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Atlanta — By Linda Erbele on February 19, 2010 at 10:52 am
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Cirque: Moravia at Rabun Gap

Did you miss the Cirque last time it was here? Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School has performed its own Cirque for nine years.  Over 80 performers and technicians will take part in director Bill Patti’s adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, entitled Cirque: Moravia.  This performance has mushroomed in popularity over the years, always done with an original script. The first show, directed by Larry Smith in 2002, was produced by ten students. Smith has moved on to Milton High School in Alpharetta, and will be directing a production of Cirque there April 21-24.

The student performers become proficient in aerial arts, body balancing, tumbling and use of some of the same apparatus used in the professional Cirque du Soleil, including the triple trapeze, aerial silks, aerial belts, Chinese poles and juggling. You’ll see the White Rabbit, always late, travel across the stage on a German Wheel, chased by two-legged flowers who have just been tormenting the red-headed Alice from the round trapezes called lyra, all to the melody of Brittany Spears’ Toxic.  When you see the flamingo croquet balls on walking globes slip effortlessly out of reach of Alice’s mallet, you will believe that this is the way Alice in Wonderland should always be performed. This is not your average high-school musical. The professionalism that has drawn students from around the world to this school is evident in this performance.

Rabun Gap-Nacoochee school was begun as a school for poor mountain children over 100 years ago. It has evolved in a highly-competitive college prep institution. The internationally famous Foxfire Books which seek to explain and preserve the Southern Appalachian culture originated here. It is located on a beautiful campus in Rabun Gap in northeast Georgia. (see map)

When: Feb 26- 7 pm, Feb 27- 3 and 7 pm, Feb 28- 3 pm

Admission: $12 adults, $8 students

Call 706-746-7716 for tickets, which are going fast!

Photo courtesy Rabun-Gap Nacoochee School.

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