People may fondly remember Carbondale Art’s Light the Night with Love HeART Walk, a community celebration that took place in February. In a similar vein, but totally different, Carbondale Arts is teaming up with entertainment company Art of Air to bring to life another ‘immersive experience’, this time with circus and other performers converging at 13 Moons Ranch , south of Carbondale.
“The concept of an immersive experience is a sort of air of the times that is going on in the world right now,” explained Art of Air founder Ariana Gradow, herself an aerobatic. The movement has grown in popularity with large-scale installations, including Meow Wolf in New Mexico, and has become very relevant in the context of a pandemic. “How do we interact with each other, with art and theater in a safe and fun way? Gradow considered.
This four-day immersive outdoor art show celebrates the four archetypal elements (fire, water, earth and air) with a variety of visual and performance arts, including acrobatics, sculpture, dance, music, puppets, poetry and storytelling. World-class performers, including the late contortionist Jordan Remar, will travel from afar to contribute their talents through Gradow’s connections to the circus circuit.
The event will also include a special cocoa ceremony and sound healing journey on the evening of September 22, in honor of the fall equinox. Otherwise, the paid access is staggered by half an hour to allow people to move around the entire experience along a half-mile trail. Spectators should dress appropriately, with tennis shoes, warm layers, and a flashlight / headlamp for late slots, and expect an hour and a half of winding entertainment.
On Saturday September 25, Convergence Circus will end with a dance party (with separate ticket). Local bluegrass stars The Red Hill Rollers will kick off the show, followed by Denver funk band The Copper Children.
Volunteers are always needed and will be generously fed by the Redstone General Store. Shifts are four hours long and include a ticket to the show on a separate evening.
The shows run from September 22 to 25, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Learn more, buy tickets and volunteer at carbondalearts.com
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