Perfect Day

Perfect Day is an intimate performance experience for one to four audience members at a time.  It was co-created and performed by Amy Smith, Adriano Shaplin and Anita Holland.  For more information or to get on the waiting list for a future performance, visit

The Quiet Circus

The Quiet Circus was a 15-month long performance residency at the Washington Avenue Pier, created by Headlong.  Audiences and participants alike were invited to engage in a single, ongoing arc of events along Philadelphia’s Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers.

The Quiet Circus Website

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First Friday

Headlong has a long tradition of free First Friday showings dating back to the mid-90s when our studio was in Old City at 35 North 3rd Street.  First Fridays are a chance for us to try out new material in various stages of development, offer performance opportunities to HPI alums and Incubated Artists, and build new audiences by offering low-stakes, free, informal performances.  In recent years because of HPI happening in the fall, we generally do First Friday showings from February to June.  Sign up for our email list for more information.

Dance Theater Camp / Headlong Performance Exchange

Dance Theater Camp arose out of Headlong’s shared desire with other artists to create a learning intensive for professional performing artists that focuses on research rather than getting ready for a show.  We have long been committed to free, artist-to-artist learning models.  DTC/HPX has taken various forms throughout the years, from a two-week intensive in Old City with 12 artists, culminating in a showing at the Painted Bride, to an immersive week at Earth Dance, to a month of weekend workshops in our current South Philly studio.  DTC/HPX has always been free to participants and encourages artistic risk-taking and cross-disciplinary collaborations.  Sign up for our email list for more information.