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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.

Produced by Stamphill Motion Pictures –

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.

After Hours Halloween Vid

Halloween at Clinton Hill was the party that wouldn’t stop, and The Playing Mantis wouldn’t either! After the show we kept the stage lit for another few hours while the afterparty was rockin inside. Here’s a sample for anyone who missed it!

Halloween Video

“Mantis,” a number of you have asked me, “You keep telling us how awesome that gig in Brooklyn was on Halloween. Where are the videos?!”

Well, just for you, Omni put together this compilation of her strutting her stuff in Clinton Hill! Enjoy!

Thanks, Phoenixville!

A big Thank You to everyone who put together this year’s Firebird Festival. We had a great time performing for a great crowd! This year featured an excellent drum circle, as well as performances from a variety of other dancers and artists. The bird itself was gorgeous, as expected, and looked absolutely wonderful as it burned.

The videos are starting to pile up on YouTube, so if you missed out head on over and see what you can find. Our favorite so far has to be this excellent piece by Mitch Martinez.