Many performance-art aficionados will eagerly tell you that aerial-dance companies such as San Francisco-based Bow and Sparrow are the wave of the future. The most incredible thing about a Bow and Sparrow performance—aside from the fact that much of the action takes place several feet off the ground—is the symmetry, playfulness and fearlessness that infuses every scene.
Despite the emphasis on fun, the artistry far outshines the novelty.
Bow and Sparrow returns to Utah—in the wake of a crowd-pleasing Salt Lake City debut last March—to present NeverAfter, a sensuous, fanciful fairy tale for adults. Elegant costumes, neon wigs and giant painted sets by graffiti artist Hieronymous contribute to the sensation that the audience is temporarily witnessing a mirage.
In addition to featuring various cirque apparati that allow the performers to hover above the audience, NeverAfter will also include tap dancing and improv comedy. NeverAfter sizzles with a glorious fusion of classic vaudeville sassiness and fresh, 21st century innovation. Salt Lake City native Kate Law Hoflich—Bow and Sparrow’s coartistic director—says that one of the company’s primary objectives is to make performance art as engaging and fun as possible.
All three evenings will feature refreshments, a post-show dance party, and an art installation by Cara Despain and Kat Jones. Don’t worry, you’re not expected to hang upside down like a trapeze artist as you mingle—although, Hoflich and company will gladly give you some pointers on how to orchestrate your own artful, surreal aerial circus if you dare ask.