Circus performer Amber Blais has been busy since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down Denver.
She’s been scrounging job opportunities for out-of-work artists through a database she built, reading tarot cards online, and most recently, rallying 47 musicians to collaborate with 35 circus performers for virtual performances, through the Rainbow Militia’s Rainbow Ruckus.
The online showcase will take place over Zoom on three different dates, and will be co-hosted by Blais and Rainbow Militia co-founder Staza Stone. Local bands involved include the Flobots, Chimney Choir, Retrofette, Lady Gang, El Javi and DeVotchKa member Tom Hagerman’s new project, Post Truth Serum; the musicians will perform with aerial dancers, contortionists, acrobats, fire dancers, magicians, jugglers and more.
Rainbow Militia, which has focused on immersive productions in recent months, is returning to its origins with this piece. “The very first show we produced as a company was a collaboration partnering local musicians and circus performers together in a live showcase,” notes Blais, “so this type of show actually brings us back to our roots…”
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