Seattle's Renowned Modern Circus Troupe
presents their magnum opus The Fig Tree Waltzes


Media Contact:
Mark Siano
A.C. Communications Director 206‐898-3644


WHO: Acrobatic Conundrum
WHAT: Contemporary Circus show - The Fig Tree Waltzes
WHERE:  Arts at the Armory - 191 Highland Avenue Somerville MA 02143
WHEN:  September 28-30
LOCAL SPONSOR: Esh Circus Arts
TICKETS: $15 - $50 or

Boston, MA - August 16, 2018 – Critics are calling Acrobatic Conundrum one of the most important artistic voices in the modern circus uprising. This September, the one-of-a-kind Acrobatic Conundrum makes their way to Massachusettes to present four performances in the Boston area with The Fig Tree Waltzes.

The show follows a group of performers whose virtuosio athletic feats are offset with the fragilites of humanity, and the inevitable risks of passion and love. In a world where stakes are high and time is running out, The Fig Tree Waltzes is a tribute to the human drive to keep playing against overwhelming odds. This evening-length performance weaves together acrobatics, dance, Cyr wheel, storytelling, juggling, and aerial feats into a unique and unforgettable evening.

This new work features choreography from Costa Rican choreographer Jimmy Ortiz Chinchilla. Founder of the renowned El Barco Dance Conservatory and a professor of dance at Universidad de Costa Rica, Jimmy's playful and surprisingly athletic dance style is considered one of the major influences in Central American modern dance.

This work has been supported in part by Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Lake Placid, NY.


“Acrobatic Conundrum explores the pitfalls of romance while expertly defying gravity...a feast of acrobatics, juggling, mime, contortionism and dance.” - Seattle Times

"This is the essence of modern circus: intimate and personal, a combination of impressive physical skills and emotional storytelling" - City Arts Magazine

"With minimal props, precision rigging and unparalleled skill, Acrobatic Conundrum took our love for circus to new heights." - Presenting Denver

"This outfit sticks to pure, physical acrobatics, bringing awe-inspiring circus skills to the forefront." - Westword

"Acrobatics, dance, cyr wheel, storytelling, juggling, and aerial feats from a troupe like some renegade gang that's ditched Cirque du Soleil for a more bare-bones and intimate (though no less astonishing) display of physical and narrative prowess." - Austin Chronicle

"Combines heart-rending emotional accounts with amazing acrobatic stunts, juggling acts, aerial displays and more." - Boulder Weekly

For interviews with the cast and artistic team as well as high resolution photography, contact publicist Mark Siano at or 206-898-3644



Director: Terry Crane and Acrobatic Conundrum
Choreography: Jimmy Ortiz Chinchilla
Artistic Advisor: Krin Haglund, Marie-Éve Dicaire, Marie-Josée Gauthier
Stage Manager: Nina Gershy
Composer: Petteri Rajanti



Terry Crane
Xochitl Sosa
Melissa K. Knowles
Yuko Hata
Cooper Stanton



Friday, Sept. 28 @ 8p OPENING NIGHT
Saturday, Sept. 29 @ 3pm
Saturday, Sept. 29 @ 8p
Sunday, Sept. 30 @ 5p

*Note to Calendar editors - It's acceptable and preferred that the shows be listed as "Acrobatic Conundrum", think of the group as you would a band - Acrobatic Conundrum is playing the Armory). If you have the editorial space to make the distinction that this show is THE FIG TREE WALTZES (The new full length work, like a new album) that is fine as well, lead with Acrobatic Conundrum



Acrobatic Conundrum, Seattle's premier contemporary circus arts company, creates performances that amaze and inspire audiences. Founded in 2012 by Artistic Director Terry Crane, the company blends virtuosic circus skill, dance and physical theater to create work that is poetic, a little absurd, and deeply relatable. Acrobatic Conundrum has appeared nationally and internationally at such venues as New York City’s SummerStage, the Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Vancouver CircusFest, TEDxRainier, and The Backstreet Festival in Alexandria, Egypt. The company is the recipient of Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) Project Support 2018; 4Culture Arts Project Grantee 2018; Seattle Office of Arts & Culture CityArtist Projects Award 2011, 2015 and 2017; and Runner Up, Macklemore BomBom Music Video Project 2013.

Terry Crane - Artistic Director

Terry Crane surrendered to restless urges that led him to walk calmly away with the circus at the tender age of 20. With a degree in dance from Oberlin College, his circus journey led him to the San Francisco Circus Center, the Montreal National Circus School, and the Beijing International Acrobatics School. A veteran of the big top and the stage, he has performed in countless countries for various companies, including Teatro Zinzanni, les 7 Doigts de la Main, and Circus Monti. Terry is delighted to share his love of rope technique, circus creation, and collaboration via workshops across the globe. As a director, Terry is on a relentless quest to tell true fictions, contradict human isolation, and portray paradox.

Susie Williams - Managing Director

Susie Williams applies her experience as a theater director, stage manager and dramaturg to the evolving American circus art form. As a performer, Susie appeared in circuses, casinos, theaters and warehouses. She produced Hammertime, an award-winning circus short film, and Bright Ideas’ Aerial Salon, a semi-annual works-in-progress program. Susie taught circus technique at Aerial Arts NYC, STREB, and Pace University. She has a BA in theater from Northwestern University, was a Fellow in the BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) Professional Development Program, and is a Fellow in the APAP Leadership Program.

Mark Siano - Communications Director

Mark Siano is a Seattle based publicist that can be reached at or 206-898-3644