By Larry Taylor/Garden Grove Journal
Orange Countians can look forward to the awe-inspiring, “Traces,” which combines acrobatics with high energy, opening at Segerstrom Center for the Arts for a limited one-week engagement, Feb. 28 – March 4.
The production from Canada Features seven performers delivering dazzling, gravity-defying displays of skill. Audiences everywhere have described it as a creative and inspiring display of entertainment. Fusing the traditions of circus with the energy of street performance, the artists employ most tricks in the book – from music and dance, to skateboarding, basketball, and high-risk aerial gymnastics.
As well, performers balance on each other’s heads, tumbling through hoops and leaping spectacularly up giant poles without using their hands. At the beginning, the group appears to be nothing more than a group of easy-going friends, potentially as clumsy as the average guy. But soon something amazing happens.
Bradley Henderson, stars in this international touring production. He leads the acclaimed Montreal-based 7 Fingers troupe and specializes in acrobatics on the “Cyr wheel.”
The show was created by Gypsy Snider and Shana Carroll. They based their idea on the antics of several students at the San Francisco circus school run by Snider’s parents. In a recent interview, Snyder said, “They’d get on their skateboards and go to circus class and train for hours with no goal, it was really just for the pleasure of throwing themselves around.”
Tickets start at SCFTA.org, or (714) 556-2787.
At Irvine’s Barclay Theater, theatergoers can now see productions from Britain’s National Theater. Some of the most talked-about shows in London, show for a fraction of the regular box office price, in high definition broadcasts on the Barclay’s screen.
Plays include, “Traveling Light,” Feb. 29, about Hollywood’s Golden Age and early cinematic pioneers; Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors,” March 26, hilariously showing the results of the mix up twins; and “She Stoops to Conquer,” April 12, Oliver Goldsmith’s 1773 play, credited as one of the ingenious comedies of the English language.
For tickets: thebarclay.org; (949) 864-4646.