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Postponed: Test Flights

Curated and Hosted by Ben Grinberg

Monday, June 1

2020 Hand to Hand Circus Festival

60 minutes



Wheelchair Accessible

In this special circus edition of scratch night, jugglers, acrobats, and aerial artists impress with physical feats and incredible skills as they push the boundaries of what circus is and what it can say. Expect tenderness and virtuosity, the absurd and the extraordinary as emerging and established artists and companies share works-in-progress in a rapidly-evolving art form. Curated and hosted by Ben Grinberg, the evening will feature four to six short performances, offering an inside look at the future of contemporary circus. Join us as we celebrate risk-taking cross-pollination of circus with other modes of performance at Test Flights 2020.

Performers include Brian Sanders’ JUNK, Sierra Rhodes and Kevin Flanagan, and more artists to be announced!


This event has been postponed due to ongoing public health concerns.



About The Host

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.


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