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Saturday, October 30, 2010



Shayna Swanson Presents Solo Contemporary Circus Show - First Evidence



Thu, 28 Oct 2010

CHICAGO, Ill. (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- "First Evidence," a solo, contemporary circus show created by Shayna Swanson, founder and artistic director of Aloft - Chicago's "most badass contemporary circus company" - will debut this December. Utilizing 2,000 marbles, a ream of paper, a skinny rope, one freethinking wheel, precarious strips of cloth, a slingshot, spinning pole, a change of clothes, every available muscle and 15 years of journal entries, Swanson weaves together a stunning show filled with surprises and revelations.

To add an air of mystery, the exact location will not be revealed until tickets are purchased, it will be somewhere in the Chicago's near west side. Show times are: Friday, December 10 at 10:00 p.m.; Saturday, December 11 at 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday, December 12, 2010 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 and $20.

Simple props and a deceivingly minimal stage highlight Swanson's signature power and intensity as she magnifies life's fleeting and defining moments - how grand possibilities can slip away and the subsequent regret felt when they are gone.

The show was inspired by the artist's questioning: Did the time invested pay off or just hold me back? What happens if trying never gets me anywhere? Why does practicing saying, "Everything is fine," not make everything fine?

The show begins with a lie and hurtles towards honesty with alternating restraint and release as Swanson climbs, spins and claws her way towards resolution.

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