SOLD OUT: The Way Out
Tangle Movement Arts
October 1-October 3
Laurel Hill Cemetery
NOTE: Tickets are $100 per carload, for any number of people within the car.
Philadelphia’s aerial storytellers Tangle Movement Arts present THE WAY OUT– an immersive, socially distanced performance for a drive-through audience, as part of the 2020 Fringe Festival. This unique site-specific show unspools across 78 acres of Laurel Hill Cemetery on Thursday October 1 through Saturday October 3. THE WAY OUT is an evening of performance made for the pandemic– capturing a world inside a bubble, a meditation on time and history, and pockets of memory illuminated by flame.
Wheels spin, worlds turn, and the past loops into the present. Dancers hold tension from six feet apart, and aerialists are caught between earth and sky. Tangle’s acrobats navigate a complexly woven circus-theater story in this unusual show designed with all COVID-19 precautions in mind. Audiences flow along Laurel Hill’s gently winding roads to experience the show at a series of separate performance stations located across the historic cemetery, including dancers, live flameworking, and aerial artists. One carload at a time, the audience parks to view each performance before continuing along the path.
“THE WAY OUT speaks to a central dynamic of the pandemic– we’re trapped in our houses, in our responsibilities, in our bodies, in our fear. Yet we’re released from some of our typical roles, from our normal experience of time, from usual social expectations,” says Tangle founder Lauren Rile Smith. “The show’s unusual format of a rolling, immersive performance mirrors this sense of movement inside a maze, with answers in unexpected places.”
THE WAY OUT is fully safe and socially distanced for all audience members, performers, and crew, and complies with the City of Philadelphia’s guidelines for outdoor performance during COVID-19.
Audience enters Laurel Hill Cemetery at 3822 Ridge Ave at their designated time of arrival and will be ushered into the show experience one carload at a time.
Audience members may not exit cars at any time. There is no bathroom access during or after the performance. Appropriate for all ages.
Thursday, Oct 1 at 7PM, 7:20PM, 7:40PM, 8PM, 8:20PM & 8:40PM Friday, Oct 2 at 7PM, 7:20PM, 7:40PM, 8PM, 8:20PM & 8:40PM Saturday, Oct 3 at 7PM, 7:20PM, 7:40PM, 8PM, 8:20PM & 8:40PM
Tickets are $100 per carload, for any number of people within a car.
Happy Hour on the Fringe
In this episode, Community Engagement Manager Tenara Calem speaks with Lauren Rile Smith about the upcoming presentation of The Way Out by her contemporary circus organization, Tangle Movement Arts. Carloads of audience members will flow along Laurel Hill’s gently winding roads to experience the show at a series of separate performance stations located across the historic cemetery, including dancers, live flame working, and aerial artists. Participants will encounter these storytellers along the way, and navigate the cemetery as if through a maze, finding answers in unexpected places.
About the Artists
Tangle Movement Arts is a circus arts company with a contemporary twist, whose performances mix traditional circus like trapeze and aerial silks with dance, theater, and live music to tell a multi-dimensional story.
Meet the guest artists who will be performing in The Way Out!
Evalina “Wally” Carbonell and Weiwei Ma are dance artists and prominent choreographic voices locally and along the East Coast.
Madeline Rile Smith is a sculptor specializing in glass, with a special interest in interactive art that invokes a sense of ritual and transformation.
Ama Ma’at Gora is a nationally performing dancer and choreographer whose work pushes controversial dialogue surrounding identity, trauma, and restoration from a black, queer perspective.
Eppchez! is a Quaker, Cuban & Jewish artist whose production company Alma’s Engine is a creative ministry for new work in music and theater.
Christina Eltvedt is a multidisciplinary artist, performer, and choreographer, whose work uses objects and site-specific locations to generate a visual and visceral experience.
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