October 10, 2011

Cirque Sends Both Acrobats and Sound Waves Flying Through the Air!

Have you ever watched two circus performers appearing to float in midair? Have you experienced the the thrill of Tchaikovsky's music to Swan Lake? Either act is exciting on its own, but imagine the combined effect of the two together, and you get Cirque de la Symphonie, an innovative, awe-inspiring way to experience symphonic music.

“We like to think we’re taking the Cirque artistry into the true realm of fine arts,” says co-founder Bill Allen.“This isn’t popcorn and peanuts — this is caviar and champagne.”

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Jeff Tyzik, will tackle old and new orchestral works by Sibelius, Rimsky-Korsakov, Smetana, Dvořák and even John Williams. Meanwhile, an array of world-class acrobats, contortionists, strongmen, and jugglers will display their own art in a program custom-designed for the orchestra. In a Cirque performance, it's not uncommon to see an acrobat dangling from silk ribbons and flying around the conductor and the first row of violins. Check out a YouTube video of the group in action!

When aerial artist Alexander Streltsov (whom you'll see perform this weekend!) co-founded Cirque, he wanted people to see circus acts as an art form. But in what has become a true fusion of two art forms, he has helped expand orchestral audiences as well.

Experience Cirque on Friday, October 14 at 8:00 pm and Saturday, October 15 at 8:00 pm in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Tickets start at $15. Order your tickets online today or call 454-2100 to order by phone.

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