Part cabaret, part gallery-style Tarot reading, Doppelbanger is an autobiographical solo performance embodying gay obsession, identity, trauma, and joy. In it, Jonczak conjures look-alike ex-lovers through storytelling and movement/dance on a quest to learn: Do I want to be with him, or do I want to BE him?
In one vignette, Jonczak depicts how, after a catastrophic breakup, he mimicked the way an ex-boyfriend washed his face in the morning as a method of holding on to him --until he could no longer remember having ever done it differently. In this striking physical performance, Jonczak combines his personal experiences with live Tarot card readings for select audience members on a journey to learn how to access the unlimited versions of ourselves.
Doppelbanger originally premiered at the Philadelphia Fringe Arts Festival in September 2017 and had a second run during Philadelphia Theatre Week in February 2018. It then toured to The Tank in NYC in April and to the Cincinnati Fringe Festival in May, 2018.
EXILE 2588 IS AN ACROBATIC ADAPTATION OF THE STORY OF IO SET 500 YEARS IN THE FUTURE.
The hit of the 2016 Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Smashing together the genre of space epic with the sweet strains of American folk music, Almanac’s physical vocabulary swells to include break dance, static trapeze, and ever more innovative ensemble acrobatics, asking timeless questions about mortality and how much control we have over our bodies. Almanac’s signature style of physical storytelling, dance, and circus is accompanied by an original song cycle by Chickabiddy (Aaron Cromie and Emily Schuman). The piece is outside eyed by Pig Iron Theatre Company’s Dan Rothenberg.
“For its originality alone, Almanac Dance Circus Theatre’s “Exile 2588” excels.” - Howie Shapiro, NewsWorks, WHYY
“…bold, original science fiction.” - Mark Cofta, Broad Street Review
“If Greek myth viewed Io as a victim, Exile 2588 renders her a feminist warrior.” - Jonathan Stein, thINKingDANCE
“Best of the 2016 Philadelphia Fringe” - Deb Miller, DC Metro Theatre Arts
The Re-United States Theatre Project (RUST) partners five professional theatre artists from Philadelphia with up to ten non-professional performers from rural Pottsville, Pennsylvania to develop an original play from scratch through the process of Collective Creation. Over a ten week residency, from June to August 2019, rural participants will build skills in improvisation, movement, acting, and writing, and together, the urban/rural ensemble will create a play that addresses a challenge in our country today and proposes a solution to that challenge. They will perform this play in Pottsville for a local, public audience, and then travel to Philadelphia to perform in a weekend-long presentation of new work in conjunction with the Philadelphia Fringe Arts Festival in September 2019.
RUST is currently a finalist for the 2019 Creative Capital Award.
New Paradise Laboratories (NPL) will present Hello Blackout!, a world premiere integrating contingency—accident, chance, and improvisation—into NPL's physical theater style. Conceived by the company's artistic director Whit MacLaughlin and composer Bhob Rainey, both Pew Fellows, the work will be "part horror story and part philosophical investigation into what is knowable and what is beyond our ability even to contemplate," according to NPL. A live chamber ensemble will perform Rainey's "ornery yet architecturally rich" computer-generated score. Hello Blackout! centers on anomalous triplets who live in a derelict mansion made of numbers, far from those who lead conventional, non-mathematical lives. Under the watchful eye of "Moth," the siblings communicate in a private language comprised of body sounds and semaphore. Hello Blackout! is grounded in a philosophical and artistic investigation of contingency which NPL conducted through a 2015 Center Discovery grant.
One of eight professional dancers leading 200 non-professionals.
In September 2012, FringeArts assembled more than 150 local dancers of all ages and backgrounds to show off the talent, charisma, and personality of Philadelphia. Created by Sylvain Émard Danse, originally for Montréal's renowned Festival TransAmériques.
In 2012, the annual Fringe Festival was kicked off with a large scale performance unlike anything Philadelphia had seen before. One hundred and fifty residents of all ages and dance backgrounds assembled at the foot of the Philadelphia Art Museum steps, donned in the outfits of their choice, twirling into a rhythmic human kaleidoscope. Le Grand Continental® was a joyous and intoxicating dance spectacle, one that united people from across Philadelphia’s diverse communities and was praised by The Inquirer as “fantastic, a festive opening ceremony” for the Festival.
Celebrated for the elegance and finesse of his choreography, Montreal’s Sylvain Émard is the mastermind behind this acclaimed work. Since its first hometown production in 2009 it has travelled across the globe, gathering together hundreds of dance enthusiasts to perform its sensational choreography, combining festive line dancing with the fluidity and expressiveness of contemporary dance.
In 2018, the Fringe Festival will be ushered in once again with Émard’s unifying work, but with one key difference. As the title Le Super Grand Continental suggests, this time around Émard and his team are doing it bigger and are looking to gather 200 dancers to realize this remarkable performance.
An immersion performance experience created by New Paradise Laboratories for the Elizabeth Cree pre-performance cocktail reception, as part of Opera Philadelphia's O17 Inaugural Gala. Conceived and Developed by New Paradise Laboratories.
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Production Manager, Technical Director, Audience Services Manager
Gumshoe unites NPL, the Free Library of Philadelphia, and the Rosenbach in a large-scale immersive performance experience. It’s an on-your-feet adventure in detection that will move between two exhibitions of rare detective literature at the two libraries, taking you deep into the underworld of the Central Branch of the library.
Producer, 2015 production | Performer, New Orleans run
LEAPS OF FAITH AND OTHER MISTAKES IS AN ABSURD AND CONTEMPLATIVE TAPESTRY OF SUBLIME HUMAN IDIOCY, ISOLATIONIST SEAFARER CULTS, AND THE KINDS OF PEOPLE THAT DEVOTE THEIR LIVES TO BECOMING ACROBATS.
Four hobbyists find each other alone in a world of weirdos, and push themselves to be “exceptional in every moment.” As they purify themselves and adopt an all-white uniform, their trusty sofa becomes a portal for exploration and they set out on the high-seas and leave the world of fast-food and normal people behind. But all is not as they imagined it would be, and the audience is left contemplating what we do when we find ourselves lost at sea.
Originally devised and performed at Fleisher Art Memorial in 2015. Reimagined for the 2017 Philadelphia Fringe Festival with guest artists.
More info: Almanac Dance Circus Theatre
For two years I managed INVISIBLE RIVER, which produced large public performances near he Strawberry Mansion Bridge in Philadelphia. In 2015 (attached video) this was a one-day event and in 2016 it was a two-day event. Our budget for these two events was ~$200,000. The video demonstrates my experience producing high-quality community-based art events with substantial budgets.
INVISIBLE RIVER mission statement: To use art, outdoor activities and dynamic programming to build wise stewardship of our rivers and waterways, to create unique and other worldly artistic celebrations and to engage the public in art and environmental education.
Graduate Certificate in Ensemble-Devised Theatre, 2013 - 2015
Photos by Paul B. Jones
Quest was an immersive, open-world adventure written for one person.