Force the Mirror Open

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Philadelphia’s aerial storytellers present Force the Mirror Open — a unique site-specific fantasy spanning two stories of the historic Christ Church Neighborhood House, September 21-24 in the Philly Fringe Festival. Limited tickets are available now!

Six women climb silks, hang from trapezes, and push through unexpected portals in a queer circus-theater journey which brings audiences through secret passageways, shared visions, and sudden revolutions.

This is Tangle’s immersive circus at its best—the powerful, kinetic movements of aerial dance merged with topsy-turvy storytelling that’s as intimate as a shared dream.

Mixing theater, dance, interactive sculpture, and aerial magic, Tangle’s all-female cast of acrobats invite you to a surreal marketplace where fortunes are traded and fates are revealed; into a checkerboard realm of shifting power where companions are knocked off one by one; through a mirror that opens to expose a new dimension.

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. Tangle’s work places an emphasis on queer and female experiences, and is devised collaboratively by its all-female ensemble. Based in Philadelphia, Tangle has been a Philly FringeArts Festival favorite since its inception in 2011. Philadelphia Weekly says Tangle “blends circus-style acrobatics with a smart theatrical spin.”

WHERE: Neighborhood House (20 N. American St., Philadelphia PA 19106.).
WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 8pm, Thursday, Sept. 22 at 8pm, Friday, Sept. 23 at 8pm, Saturday, Sept. 24 at 3pm and 8pm.
TICKETS: Limited $20-35 tickets for our intimate audience. Discounts available for students, seniors, artists, and groups.
FAQ: This immersive circus-theater show unfolds across two floors of Neighborhood House, with options for audience to use stairs or elevator. Wheelchair-accessible. The performance is family-friendly, although not oriented towards children. It is not necessary to bring your printed ticket. Metered street parking and nearby parking lots available. Theater opens 30 minutes before showtimes. Address of theater is 20 N. American Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106, near 2nd and Market Streets in Old City Philadelphia. Contact or call 215-266-6215 with questions.

Force the Mirror Open - new in the 2022 Fringe Festival

PA Council on the ArtsFor the creation of Force the Mirror Open, Tangle received state arts funding support through a grant from The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.