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Air Play

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 7:00PM
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.


Performance Run Time: 60 minutes, No Intermission

Family Fun Fest in the Concert Hall Lobby at 6:00pm
"Revealing the Magic" with members of the company immediately following the performance


Ticket Prices
$25, $20, $15; Five College Students & Youth 17 and Under $10; Under40TIX  $25
$50 Family Pack (2 Adult, 2 Youth ages 5+ recommended)
Please call the Box Office to see if you or someone in your party is eligible for a discount.
Accessible Seating Available by calling the Box Office at 413-545-2511

 


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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

Sand Mandala
Monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery

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Opening Ceremony, Tuesday, April 17 at 9 a.m.
Open 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. for families and schools, 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. for general public
Closing ceremony, Friday, April 20 at 5 p.m.


Painting with colored sand is one of the most exquisite of the Tantric Buddhist arts. Over four days, millions of grains of sand are painstakingly laid in place on a platform. The creation and beauty of a Tibetan Sand Mandala is an abiding phenomenon of art and construction, emanating spiritual and healing power to all who experience it.

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Fine Arts Center Concert Hall


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The Underwater Bubble Show
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Fine Arts Center Concert Hall


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Family Fun Fest in the Concert Hall Lobby at 6:00pm


 

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