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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.

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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!

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.

Here’s to a Firey 4th!

Independence day is upon us once again, one of our favorite holidays here at The Playing Mantis. From grills to fireworks, fire has always been a part of this great American holiday and we’ve found fire dancing to be a logical addition to the traditional mix.

Mantis and Snapdragon will be performing on the Wilmington Riverfront this 4th of July as part of the city’s celebration. The evening also features performances by the Chorus of the Brandywine and the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, as well as a fireworks display. The event runs from around 4pm to 10pm, and is free to the public.

The Playing Mantis will be roaming around performing in a street performance format from around 7:30pm to 8:30pm. We shouldn’t be too hard to find, we’ll be the ones on fire!

Additional information on the event can be found at or by visiting our events page.

Hope to see you there!

Playing Mantis Double-Header!

For those of you who’ve noticed that the news feed on our page has been a little light lately, it’s been because we were preparing for a pair of amazing festivals which we visited over the past two weeks.
The first was Playa Del Fuego, the Mid-Atlantic regional burn located in our home state of Delaware.  [...]