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Thursday, October 11, 2012


Smoke and Mirror and a dynamic circus performance
Jugglers, trapeze artists, poi twirlers, belly dancers, hoopers, mimes and a live band will fill the stage.
 
Mime Bettina Black plays the lead role in the current Smoke and Mirror show.
Diana Duane photo

from--- pressherald.com
By Avery Yale Kamila akamila
Oct 11, 2012
Portland, Maine---The world-famous acrobatic circus Cirque du Soleil is in town this weekend, but if the $35 to $100 ticket price is too much of a stretch, head over to Geno's on Sunday and check out the homegrown human talents of the Smoke and Mirror Circus.
The scale, cast and set are smaller, but so is the ticket price: It will only set you back $6.

Like Cirque du Soleil, the Smoke and Mirror Circus performs without animals, instead relying solely on the talents of the human body. This means jugglers, trapeze artists, poi twirlers, belly dancers, hoopers, mimes and a live band will fill the stage.
 The show, which lasts two hours including an intermission, features a dreamy, narrative tale set to music but without any dialogue.

Ringmaster Diana Duane.
Dana Erickson photo
"We've got this mime falling asleep and then her shadow steps out of her body behind a silhouette screen," said director and ringmaster Diana Duane. "It's a lot artsier this year. It's really colorful and dark at the same time. The story comes across as really dreamy and magical."

As the mime, played by Bettina Black, travels through this dreamy jungle world, she encounters numerous animal spirits that guide her on her way.

The circus made its debut last summer with a show that told the tale of a man finding his place in the world. This Sunday marks the final performance of the current show.
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http://www.pressherald.com/life/go/smoke-and-mirror-and-a-dynamic-circus-performance_2012-10-11.html

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