Suspended Cirque

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Suspended Cirque has created a new genre of aerial performance, integrating breathtaking aerial acrobatics, Their site-specific performance is inspired by the dramatic and unique qualities of the Galapagos Art Space — the audience sits on several large steel islands, surrounded by water on almost all sides. The performance takes place above, around, below, among the audience — no part of the performance space is left unexplored, and the audience is an integral part of the entertainment.  Now, Suspended Cirque moves into Manhattan into a new exciting space where all parts of the theatre will be used.  Think Cirque du Soleil , but with a more intimate, personal audience experience.  Audience members will feel as much a part of the show as the performers!


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Production History

DeFLYance  | Open: 09/05/12 Close: 09/16/12
  New York City. A place where most of us grow up.  A place that defines our lives and its most pivotal moments. DeFLYance uses circus to portray these formative experiences with dexterity and humor.  Three people squeeze onto a tiny airborne triangle (representing their first New York City apartment), geriatric walkers are used for more than assisting the elderly, and both the tragic and triumphant sides of a romantic break-up are felt 20 feet in the air in a top story apartment surrounded by people.  Special guests include Kristin Young and Sara Joel, both formerly of Cirque du Soleil. Sara will be performing at 8 months pregnant! The show also features  award-winning juggler and NYU Tisch Professor, Hovey Burgess, who wrote the book Circus Techniques.   

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Subterranea  | Open: 04/28/11 Close: 05/08/11
  The Urban Every Man: living a life unexamined and unaware of the vibrant, twisted, thrilling world beneath his own feet, until one day those feet take him down Manhattan’s rabbit hole…

Suddenly, our hero finds himself in a concrete and steel labyrinth where time stands still, and reality is a relative term. He meets Pan whose mischievous nature leads the Man down paths he’d never dare explore on his own. The Man’s arrival sets this alternative world on its ear; and while he encounters creatures beyond his imagination, he must tap into an unknown gift that only he possesses. This gift allows him to negotiate his way past a mechanical doll, a twirling human chandelier, a tragic Queen and three Fates who can’t decide whether to eat him or worship him.

What makes Subterranea different from any other theater productionyou will see in Manhattan?  Subterranea is singular because the plot is told mid-air.  It is simultaneously intimate and epic - a kind of Fuerza Bruta meets Avatar.  And, you won’t see any wires, because there are no wires! 

The aerial pieces are impressive but not simply because of the athleticism and remarkable visuals. They are the medium used to explore the human canvas - the dark corners of our minds and dreams.  Our audience can’t help but respond to the characters on a visceral level as they witness the physical struggles and thrilling acrobatics.  Smart story telling, beautiful original music, fights, romance, comedy, plus Acrobats - No kidding!  This is a one-stop theater experience for anyone who loves a spectacle.  Make a night of it!  At this price, you won’t break the bank.  Plan some after-theater eats; you’ll have a lot to talk about. 


About the Company: Suspended Cirque

Suspended Cirque has created a new genre of aerial performance, integrating breathtaking aerial acrobatics, Their site-specific performance is inspired by the dramatic and unique qualities of the Galapagos Art Space — the audience sits on several large steel islands, surrounded by water on almost all sides. The performance takes place above, around, below, among the audience — no part of the performance space is left unexplored, and the audience is an integral part of the entertainment.

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Suspended Cirque Presents "under The Tree"  | Open: 12/22/10 Close: 12/23/10
  Under The Tree is the latest show by Suspended Cirque, New York City’s only Aerial Theater company.  The story begins under the tree, when all the toys come to life by flying over head and flipping across the stage exhibiting their own strange set of predilections and neuroses.

Under The Tree uses all parts of the venue as performance space – the stage, the aisles, among the seats, and over the audience’s heads.  While sipping cocktails, the audience literally gets swallowed by the show.  This ability to perform all around the audience is unique to the Galapagos Art Space and makes for a unique and intimate New York experience.

This show is for New Yorkers by New Yorkers with its sophistication, wry wit, and raw nerve.  Barbie gets dizzy in a spinning hoop, a snarky candy cane explores what it means to be fresh, and the angel on the tree loses her wings.  At first the toys enjoy discovering their unique abilities, but soon come to realize that the holidays are not all about the gifts we receive (which in this case happens to be them!).  


About the Company: Suspended Cirque

Suspended Cirque has created a new genre of aerial performance, integrating breathtaking aerial acrobatics, Their site-specific performance is inspired by the dramatic and unique qualities of the Galapagos Art Space — the audience sits on several large steel islands, surrounded by water on almost all sides. The performance takes place above, around, below, among the audience — no part of the performance space is left unexplored, and the audience is an integral part of the entertainment.

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Suspended Cirque: Across The Water  | Open: 05/28/09 Close: 05/31/09
 Across the Water packed the house at Galapagos April 3rd.  Because  so many  people were not able to get in, Suspended Cirque is extending their run of Across the Water.

This event may have been met with such overwhelming enthusiasm, because it is different.  It happens in intervals, around the audience-above them, in front of them, behind them- always engaging, never overwhelming.

Suspended Cirque, a talented and experienced group of performers are taking aerial work and acrobatics to another level, creating an evening that is unlike any other Friday night out.  The pieces seen throughout the evening are site specific to Galapagos, using the space and the theme of water as artistic guides. Sensual without being burlesquey, artsy without being obscure, entertaining without trying too hard, Suspended Cirque presents an evening that is a little "De la Guarda" meets "O" done Brooklyn style.

This dynamic aerial troupe will perform on silk, trapeze, hoop, and just about anything that can be suspended. Cast of Suspended Cirque include: Joshua Dean, Ben Franklin, Michelle Dortignac, Angela Jones, Kristin Olness and Jennifer Avery. Members have been seen on Broadway in Cabaret, The Joyce Theater, Lincoln Center, National and International Touring Companies and performed with such names as Twyla Tharp. They have also been featured on the Sundance Channel, Good Day New York, an American Express Commercial, and soon to be featured on NOVA.  Reviews have included "powerful stage presence" New York Times, and "compelling images" Backstage

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Swingin' At Jack's: An Aerial Circus Cabaret  | Open: 04/04/10 Close: 04/25/10
The year is 1947 and Jack’s gin joint is the hottest place in town. From the moment you walk in, you realize you are in another era.  The saucy French maitre-d orders you to take your seat as the flirty cigarette girls try to sell you a jujubee along with your cigarette. Above, the strapping stagehand rigs apparatuses for the show when suddenly the sultry songstress who stole Jack’s heart shows up.  The party goes into full swing (so to speak) as this cast of saucy characters kicks up their heels to the best jazz ensemble this side of the river. Watch their personal dramas unfold in the air (on ropes, trapezes, and hoops) and below (dancing, singing, and playing instruments) all with a little sass, class, a wink, and a smile. Dress up in your 40’s best and be swept into a decadent swing-time era where everything unfolds practically in your lap. You know you’ve found real intimacy when you can reach out and touch it

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Urbanopolis  | Open: 08/14/09 Close: 08/16/09
 URBANOPOLIS is the newest creation of the dynamic troupe Suspended Cirque, who have been packing the house at Galapagos Art Space. This new show follows a young man as he falls into a futuristic urban labyrinth where sirens crawl along steel girders, a dying phoenix plays her violin, women float on chains, a mechanical doll comes to life, and everything spins out of control. With the help of a mischievous pan-like creature, our young man tries to find his way back home. This tale plays out in the air, on the walls, and in the water, inviting the audience to become a part of the action, toasting the bacchanalian feast and feeling the heat of the performers. Spectators will delight in never quite knowing where to look or what to expect as anything is possible in this urban jungle.

SUSPENDED CIRQUE is a talented and experienced group of performers who integrate breathtaking aerial acrobatics with theater to create performances that are unique to the space in which they take place. They perform on traditional circus apparatuses as well as new and innovative aerial equipment such as frames, chains and chandeliers. They also sing, dance, and play a variety of instruments. Suspended Cirque’s “Across the Water” was lauded for the “poignant intimacy in the daredevilry.” --Leigh Witchel, Dance Writer (NY POST, Ballet Review)

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