Subcircle Residency – summer 2019

We celebrated our 20th anniversary with the launch of Subcircle Residency in Biddeford, Maine.  After fundraising for 4 years we were able to complete Phase 1 of renovations to our Barn which resulted in a gorgeous studio.   The studios were christened with our first artists in residence – choreographers Laura Peterson (NY) and Beau Hancock (Phila) as well as a rousing Opening Celebration event featuring the marvelous Martha Graham Cracker and guests!


We were also pleased to welcome Fidget, an experimental dance and music company based in Philadelphia with France based choreographer Laina Fischbeck for a week residency in August.

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Subcircle celebrates 20 years and Residency launch

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Please join us for an anniversary party on Friday, May 10th at the Glass Factory in Brewerytown. Be there as we announce the launch of the Subcircle Residency in Biddeford, Maine.


The evening will include food provided by Frog Commissary, wine, beer (Biddefords Banded Brew) and other beverages, Video installations, live music and Subcircle merch for sale.  All proceeds from the event on May 10th will be used towards the remaining expenses on barn studio renovations as well as establishing a fund that will bring Philly artists to Maine for future summer residencies.    Come out and hear our plans for the residency and help us celebrate the past and future!


Get information and tickets HERE

Barn Renovations to begin in Spring 2019!

Thanks to all who came out and supported our 2018 Barnraiser in Biddeford, Maine. We’re so excited to share that we will begin renovations on the Barn in Spring 2019 with our first artists in residence to follow in the summer. We still have a gap to fill — and more to do. If you’d like to make a donation towards the Farm you can donate now online or send us a check to Subcircle, 946 N. Randolph Street, Philadelphia PA 19123


Please join us for our 3rd Annual Barnraiser featuring a new performance installation by Subcircle with guest dancers Christy Lee (Philly), Beau Hancock (Philly), Gina Hoch-Stall (Ohio), Jacqui DeFranca (Biddeford), and Meghan Frederick (NYC), as well as live music by the incredible Martha Stuckey (Philly). The evening will also feature a silent auction with work by Philadelphia and local artisans. Light fare, wine and beer are included with admission.
When: July 14th @ 7:30 pm at Engine on Main St. in Downtown Biddeford

General admission: $30 / Early admission at 6:30 for pre-event celebration: $75


Click here for more information or to purchase tickets

Hold still while I figure this out at FringeArts

November 16-18, 2017 at 8pm 
140 N. Columbus Blvd. (at Race St.)
Philadelphia, PA 19106
In Subcircle’s latest work, HOLD STILL WHILE I FIGURE THIS OUT, structure is determined by what precedes the present: A movement solo inspires text, inspires live sound generation, inspires spatial design, inspires costume choices, inspires character development, inspires interaction, inspires relationship, inspires community. Featuring Niki Cousineau, Christy Lee, Scott McPheeters, and live sound design by Jorge Cousineau.
A self-contained system of sound and lights operated by the performers –Hold Still teases out the question — what if we could start all over from scratch?

It is a dance of mild idiosyncrasy, enhanced by the dancers’ subtle balance between logicality and lunacy.

– ThinkingDance  Kat Sullivan


Tickets:  $20, student/25-and-under are $15, and ACCESS Card holders are $2.

To purchase Tickets or call 215.413.1318

subcircle performs in Portland, ME


On August 10th  & 11th, subcircle will present Hold still while I figure this out at Mechanics Hall in Portland.

Mechanics Hall, 519 Congress Street, Portland

Tickets: $20/15

Performances at August 10 & 11 at 8pm

to reserve email:


Subcircle Barnraiser – August 4, 2017


In August 2014, we purchased the beautiful property at 97 Guinea Road in Biddeford
with the dream of creating an artist retreat center. Last summer we gathered, celebrated and announced our plan and were met with your enthusiasm and support. This year we will come together again to hopefully raise the funds to be able to begin our first phase of renovations.

Please join us for Subcircle’s Second Barn-Raiser on Friday, August 4th at 6:30 pm on the McPheeters lawn for food and drinks — and the return of the fabulous:

Martha Graham Cracker, Philadelphia Drag superstar
Michelle Currie, Pianist/Vocalist extraordinaire

Performances begin at 7:30pm
1 Bayview Avenue, Biddeford Pool, ME
Admission: $30
RSVP: email to

Suitcase Series

Thanks to everyone who came out to Subcircle’s Suitcase Series, an investigative experiment around ways our words are often misinterpreted, exaggerated and twisted — be it in a dimly lit bar or on the grandest of stages. On December 7th Subcircle took over L’etage to playfully explore this question within the confines of subjectivity/objectivity, our memory and perception.How can we shift the size, weight, shape, and volume of our actions to communicate more accurately? See the five-minute film we created in l’etage on our vimeo page.


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In my wilderness

Take a look at our latest film made this summer at our farm and future artist retreat.



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Thank you to everyone who came out for Subcircle’s first Barn Raiser! The evening was a resounding success. With your help we are more than a third of the way to our first fundraising goal. If you’d like to help us get there – please click on support to make a tax deductible donation.

Two years ago, we purchased a beautiful property at 97 Guinea Road in Biddeford with the dream of creating an artist retreat center. In order to make this dream come true, we need your help.


Subcircle’s first Barn-Raiser

Friday, August 5th at 6:30 pm

Please join us on the McPheeters lawn for food, drinks, video installation, and performances by special guests:

Martha Graham Cracker, Philadelphia Drag superstar
Michelle Currie, Pianist/Vocalist extraordinaire
Christian Eason, Singer/Songwriter

Performances will begin at 7:30pm

1 Bayview Avenue, Biddeford Pool, ME
Admission: $20

RSVP: email to



Subcircle’s new work, Hold still while I figure this out, will premiere at the Glass Factory on June 4th and 5th.

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Created and performed by
Niki Cousineau, Christy Lee, Scott McPheeters
with live sound design by Jorge Cousineau

Three performances only:
June 4th 4pm and 8pm
June 5th Special benefit performance with party 4pm

To purchase tickets
June 4th $20/$15
June 5th $40/$35 includes delicious food by Frog Commissary, beer, wine, silent auction and raffle!

The Glass Factory
1517 N. Bailey Street
Philadelphia, PA 19121


February 2016…. Subcircle was featured in this article in an arts journal about the creative renaissance in Biddeford, Maine where we will be developing our artists residency. Check it out HERE.


Subcircle’s short dance film, Skeleton Skin will be part of the 2016 Screendance Festival on February 16-21st at Christ Church Neighborhood House. Details about the festival program can be found here.


November 2015…Coming up on November 16th.. dollop, a new series hosted by subcircle for presenting work-in-progress “morsels” by Philadelphia dance and theater artists, paired with tasty snacks and drinks.  Our second dollop will feature performance experiments by Found Theater Company and subcircle.


September 2015… We spent a couple of weeks this summer cleaning out our Barn in Maine and hosted our first event there — an open house for friends from the community so we could share our excitement and vision with them. We are currently working on adding a page to our website to keep everyone up to date on the Farm and its progress. Stay tuned..

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September 2014…Lots to report on from the summer. We made a new film in Biddeford, Maine which we premiered at the Pepperell Mills on August 9th. Its called Here nor there and you can watch it on our vimeo page:


And also, we bought a farm!
Together with Scott McPheeters we will be developing a future artist retreat center in Maine. More info to come….


Thanks to everyone who came out to see All this happened, more or less at the Performance Garage. Performed by Niki and Jorge Cousineau with Christy Lee, Scott McPheeters, Christina Zani and Beau Hancock (video only). All this happened, more or less is a new work in which the movers, set and music are all protagonists. The piece begins with the collapse of all elements so that the rebuilding becomes the journey – exposing the partnership; decisions and silences.

Read a review of the work here:

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Thanks so much to everyone who came out to support Subcircle on November 9th! Special thanks to all the performers, volunteers and donors! It was a great night!

Subcircle’s 5th annual Benefit

November 9, 2013

Please join us for our annual benefit and party at the Maas Building.
Featuring an evening of live performances by Beau Hancock, Niki Cousineau, Christian Eason, Dito van Reigersberg, Christina Zani and more. Interactive installations by Andrew Nelson, Spencer Sheridan, Je Seok Koo and Jorge Cousineau, the eclectic music of DJ Babtoue and Catering by Frog Commissary.


8:30pm general admission: $25 advance /$35 at the door
7:30pm screening & champagne reception: $75/ $100 for 2


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Start off the evening with us at a special reception at 7:30pm where we’ll screen the film from THINE EYES created in Maine this summer. Complete with champagne and hors d’oevres.



Coming up — Spring 2014

Philadelphia Dance Projects presents the premiere of Subcircle’s new work All this happened, more or less

April 3-5, 2014 7:30pm

Performance Garage, 1515 Brandywine Street, Philadelphia




This summer, Subcircle created Thine Eyes, a new site-specific work in Biddeford Maine featuring Beau Hancock, Christy Lee, Scott McPheeters, Christina Zani and Niki Cousineau. Production design by Jorge Cousineau and music by Christian Eason.