November 13, 2019

Flights of Fancy at the Theatricum!

 

MOMentum Place Soars on Mother’s Day.

PHOTO BY ANNEMARIE DONKIN MESSENGER © 2016

Flights of Fancy at the Theatricum!

In a breathtaking tribute to her mother, Topanga aerialist, Lexi Pearl, soared high above the stage on Motherís Day during the 18th Annual MOMentum Place at the Theatricum Botanicum on May 8.

“Fabulous, beautiful, hilarious and inspirational,” were some of the ways people described the 18th Annual MOMentum Place at the Theatricum’s rustic outdoor amphitheater as each year Topanga’s stunning aerialist, Lexi Pearl, creates a fantastical world of aerial and circus acts, dancers and musicians who perform magical feats of wonder.

Truly, what better was it to celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 8, than under the spreading oaks in the bucolic gardens at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum with a splendid catered brunch before the show.

MOMentum Place has sold out for the past three years, as word has gotten around about the uncommon afternoon of performance delights that are always kid-and grandkid-friendly and full of surprises.

Once the standing-room-only crowd settled into the theatre, the show opened with Dmitrious and Alex Bistrevsky.

PHOTO BY ANNEMARIE DONKIN MESSENGER © 2016

Flights of Fancy at the Theatricum!

From left, brothers Dmitrious and Alex Bistrevsky performed an amazing juggling act full of humor and patter.

Dmitrious, who is nearly seven feet tall and his brother Alex, are known as the Bistrevsky Brothers. They presented the audience with hilarious comedy stunts, juggling and acrobatics while chatting about being circus performers.

PHOTO BY ANNEMARIE DONKIN MESSENGER © 2016

Flights of Fancy at the Theatricum!

Tiny and flexible, Georgia Bryan per- formed astonishing acrobatics while balanced on a tall stool.

The tiny and lithe Georgia Bryan followed their act with unbelievable feats of contortion on a small bar stool.

Then, emcee Eric Newton introduced the next act, Celeste and Alexa, who doubled up on a flying trapeze to the tune of “The Lucky Ones.”

Jacquelyn Shaw performed a solo rope act to the tune of “Unsteady,” an apt choice for one hanging at times by one hand, neck or a foot!

Other acts included Miles Crawford with a rhythmic clapping song; Elena Brocade and Lauren Stark with a dizzying rope-spinning act; Alison Lockfeld danced while hanging on a rope to “Density;” and Tyler Jacobson did some stunning acrobatics all while balancing on his hands.

Kyla Carter gave an astonishing dance and acrobatic performance to the haunting tune, “Strange Fruit,” and ended it with a sign declaring “Black Lives Matter.”

PHOTO BY ANNEMARIE DONKIN MESSENGER © 2016

Flights of Fancy at the Theatricum!

In a touching tribute to Prince, circus aerialist Eric Newton flew among the oak trees, hands free!

Eric Newton, who has been a member of many circus and performing companies, among them Cirque du Soleil, then took flight on a trapeze to the sheer amazement of the audience.

After Eric, Madeline Lampard and Bella Garcia soared through the air on silks to the music of “Everybody.”

PHOTO BY ANNEMARIE DONKIN MESSENGER © 2016

Flights of Fancy at the Theatricum!

Closer to the ground and playing in the silks, Dreya Weber (right) and Georgia Bryan, playing her daughter, performed a gorgeous duet to the instrumental, "Rituals."

Closer to the ground and playing in the silks, Dreya Weber and Georgia Bryan playing her daughter, performed a gorgeous duet to the instrumental, “Rituals.”

As the real star of the show, Lexi Pearl flew high above the stage on a hoop in a beautiful tribute to her mother, Karin Woodward, who passed away in April.

Her breathtaking sky dance to “Wind Beneath my Wings,” performed live onstage by Gabbi Beauvais and keyboardist Arlan Oscar Schierbaum, took everyone's breath away.

The audience was reduced to tears in this astonishing and heartfelt tribute.

PHOTO BY ANNEMARIE DONKIN MESSENGER © 2016

Flights of Fancy at the Theatricum!

Oriana Doria-Quesada, balancing on a rolling board on a piano bench, flips a spoon into the bowl balanced on her head!

As Lexi took a bow to thundering applause, Eric Newton lightened the mood by introducing the final act, “Morning Routine,” that featured the comic acrobatics of Oriana Doria-Quesada.

Her hilarious antics were reminiscent of Buster Keaton and reminded us mere mortals of the sheer amount of hard work, skill and practice that goes into perfecting each feat of performance art.

After the cast took their final bow, flowers were bestowed and family and friends took photos.

Thus, we came to the end of another lovely performance of MOMentum Place celebrating Mother’s Day at the Theatricum.

For more information: See Theatricum.com for details and to purchase tickets.