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Test Flights

Curated & Hosted by Ben Grinberg


140 N Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA
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Monday, July 1st at 7pm

The most skilled and expressive jugglers, acrobats, and aerialists in the region present works-in-progress at this special circus edition of scratch night. Curated and hosted by Ben Grinberg, the evening will feature four to six short performances by local companies and artists, offering an inside look at the future of contemporary circus. Join us as we celebrate risk-taking cross-pollination of circus with other art forms.

Featured performers at Test Flights include Open Ring Circus, Brian Sanders’ JUNK, Tribe of Fools, Mark Wong, L M Feldman, and Macy (Mae) West.


Feature photo of Sasha Harrington & Andrew Adams by Steve Sarafian

About Ben Grinberg

Working at the intersection of contemporary circus and ensemble dance theatre, Ben Grinberg is a Philadelphia-based performing artist, director, and educator.  He is the Artistic Director of  the internationally touring physical performance ensemble Almanac Dance Circus Theatre. The company is also a Barrymore award-winner. He is the Artistic Coordinator and Theatre Instructor at Circadium, the nation’s first certificate granting program in contemporary circus performance. Grinberg’s work has been presented by FringeArts, New York Live Arts, Bill T. Jones, the Mexico City International Festival of Contemporary Dance, Ars Nova ANT Fest, 171 Cedar Arts, and more. A graduate of the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training and of the University of Pennsylvania, he is on Faculty at the Pig Iron/UArts MFA in devised performance and has often collaborated with Pig Iron Theatre Company, Theatre Horizon, Eiko Otake, and Jaamil Kosoko.

Happy Hour on the Fringe

On this episode of Happy Hour on the Fringe, we had drinks with Ben Grinberg, Artistic Director of Almanac Dance Circus Theatre, instructor at Circadium and Pig Iron, and the curator and host for Test Flights, a circus scratch night. Join our conversation about how Ben found his way into circus, the growth of contemporary circus in Philadelphia, Almanac’s 5 year anniversary celebration season, and a teaser for who you may see at this July’s Test Flights! Read the full transcript on the FringeArts Blog or listen below.

About Hand to Hand

FringeArts and Circadium School of Contemporary Circus present a multi-day festival of contemporary circus arts. Featuring performances on the FringeArts stage and outside in the Haas Biergarten, Hand to Hand brings remarkable levels of artistry and ability together for a thrilling long weekend of events, perfect for the whole family. Performances and workshops include acrobatics, aerials, clowning, juggling, and everything in between.

Learn more about the history behind contemporary circus on the FringeArts Blog!

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