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AIR PLAY

Seth Bloom and Christina Gelsone / United States

Ride the wind and dream with AIR PLAY, a modern spectacle that brings to life the very air we breathe. Flying umbrellas, larger-than-life balloons, giant kites floating over the audience, and the biggest snow globe you’ve ever seen will make you gasp in wonder and laugh until it hurts.

“AIR PLAY holds the whole audience in the palm of its outstretched hand. A winning combination of visually stunning sculptures and cheeky but heartfelt storytelling that keeps both adults and children enthralled.”
–British Theatre Guide

AIR PLAY is a circus-style adventure of two siblings journeying through a surreal land of air, transforming the ordinary into objects of uncommon beauty. Fabrics dance in the wind, balloons have a mind of their own, confetti turns into the night sky, and an enormous canopy of hovering silk forever alters their future.

“The curtains open and we see a man holding on to a huge piece of light fabric, dancing in the air, moved by a circle of fans. The wonder begins and I suddenly feel like a child again, receptive to every single magical moment in Air Play.”
— A Younger Theatre

The creation of husband & wife team Seth Bloom and Christina Gelsone, AIR PLAY merges their circus and street theater performance art with the sculptural artistry of Daniel Wurtzel. With visual images seemingly sewn from the sky, this poetic ode to childhood will enchant and electrify the young and young at heart.

“You feel you’re witnessing divine natural occurrences rather than carefully devised circus stunts.” –Hartford Courant

“Fun for all ages is a common puff in the arts, but with Air Play it’s strictly true. A joy from start to finish, Air Play will entrance children and act as a great reset button for stressed adults.” –Sydney Morning Herald

“Making Magic Out of Thin Air”  Click to read The New York Times article

Air Play

Conceived, Created and Performed by Seth Bloom and Christina Gelsone
Air Sculptures in collaboration with Daniel Wurtzel
Directed by West Hyler

AIR PLAY is made for venues seating 500 to 2,000.
DURATION: 60 minutes.      
AUDIENCE: For everyone, ages 5 to 105.
VENUE SUITABILITY:  Air Play requires a great deal of height. We use fans that blow fabric, balloons, packing peanuts, and plastic bags into the air. 
STAGE STYLE: Proscenium. Please contact us if you’d like to present Air Play in a concert hall, in the round, or on a thrust stage.  
MINIMUM STAGE REQUIREMENTS: 60 feet wide (including wings), x  35 feet deep x
a minimum 30 feet of unobstructed space above center stage. 42 feet of height preferred.
(18 meters wide x 10.5 meters deep by 9 to 13 meters high.)
SIZE OF TOURING PARTY: Four. 2 performers. 1 stage manager. 1 production manager. 
LOAD-IN /TECH TIME:  8 hours (with pre-hang) plus breaks.  

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New York City’s New Victory Theater, Cleveland’s Playhouse Square, New York City’s Flushing Town Hall and Lehigh University’s Zoellner Arts Center have all lovingly supported the development of Air Play.  A New Victory Theatre LabWorks grant recipient, Air Play was showcased on its main stage.

Performance History
October 27 – November 1, 2015  Air Play premiered at the Ohio Theatre at Playhouse Square, Cleveland

2016
International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY) Showcase Montréal Canada
Teatro del Lago Frutillar Chile
Strathmore North Bethesda MD
Byham Theater EQT Children’s Theater Festival Pittsburgh PA
Ordway Center Flint Hills International Children’s Theater Festival St. Paul MN
Yale University Theater International Festival of Arts & Ideas New Haven CT
Royal Festival Hall Southbank Centre London UK

2017
Arts Centre Melbourne Australia
Clay Center FestivALL Charleston WV
Baker Hall Zoellner Arts Center Cirque IT! Bethlehem PA
Sharon Morse PAC The Villages FL
Brooks Center Clemson SC
Tianqiao PAC Beijing China
Shanghai Grand Theatre China
Hopkins Center Hanover NH
Theatro Circo Braga Portugal
Brighton Dome UK

2018
Oxford Playhouse UK
The Lowry Manchester UK
Lawrence Batley Theatre Huddersfield UK
Harmonie Leeuwarden Netherlands
Des Moines Civic Center IA
Miller Auditorium Kalamazoo MI
Tennessee Performing Arts Center Nashville
Fine Arts Center Amherst MA
Weis Center Lewisburg PA
New Victory Theater NY
RVCC Branchburgh NJ
Strathmore N Bethesda MD
College of St. Benedict St. Joseph MN
AT & T Performing Arts Center Dallas TX
Ann Arbor Summer Festival MI
Out of the Box Festival QPAC Brisbane Australia
Hong Kong International Arts Carnival


For upcoming engagements visit the Events page