Brian Sanders' JUNK Presents SNOWBALL at the Annenberg, Now thru 12/15

Well known in Philadelphia for thrilling acrobatics and emotional storytelling, BrIan Sanders' JUNK explores the realm of childhood fantasy with Snowball, on stage at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, today, Dec. 4-15. Helmed by MOMIX alumnus BrIan Sanders, called "the city's most exciting choreographer" by Philadelphia Weekly, JUNK creates a wintry urban fairy tale where a group of characters discover that a little change in perspective can reveal big surprises. Snowball, appropriate for children of all ages, is part of the Annenberg Center's Philadelphia-focused By Local Series and supports JUNK's mission to make dance accessible to adults as well as younger audiences.

Set to a high-energy soundtrack of '80s favorites, Snowball features the kinds of characters you might expect from a fairy tale - lost boys, toad kings and a fairy godmother - but tells their stories with JUNK's signature wit and whimsy. In Act I, the residents of Grey Lane are losing hope, trudging through a bleak and unforgiving winter. But in Act II, their world is transformed into a Narnia-style frozen fantasia where an evil ice queen must be defeated to bring the city back to life.

An interactive experience for kids and adults, Snowball invites audiences to dance the Flake-Out, hiss at the ice queen and participate in a huge indoor snowball fight. Audience members who wear all white will receive five free snowballs to get started.

Snowball kicks off with a special Opening Night Celebration on Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 6 to 11 PM, including a pre-show reception, exclusive seating and a post-show party. For more information, visit briansandersjunk.com/snowball.

The Annenberg Center's By Local series continues after the holidays with up-and-coming choreographer Gabrielle Revlock (Confetti, Jan. 24-25) and cabaret favorites The Bearded Ladies (Marlene & the Machine: A German Expressionist Cabaret, Feb. 7-8). For more information on the 13/14 season, visit annenbergcenter.org.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

Snowball, $20-$40 (prices subject to change)

Wednesday, December 4, 7:30 PM (opening night celebration, $50-$150)

Thursday, December 5, 7:30 PM

Friday, December 6, 7:30 PM

Saturday, December 7, 2 and 7:30 PM

Sunday, December 8, 2 PM

Thursday, December 12, 7:30 PM

Friday, December 13, 7:30 PM

Saturday, December 14, 2 and 7:30 PM

Sunday, December 15, 2 PM

To purchase tickets, call 215.898.3900, visit annenbergcenter.org, or visit the Box Office at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19104.

CREDITS:

Conceived and created by BrIan Sanders

Direction and Writing: Lee Ann Etzold

Costume Design: Jill Keys

Lighting Design: Jay Madara

Set Design: Pedro da Silva

Portions of choreography created in collaboration with Dinita Clark, Kyle Clark and BrIan Sanders

The Company: Teddy Fatscher, Ann-Marie Gover, Laura Jenkins, John Luna, Billy Robinson, Tommy Schimmel, Connor Senning, Miles Yeung. With special guests: Dawn Berman, Robert Burden III, Dexter Carter, Sean Courtney, Greer Kristen Eobbi, Margie Foley, Kingsley Ibeneche, Jo Anne Jacobs, Nyasha James-Davis, Polly MacIntyre, Meredith Magoon, Christine Morano, Rodney Landis, David Rubio, Nicholas Schwasman




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