February 21, 2006 > The circus is coming to town
The circus is coming to town
by Arathi Satish
This season marks the 10th year of the Gary Soren Smith Center at Ohlone College and will be celebrated by an awesome performance of San Francisco Circus Center's "nouveau circus," a fusion of performance art and circus entertainment. Held at Jackson Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 25, Nouveau Circus is a modern, spectacular and sensual performance. This Circus Center performance combines different forms of fine arts, including dance, theater, music and film with high-energy circus acts as a way of expanding the definitions of these art forms.
Nouveau Circus includes performances from amazing artists including Circus Center's Youth Circus who participate in Charivari (dissonant noise done with kettles and tin horns), Hoop Diving, Chair Balance and Jump Rope. Six young acrobats between the ages of 14 and 19 who have been trained at the Circus Center in San Francisco assure audiences of the future. Unbelievable contortion by The Mystic Pixies - Dasha Sovik, Idanna Zharzhavskaya, Natasha Patterson and Julie Bergez - is followed by a marvelous and enjoyable demonstration of sculpting big and small bubbles by Sterling Johnston.
Circus Center's Nouveau Circus includes yoyo champion David Capurro whose routine set to Black Sabath's music, appears to defy the physical laws of nature. Abi Munn will perform a solo trapeze routine accompanied by the music and singing of Jacques Brei while Ena and Danny will perform high level aerial feats on a double trapeze as The Starlings. Brett Womac defies gravity and delights the senses with visual gymnastics in a high energy aerial silk act. Challenging reasonable anatomical limits, Jennings and Xiao Hong as the Iron monkeys, balance their bodies in a human pyramid that must be seen to believe.
For those who long for the sights and smells of traditional circus acts, Circus Center will not only create a new tradition, but elevate circus arts to another level that will satisfy and fulfill memorable circus qualities of the past - suspense, mystery, pageantry, entertainment and fun. This highly imaginative and evocative one-day performance that blends fine arts with popular tradition is a "don't miss" for family entertainment.
Tickets are adults $25, seniors 65+ $15, students $15 and youth (under 12) $10. For further details, contact www.smithcenterpresents.com or call the Smith Center Box Office at (510) 659-6031.
Saturday Feb. 25
43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont