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Shannon Murphy


Categories: Theater, Dance, Music, Visual Art

Dates: September 1, 2023 - September 17, 2023

Run Time: 60 mins

Venue: The Icebox Project Space


Heartshakes are the vibrations that bring us back into sensation. The waves a heart sends out reach though vast terrains, through time and space. This dance feels for the interval in which that wave is returned like an echo, reminding us of our desires, pleasures, and tenderness. 

Shannon stewards a group of performers including maris, Beau Hancock, mik philips, Kayla Rickets Michele Tantoco, and Sara Yasksy. Together they play and co-create the world of Heartshakes along side sound designers Steve Surgalski and kira shina. The work presents an original score and text developed by the performers. Expect big bodied dance, deep listening, small gesture, large masks, and myths. 

Cannonball, produced by Almanac Dance Circus Theatre, is the first and largest independent festival hub of the Philadelphia Fringe that presents risk-taking independent artists in back-to-back performances next to delicious lounge spaces, fostering creative collisions and community conversation.

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About the Artist

Shannon Murphy( she/her) is a dance artist and educator who shares by creating invitations to notice our complexity, differentiation, and resilience. These practices model possible ways of being together by experiencing sensate, erotic, and imaginative explorations of one's own biology as a metaphor for collaboration and sustainability. Shannon received her MFA in Dance from the University of the Arts in the summer of 2019 and is currently an Artist in Residence. She is senior faculty at Franklin Method Institute, Switzerland, and specializes in Franklin Method for dancers. She has been awarded an Arts for Social Change Grant from the Leeway Foundation, a Rocky Award through Dance USA Philadelphia, and residencies at Subcircle in Bidford Main, The Whole Shebang, New Edge and New Edge Mix at the Community Education Center, was a Live Arts (now FringeArts) LAB fellow, and was a member Mascher Space Co-Op. As an adjunct Associate Professor, she was a co-Curricular coordinator of Body Pathways at UArts, as well as Stockton University and Drexel University, where she was the Assistant Director of Drexel Dance Ensemble from 2015-2017. She is now an Assistant Professor at Temple University


  • marisPerformer
  • Beau Hancock Performer
  • mik philipsPerformer
  • Kayla Ricketts
  • Michele TantocoPerformer
  • Sara YaskyPerformer
  • Shannon MurphyChoreographer
  • Steve Surgalski Sound Design
  • kira shinaSound Designer

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