Nichole Canuso Dance Company Offers First Glimpse of Intimate, Experiential New Work During Fringe Festival

Nichole Canuso Dance Company 2013 Fringe

As part of the 2013 Fringe Festival presented by FringeArts, Nichole Canuso Dance Company (NCDC) invites audiences to preview The Garden: an experiential journey designed to illuminate the peculiar beauty of being alone in our bodies through moments of solitude, observation and immersion. These full-length performances (75 minutes) for only four audience members at a time will take place September 13–21 in the sprawling basement of Old City’s Power Plant Productions, with a full premiere running November 1–17.

Inspired by Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities and Jorge Luis Borges short story “The Garden of Forking Paths“, The Garden gently guides participants on an intimate yet expansive journey as they navigate the shifting terrain of the performance. Every engagement – including sound via headphones – will respond specifically to the pace and movements of the participant.

One of only four dance projects awarded a Knight Arts Challenge grant through the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation during the contest’s inaugural year, The Garden is NCDC’s most logistically ambitious work to date. It incorporates a maze-like installation set by Anna Kiraly; conceptual lighting by New York-based Yi Zhao; an original sound score by Fringe favorites James Sugg and Michael Kiley; and performances by NCDC artists John Luna, Scott McPheeters, Les Rivera, Eun Jung Choi and Annie Wilson.

Canuso says of the project: “This is really a labyrinth about movement and the choreography of the every day. People move through the experience in isolation with headphones on, but ideally they’re able to come out of the other side feeling a little more open, more connected to their surroundings and their bodies.”

Preview performances of The Garden will run during the 2013 Fringe Festival, September 13–21, 2013 at The Power Plant Basement, 233 North Bread Street in Philadelphia (access off of New Street, between 2nd and 3rd). Tickets are $20 and are now available through

The Garden will premiere November 1 and run through November 17. Tickets will be available beginning October 7. More information is available by calling 215-413-9083 or visiting



Nichole Canuso Dance Company (NCDC) creates dance-based projects exploring the complexity of human experience. Founded in 2004 by performer and choreographer Nichole Canuso, NCDC makes original work, performs, tours, and teaches. Projects are developed through collaboration across disciplines with dancers, designers, and musicians. NCDC has been presented by Dance Theatre Workshop (NYC), Judson Church Movement Research Exchange (NYC, Philadelphia), Links Hall (Chicago), Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival (NYC), the International Festival of Art and Ideas (CT), HERE Arts Center (NYC), The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, among others, as well as several colleges and universities nationwide. Recent works include Wandering Alice (2008) and TAKES (2010).

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Steven Weisz for The Dance Journal

While not a dancer himself, Weisz’s love for the arts and dance started as a child growing up in New York City. With parents, who were strong supporters of the arts and part of a community with an incredible array of notable artists in music, dance, theater and fine arts, Weisz’s access and affinity for the performing arts took root. Upon attending college in Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania in the mid-70s, Weisz started performing as a puppeteer, magician, juggler and fire eater as a means of supplementing his income. This soon grew in to what became Rainbow Promotions Inc., one of the largest entertainment and special events producers in the region. It was here that he began to promote and book dance for major events throughout the city. Many of the dancers he worked with in the early days of his company are now major choreographers in Philadelphia. At the same time, Weisz’s interest in computers and the early developments of what is now known as the Internet, led him to also start another company, Delaware Valley On Line, which became one of the first regional ISPs. It was this combination of event production, internet development and event marketing that led him to examine the use of the internet as a means to promote the arts. Dance continued to be a major interest for Weisz and in 2005 he founded as a major online resource to promote dance in the city. It was soon after that the Dance Journal was also founded as a way to provide an outlet for writing on a range of topics that encompass the ever growing and emerging dance community in the region. Weisz continues to run both PhiladelphiaDANCE and The Dance Journal on purely a voluntary basis with no income derived from any of his projects. He is also the Artistic Director of MM2 Modern Dance Company, an incubator, providing support, space and opportunities for new emerging dance artists, who wish to explore the choreographic process, in order to cultivate and introduce new work to new audiences.