Philadelphia Fringe Festival 2021:

the in-between

the in-between is a durational dance art installation that explores naming the present, imaginary and real, in all its complexity. it's a ritual for right now, as we re-learn to congregate in spaces together. what is going on within & in-between us?

the installation's central spiral sculpture & mobile is made entirely from natural materials, and the performer moves in & around the sculpture, speaking about what is actually happening in the present, what they see and feel, what they imagine, what they think, what they know, and what they intuit the audience sees and potentially feels, as they move.

all is allowed in the performer's improvisational score: grief, joy, curiosity, shyness, confusion, lostness, peace, stillness, escape. always returning to the present moment & to whatever is happening between the performer and you. you are allowed to think & feel all you need to, too. you can stay as long as you'd like in the in-between.

Friday, Sep 10, 2021 – 6:00pm
Saturday, Sep 11, 2021 – 6:00pm
Sunday, Sep 12, 2021 – 2:00pm
Saturday, Sep 18, 2021 – 6:00pm
Sunday, Sep 19, 2021 – 2:00pm
Monday, Sep 20, 2021 – 7:00pm
Friday, Sep 24, 2021 – 6:00pm
Saturday, Sep 25, 2021 – 6:00pm
Sunday, Sep 26, 2021 – 2:00pm
Friday, Oct 1, 2021 – 6:00pm
Saturday, Oct 2, 2021 – 6:00pm
Sunday, Oct 3, 2021 – 2:00pm

Vine Street Gallery. 144 Vine St.

Link for tickets:


The Case for Invagination #3 by Nicole Bindler

Part of Philadelphia Fringe Festival 2021 & Almanac's Cannonball Festival

The Case for Invagination #3 is an interdisciplinary solo with improvised dance, puppets, and clowning. This third version of the piece includes monologues performed by Bindler’s belly button and scars who ask big questions about consent, trauma, and existential loneliness, to comedic effect.

“I might be vestigial, but I still deserve respect.” –Belly Button

“I was put together by Dr. Kelly and Dr. Mehta. They used two different suture techniques, which is why I look so different from the right to the left. My middle is just kind of a splotch.” –Knee Scar

“Someone recently said about me, ‘I couldn’t tell if that was a scar or a funny wrinkle.’ And actually, that really offended me because I’m not just a funny wrinkle.” –Neck Scar

The concept arose out of Bindler’s Body-Mind Centering® research on the embryology of the genitalia from a nonbinary perspective. She has toured workshops on the topic internationally and wrote articles about it for Contact Quarterly and the Journal of Dance & Somatic Practices.

The Case for Invagination #3 addresses one particular aspect of the somatic material, the practice of allowing space/situations/people to invite us in, rather than injecting ourselves into spaces. This practice has social and political implications around embodying consent culture and as an antidote to the ways many of us have internalized capitalism and colonialism.

An invagination is a fold, a concavity, a feminist reimagining of space, not necessarily correlated with the anatomical vagina. Bindler makes her case: Why invaginate?? 1) Feels good. 2) Try something new? 3) Your cells will love it! 4) Intussuscept the patriarchy.

For more information about this performance, please see this thINKingDANCE review by Leslie Bush:





Friday, Sep 17, 2021 – 7:00pm

Maas Building

Other recent work to highlight:

swimming inside the shipwreck, a dance art installation as a capstone project for the University of the Arts/Pig Iron MFA in Devised Performance program. Premiere May 2019, available for installation & performance. Contact me about space requirements.

secret santa, political satire clown performance art, dealing with issues of homelessness, money, charitable giving, and audience interaction. Premiered in February 2019 at Pig iron and remounted in April 2019 at Dixon Place in NYC. Contact me about performance requirements.

YMCA workout, clown performance about masculinity, earnestness, dancing, and weight lifting. Premiered in April 2019 at Pig Iron. 

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