Youthful and carefree, this duo swings from the heavens above. Their symmetrical
dance in the air captures the energy in each breath of life. Perched on their individual
trapezes, two graceful aerialists perform an awe-inspiring display of harmony and beauty.
In this breathtaking routine, the daring duo defies the law of gravity with incredible mid-air
twists and maneuvers, building to a crescendo of aerial feats.
The Old Birds are the mainstays of Alegría, a reminder of the unchanging guard and
as such they infect the show, as they do the world, like a plague. These bird-like
characters have grown old and forgotten, and yet they think of themseleves as fresh, new
and beautiful. We find one sitting in front of a mirror, admiring itself, as they always
seem to do, when something spectacular happens: a young woman appears in the reflection.
And then a man. And the two walk through the mirror and into the realm where voice -
above all - is repressed.
But their voice will not be silenced. For the moment they step into this world a great
and thunderous voice fills the air, singing out against sorrow and the maddness of man in
Vai vai banbinno vai vedrai vai... "Go child, go and you will see," the White
singer hails, as the two young performers assend into the heavens. As they do so, the
sorrowful voice of the singer touches us. Oh mio fanciullo vedrai, vai vedrai che un sorriso.
Nasconde spesso un gran dolore. Vai vedrai follia del uomo... "Oh my child you will see,
you will see sorrow. It often hides a great pain. And Madness, you will see the madness of man..."
The Syncro Trapeze and the animation that accompanys it is a wonderful start to the show.
These two artists are synchronized in every movement, in every way. Their performance is a slow
realization of the struggles and indignities present in today's society. They react to this raw
emotion, tossing themselves from the safety of their bars - only to catch themselves with their
feet. Then get up to do it over and over again, signaling to us we can break free...
While this act is usually performed as a duo, it can be performed as a solo
when necessary. In fact, the act premiered as a solo; duo started in July 1994 in
San Francisco after an artist had recovered from her injury.