Other than Peter Pan and perhaps De La Guarda: Villa Villa, not many shows have audiences casting their eyes upwards. Trapeze artist Chelsea Bacon looks to change that with her new show, Breaker: An Aerial Fairie Tale, making its world premiere at Manhattan's Dixon Place March 9-24. The production will open March 10.
Breaker combines the use of various aerial apparatuses — such as suspended window frames, rocking chairs, hoops, nets and rope — with storytelling, dance, song and puppetry. The dark and humorous tale told is about a circus that emerges every hundred years from the sea to awaken the dreams and imagination of a little fishing village.
Bacon wrote, directed and choreographed Breaker with additional direction by Patricia Buckley. The high-flying cast includes Katie Baldwin, K. Olness, Sabine Lathrop, Britt Nhi Sarah, Aurelia Thierree, Carla Van Vechten, and Bacon herself. Costume design was fashioned by Britt Nhi Sarah, puppets are by Jan Leslie Harding and live music is written and performed by Rachelle Garniez.
Bacon's Breaker is part of Dixon Place's Mondo Cane! Series which enlists artist in all medium to present new works. Dixon Place was founded in 1986 from the executive director Ellie Covan's living room and is now in its 26th season. For more information on their programs, visit their website at www.dixonplace.org.
To purchase tickets to Breaker, at Dixon Place, 309 East 26th St., call their box office at (212) 532-1546. — by Ernio Hernandez