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FINNISH CIRCUS ENSEMBLE CIRCO AEREO AT GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY'S CENTER FOR THE ARTS
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009 at 4 p.m.
FAIRFAX, Va., Oct. 6, 2009 – “A sparkling tribute to the circus.” (Le Figaro) This enchanting “theater without words” from Finland is widely known throughout Europe as a pioneer of the New Circus, and makes its American debut this season. Smart, imaginative and inventive, Circo Aereo mixes time-honored circus arts, such as juggling and aerial work, with innovative cabaret theater, masterful movement and charming humor. Center audiences will have the opportunity to witness Circo Aereo this fall when it brings its latest and most famous work, “Espresso,” a collaboration with French juggling company Les Objets Volants, to George Mason University on Sunday, Nov. 8 at 4 p.m. The performance is family friendly, and tickets are half price for youth through grade 12. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III. This tour of Circo Aereo is made possible by a grand from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program.
Praised by audiences and critics alike, “Espresso” is a high speed right through the labryrinth of the history of circus. In this acclaimed Franco-Finnish collaboration, traditional circus, cabaret and contemporary circus meet in a series of playful and surprising scenes. Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat called the work “a treasure chest filled with beautiful sights, meticulous efforts and inventive surprises,” while France’s Le Monde said, “intelligence and virtuosity are embedded in the magical vignettes.”
Under the direction of founders and Artistic Director Maksim Komaro and Artistic Consultant Jani Nuutinien, 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 du 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.
This tour of Circo Aereo is made possible by a grand from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program.
Tickets for CIRCO AEREO’S “ESPRESSO” are $44, $36, $22. Family Friendly! Youth through grade 12, half price! Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.gmu.edu/cfa. 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.
About Great Performances at Mason
Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CVPA provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance and Art, the Department of Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.
About George Mason University
Named the #1 national university to watch in the 2009 rankings of U.S. News & World Report, George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides students access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country. Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. With Mason professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university.