Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Asheville Aerial Arts and Asheville Community Theatre Partner to Present "UP"

Emotion and beauty are just two reasons you can’t miss UP, an Asheville Aerial Arts production. Combining theater, acrobatics, dance and aerial arts, UP is a full spectrum of the local troupe’s artistic and athletic talent. The show will be presented on Asheville Community Theatre’s Mainstage. UP will be performed January 16-18, 2015 with evening performances on Friday and Saturday night at 7:30 pm and matinee performances on Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are available online, over the phone, or in person at the Asheville Community Theatre Box Office. Tickets are $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for children.

UP will feature Acrobalance, German Wheel, Spanish Web, Trapeze, Silks, Sling, Lyra, Double Trapeze, Stilt Walking and more,” said Christine Aiken, Asheville Aerial Arts’ Artistic Director. “This show is an uplifting journey for the entire family, and is a great way to witness our troupe’s grace and athleticism up close!”

UP will take audiences on a journey through one man’s life and the adventures he experiences along the way. We see Carl as a young boy, growing up with his sweetheart Ellie. They celebrate their marriage in a doubles trapeze piece that is sure to thrill you with impressive skills and tenderness between Ellie and Carl. Ellie’s loss of life is honored through a moving lyra performance, sure to bring tears to your eyes. The show moves on to introduce a new apparatus, the aerial window, as well as a mirror sling, demonstrating the troupe’s creativity. Along the way, Carl introduces audiences to a giant bird, and a child (aerials performed by a mere 5 year old) he meets along the way. The finale features graceful yet strong artists, swinging through the air on silks, while executing stunning aerial acrobatics. 

For more information about UP or about Asheville Community Theatre, please visit www.ashevilletheatre.org.

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