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
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.
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.
October 27 – November 1, 2015 Air Play premiered at the Ohio Theatre at Playhouse Square, Cleveland
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
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
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
Yuen Long Theatre
Kwai Tsing Theatre
Dunedin Arts Festival NZ
TSB Showplace New Plymouth NZ
Baycourt Theatre Tauranga NZ
Bruce Mason Centre Auckland NZ
Festival Cervantino Guanajuato Mexico
Shanghai Grand Theatre China
Alaska Center for the Performing Arts Anchorage
Cirque Noël Helmut List Halle Graz Austria
University of California Chico CA
Mt. Baker Theatre, Bellingham WA
Capitol Theater Yakima WA
Ordway Center St. Paul MN
Walton Arts Center Fayetteville AR
Omaha Performing Arts Center NE
Rozsa Center Houghton MI
Pablo Center Eau Claire WI
Merrill Auditorium Portland ME
Philadelphia International Children’s Festival Annenberg Center
McCarter Theater center Princeton NJ
EQT Children’s Theater Festival Pittsburgh PA