Blossoming – Phase 3

Silent walk on a rainy day at the Washington Ave Pier


Please join us throughout the Fall as we enter the final, blossoming phase of The Quiet Circus!

Weekly Saturday performances resume on September 2 at the Washington Ave Pier, beginning at 11am sharp and ending promptly at 1pm.

These performances are difficult for me to describe, accumulating and building as they have over the past year through the wisdom and experience of many different souls. Today I’ll describe them as contemplative, interactive journeys that are part performance, part guided walk, and part meditation. For me they are ecstatic and expansive. Each performance is absolutely singular and I think you’ll want to come to many of them. My deepest hope is that you come every single week, adding your experience to an accumulating, collective whole.


The “refuge” section of the Island Score


Father and Son playing Landscape, a silent activity for two


To get a more complete experience of The Quiet Circus, there are two special events that you will want to attend:

Our last Reflection Event will be held at dawn on Saturday, October 7 in the James Turrell-designed Skyspace in Chestnut Hill. After we watch the sun come up through Turrell’s open roof light show and share some breakfast, Mary Jane Jacob will host a presentation by Kay Larson, author of a book about John Cage and Zen Buddhism called Where the Heart Beats. Seating will be limited, so stay tuned for a reservation link.

The fourth and final River Charrette will take place at Philadelphia Water Works the afternoon of November 4. A program co-hosted by Philadelphia Contemporary, the River Charrettes function as a simultaneous redux of our accumulating performances at the Pier as well as create a singular, new event embedded in its unique river geography and history.


Maiko Matsushima plays Landscape with a 5-ton waste excavator during our last River Charrette at RAIR (Recycled Artist in Residency).


If you are feeling both brave and gentle, and want to get even more involved, we would love for you to join us for any Friday rehearsal to begin to discover a deeper level of participation. For more information, email or come to a Saturday performance and let us know about your interest. You are exactly right for this.

See you at the pier!


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