Vanishing Point (2005 – 2011)
Blending modern dance, physical theater and stilt acrobatics, THE VANISHING POINT is a dreamlike physical poem evoking images of evolution and extinction. In a distinctive movement style drawing from Butoh and contact improvisation, THE VANISHING POINT creates a poetic and otherworldly spectacle of stilt creatures that transform repeatedly, evoking the wonder and sadness of what it means to be – or become – human.
This highly choreographic stilt piece, directed by Kristen Greco, has captivated audiences in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the UK.
“The Vanishing Point is a show which fills one full of wonder, and reminds us that everything on the planet is interconnected. In the face of Nature, we’re merely puny but arrogant wee souls.”
-Jackie Fletcher, The British Theatre Guide
Artistic Director: Kristen Greco
Cast members: Aurelia Cohen, Daniel Bear Davis, Kristen Greco, Isabelle Kirouac, Jay Ruby, Anson Smith, Jessica Callegari, Leslie Castellano, Melissa Castenada, Elizabeth Castaneda, AnnaJo Doerr, Will Duncan, Rissa Dye, Fkir Elderfae, Varrick Grimes, Emma Leak, Anastazia Louise, John Ludington, Caulder McCutchan, Breonna Noack, Ron Rosenmann, Ben Turner, Osvaldo Villanueva
Brilliant red, nine-foot tall stilt characters emerge from subterranean realms. Fantastic creatures rise with grace, fall with elegance and suspend one another in the air with daredevil lifts and stunts. Enchanting children and mystifying adults, Mudfire invokes our ancient relationship with the power and passion of fire. Echoing the struggle of gods and humans to control the trickster like force of flames, Mudfire’s multi-dimensional dramatic images recall different elemental images from before the beginning of time: the dances of fire and rain, the moon in the clouds, a boy and a beast racing against a raging inferno, the rebirth of the forest. An acrobatic stilt spectacle on a mythic scale, the show, directed by Jay Ruby, features all-original music and U.S., Canadian and Mexican performers.
“Mudfire is reminiscent of the creation myths of tribal people, as an earth-rooted Beast and an elevated Wind God battle three impish Fire demons. The dexterity and feats of acrobatics are amazing! ”
- Kirstin Innes, The List Weekly, Edinburgh Events Guide, 14 August 2008
Cast members includes: Samuel Santangelo, Carrie Mae Kreyche, Anastazia Louise, Jay Ruby, Kristen Greco, Anson Smith, AnnaJo Doerr, Jo Birns, Patrick Ayers, Nathan Montgomery, Jessica Callegari, Calder McCutchan, John Ludington, Will Duncan, Ben Turner, Melissa Castaneda, Elizabeth Castaneda, Breonna Noack, Rissa Dye, Aurelia Cohen, Erik Elizondo, Isabela Coelho, Varrick Grimes, Shawn Lavoie, Osvaldo Villanueva, Isabelle Kirouac, Dan Bear Davis, Leslie Castellano, Randall Swindell.
Musicians: John Ludington, Inesis Vitols, David Jacob, Ron Rosenmann