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

"Bold, unapologetic, and boundary breaking " --Billy Penn


 Almanac’s Harvest

November 15, 2018


The MAAS Building

Meet our brand new associate artists, celebrate our Barrymore win, see brand new performances from some of the city’s best artists, and enjoy free hot apple cider and whiskey (optional, of course).




Almanac is...

Almanac is a movement-based performing arts ensemble, fusing acrobatics, storytelling, dance, and physicality. We produce original, award-winning, audience-inspiring works of genre-defying heart, while providing world-class training to local and non-local artists.

Almanac creates evening-length performances, site-specific work, and immersive experiences, and provides educational workshops/programming, and community/youth outreach.  In all of our services, we strive for originality and the highest possible quality.

We connect people across borders and stack bodies on top of ideas.We attack seriousness with sincere ridiculousness and closed doors with open gates.

We believe that the artful sharing of stories and the creation of original work through our unique method of ensemble creation is a service to humanity.

Together we create thrill and heartbreak from where we are and where we want to go. Our work is light and generous, sincere and direct, dynamic and poetic. We are more concerned with meaning and transmission than we are with the pretty, the perfect, or the precious.

We’re rigorous in our approach to learning new technical skills across genres and we are committed to deep investigations of our chosen themes or ideas.

Almanac expects our company members to bring positivity, participation, and openness to every act of creation. We make a home for everyone’s ideas and a place for imagination.

As a company we encourage balance, self-care, and flexibility in our practices. We acknowledge that hard work and wellness are continuous and forever linked.  

Almanac is theater that displays the human cost. We make things that are surprising, hiding in the uncanny valley between the human and the superhuman. We work hard, fly high, and take risks.

In order to achieve our goals and stay true to our fundamental beliefs, we acknowledge and follow these values:

Devotion- Devotion to Almanac contains three facets:

Generosity is giving all you have to a project and providing opportunity to others.

Rigor is hard work. We push our physical boundaries and are hungry to learn.

Freedom is lightness. When we achieve a high level of mastery over our movement, our structure, or our craft, we are free to play, explore intricacies within our disciplines, and become conduits for emotive content.


Through sweat and togetherness, we create a ship on which we can live, celebrate, and most importantly, travel. We can drift, traverse, and weather all elements. This journey is our destination, which is dependent on our strong vessel. What is under the surface?What stories can we unearth?


We celebrate and strive for the recognition of the underdogs, the underheard, and the improbable. We take pride in our accomplishments and in caring for each other.

In following these values we are ready, excited, and curious. We parade forward with our creations, ideas, and love.


Who We Are

Company Members:


Associate Artists:

Company Emeritus:


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, NYU Skirball Center/Circus Now!, Trinity Rep, the International Festival of Contemporary Dance of Mexico City, the Faux/Real Festival, Colgate University, Reading Terminal Market, Bearnstow, Pig Iron Theatre Company, the University City District, Automatic Arts,  and New York Live Arts, among others.

Serving communities and offering educational experiences are as important to Almanac as creating works. 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. Since 2014, the company has offered a free, open ensemble circus gymnasium called AlmanAcro, which allows anyone with interest to play and train with Almanac. Biannually, the Harvest/Sowing series offers a platform for artists to explore and present new ideas alongside our own performance research. 

Full-length productions include Fronteras: An Homage to Whatshername and Fronteras: A Door in the Desert (2017), Exile 2588 (2016), Leaps of Faith and Other Mistakes (2015), The Fleecing (2015), Nightfall (2014), and Communitas (2014).

Advisory Board


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