Weaving metaphor with the jaw-dropping spectacle of high-flying acrobatics, “Smoke and Mirrors” - a production of the New Mexico born Ricochet Project, examines the contorted state of America in the pursuit of happiness. Undressing the suit of capitalism, Ricochet’s nearly naked approach to poetic acrobatics reveals the inner workings of humans, who are trying to find a place of realness in an enduring culture of illusion.
“A brutal and uncompromising look at how we tie ourselves up in knots; how we contort the body and the spirit in the pursuit of happiness,” writes The Guardian theater critic Lyn Gardner.
As recipients of the prestigious Total Theatre Award for Best Circus in 2015, Ricochet merges classical and contemporary dance, aerial acrobatics, and improvisation to explore the internal landscapes of the human experience in Smoke and Mirrors.
“The show explores the tension between the world as it is and how we might want it to be. The beauty of this piece – besides its acrobatic skills, stripped-back aesthetic and eloquent movement – is the way it utilises the circus form as a metaphor to examine a state of mind, and ask pressing questions about how we live today, and how we might better live in harmony,” writes Gardner. “The show even uses shadow and illumination cleverly, if sometimes uncomfortably for the audience, to shed a light on its meanings.”
Husband-and-wife performers Cohdi Harrell and Laura Stokes work is said to be “vital to the evolution of contemporary circus in America.”
There are two scheduled performances on Friday and Saturday, January 22 and 23, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at the recently renovated Alice Jepson Theatre.
Tickets for Ricochet’s A Circus of Two, Smoke and Mirrors are $32 with discounts for Seniors (62+), children (0-12), and groups (20+). Tickets are available online at modlin.richmond.edu or by phone at (804) 289-8980.