“For [their] originality alone, Almanac Dance Circus Theatre excels...” --NewsWorks
Almanac is an acrobatic response to stagnation in performance and inequity in society.
We attack seriousness with sincere ridiculousness and closed borders with open gates.
As an ensemble, we strive daily to make collective decisions in a hierarchical world. We stack bodies on top of ideas.
We forge ensemble-driven performances that fuse acrobatics, storytelling, and daring physicality.
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, 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).