The Center For The Arts Presents NANDA: Acrobaticalist Ninja Theatre Troupe Figmentally: Imaginary Circus Comedy
Saturday, March 24th 7:30 PM Main Stage Theatre
Acrobaticalist Ninja Theatre Troupe – New Show debut!
The internationally acclaimed ninja theatre troupe, NANDA returns to the stage with a spectacular new feature length ninja style variety show. This carefully orchestrated typhoon of dance, juggling, comedy and acrobatics is the very first brand new, all NANDA theater show since 2010!
Featuring a melange of comedy sketches, skill acts, and signature NANDA style action, the experience aims to provide everything from the visually spellbinding, to markedly zany nonsense, and on to absurd feats of ninja madness. Threads tying together pieces of the performance dip in and out of the action, at times pulling from classic vaudeville and circus traditions, at other times exploding entirely into new amalgamations of theater entertainment – Everything in this show is infinitely pointless, and that is the point!
NANDA started as a four man performing arts group and has since evolved into a full scale event production company with a focus of producing internationally accessible live theater shows. Childhood friends Misha Fradin, Chen Pollina & brothers Tomoki and Kiyota Sage joined forces in 2004 to present their first production ”Once Upon a Time in P-Town” a comedy based on their experiences growing up and living in the Pacific Northwest.
Written and directed entirely by NANDA, this feature-length theater performance received overwhelming community support and great reviews from the local press. Inspired by the success of “PTown”, Nanda decided to continue working together, developing a unique combination of mixed martial arts, acrobatics, circus arts, dance, music and comedy they branded: “Acrobaticalism”. Not knowing exactly where their paths would lead, and sharing a desire to dabble in any art form, they dubbed themselves “NANDA”, a Japanese colloquial expression used in reaction to something surprising or unexpected. “WHAT!?!”
Between 2005 & 2007 Nanda toured with the New Old Time Chautauqua, a traveling Vaudeville community started by The Flying Karamazov Brothers, Patch Adams and others. In 2007 Port Townsend native and childhood friend Danny Milholland joined Nanda as manager and communications coordinator. More recently, opportunities to perform have snowballed and their resume now includes performances at The Moisture Festival, The Oregon Country Fair, Bumbershoot and tours throughout the US, Mexico and Canada, where they perform for schools, theaters, festivals and for private and corporate events.
Their continued exposure to world class entertainers and event producers within the ‘new vaudeville’ and ‘variety’ communities has helped Nanda to hone their skill, talent and vision – and to become increasingly well-known throughout North America. During Spring 2010 the group began crafting their first all Nanda feature length theater show, entitled “The Jacket” and debuted their refined production to a packed house at the Bagley Wright Theater (842 seats) during Bumbershoot 2010. Nanda has spent the past year fine-tuning every aspect of the show in preparation for their October run of shows in Seattle. On March 11th, 2011 the members of Nanda were proclaimed to be official Cultural Ambassadors by the Mayor of Port Townsend, WA.
Figmentally: Imaginary Circus Comedy
Drea Lusion and Eric Parthum from Oakland, California and the Lookout Arts Quarry, are two touring artists who uniquely blend new and old world vaudevillian antics with theater and circus. They construct a new universe of laughter and magic for their audiences—using circus, dance, improv comedy, and physical theater that entices audience participation and wonder.
Drea Lusion was born at the crossroads of dance, mime, clown, and puppetry. She is a graduate of San Francisco Clown Conservatory, and Clown through Mask, Vancouver, BC. She also trains in numerous dance disciplines—particularly ballet and turfing. In case you wondered, she made The Chair from scratch.
Eric Parthum is skilled in diverse artistic expressions—he is an adept juggler, object manipulator, visual artist, dancer, and circus arts teacher. Curiosity propels him through evolving explorations of performance possibilities (and impossibilities), while tinkering with the tickings of contraptions that surround us. Also, he designed Figmentally’s soundscape.
“Prepare to be dazzled and delighted by wild, circus-inspired imagination.” – Georgia Straight
“…one of the GEMS of this year’s Fringe, a cheerful melange of dance, mime and physical comedy.” – Saskatoon StarPhoenix
“I am awestruck by this profoundly magical, adorable, endearing, and insightful performance! The grace, beauty, strength, subtlety and expertise of these two lovable artists is clearly a result of dedicated practice, and immense talent.” – Dinah Smith
“Amazing and refreshing.” – Indie Voice Blog