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Cheetah Banks

Vanessa Kamp

Theater, Dance


Treading the peripheries of narrative and performance, Cheetah Banks is a 60-minute solo where three different characters embody codes of power, gender, and desire using dance, movement, sound, and objects, paving a path that is equal parts absurd, harrowing, and unpredictable.

Born in Florida in the 1980s, Cheetah Banks has gone to Barcelona to visit, but since their driver's license has expired, cannot return to Florida. Cheetah’s sister asks what it's like to live in a strange land, be it here, there, or anywhere.

Incorporating modes of physicality from clown, improvisation, and gesture, with audience participation, tragicomic numbers, video, and original music, over-saturation and distortion of the familiar sets up its own unraveling, with shifts into unfamiliar and abstract poetic spaces of reflection on human experiences of death, isolation, transformation.

Cheetah Banks seeks to address beliefs and preconceptions about many aspects of social identity and its construction: foreignness, aging, exoticism, gender, sex, class, desire, language, beauty, body, making way for spaces inhabited by plural identities, resistant to stable classification.

The overall aesthetic is low-tech, collage, camp, with harsh light, abrupt transitions, unexpected juxtapositions, always teetering between the real and unreal. Seemingly superficial and simplistic characterizations end up revealing an unexpected vulnerability and humanity. Seemingly silly and haphazard uses of song and dance become keys to transformation.

Cheetah Banks was co-produced by and premiered at the Antic Teatre in Barcelona in 2022 and will have its first US showings presented at Cannonball Festival 2023.

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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Run Time: 60 mins
Ticket Price: $25
Venue: Fidget Space Dates: September 21, 2023 - September 25, 2023

September 21, 2023 9.30pm

1714 N Mascher St

General Admission: $25

PWYC Options

September 23, 2023 5.00pm

1714 N Mascher St

General Admission: $25

PWYC Options

September 25, 2023 8.00pm

1714 N Mascher St

General Admission: $25

PWYC Options

About the Artist

I am a multi-disciplinary artist from the USA based in Barcelona, Spain. With a background in sports, fine arts, and textiles, my most recent work has been a fusion of improvisational dance and clowning anchored in movement, perception, and metaphor.

  • Vanessa KampDirector
  • performer
  • Mila Von ChobiakOriginal music
  • José Pablo ParraLighting design
  • Magda GarzónChoreography assistant
  • Elia GenisMovement assistant
  • Eric SymonsCreative consultant
  • Nancy EastepCreative consultant
  • Sebastian MantillaVideo
  • Ariadna SanzDramaturgy assistant
  • Jango EdwardsCreative consultant

Accessibility & Content Considerations

Audio description

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This event is appropriate for ages 13+

Audience Interaction

Fog/Smoke Effects

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Masks are required during this event


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