Zany Umbrella Circus will present performances of 'Cake,' a family show that includes aerial artistry and clowning, in a tent at SteelStacks April 27-29. (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO / March 15, 2012)
By Kathy Lauer-Williams
Of The Morning Call
March 16, 2012
Allentown, PA--SteelStacks, ArtsQuest's arts and cultural campus in Bethlehem, will celebrate its first anniversary April 26-29 with a weekend of free and ticketed shows by two innovative performance art ensembles — the Zany Umbrella Circus and Squonk Opera. The weekend will also include the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks' 1st anniversary party on April 28.
The Zany Umbrella Circus, which previewed its "nouveau cirque" style with free shows at Musikfest last year, returns for ticketed shows April 27-29 with its full nine-member troupe. The group will perform in the Zany Tent, a colorful, one-city-block tent erected at PNC Plaza.
Zany Umbrella Circus is described as a new genre of performance in which artists take a story or theme and convey it through extraordinary circus skills. The group performs everything from high-wire trapeze acts to puppetry in "Cake" a colorful family show described as a storybook acted out onstage featuring bold colors and 1950s-era stylings. In the show, a young child anticipates an exciting birthday surprise, but things don't go as planned and the family discovers magic can be found in mishap.
The group uses art to teach cooperation skills and encourages children to use their imagination and create artwork of their own.
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