Tangle Movement Arts presents Tell It Slant, an all-new feminist circus cabaret from Philadelphia’s innovative aerial artists. Tangle’s nine-woman cast mixes traditional circus arts, like trapeze and acrobatics, with dance, theater, and spoken word, to explore female strength, identity, and relationships between women.
In Tell It Slant, seven women dance up and down a rope at a crowded party packed with friendship and drama. A dreamer finds herself in an intimate duet with aerial silks. Two best friends toss each other into the air. And a jilted woman flies on trapeze to exact her sassy revenge on the world. Tangle’s acrobats explore wide-ranging relationships between women in Tell It Slant’s dynamic circus-theater, delivering Tangle’s characteristic “unexpected visual elements and fearless personal narrative” (Edge Philadelphia).
“Our goal in Tell It Slant is to highlight diverse examples of female strength, and connections between women—portraying relationships that range from friendship to love, and support to antagonism,” says Tangle founder Lauren Rile Smith. “From intricate solos to dynamic duets, Tell It Slant highlights the friendships and dramas in our interconnected communities. Tangle’s acrobatic partnering dramatically depicts the ways in which people can be supported, lifted high, brought low— or left hanging.”
Joining Tell It Slant as guest artists are Megan Gendell and Lauren Feldman, internationally performing duo trapeze artists from the celebrated New England Center for Circus Arts. They debut a dramatic new act which explores trust and freedom between two people in dynamic motion. Set design is contributed by artist Julia Wilson, whose fiber art sculptures transform the theater of Christ Church Neighborhood House.
Tangle Movement Arts is a circus arts company with an interdisciplinary focus, whose work integrates traditional circus like aerial acrobatics and tumbling with dance, theater, and live music to tell a multi-dimensional story. Tangle’s work reflects individuals of diverse identities, with an emphasis on queer and female experiences, and is devised collaboratively by its all-female ensemble. Philadelphia City Paper says, “Tangle Movement Arts has a record of quality-yet-accessible shows—simultaneously lovely and exhilarating.” Tangle is based in Philadelphia and has been a Philly FringeArts Festival favorite since its inception in 2011.
Tell It Slant premieres at Christ Church Neighborhood House (20 N. American Street) on Thursday March 12th (8pm), Friday March 13th (8pm), and Saturday March 14th (3pm and 8pm). Tickets ($15-20) are available via www.tangle-arts.com.
What: Tangle presents Tell It Slant—a feminist circus-theater cabaret.
When: Thursday, March 12 at 8pm, Friday, March 13 at 8pm, Saturday, March 14 at 3pm and 8pm.
Where: Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 N American St, Philadelphia, PA 19106.
Tickets: $15-20 (discounts for artists, students, seniors, and groups). Purchase at the door or online at tangle-arts.com. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for discount information.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Contact Lauren Rile Smith at 215-266-6215 or email@example.com, or visit www.tangle-arts.com.
For tinycircus, a free trapeze and acrobatics performance series in public locations: contact Lauren Rile Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org, 215-266-6215) for upcoming dates. Next tinycircus is Saturday, April 25 at the Go West! Craft Fest at the Woodlands Estate in West Philadelphia (4000 Woodland Avenue).