Cirque Noir, headed by Alayna Stroud, opened their newest performance piece last night at DanceGround Keriac to the hoots and cat calls of their most ardent fans. The show itself can be best, and easiest described, as Cirque du Soliel meets Scores. It is a hybrid of aerial acrobatics with a hint of sexual offering broken into ten separate dance/movement performances.

The height (literally) of the evening was Amanda Bassolino’s inverted, ceiling bathtub movement vignette. It was a piece as frightening in its daring as it was languidly fluid. The evening as a whole can not entirely be classified as a typical performance with a total of thirty minutes intermission, but with alcohol available and an audience there to have a good time, you realize you’re attending more than just a “dance/movement performance” and instead find yourself in the middle of a wonderful happening.

Cirque Noir
April 3 – 5
DanceGround Keriac, 1805 Divisadero (@ Bush)
Tickets $20.

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