Acrobatic Conundrum Hits Seattle in December

Seattle's Flagship Modern Circus Troupe Acrobatic Conundrum presents new works this Dec. at 12th Avenue Arts

Posted on November 29, 2017, 6:07 pm
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Critics are calling Acrobatic Conundrum one of the most important artistic voices in the modern circus uprising. This December, they’re returning to their hometown of Seattle to debut an astounding array of gravity-defying new works.

The stage is set at the beautiful new state of the art 12th Avenue Arts for two new pieces. First, running December 1-10 is a curated cabaret called Volume 5, which features new short works from the ensemble and guest works from some of the best contemporary circus artists in the business. It is directed by Ty Vennevitz with live music led by Faith Stankevich.

Closing out December with shows Dec 15-23 is The Fig Tree Waltzes. In this evening-length performance, Acrobatic Conundrum blends circus and dance into a poetic experience with ensemble-based aerial work, athletic modern choreography, and a touch of humor. In a world where stakes are high and time is running out, The Fig Tree Waltzes is a paean to the human drive to keep playing against overwhelming odds.

This new, evening-length work, features choreography from Costa Rican choreographer Jimmy Ortiz Chinchilla. Founder of the renowned El Barco Dance Conservatory and a professor of dance at Universidad de Costa Rica, Jimmy’s playful and surprisingly athletic dance style considered one of the major influences in Central American modern dance.

Acrobatic Conundrum Presents: VOLUME 5

Evening Shows: Fridays and Saturdays, December 1-9 at 8pm

Sunday Matinees: December 3 and 10 at 5pm, with pre-show family activities starting at 4:15)

ASL interpretation on Friday, December 8

Gala night with sliding scale tickets and a raffle on Saturday, December 9

Acrobatic Conundrum Presents: THE FIG TREE WALTZES

Regular Evening Shows: Fridays and Saturdays, December 15-23 at 8pm

Industry Night: Monday, December 18 at 7:30pm

Pay What You Can Night: Thursday, December 21 at 7:30pm

Matinee Performance: Saturday, December 23 at 2pm

Sarah Caples has lived in Seattle since 2004 working as a fashion stylist for private clients. Sarah launched an art and society blog in 2008, along with a monthly salon at The Sorrento Hotel, which ran until June 2012. As executive editor of, Caples hopes to cultivate an informed dialog about regional culture and bring people of diverse backgrounds together in support of nonprofits, artists and community builders.