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A free, public aerial dance and music concert taking place beneath the Strawberry Mansion Bridge in Fairmount Park this June!

Update 5/16: 

To everyone who backed INVISIBLE RIVER - Thank you so much!! WE ARE FUNDED!!

If you didn't back there is still time left!! Any overfunding will go directly towards additional permit fees and electrical costs that I must pay to the City of Philadelphia for these performances! 

YOUR ADDITIONAL BACKING WILL REALLY HELP! I've got $3.1k more  to raise to pay the city for permits and electricity! Thank you so much for your help, time and consideration! I really, really, really appreciate it :)

much love to you -- Alie Vidich

You really have the power to make INVISIBLE RIVER = reality this June!

INVISIBLE RIVER is a free, public aerial dance and music concert that takes place on and around the Strawberry Mansion Bridge in Fairmount Park this June! We are celebrating the Schuylkill River, the ephemeral nature of the summer, and the idea that live performance can bring a city together in a way that no other gathering can.

This is our first ever Kickstarter campaign and we need to raise $12,000 to make this public performance event happen! 

The $12,000 will pay the artists, our production staff, purchase insurance and costumes, document the performance, and print our marketing materials.

WOW – I know we can do it, but not without you!

Alie & Evan dancing under the bridge -- Photo © Jacques-Jean Tiziou / www.jjtiziou.net
Alie & Evan dancing under the bridge -- Photo © Jacques-Jean Tiziou / www.jjtiziou.net

INVISIBLE RIVER is an unprecedented cultural event in Philadelphia’s history that will transform the Schuylkill River and Fairmount Park, animating it with dance, music and visual art for 2 evenings this June!  

A chorus of 8 dancing singers will perform the haunting choral compositions of Elliott Harvey of a stick and a stone  leading audience members through interactive choreography installations on the Schuylkill River Trail. They arrive at a vacant parking lot transformed into a carnival of color by the artists from SpArc Philadelphia. In the distance, two aerial dancers swing beneath the Strawberry Mansion Bridge, glide past each other and partner in moments of adventure and play, until finally descending into the river and swimming to the nearby audience for the finale.The entire event is a public celebration of the Schuylkill River encouraging audiences to reconsider their relationship to it. 

At the end of every performance, Vidich will speak to the audience about her long-term vision to create an annual Schuylkill River performing arts festival that advocates for increased public swimming and boating access to the river. After this, a DJ dance party hosted by Maggy's Rooftop Aerial invites audience members to stay in the park, celebrate the summer and dance with each other. Cosmic Café, the official vendor of Fairmount Park and the infamous Little Baby’s Ice Cream (Sun 6/23 only) will sell food at the event.

INVISIBLE RIVER

Sun 6/16 & Sun 6/23

Starting at 8pm each night and concluding at 11pm

STARTING POINT:  Parking lot next to the St. Joseph’s University Boathouse on Kelly Drive in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park – 2200 Kelly Drive, Philadelphia PA MAP

FREE event for ALL AGES!

Direction & Concept: Alie Vidich

Aerial Dance: Evan Hoffman & Alie Vidich

Rigging Team: Daniel Porter & Stuart Bartlett

Music: Elliott Harvey of a stick and a stone 

Choral Direction: Jeffrey Russ

Choir: Allison Caw, Joel Chartkoff, Dana Haberern, Jessica Marcus, Marc Miller, Lisa Rothstein and Becca Weber  

Sculptural Installations: Cultural Arts Program at SpArc Philadelphia 

Costume Designer: Hanna Hamilton

Project Manager: Adam Kerbel

Production Manager: Will Maus

Assistant Stage Manager: Sarah Stearns

Who is Alie & the Brigade?

Alie Vidich is a choreographer, director, and performer creating immersive, site specific performances and viscerally engaging stage works. She loves journeying – through performances, through time, through dreams and through the work she creates for you to watch! She creates performance works that question your own sense of reality as you engage with dance, nature, music, theater, visual spectacles and the other spectators that surround you. This is her 3rd Schuylkill River performance work. In the summers of 2010 and 2011, with her company, she produced CONSTANTS: a performance journey in history along the Schuylkill River which took audience members onto the river for nightly canoe journeys in which they saw scenes from the Schuylkill’s hidden histories come to life through dance, music, theater and kinetic sculpture!

The Brigade is an eclectic mix of actors, dancers, musicians, visual artists and highly intelligent theater technicians who collaborate to make wild and imaginative works that you could never even imagine from reading this webpage!

Read more bios on Alie & the Brigade’s website, click here.

     THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!! 

       WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AT THE SHOWS IN JUNE :)

Many, many thanks from Director, Alie Vidich - Photo: © Jacques-Jean Tiziou / www.jjtiziou.net
Many, many thanks from Director, Alie Vidich - Photo: © Jacques-Jean Tiziou / www.jjtiziou.net

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This is my third site specific project on the Schuylkill River - in the past, I directed, produced and performed in CONSTANTS: a performance journey in history along the Schuylkill River. In the summers of 2010 & 2011, over the course of 30 performances we took 350 people onto the river for nightly canoe journeys. No audience members ever drowned, all the performers were safe, and we managed to sell out all of our shows and in 2011 we got back on the river only two days after Hurricane Irene!

I understand the C word - CHALLENGE and the R word - RISK. But I don't know any other way around them except to work hard, ask for support and continue to love.

In the past, I have done this work without as much support - I know that with your support and love that I can carry out this project and make it come to reality.

I am not doing it alone, I am working with a team of artists, production staff, and a project manager who are assisting making INVISIBLE RIVER a reality with me!

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    YOU'RE A RIVER STAR! A big AWESOME Facebook shout out from yours truly and the cast of INVISIBLE RIVER. Plus project updates via email!

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    YOU'RE A RIVER ACROBAT! A digital photo download of Evan & Alie dancing beneath the Strawberry Mansion Bridge from our recent photoshoot with JJ Tiziou. (500 pix web version). PLUS - A big AWESOME Facebook shout out from yours truly and the cast of INVISIBLE RIVER, and project updates via email!

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    YOU'RE RIVER STYLING! Receive a voucher for $10 worth of delicious food or ice cream to purchase at the performance of INVISIBLE RIVER! Buy yourself some Cosmic Cafe food or Little Baby's Ice Cream - Purchase it in advance and show your support! Plus, the digital photo download, a facebook shout out from yours truly, and project updates!

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    YOU'RE A RIVER AFICIONADO! An invitation to a private rehearsal in May where you'll see how Evan & Alie rehearse for this crazy river aerial dance before the show opens! Plus, a voucher for $10 worth of delicious food or ice cream to purchase at the performance of INVISIBLE RIVER, a facebook shout from yours truly and project updates!

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    YOU LOVE ALIE DANCING ON THE RIVER! You love Alie dancing and you want a personalized choreography made and performed by Alie just for YOU! Alie will create and perform in a 20 min private video tailored to your tastes that you will receive as a digital download! Share it with your friends and keep it with you forever. Plus, a facebook shout from Alie and project updates!

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    YOU'RE A RIVER SUPER STAR! Don't miss a beat - be upclose and see all the details of the show! Sit at a private VIP table for 6 people right near the action (like front row seats but "river style"). When you arrive there is a beautiful dinner for you and your guests made from organic, farm fresh food catered by Chef Peg Botto of Cosmic Foods! Bring your friends and family and enjoy the show while eating this delicious and sustainable food! Plus a Facebook shout out from yours truly and project updates!

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    YOU WANNA BE ON THE RIVER! You don't want to just see the show, you want to be next to it. This option is for you - UPCLOSE CANOE SEATING during the show. Watch the aerial dance from the seats of a canoe as your river guide sings to you. No better way to spend a summer night! Perfect date night!! Additionally, you receive a picnic dinner catered by Chef Peg Botto of Cosmic Foods to take with you in the canoe! Seating for 2 people only. Enjoy the show while eating this delicious and sustainable food! Donor recognition as a Supporter in the Program, and on our website! Plus, an invitation in May to a private rehearsal of the aerial dance, a Facebook shout out from yours truly and project updates!

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    I AM THE RIVER! Your Choice: VIP Seating on land at a reserved table for 6-9 people OR up close canoe seating on the river for 2. Both options include a beautiful, farm fresh organic dinner & dessert catered by Chef Peg Botto of Cosmic Foods. Plus, Priority Parking at the event and YOUR CHOICE of the first 5 songs we play at the dance party after the show! You be the DJ!! Donor recognition as a Producer in the Program, spoken acknowledgement at all shows, and on our website! And of course, an invitation in May to a private rehearsal of the aerial dance, a humongous Facebook shout from yours truly and project updates!

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    I JUST MADE THE RIVER VISIBLE! The cast of INVISIBLE RIVER will stage a private performance of certain sections of INVISIBLE RIVER (choral singing & dancing) at a location of your choosing (if outside Philadelphia donor must pay additional travel costs). AND OF COURSE -- Your choice of VIP Seating on land at a reserved table for 6-9 people OR up close canoe seating on the river for 2. Both options include a beautiful, farm fresh organic dinner & dessert catered by Chef Peg Botto of Cosmic Foods. Plus, priority parking during the event, an invitation to a private aerial dance rehearsal in May, donor recognition as a Producer in the Program, a thank you acknowledging you at all shows, and on our website! And of course, a humongous Facebook shout from yours truly and project updates!

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