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Air Play

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 10:00AM
Fine Arts Center Concert Hall


Ride the wind and dream with AIR PLAY, a modern spectacle that brings to life the very air we breathe. Flying umbrellas, larger-than-life balloons, giant kites floating over the audience, and the biggest snow globe you’ve ever seen will make you gasp in wonder and laugh until it hurts.

AIR PLAY is a circus-style adventure of two siblings journeying through a surreal land of air, transforming the ordinary into objects of uncommon beauty. Fabrics dance in the wind, balloons have a mind of their own, confetti turns into the night sky, and an enormous canopy of hovering silk forever alters the siblings’ future. The creation of husband & wife team Seth Bloom and Christina Gelsone, AIR PLAY merges their circus and street theater performance art with the sculptural artistry of Daniel Wurtzel. This poetic ode to childhood will enchant and electrify the young and young at heart.


 


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Air Play, a modern spectacle that brings to life the very air we breathe, employs flying umbrellas, larger-than-life balloons, giant kites, and the biggest snow globe you’ve ever seen to tell the tale of siblings journeying through a surreal land of many wonders.

Air Play is the creation of Seth Bloom and Christina Gelsone. The couple met at a circus in Afghanistan, became engaged while street-performing in Scotland, and married in China. Since partnering as the Acrobuffos in 2006, they have performed in more than 18 countries, juggled on Letterman, headlined at the Big Apple Circus, and been featured in The New York Times. Their mastery of circus and street theater performance art is complemented by the sculptural artistry of Daniel Wurtzel. Wurtzel has worked in several mediums since 1989. In 2009, his piece Magic Carpet went viral with 2 million views, and since then, he has worked with Cirque du Soleil, Julie Taymor, Robert Lepage, and Diane Paulus.

“You feel you’re witnessing divine natural occurrences rather than carefully devised circus stunts.” Hartford Courant

 

“Air Play holds the whole audience in the palm of its outstretched hand. A winning combination of visually stunning sculptures and cheeky but heartfelt storytelling that keeps both adults and children enthralled.” British Theatre Guide

 

“The curtains open and we see a man holding on to a huge piece of light fabric, dancing in the air, moved by a circle of fans. The wonder begins and I suddenly feel like a child again, receptive to every single magical moment in Air Play.”  A Younger Theatre