Five ancient tales of flying creatures both fearsome and enchanting come to life via the dancers, acrobats, and aerialists of the Cabiri performance troupe in their sixth-annual Halloween cabaret Beneath a Wing-Darkened Sky, an evening of elegant dessert theater from October 19-28, 2012 at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center in West Seattle.
Each feathery, frightening vignette in this year’s production will feature the work of different guest choreographers including Cyrus Khambatta (Khambatta Dance), Matt Henley, Erin Simons and Susan Bienczycka and original music by Seattle-based musician and composer Vasilis J. Fotopolous. Beneath a Wing-Darkened Sky will also be the debut performance of new Cabiri troupe members Eric Esteb (5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle Opera, Ballet Bellevue), Jody Poth, and Kiplinn Sagmiller (Sapience Dance Collective).
Founder and Artistic Director John Murphy is passionate about his organization’s use of non-traditional theatrical arts to depict tales from ancient mythology, a craft they have honed in the Pacific Northwest since 1998. “We refer to our genre as ‘performative mythology.’ We take obscure academic works and bring them to life in an incredibly accessible way on stage. The acrobats, aerialists, and dancers of the Cabiri are incredibly adept at depicting these larger-than-life, archetypal tales with passion and inspiration.”
Price of admission includes dessert from local bakeries and a variety of seating options are available including VIP seating, Premier seating and single tickets, and range in price from $35 to $100. Beverages will be available for purchase at all evening shows, including spirits for those of legal age. Due to mature subject matter, guests under 16 years of age will not be admitted. Attendees are advised to purchase tickets early as this annual event always sells out.
The Anunnaki Project is an independent, non-profit arts and educational organization based in Seattle, Washington. The organization celebrated its 10-year anniversary in 2009 and specializes in “performative mythology,” depiction of myths and stories from cultures that have passed into antiquity via physical theater, dance, and circus arts. The organization receives support for its work from a variety of public and private entities including Seattle Foundation, City of Seattle, King County 4Culture and Lucky7 Foundation. Visit www.cabiri.org and www.anunnaki.org for more information.
Photo credit: The Cabiri, Willamette PhotoArts Guild