Monthly Archives: October 2010

Oct 31 2010


Last year’s Firebird Festival in Phoenixville introduced us to Mitch Martinez of Stamphill Motion Pictures. We came up with a number of ideas about what we could come up with by combining our talents, and decided that the best way to test some of the concepts we’d been batting around would be by exploring those ideas through a video. We’re looking forward to working with Mr. Martinez in the future, and we hope you enjoy what we’ve come up with so far.

So, without further ado… Ruins.

RUINS – Fire Dancers from Stamphill Motion Pictures on Vimeo.

Produced by Stamphill Motion Pictures –

Oct 15 2010

Halloween at Wild Birds Unlimited

Hey everyone!

Just wanted to let you know about a performance coming soon!

The Playing Mantis will be returning to Wild Birds Unlimited on Saturday, October 30. We’ll be performing from noon-2pm as part of the Halloween in Hockessin event.

A wide variety of local businesses will be opening their doors to trick-or-treaters, offering both the more traditional treats as well as a couple of surprises (like us!)

If you’d like more information on the event, you can find it here:

Hope to see you there!

Oct 5 2010

Great Times at the Magic Gardens

The Playing Mantis had the pleasure of performing last Saturday night at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens. We were joined by Liana, who introduced us to this great venue as well as performing with us throughout the evening.

Really, the impressiveness of this space cannot be overstated. Every visible surface is covered in a variety of mosaics comprised in many cases of mixed mediums. Combinations of tiles, mirrors, bottles, pottery, and other sculptures combine to produce an absolutely overwhelming visual experience. A number of pathways and small alcoves wind through the outdoor portion of the venue allowing visitors to stop and examine the intricate artwork, or simply wander and explore. You can visit their website and find pictures of some of the various art installations at

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words… We’re not sure how that translates into video, but check out this footage of SnapDragon taken by an audience member in our second set.