Every year, during the Christmas season, my parents made the perilous trip from New Jersey to Manhattan, to experience The Nutcracker at the New York City Ballet. Sitting with their very young, and sometimes rambunctious (putting it delicately), daughter in the balcony, was worth it so that they could share the world of dance with me.
Tschaikovsky’s music, beautiful costumes, and mischievous dancing mice is one of my first recollections of the theater and of dance, and I was hooked at the first Arabesque. When Marie and the Prince would say goodbye to the audience in the grand finale, soaring off in a sleigh pulled by flying reindeer, I stood up and waved, knowing deep down that Marie and her Nutcracker were truly whispering their fond farewells directly to me.
The colorful Land of Sweets and the beautiful Sugarplum fairy was my first encounter with the art form and I’ve been in love ever since. So, when I heard about the imaginative creation of Tangram I knew it was a performance that I couldn’t miss.
Although Ballet originated in the 15th century it has developed into a complex, highly technical, and sensual form of dance, yet ballerina Cristiana Casadio seems to push those boundaries even further in her performance of Tangram. Along with Stefan Sing, an exemplary circus artist, the two performers compel the audience to think about the human struggle through dance and the art of juggling. A breathtaking duet, this performance unites two equally technical artists with eccentric patterns, tricks, and gymnastic precision.
A smash hit at the Edinburgh International Festival, Tangram, will be performed at The Historic Asolo Theater beginning Wednesday October 15th for this year’s Ringling International Arts Festival.