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School Performance: Acrobuffos: Air Play (KCYS)

This performance is part of the Krannert Center Youth Series (KCYS), school-day performances for public, private, and home schools, grades PreK-12.

In Air Play, umbrellas fly, fabrics soar over the audience, balloons swallow people, and snow swirls, filling the stage. With stunning images and gales of laughter, Air Play bounces on the edge of definition: part comedy, part sculpture, part circus, part theatre.

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.

The Acrobuffos—Seth Bloom and Christina Gelsone—are the creators, writers, and performers of Air Play. Seth and Christina met at a circus in Afghanistan, became engaged while street performing in Scotland, married in China, and occasionally go home to New York City. Specializing in non-verbal physical theatre and comedy, Seth and Christina have created seven shows together, competed in international circus festivals, performed in over 28 countries, headlined at the Big Apple Circus, and were even featured on a postage stamp.

Recommended for grades K - 12

2023-24 Krannert Center Youth Series Sponsors

  • Bernard and Prudence Spodek Endowed Fund
  • Ann H. Bender Youth Series Endowment
  • The Susan Sargeant McDonald Endowed Fund for Youth Programming
    (Suzi was the founder/developer of the Krannert Center Youth Series)
  • Susan & Michael Haney
  • Brenda & Stephen Pacey
  • Jill & James Quisenberry
  • Carol & Ed Scharlau
  • Jane & Christian Scherer
  • Anne & David Sharpe
  • Illinois Arts Council
  • National Endowment for the Arts

Event Details

Tryon Festival Theatre
Fr Apr 26, 2024 - 10:00am CT
Fr Apr 26, 2024 - 12:30pm CT
$10 per ticket Payment due date: Apr 12, 2024

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