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See FLEXION's Santa Fe Premier in the Santa Fe Railyard Park,
Friday May 16th at 7:30 pm and
Saturday, May 17th at 1 pm and 7:30 pm.
THREE FREE PERFORMANCES...Don't miss it!
"Superhuman...pushing the limits of what's physically possible." - Cynthia Archbold, Miami Sun Post
"Among the thousands of acts I've booked and presented since 1997, Wise Fool has to be in the top handful, based on audience satisfaction and presenter experience alike." - Bob Redmond, Arts Program Manager Emeritus, Bumbershoot Festival
Commissioned by the Carnival Center for the Performing Arts, Flexion is stunning aerial theatre on the cutting edge of humanity and grace. Flexion is performed each year by Wise Fool artists at festivals across the United States. Past venues include Bumbershoot, Artown Reno, Detroit International Arts Festival, Cherry Creek Arts Festival, and Flint Hills International Children's Festival.
Flexion features five acrobats on stilts rolling into backbends, splits and a myriad of sculptural forms which literally stretch one's perception of the human body. Strutting and dancing, suspended and flying, their pincer-like metal legs slice the air as they spin and swim like fencers in a sea, barely missing each other in their fervent exploration of their metal home. Shedding layers of armor, the acrobats slowly transform from superhuman warriors to fragile nymphs balancing high above the audience, hanging precariously from straps, the cage and each other and finally descending to earth.
Flexion premiered at the Carnival Center in January of 2007 as the inaugural performance of their outdoor programming. Flexion was Directed by David Clarkson, Costumes Design by Haydee Morales, Choreography by Ray Sullivan, Light and Set Design by Fernando Calzadilla, and Original Music by Luis Guerra (www.luisguerramusic.com)
Flexion is designed for outdoor venues. Both 20 minute and 45 minute versions of the show are available featuring 5 performers and one live musician (touring party of 8). For more information about US bookings please visit Elsie Management at http://www.elsieman.org. For International bookings please email or call Wise Fool at (505) 992-2588.
About Director David Clarkson: Born in New Zealand, David began his theatre career in Christchurch in 1982. He worked in several seminal theatre companies in NZ, developing his skills in physical theatre and theatre management. In 1985 he formed Stalker Theatre Company developing it into one of Australia's top national and international touring physical theatre companies. David has performed in and co-conceived many of their works, involving stilt and aerial dance and acrobatics, and ground based choreographies.
Day Photos by Dylan Priest
Night Photos by Kate Russell