Aerial Dance Interpretation of Pagliacci
Portico Dans Theatre Presents Pagliacci Project for TPAC’s Summer Stage Festival
Portico Dans Theatre combines the drama of an opera (Pagliacci) and the physicality of aerial dance in Pagliacci Project. The production employs youth and adult dancers on aerial silks, lyra, trapeze and the Spanish web. Pagliacci Project is part of the Tulsa Performing Arts Center’s annual Summer Stage festival; June 12-13 at 8pm, with a special pre-show at 7:30 pm for the June 12th performance.* Tickets are sold through the Tulsa Performing Arts Center box office.
Pagliacci Project is adapted from Ruggero Leoncavallo’s opera Pagliacci, now set in a 20thcentury circus; a show-within-show production. Audiences are immediately immersed in the backstage happenings and commotion of a circus environment. Dancers and aerialists will showcase awe-inspiring feats using the aerial apparatuses. Already an exciting premise, the drama increases when Pagliacci believes (through a dream sequence) that his wife is having an affair. When his suspicions are confirmed (thanks to the help of a “superfan” in the audience), he becomes enraged and begins a deadly journey. Meanwhile, the show must go on as circus performers maintain their on and offstage performances in their daily lives.
*The pre-show on Friday, June 12, will showcase the talents of local children who have participated in the four-day camp preceding the performance. The camp will include several forms of dance and circus arts including: juggling, aerial silks, lyra, static trapeze and acro yoga. Ages of participants are seven-18.