Under The Tangle

Conceived and Choreographed by Emily Bunning
Costumes by Patti Gilstrap
Set by Ioannis Sochorakis
Lighting by Dan Ozminkowski
Original Music by Martyn Axe
Running TIme: 50 Minutes
Number of Performers: 5


Visually vibrant, Under the Tangle tells the story of a young orphaned girl lost in a mysterious wooded labyrinth. Throughout her journey, she twists along the maze finding numerous clues and meeting many unusual characters; a flock of whispering black birds, daunting labyrinth guards, and The Queen of the Lost who lives in the forbidding tower. Under the Tangle, geared towards ages 8+, is an adventurous tale is filled with obstacles, relationships, and discoveries, which strengthen the heroine’s sense of self, helping her to discover her path throughout the tangled and brambling maze. Under the Tangle is a performance must-see to be enjoyed and delighted by the adventurer in us all.

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“Under the Tangle was a beautiful production, perfect for my students. Later we discussed the work and they responded with their own dances. The detail and full investment in their movement was clearly inspired by what they had just seen and embodied. They had a lot to say about the movement of the body, the use of space and dynamics as well as the multilayered relationships explored throughout. “
-Catherine Gallant, Dance Teacher P.S. 89

“I loved when the girl became trapped in the maze. This was the best performance I’ve ever seen!” -Stefanie Grace Woods, Student, QP.S. 174, (2nd Grade)

“Our students enjoyed the show and remained engaged throughout. They were able to engage through their imagination and had to actively think about what was happening instead of having it fed to them.”
–Teacher from P.S. 111 (4th Grade students.)

“The students enjoyed the show and were able to follow the storyline through the combination of dance, sound and words. Many of these students had never been exposed to modern dance before so the exposure was very beneficial.”
–Emma Clerihew, P.S. 111 (4th Grade students)

See Emily Bunning, Choreographer, Interview about Under the Tangle
on Good Day Street Talk


Under The Tangle Study Guide