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Surface Tension

Company To X For

September 7-14

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September 7 at 8:30pm

September 9 at 5:30pm

2022 Fringe Festival

60 min


The MAAS Building Studio


Surface Tension takes a beautiful and daring look at a queer friendship. At points ecstatic, dark, searching, and joyful, this intimate circus show celebrates vulnerable connection through sincere juggling.

Utilizing acrobatics, weight-sharing, object manipulation, and dance, Surface Tension addresses the fear of loss, the power of trust, and the joy of vulnerability.

Surface Tension is the debut production from Company To X For, a grassroots contemporary circus company based in Chicago. Founded by Liam Bradley and David Chervony.

This project is partially supported by an Individual Artist Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, as well as a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.


Appropriate for all ages

Interested in a not-necessarily-romantic way to connect over art? Select the Blind Date ticket at checkout and Cannonball will pair you with another audience member for a pre- and post-show experience. Blind Date is only available for this show on Wed, Sep 14, 2022 7:00 PM. Check out for more information.

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

There are bright lights and some sudden loud sounds.

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.

About the Artist

Company To X For is a grassroots contemporary circus company based in Chicago, formed by artists Liam Bradley and David Chervony. Our drive to make intimate performance allows us to convey a deeper sense of our humanity: Company To X For celebrates vulnerable connection through sincere juggling.