Philadelphia’s Trailblazing Contemporary Acrobatics Company

“For [their] originality alone, Almanac Dance Circus Theatre excels...” --NewsWorks


Almanac Dance Circus Theatre forges ensemble-driven performances that fuse acrobatics, storytelling, and daring physicality.

Our inspiration springs from timeless stories and new observations that provoke us to play together, like kids in the sand, revealing both ourselves as individuals and human nature at large. Our work is funny except when it’s serious, sublimely stupid and unabashedly sincere. We are craftspeople, choreographing adventures for ourselves to embark upon and nightly see where we land.  

Using this unique form of inquiry, almanac produces both ensemble-prompted and commissioned works, develops educational partnerships for students of all ages, and leads an open-ensemble circus gymnasium for professional performers.

We push the limits of ourselves and our fields, deepening the identity and raising the profile of the performing arts community in Philadelphia.



Who We Are


Called “The little dance theatre troupe that could” by Philadelphia's City Paper, Almanac was founded in 2013 by Nick Gillette and Ben Grinberg, graduates of the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training, with Adam Kerbel, a graduate of the Headlong Performance Institute. The company pursues present performance at the edge of what is possible, through playful honesty.

Since its founding, Almanac has performed for tens of thousands across eleven states and in Mexico, from street fairs to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, elementary school assemblies to private parties and events. They were selected as 2013-2014 Fresh Tracks Artists at New York Live Arts, were the first resident company at the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, and are artists-in-residence at Mascher Space Co-Op. Their work has been presented by FringeArts, Trinity Rep, the International Festival of Contemporary Dance of Mexico City, the Faux/Real Festival, Colgate , Reading Terminal Market, Bearnstow, Pig Iron Theatre Company,  Lois Welk, Circus Now!, the University City District, Automatic Arts,  and New York Live Arts, and many others, including as special guests of Bill T. Jones with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company at the NYLA Gala (2014).

The company is a roster artist with Young Audiences of New Jersey and Eastern PA and develops educational programming for k-12 as well as college students. Full-length productions include Said & Meant and Pitch & Moment (upcoming, 2017), Exile 2588 (2016), Leaps of Faith and Other Mistakes (2015), The Fleecing (2015), Nightfall (2014), and Communitas (2014).

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