This year’s INTERSECTIONS Festival at the Atlas Performing Arts Center is a gold mine of new and experimental shows, and it’s especially gratifying to see companies like Aura Curiatlas Physical Theatre return to Washington with a fascinating new work, A Life With No Limits, dedicated to the life and ideas of the Nobel physicist Stephen Hawking.
Aura Curiatlas has developed a unique, intensely physical brand of performance without words, incorporating circus and dance techniques into narratives that are eye-popping in their execution and touching in their meaning. Feats of balance and strength abound as the story unfolds.
A Life With No Limits had its genesis in a remarkable chance encounter between composer Sophia Serghi and Hawking himself at his home in Cambridge, England. Impressed by her musicality, the idea of a ballet on the theme of his remarkable story led Serghi to compose a series of pieces while Joan Gaveler, one of Aura Curiatlas’ Artistic Directors (and a colleague of Serghi’s at the College of William & Mary), assembled a team of performers to flesh out a movement piece that reflected his triumphs, struggles and his ideas.
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