Property’s Morning Obsession: “Invisible River” at Strawberry Mansion Bridge

Strawberry Mansion Bridge isn’t something folks think about a lot, even with the changing lights that now underline its curves. But Alie + the Brigade did an outdoor performance project, “Invisible River,” last night that involved two performers hanging from the bridge and doing aerial ballet above the water while haunting choral music played. The grassy banks were crowded with spectators amazed by what they were seeing–these two people who coordinated their movements, their dance in the air, in a rather beautiful and courageous fashion.

The performance was almost canceled due to problems with L&I. Alie’s thanks to the city is post-show announcements was interestingly phrased: “I want to thank the city of Philadelphia as much as it was difficult to work with you in the past few days.”

The performance will run next Sunday as well, and according to the troupe leader, who spoke afterward, the piece is meant to connect the audience to the river. “So many people have lived in Philadelphia their entire lives,” she said, “and have never been on the river.”

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  • Alon

    the show was outstanding and mesmerizing, and it was a beautiful night! go check it out next Sunday!

  • Philadelphia OACCE

    The City never shut this down and just wanted to protect the artist from a safety and insurance standpoint. Alie did not have the proper insurance or safety plan in place to suspend from the bridge. The City’s Special Events Office, lead by Jazelle Jones, working with the City’s Risk Management Office, deserves the kudos here for 1) Putting the safety of Alie, her audience and the public first; and 2) Working through the weekend so that Alie could achieve this accomplishment. Kudos to all for making it work! – Moira Baylson, Deputy Cultural Officer

    • Jean Klett

      I commend the city for working through the weekend in Alie’s behalf, but my understanding is that that work would not have been necessary if the City had INFORMED her of the need for the whatever-it-was that she needed from the Office of Special Events.

    • dude with cash

      Alie had all the insurance she needed as this was shown to the Fairmount park officials who never notified her that she needed to speak with anyone from the other office led by jazelle.