A durational dance art installation that explores naming the present, imaginary, and real in all its complexity. A ritual for right now, as we re-learn to congregate in spaces together. What is going on within and in-between us? All is allowed in the performer’s improvisational score: grief, joy, curiosity, shyness, confusion, lostness, peace, stillness, escape. You are allowed to think and feel all you need to, too. You can stay as long as you’d like in the in-between.
The installation reflects a central spiral structure, a storm, and sounds of the ocean and bells fill the gallery space, tucking you away from the world of Old City and FringeArts nearby to someplace deep in the chest, in the belly. Mark Kennedy, the performer, channels the present moment and names what he feels, sees, and imagines, in-between you.
“The spoken element was delivered quietly, conversationally, and blended observations of the space, his or our actions, thoughts, dreams, memories. These seemed a tool for keeping him present and it worked for me as well, helping me not apply meaning but stay there with him. I wondered, does he tell the same memory every time? Work that is grounded in really personal narrative can be hard to access. This part of the piece was done gently enough, generously enough, that the themes of personal grief and loss came through without a heavy hand.
…When I walked into the gallery space, Kennedy had looked up from his position on the floor and said, ‘I was waiting for you.’ What unfolded was gentle and quiet; something waiting, holding, seeking.”
– Emilee Lord, thINKingDANCE
Full review here: https://thinkingdance.net/articles/2021/09/12/3/I-Was-Waiting-For-You/
Saturday, Sep 11, 2021 – 6:00pm
Sunday, Sep 12, 2021 – 2:00pm
Saturday, Sep 18, 2021 – 6:00pm
Sunday, Sep 19, 2021 – 2:00pm
Monday, Sep 20, 2021 – 7:00pm
Friday, Sep 24, 2021 – 6:00pm
Saturday, Sep 25, 2021 – 6:00pm
Sunday, Sep 26, 2021 – 2:00pm
Friday, Oct 1, 2021 – 6:00pm
Saturday, Oct 2, 2021 – 6:00pm
Sunday, Oct 3, 2021 – 2:00pm
Health & Safety
Proof of vaccination is required to attend this event. For the safety of audiences, artists, staff, and our greater community, you must be fully vaccinated to attend this event. Fully vaccinated means two weeks after your second dose. You will be asked to show proof of vaccination before entering the venue. Accepted forms for proof of vaccination include: a physical vaccine card with your name on it or a digital photo of your vaccine card on a cell phone. Please plan accordingly.
Masks must also be worn for the duration of the performance.
Creator/Performer: Mark Kennedy
Producer: Joanne Holmes
Appropriate for Ages 18+
Brief nudity possibly, swearing possible, content about grief, death, and intense emotions possible.
Audiences are welcome to arrive any time between open hours and can stay for any amount of time. An audience attendant will be there to guide you from the street to the gallery, through an alley doorway. There will be limited seats available.
About the Artists
> I’m a Canadian-born artist living in Philadelphia on & off for 12 years.
> Graduate of the Pig Iron MFA in Devised Performance (2019).
> Wandering polyglot, with a background in improvisational dance-theater, visual art installation, and clown.
> A teaching artist that facilitates corporate and artistic workshops & events and experiential tours.
> Past self-produced Fringe shows: Arethusa Speaks (2014), Othello, Desdemona, & Iago Walk Into a Bar (2013), Checkers ( (2011). Directing the dance piece The Case for Invagination #3 by Nicole Bindler at the Cannonball Festival as well this Fringe.
> Curious about game mechanics, the notion of restorative masculinity, allowing space for grief & play at the same time, and trickster figures.
> Obsessed with birds.