Celebrating our human freedom to move in our cherished public spaces, Almanac’s Fit Fest is a free, one day celebration of participatory workshops, demonstrations, and performances, culminating in a special encore performance of Communitas: 5 Years Later.
Communitas is a Latin noun that describes an unstructured society where humans are equal. Five years ago company founders Ben Grinberg and Nick Gillette began with this as a foundation for performance. Now, five years later.. company members Adam Kerbal, Ben Grinberg, Lauren Johns and Nicole Burgio seek to re-experience, in stark simplicity, the creation of a communitas.
Award-winning choreographer Reggie Wilson to present Grounds That Shout! (And Others Merely Shaking), a series of performances exploring relationships and connections between religion, movement, race, and the body with a focus on the African American religious experience and the specific context of Philadelphia’s historic sacred spaces. Wilson will curate performances by Almanac and other Philadelphia-based artists at religious sites in Old City and Society Hill—host to a unique density of historic churches—highlighting both the broad narrative history of these spaces and their present-day status in a rapidly changing city.
The project extends Wilson’s recent work with New York’s Danspace Project interrogating the history of St. Mark’s Church.
All the way from LA comes the Philadelphia debut of GO, an improvisational system created by Rosanna Gamson. GO is a sequential series of exercises and games that help break performers of habits and mannerisms, spark movement invention, and build ensemble and listening skills.
Almanac company members Nicole Burgio and Ben Grinberg share their process for creating full-length contemporary circus with an ensemble of mover/makers in Mexico City from September-December, 2018.
Information about the program and registration is available here (page is in Spanish):
Additional intensive workshops in various aerial, handstand, and physical theatre disciplines will be offered in Mexico City at this time as well.
Final shows are open to the public December 8, 15, and 22.