30 Days of Philly Arts: A new show from Brian Sanders at the FringeArts Festival

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brian-sandersBrian Sanders, who hails from Princeton and got his BFA in dance at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, is no stranger to artistic experimentation.  He danced and choreographed internationally for ten years with MOMIX, a company known for its stage innovation and illusion. Brian’s own company, JUNK, exists at the intersection of dance and physical theater, creating abstract yet accessible performances that use found objects, athletics and wit to create something unique. A great example of this is The Gate, the gravity defying work presented at the 2003 Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and reprised last year, in which Brian and his company of dancer/aerialists performed astonishing feats and gorgeous movements above the audience’s heads.

Debra Miller of Stage Magazine.com said of it:

Like all of the masterworks of Brian Sanders’ JUNK, THE GATE REOPENED is monumental… Simultaneously primal and post-industrial, consummately balanced yet gut-wrenchingly visceral, this psychologically provocative and physically dangerous high-flying stunner left me breathless.

Like all of the masterworks of Brian Sanders’ JUNK, THE GATE REOPENED is monumental… Simultaneously primal and post-industrial, consummately balanced yet gut-wrenchingly visceral, this psychologically provocative and physically dangerous high-flying stunner left me breathless.

Their new work Hush Now Sweet High Heels and Oak is having its world premiere at the Philadelphia FringeArts Festival with performances through September 15th at the 23rd Street Armory. It’s been described as a mixture of, “high heels, nursery rhymes, and the black hole of memory at the 23rd Street Armory,” but further details are scant.  Maybe that’s because surprise figures into JUNK’s work and no blurb can quite encapsulate the experience of seeing it for yourself.

You’ll find performance and ticket information here.

Brian Sanders’ JUNK — a video pastiche…

Brian Sanders’ JUNK 10 Min Promo from Brian Sanders JUNK on Vimeo.