Umbrellas fly, fabrics soar over the audience, balloons swallow people and snow swirls, filling the stage. A visual poem, using no words, brings to life the very air we breathe. With stunning images and gales of laughter, Air Play bounces on the edge of definition: part comedy, part sculpture, part circus, part theatre, all while transforming ordinary objects into uncommon beauty. Great for all ages!
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Seth Bloom (creator and performer) grew up in India, Kenya, and Sri Lanka. Seth spent many years touring the USA as a professional juggler and silent comedian, and worked extensively in Afghanistan with the Mobile Mini Circus for Children. Seth studied circus clowning at Ringling Brothers Clown College, Lecoq theater at LISPA (MFA), and commedia at Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre. A graduate of Wesleyan University, Seth has performed in 30 countries and 49 US States.
Christina Gelsone (creator and performer) grew up in Texas and has worked in 40 countries as a non-verbal clown, stilt walker, mask performer, juggler, puppeteer and acrobat. Previously a ballet dancer, Christina majored in Shakespeare at Princeton University and studied corporeal mime at the Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre. For years, Christina worked in multiple post-war zones with New York City-based Bond Street Theatre. Other professional adventures include starting a social circus program in Egypt and teaching at universities.
Run Time: 55 minutes with no intermission.
A circus-style adventure of two siblings journeying through a surreal land of air, Air Play transforms ordinary objects into uncommon beauty. Created by circus performers Seth Bloom and Christina Gelsone in collaboration with kinetic sculptor Daniel Wurtzel, Air Play was devised through years of experimentation with simple materials, movement and technology.
Great for all ages, Air Play creates beauty and inspires laughter across cultures and continents. No translation necessary, Air Play has played from the southernmost opera house in the world in Chile, to London’s Royal Festival Hall, Melbourne's State Theatre, Shanghai’s Grand Theatre and continues to tour.
Air Play is a visual poem, using no words, and brings to life the very air we breathe.