Monday, October 29, 2012

Cirque de la Symphonie and the Vancouver Island Symphony

The Vancouver Island Symphony presents
Cirque de la Symphonie
Guest Artists: Cirque de la Symphonie
Conductor: Pierre Simard
Saturday, November 17, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Port Theatre, Nanaimo BC
Tickets: 250-754-8550
Thrilling, bedazzling –
a show like no other!
Cirque de la Symphonie, featuring world-class aerialists and acrobats, is the ONLY known company that performs thrilling and bedazzling feats over and in front of a LIVE symphony orchestra. And to be sure that as many people as possible experience this amazing phenomenon, the Vancouver Island Symphony presents Cirque de la Symphony in two shows at the Port Theatre on Saturday, November 17 - at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Jaw-dropping entertainment
Take famed Russian aerialist Alexander Streltsov, hair-raising acrobatic aerialist Christine Van Loo, spell-binding mime and juggling artist Vladimir Tsarkov, and graceful contortionist, gymnast and dancer Elena Tsarkova then put them with the VI Symphony (under the direction of the illustrious Pierre Simard) and this event becomes a breath-taking, jaw-dropping three-dimensional entertainment extravaganza.

Music you can feel
There’s music to stir the soul with emotion and melody: music that glides like the aerialists as they fly from the rafters; spins like juggling balls, batons and rings; and flows like silks and ribbons. It’s light classical and popular film music – familiar yet electrifying: from Stravinsky (Circus Polka) to Bizet (Carmen), Khachaturian (Masquerade), Saint-Saens (Dance Macabre – you’ll recognize it right away – spine-chilling!), Tchaikovsky (Swan Lake), Rimsky-Korsakov (Scheherazade), Respighi/Rossini (Cancan) and Smetana (Dance of the Comedians).

World class artistic movement
The artists are truly amazing. Streltsov, gold-medal winner at the prestigious Festival Mondial Du Cirque De L’Avenir in Paris, has performed for three Russian presidents, the Bolshoi Ballet, and elaborate theatre, stage and television productions world-wide. Van Loom is a seven-time consecutive US National Champion, Female Olympic Athlete of the Year and Athlete of the Decade in gymnastics. Tsarkov, a graduate from Russia’s prestigious State College of Circus and Theatre Arts, and veteran of Circus Circus and Cirque Ingenieux, is a favourite of the younger audience members. Tsarkova, the ‘Lady in White’, graduated from the famed Moscow Circus School, was a winner at the prestigious National Russian Circus Festival, and has been a major star with Circus Circus, Circus Knie and Circus Roncalli.

The power of LIVE music
How does it feel flying over an orchestra while they play? Says fearless Van Loo “It feels free, empowering, exciting! I don’t just hear the music, I feel it coming into me. I feel strong, happy and excited. It is much more powerful than performing to recorded music.”
This is a spectacular symphony experience like no other! Tickets are available by calling 250-754-8550. Family 4 Ticket Pack (2 Adults/ 2 Youth) for 3 p.m. Show; Group Tickets available.  Keeping Music LIVE!

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