Full-Length Ensemble Show


Tinder & Ash

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7LzIzE9AUA

www.tinderandash.com

An evening-length ensemble circus-theater show about the little and big deaths we experience in our lives, about losing and finding ourselves and each other, about intimacy and support, about grief and humility, about avoidance and forgiveness, and, through it all, the magnificent journey of transformation. Tinder & Ash unites the virtuosic nature of circus with the vulnerability of humans being.

Created & performed by: Amaya Alvarado, Lauren Feldman, Fe Fox, Megan Gendell, & Anthony Oliva

With creative consultation from Jesse Dryden & Jamie Hodgson

  • SummerStage NYC

  • New England Center for Circus Arts

  • Workshop presentation: La TOHU at Ecole Nationale de Cirque

  • Development residency: Orchard Project (Saratoga Springs, NY)

  • Creation residency: La TOHU (Montreal, QC)

 

90-sec Sizzle Reel for the full-length show "Tinder & Ash" 
Video footage: Lino Cipresso
Video editing: Anthony Oliva
Music: “Tourbillon” by Julia Kent
For booking: mgendell@gmail.com

 

Photos by Alexis Vigneault

Photos by Alexis Vigneault


Individual Acts

 


Tender, intimate, and honest contemporary female doubles trapeze act, available immediately. For booking, please contact Megan Gendell at mgendell@gmail.com. Filmed during "Sir Cupcake's Queer Circus Goes Back in Time," May 2015, Portland, OR. Performers: Megan Gendell and Lauren Feldman. Music: The DiGiallonardo Sisters and Tattle Tale

The Falling and the Catching

Duo trapeze act

https://youtu.be/I2Y9ZqUtVgc

Two women fall in love (and navigate the fear and intimacy that follows) ten feet in the air. A duet on one trapeze.

"The most delightful love story I've ever seen danced." -- Hannah Lorenzo, PhillyIsDancing.com

  • Private wedding

  • Circadium Gala (Philadelphia)

  • Canopy Studio’s 15th Anniversary Show (Athens)

  • Sir Cupcake's Queer Circus Goes Back In Time (Portland, OR)

  • Tell It Slant: A Feminist Cabaret (Tangle Movement Arts, Philadelphia)

  • Topsy Turvy (San Francisco)


Playful, joyful female trapeze duo act, available immediately. For booking, please contact Megan Gendell at mgendell@gmail.com. Graduation performance from New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA)'s Professional-Track (Pro-Track) training program, 2014. Performers: Megan Gendell & Lauren Feldman. Music: Penguin Cafe Orchestra.

Frolic

Duo trapeze act

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGaTcCIqvJw

“Frolic” offers a glimpse of a playful, intimate, and enduring friendship, an ode to those with whom we can be our most joyful, open, and trusting selves.

  • Daidogei Festival (Shizuoka, Japan)

  • Bindlestiff Family Cirkus' Third Coast Cabaret (Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival)

  • Golden Karl International Festival (Riga, Latvia)

  • Timelines (Tangle Movement Arts, Philadelphia)

  • New England Center for Circus Arts


Long Way Round

Duo trapeze act

Buoyant, honest, and complicated, “Long Way Round” depicts the passage of time and the moments when long-term partners want to move their lives in opposite directions.

  • Elements of Friction (Tangle Movement Arts, Philadelphia)


Goldenrod & Aster

Duo trapeze act

Set to musically underscored excerpts from an interview with botanist Robin Wall Kimmerer, “Goldenrod & Aster” paints a picture of the intelligence, communication, and bio-symbiosis of plants — and examines what that can teach us about the world we live in and how we relate to it… and to others of our own species. Soundscape: Zoe Keating, with excerpts from the podcast “On Being” (Krista Tippett’s interview with Kimmerer)

  • Go West Craft Fest (Tangle Movement Arts, Philadelphia)

  • Plant-Us: An Earth Day Circus Cabaret (Philadelphia)


Lauren Feldman performs "Kinds of Stillness," a story-telling theater and hand balancing act, at the Greenhoe Theater, Putney, VT, May 10, 2014, as part of Eighteen Tickets to Elsewhere. Performed with Amaya Alvarado. Text by Lauren Feldman. Created as part of New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA)'s 2013-2014 Professional-Track Training Program. For performance, please contact lauren.m.feldman@gmail.com.

Kinds of Stillness

Storytelling/handbalancing act

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ryteq67hjEQ

Through handstands and text, Lauren investigates different kinds of stillness, sharing the story of the first time she kissed a girl, reflections on the gradual disappearance of a loved one, and an attempt to find her own grounding alone.

  • New England Center for Circus Arts


Lauren Feldman performs "And I Miss You," a theatrical solo trapeze act, at Dixon Place, NYC, July 5, 2013, as part of the HOT! Festival. Music by Merrill Garbus and William Brittelle/Roomful of Teeth. Created as part of New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA)'s 2012-2013 Intensive Training Program. For performance, please contact lauren.m.feldman@gmail.com.

And I Miss You

Solo static trapeze act

http://youtu.be/ZL2pi_J0VFQ

Set to a soundscape of autobiographical voicemails and a cappella song, a woman learns of the passing of her grandmothers and is launched into a journey through absence, grief, and what comes after.

  • PSCA Cabaret (Philadelphia)

  • HOT! Festival (Dixon Place, NYC)

  • New England Center for Circus Arts


Megan Gendell and Lauren Feldman perform "What of an Afternoon," doubles trapeze, at Topsy Turvy: A Queer Circus Extravaganza, at the Brava Theater, San Francisco, June 2013, as part of the National Queer Arts Festival. Music by Sufjan Stevens & Osso String Quartet. For booking, please contact mgendell@gmail.com.

What of an Afternoon

Duo trapeze act

http://youtu.be/l7TJEwd9rYc

Two strangers cross paths and discover a kindred spirithood. They come to know each other, invest in each other, love each other. And then one of them fades from the life of the other, pulling away for reasons never shared, leaving the two with absence and loss.

  • HOT! Festival (Dixon Place, NYC)

  • Topsy Turvy (San Francisco)


Collaboration & Dramaturgy


Hysterical
Feminist ensemble circus-theater show by Alter Circus

  • Touring and available for booking.

  • Workshop performance: New England Center for Circus Arts, 2018

TINDER & ASH
Queer, feminist ensemble circus-theater show

  • Excerpt performance: SummerStage, NYC, 2015

  • Workshop performance: New England Center for Circus Arts, 2015

  • Development residency: Orchard Project, 2015

  • Creation residency: La TOHU, Montreal, 2014

 

The Bizarre and Curious Quest of Killian Cog
Ensemble circus show by ImaginAerial

  • Touring and available for booking.

  • Click here to read ImaginAerial's blog post about our dramaturgical collaboration!

 

And If You Lose Your Way, or A Food Odyssey
Audience-interactive ensemble play with music

  • Production: The Invisible Dog, directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh, NYC, 2014

  • Nomination: New York Innovative Theatre Award

 

LADY M
Feminist ensemble play

  • Production: Philadelphia Live Arts Festival / Swim Pony, directed by Adrienne Mackey, Philadelphia, 2011

 

Now/Not Now
One-woman play with movement and trapeze

  • Performance: HOT! Festival, Dixon Place, co-created with Diana Y Greiner, NYC, 2011

 

PLAYBACK: PICASSO and PLAYBACK: JACQUES BREL
Youth-ensemble-created-and-performed shows through Two River Theater

  • Performances: Two River Theatre Company, directed and co-facilitated by Pirronne Yousefzadeh, Red Bank, NJ, 2010-2012