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Events Survival In Ruins<br>(work-in-progress showing)

Survival In Ruins
(work-in-progress showing)

Katie Vickers

Monday, September 12 at 5pm

2022 Fringe Festival

40 min


The MAAS Building StudioMap

Survival In Ruins is a memoir that contemplates grief, parenthood, and slowness. Inspired by the recent birth of her second son, a father with Alzheimer’s, and mycelium networks – a body moves forcefuly slow confronting the reality of the making and unmaking of a life. Lost, forgetful, in need, revealing its triumphs and tribulations.

How does one submit to falling forever?

Survival In Ruins asks us to sit inside growth and loss, stillness and silence, and what it means to be called into extreme presence.

A falling that moves us to pieces.

* This is a work in progress showing. Around 30 minutes of material will be shared with a 10 minute aftertalk.
* 10% of the artist’s proceeds will be donated to Abortion Liberation Fund of PA.


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 graphic language.

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.


Choreographer & Performer: Katie Vickers, Scenography: Margot Becker, Outside Eye: Jesse Zaritt, Lighting Designer: Albert Quesada


About the Artist

Katie is an American artist, a graduate of P.A.R.T.S and The Ohio State University. She has danced for Daniel Linehan (USA), Martin Nachbar (GE), Benjamin Vandewalle (BE), Vera Tussing (GE), Rósa Omarsdóttir (IS), Thierry de May (BE), Albert Quesada (SP), David Gordon (US), and as a guest artist for the Cullberg Ballet’s ‘Figure a Sea’, by Deborah Hay. Her own work questions the use of the body to find the unfamiliar in the familiar. In 2014, Katie created ‘Slogan for Modern Times with Inga Huld Hakonardottir, following that, she created ‘5 Seasons’ (2016) with Benjamin Pohlig. She premiered ‘We Will Have Had Darker Futures’ (2017) with Inga Huld Hakondottir and Rebecka Stillman. These pieces were performed and premiered in the festival Bouge B in deSingel and supported by institutions such as Dommelhof TAKT, Vooruit, School Van Gaasbeek, STUK, wpZimmer, Uferstudios, and Schloss Bröllin.She finished ‘The home of Dance’, a research project on rethinking the theatre home (supported by the Flanders government). Katie received her MFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and is a collective member of Future Space Philly.