Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The Orbiting Human Circus


Last week, the day after the election, the Missus and I had tickets to go see premier of the live Orbiting Human Circus show, adopted from the podcasts by Julian Koster (member of The Music Tapes and Neutral Milk Hotel). Still depressed about Trump's victory, we weren't really in the mood, but we had a babysitter and tickets and decided to go. 

We had no idea what to expect from this, and walking into the place, we still had no idea. The stage area was curtained off and everybody had to wait in the bar. When they opened the curtains, it was apparent that we were in for something very different. The entire floor was covered in tarps and janitor equipment was spread throughout the room. Everybody was instructed to have a seat on the tarps and waited. About a half hour later, all the lights went dark, alarms rang out...and thus began our evening. 

The show was a mixture of a one-man theater piece, a traveling circus act, and a gypsy magic trick. The entire thing was so magical and imaginative, that I truly found myself enraptured in the fantasy. I genuinely felt like a child again for the next two hours. It as though we were all playing a childhood game with Julian. I won't spoil the ending, but it was mind blowing. It was exactly what we needed to take our minds away from reality for a moment, and furthermore, to inspire creative thoughts in a time when the real world feels a little overbearing. 




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