The suburbs were craving a type of show that you're more likely to see in Philadelphia or New York.

That's how Perkasie artist and performer Delia Ascher explained why approximately 150 people came to Sellersville Theater on a Tuesday night last January to see "Abstract Anatomy," a brand-new show, influenced by burlesque, that featured body paint, performance art and live band accompaniment.

"It promotes body positivity, body movement, and overall a very human experience. It breaks down a lot of walls and boundaries," said Ascher, a graduate of Moore College of Art and Design whose full-time occupation is a clown performer. She also described the show as "classy" and "upbeat."

"Abstract Anatomy" shows are also about portraying sexuality in a positive way. That's why the upcoming July 22 "Abstract Anatomy: Circus" performance at Sellersville Theater is for adults 18+ only.

"Everyone involved is local," Ascher said of the artists and performers involved in the "Abstract Anatomy" show. "A lot of these artists I met at haunted attractions I performed for in the past. Originally, when I came up with the concept last year, the goal was to showcase a large community of artists who weren't really well known."

Last year's show in Sellersville had a Vaudeville theme. For this year, Abstract Anatomy will switch it up by adding black light and glowing body paint to the fun for the new show, "Circus."  Performances will include stilt walking, juggling, aerial feats, contortion and more. Some of the eight performers have more than one circus arts talent. 

"We have a local band, Slim and the Perkolators. They're from Bucks County,"  said, Ascher, who hand-picks the band based on her experiences at live music shows. Giving "Abstract Anatomy" a freewheeling unpredictability, the performers get to select songs from the band's repertoire; however the band does not get to rehearse with the performers before the performance. "I allow so much freedom. I have to have performers that are flexible enough to improvise," she said. "It creates a more powerful show, a more empowering show for the audience and for the performers."

Ascher plans to relocate to Philadelphia in the fall, and scout out potential bookings for Abstract Anatomy, and other presentations of body paint artistry, in the city. "I'm definitely one of those people who is constantly coming up with new ideas and testing the boundaries, and testing what I can create for other people, and see what kind of impact I can have on the community and the world," she said. 

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