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CIRQUE ÉLOIZE PRESENTS "NEBBIA: A MAGICAL FOG" AT GMU'S CENTER FOR THE ARTS
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS
"NEBBIA: A MAGICAL FOG"
Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
FAIRFAX, Va., Jan. 8, 2009 – “An imaginative merging of physical feats and playful poetics,” Variety said about the highly artistic company Cirque Éloize. Their performances are a blend of thrilling acrobatic theater, enchanting circus arts and visually stunning theatrics that never fails to enthrall and mesmerize. Audiences of all ages enthusiastically pack the house whenever this Quebec-based company comes to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts. Cirque Éloize returns this time with "Nebbia: A Magical Fog," the third part of its sky trilogy, which was written and directed by the renowned Daniele Finzi Pasca, in collaboration with his dance and theater company Teatro Sunil. Cirque Éloize presents three performances of "Nebbia" at the Center, on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III.
Cirque Éloize previously delighted Center audiences with "Nomade" and "Rain," the first and second parts of the sky trilogy, in 2004 and 2007. In "Nebbia," anything is possible and reality becomes dream. According to Daniele Finzi Pasca, “In 'Nomade,' we looked up to discover that, at night, the sky is endless; in 'Rain,' a shower of nostalgic freedom fell; now in 'Nebbia,' the sky descends like a mantle to cover our shoulders and protect our dreams.” This captivating new production, which enjoyed a resoundingly successful premiere in Geneva, combines daring circus feats, acrobatics, theatrics and poetry with dramatic lighting and an original score of haunting music. The New York Times described the production as “wild, witty, wet and altogether winning,” while Le Parisien wrote, “It’s not just the circus. It’s pure poetry.”
Since 1993, Cirque Éloize has been a leader in the contemporary-circus movement, performing a magical brand of circus artistry. Drawing on the multidisciplinary talents of its artists, the company combines time-honored circus acts with music, dance, theater and performance art, expressing theatricality and humanity through the works. With five original productions, Cirque Éloize, is now comprised of close to 100 people, and has staged more than 3,000 shows in more than 200 cities around the world. The company also created the first circus arts festival in North America in 2003, the "Semaine des Arts du Cirque," held every year on Quebec’s Magdalen Islands.
Director, author, choreographer and clown Daniele Finzi Pasca founded Teatro Sunil in 1983, and began collaborating with Cirque Éloize in 2001, creating and directing "Nomade" in 2002, and "Rain" in 2004. He also wrote and directed Cirque de Soleil’s "Corteo," one of the largest touring productions ever created under the big top, and wrote and directed the closing ceremonies for the 20th Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy in 2006.
The Center for the Arts is pleased to recognize the generous support of PNC and the PNC Foundation as sponsor of the 2008-09 Great Performances at Mason Season.
Tickets for CIRQUE ÉLOIZE are $46, $38, $23. Family Friendly! All children, 12 and under, half price! Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa
GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON is a program of George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, the professional presenting arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. The College of Visual and Performing Arts exists to create an academic environment in which the arts may be considered both as individual disciplines and as interdisciplinary forms that strengthen each other. Believing that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the College draws on a variety of professional presenting and producing units where artists from across the country and around the world regularly perform, give master classes, work with students during extended residencies and interact with the community in a variety of other ways. These programs at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, TheaterSpace, Galleries, Harris Theater and other venues, provide a diverse selection of challenging and entertaining cultural experiences for the University community, as well as Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area. The College houses four academic departments: Art and Visual Technology, Dance, Music and Theater.
About George Mason University
George Mason University, located in the heart of Northern Virginia’s technology corridor near Washington, D.C., is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in a range of academic fields. With strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering, information technology, biotechnology and health care, Mason prepares its students to succeed in the work force and meet the needs of the region and the world. Mason professors conduct groundbreaking research in areas such as cancer, climate change, information technology and the biosciences, and Mason’s Center for the Arts brings world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Its School of Law is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 35 law schools in the United States.