The Way Out – Artists

Eppchez!, photo by Marcus Branch
Eppchez! in performance, photo by New Castro Photography

Eppchez! is a Quaker, Cuban & Jewish artist whose production company Alma’s Engine is a creative ministry for new work in music and theater. Ey has worked as a playwright, choreographer, director, deviser/collaborator, performer, puppeteer, songwriter, and vocalist, with eir Philly-based and national collaborators including Swim Pony Performing Arts and MacArthur Genius Grantee Taylor Mac.

Madeline Smith
Madeline Smith in performance

Madeline Rile Smith is an artist specializing in glass, with a MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology. Madeline’s sculptural glass work has been exhibited in venues throughout the US and featured in New Glass Review 41 and 35. She has a special interest in interactive art that invokes a sense of ritual and transformation to consider notions of intimacy and compromise.

Ama Ma'at Gora
Ama Ma'at Gora in performance, photo by LaTosha Pointer

Ama Ma’at Gora is a nationally performing dancer, Philly-based choreographer, and artistic director of Ma’atWorks Dance Collective, whose performances push controversial dialogue surrounding identity, trauma, and restoration from a black, queer perspective. Her work “Project Assata” seeks to critically examine historical events in relation to present events, with a focus on Assata Shakur, a former Black Panther and Black Liberation Army member. “Project Assata” questions time as a true agent of change, and offers a vivid narrative that transcends decades of struggle.

Evalina Carbonell, photo by Rob Li
Weiwei Ma, photo by Rob LiEvalina Carbonell and Weiwei Ma in performance, photo by Stephanie Ramones

Evalina “Wally” Carbonell and Weiwei Ma are Philadelphia-based dance artists, also presenting a full length In-Real-Life (IRL) Fringe Festival dance show, “Blood,” running from 9/24-9/27. Wally and Weiwei have worked together under the umbrella of the internationally renowned Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers since 2013 and as independent choreographers, but this fall marks their first independent collaboration with one another. With roots in ballet, Chinese classical dance, and the Gyrotonic Expansion System between the two artists, Wally and Weiwei are prominent choreographic voices locally and along the East Coast.

Christina Eltvedt, photo by M Hamilton Visuals
Christina Eltvedt in performance, photo by Bill Hebert

Christina Eltvedt is a multidisciplinary artist, performer, and choreographer, whose work uses objects and site-specific locations to generate a visual and visceral experience. With an MFA in dance from Temple University and a background in sculpture, Christina has performed and presented work across the U.S. and internationally, with collaborators and presenters including Paul Sanasardo, Joel Hall Dancers, Danszloop Chicago, and American Dance Guild Festival.

Tangle Movement Arts, featuring Najwa Parkins, photo by Michael Ermilio
Tangle Movement Arts, featuring Kate Aid, photo by Michael Ermilio

Tangle Movement Arts is a circus arts company with a contemporary twist, which has been a Philly Fringe favorite since its inception in 2011. Tangle’s work mixes traditional circus like trapeze and acrobatics with dance, theater, and live music to tell a multi-dimensional story, with an emphasis on queer and female experiences, and is devised collaboratively by its all-female ensemble. In collaboration with the above guest artists, Tangle is proud to present The Way Out at Laurel Hill Cemetery as its 10th annual Fringe Festival performance.


WHERE: Laurel Hill Cemetery (3822 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19132).
WHEN: Thursday October 1, Friday October 2, and Saturday October 3. All performance times are rolling (7pm-8:30pm). Rain date Sunday October 4.
TICKETS: $100 tickets are per car, not per audience member. $25 tickets for individuals on bicycle may be announced in September if COVID-19 safety permits.
FAQ: Ticket prices are per car, not per audience member. Box office is contact-free; upon arrival, audience members will be checked in via phone call. Audiences will stay in their vehicles the entire time, and there is no restroom access on site. Please read our COVID-19 Info Page for more information. The performance is family-friendly, although not oriented towards children. Contact or call 215-266-6215 with questions.