Visitors and residents alike say there is no place on earth like the surreal,
picturesque landscapes of Mexican deserts - a land of extremes that’s been the
stage of countless journeys of initiation and experimentation for countless
generations. As such the desert is a route of escape, transcendence, and
exploration – living proof that thirst comes in many forms.
With cacti silhouetted against the setting sun, two young
women dance on stage in large majestic hoops as in
a dream. Rolling among the quiotes (Agave plants), they
are soon joined by a trapeze artist who performs a series
of original figures, sometimes hanging only by one heel.
The performance culminates in the rain.
Like a mirage, two young women (Rachel Salzman and Angelica Bongiovonni) materialize
on stage and dance with majestic rings among the living, breathing cacti and
quiotes, the trunk-like stalks of the maguey plant that adorn the stage.
They are later joined in the air by a trapeze artist (either Enya White or Emily
Tucker) who takes flight above in the soothing rain – the first time we’ve
experienced the magnificent rain curtain (keep an eye out for the Running
Girl, who comes out to summon the rain) – and the image the scene evokes is
nothing short of spectacular. Brava!
The element of water enabled the creators to take the Cyr Wheel out of its
usual context. Two artists perform on the apparatus on water and in the rain, which
is, at first glance, unthinkable. In order to solve the adhesion issue, a bicycle
tire was mounted on the wheel rim.
Our journeyman returns to us after, riding through the countryside on a
bicicleta, huffing, puffing, and in need of a drink of water. But when he stops
to take a swig from his canteen, he finds it’s just as empty as before. But that
doesn’t dissuade him from exploring his surroundings; rather, when he finds a
huge ball nearby he decides to have some fun with it (and the audience) by setting
up a make-shift game. He tosses the ball into the audience and away it goes.
Meanwhile, on stage, the trees are now gone (removed as the stage rotated around
to give the impression our clown was riding through the countryside), and
specialized equipment has been brought out to dry the surface. But don’t pay
any attention to that... play the game!