Ben Grinberg

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LEAPS OF FAITH AND OTHER MISTAKES (Almanac): 2017 Fringe review

A beautiful spectacle, full of humor, sadness, joy and handstands

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LEAPS OF FAITH AND OTHER MISTAKES (Almanac Dance Circus Theatre): 2017 Fringe review

Four seafarers embark on a voyage of escapism and mutual self-discovery, expressed through breathtakingly impressive acrobatics

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#IAMMADEOFSTARS (Almanac): Artistes of the floating world

combines the complex questions of humanity, (such as ‘Why am I here?’) with the natural improvisation life requires, and expresses it physically alongside a healthy dose of humor.

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Performance in Sketch: NICE AND FRESH (Automatic Arts)

Last weekend Moving Arts of Mount Airy witnessed a gathering artists connecting subjects to their own artistic voices

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Shhh… tell no one, invite everyone: Almanac Dance Circus Theater has a secret show

Did you know you were a member of a secret religious cult? You are, and a meeting has been called to elect a new leader

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Keen to Feed: Favorite tunes from Red 40 & the Last Groovement

Artists from Philly’s favorite clown-funk band pick favorite songs from their new album and the world of music

Ben Grinberg (center) and EXILE 2588 collaborators (l-r Mark Wong, Nick Gillette, Ben, Lauren Johns, Nicole Burgio). Photo by Kate Raines.

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A place where acrobatics meets theater, the theater meets the circus, and circus meets blue grass

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Deb Miller’s Top Picks for the 2016 Philadelphia Fringe Festival

Can’t decide what to see in the 2016 Philadelphia Fringe Festival? Check out Deb Miller’s recommendations in her annual top picks preview.

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Devised Theater Meets Disability: Matt Purinton talks EXPOSURE

Collaborative performer Ben Grinberg sat down with Matt Purinton to talk about the EXPOSURE project and what he hopes to share with audiences.

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HE WHO GETS SLAPPED (PAC): Spectacle and sadness at the circus

Leonid Andreyev’s classic tale of love and death in the Big Top is given original interludes of circus acts and live music to set the stage and mood.

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Not of an Age: Remembering 10 years of Shakespeare in Clark Park

Performers past and present share their thoughts and memories on a decade of Shakespeare in Clark Park.

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LEAPS OF FAITH AND OTHER MISTAKES (Almanac): 60-second review

Almanac Dance Circus Theatre treat their audiences to a flippin’ fantastic foray into the world of waves and seafaring.

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A Leap of Faith: Photos and words from the creative team behind Almanac’s newest dance circus theater

The collaborators on Almanac’s newest show of dance circus theater talk about the joys of working for this creative group. Photos by Jenna Spitz.

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Revolutionary Theater, Dance, and Circus: NICE AND FRESH at Cliveden historic house

This month, Cliveden opens its historic grounds for a two-night engagement of new performing arts.

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COMMUNITAS (Almanac): The Contortionist and the Dancer

The action in COMMUNITAS could be best described as four people taking turns carrying one another around a space, then falling off, then swapping who carries whom. In a way, it is structured around a continual exploration of ways to make two or more people into one. Balance is challenged not by standing on a tight rope, but by joining two bodies at a single point and leaning precipitously apart; disassemble and repeat as necessary.

Ben Grinberg rehearsing COMMUNITAS at Penn Treaty Park. Photo credit Justin Rose

Communitas Organizer: Interview with Ben Grinberg about his dance circus theater

Together with collaborator Nick Gillette, Ben Grinberg founded Almanac Dance Circus Theatre to offer production of his unique brand of acrobatic theater. Almanac’s inaugural show, Communitas, launches this May 22-24 at Christ Church Neighborhood House. Phindie asked Ben a few questions about the show and his new company.

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THE WEST Comes to Town: Interview with Creator Alex Bechtel

THE WEST is ensemble-devised musical theater, described as “an absurdist western music hall drama about the gun that killed Billy The Kid, the gun that didn’t, and truth and fiction in history, human relationships, and our day-to-day lives.”

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Screw the Barrymores, Get Some Clown Funk

The Barrymore Awards, Philadelphia’s bastard stepchild of the Oliviers or Tonys, took something of a hiatus for the 2012/13 season, as the downfall of the Theatre Alliance meant no annual…

Emily L. Gibson and Steve Lippe in MAKING the WORLD a BETTER PLACE through MURALS.

NICE AND FRESH November (SmokeyScout): Get punched in the face by art at SmokeyScout Productions’ NICE AND FRESH

SmokeyScout is named after artistic director Josh McIlvain’s cats: Smokey and Scout. The program of the November NICE AND FRESH thanks them, along with Moving Arts of Mount Airy (MAMA), the intimate,…

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HANNAH (Hella Fresh): The glories of the sober mind

In response to a story I wrote about LSD, a college creative writing professor told me that it’s never a good idea to give characters drugs, because if they’re high,…