity to meet the artists, learn more about the background of the work, ask questions, and socialize with other audience members via Zoom! There will be breakout rooms, fun icebreakers and thought-provoking prompts to get the conversation started.

Various Times 

Restorative Contact is a mindful touch-based empathy practice. After creating and performing SEX TAPE, Gabrielle had the desire to create a participatory experience to share the deep sense of grounding, peace, and connection that she felt each time she performed the work. Restorative Contact begins with the understanding that touch is an important part of human development and wellbeing. In the workshop, participants will be guided through a mostly floor-based sequence of touch and weight-sharing, using various surfaces of the body. These passive contact poses are designed to regenerate, replenish and reset the body and mind. We will work slowly and mindfully with care and respect for our body as well as our partner’s. Deep relaxation has been shown to help with anxiety, insomnia, digestion, fertility and high blood pressure. The effects of touch are far-reaching, including emotional, physical, and cognitive wellbeing and improvement. Studies indicate that touch boosts dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin, the hormones associated with making people feel good, and lowers cortisol levels which are associated with stress. This workshop is for friends, lovers, family or anyone you are sharing intimate space with.

“Mindful touch and movement grounds people and allows them to discover tensions that they may have held for so long that they are no longer even aware of them.” – The Body Keeps the Score, Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D.

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Available Anytime to stream online 24/7 during the Festival.

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Free to Access, Pass the Hat Donations encouraged

Donations to the Artist are accepted via Venmo (@gabriellerevlock) or Zelle Quickpay (garevlock at gmail dot com).
For other payment options (including tax deductible letters) please email the address above.

About the Artists

Gabrielle Revlock (creator and performer) is a dance-maker working out of Philadelphia and NYC whose work often depicts complicated but relatable interpersonal relationships using a vocabulary that embraces the pedestrian, abstracted by degrees. Described by the press as inventive, mesmerizing, and a gifted comedian, Revlock has performed in Japan, Netherlands, Singapore, Hungary, India, Russia, and across the USA. Her work has been supported by the Independence Foundation, a LAB Fellowship through FringeArts, PA Council on the Arts, SCUBA National Touring Network for Dance, Puffin Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, American Dance Abroad and the US Department of State. In 2018 she was named ‘Newcomer of the Year’ by tanz, the German journal of ballet, dance, and performance. In 2019, she was an Institute Fellow with the experimental theater company, Target Margin. As a dancer, she has performed for Lucinda Childs, jumatatu m. poe, Meg Foley, Susan Rethorst, Leah Stein, Christopher Williams, Vicky Shick, Bill Young, Jane Comfort, and is currently working on a project with David Gordon. Revlock is the creator of Restorative Contact, a mindful touch-based empathy practice as well as a practitioner and teacher of contact improvisation and experimental hooping. She created the online video So You Think You Can’t Understand Contemporary Dance?, a two-minute conversation with her favorite five-year-old which has 20.6K views and is the co-founder of The Apocalypse Dating Club, a group for people looking for love, sex, romance, flirtation, camaraderie and support during the global pandemic. More at

Michele Tantoco (performer) is a performance artist and movement educator living in Philadelphia, PA since 2001. She has collaborated with many artists in Philadelphia and from around the world. Michele is dedicated to the experience and investigation of the human body through academia, performance, choreographic process, teaching, improvisation and play.

Shawn Kornhauser is a film & video maker living and working in West Philadelphia. He enjoys telling stories about people, drawing portraits of his friends, and walking his dog Rocco. 

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