Center for the Arts Welcomes Circo Aereo ‘Espresso’

Posted: October 29, 2009 at 1:01 am, Last Updated: October 28, 2009 at 4:31 pm

circo1The enchanting “theater without words” from Finland called Circo Aereo is widely known throughout Europe as a pioneer of the New Circus. Making its American debut this season, the troupe mixes time-honored circus arts, such as juggling and aerial work, with innovative cabaret theater, masterful movement and charming humor.

Circo Aereo brings its latest and most famous work, “Espresso,” a collaboration with French juggling company Les Objets Volants, to Mason’s Center for the Arts on Sunday, Nov. 8, at 4 p.m.

A discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III.

Under the direction of founders and Artistic Director Maksim Komaro and Artistic Consultant Jani Nuutinen, Circo Aereo has become one of the most active Finnish ensembles touring abroad. Based in Finland and France, the company’s barrier-breaking and open approach to the various forms of the performing arts mesmerizes and astonishes audiences around the world.

Active since 1996, the group has visited distinguished festivals and theaters in more than 20 countries. “Espresso” has been performed at venues around the globe, including the Parc de la Villette in Paris, Theatre de Vidy in Switzerland and the Damascus Opera in Syria, among others. Circo Aereo is also active in workshops for circus schools and circus artists, audience work and education projects.

Founded in France in 1999, Les Objects Volants mixes juggling with humor, movement and theater. Under the direction of Denis Paumier, the company is focused on the research of objects and new techniques to manipulate them.

Tickets are $44, $36 and $22, with tickets for youth through grade 12 half price. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.gmu.edu/cfa.

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