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  • 1620 12th Avenue
  • Seattle, WA 98122
  • United States

Friday, December 7, 8p - OPENING NIGHT
Saturday, December 8, 8p
Sunday, December 9, 5p
Thursday, December 13, 7:30p - PAY WHAT YOU CAN
Friday, December 14, 8p  (+ Free Contemporary Circus Flight, 7:15p)
Saturday, December 15, 8p
Sunday, December 16, 5p  (+ Free Contemporary Circus Flight, 4:15p)

The Fig Tree Waltzes

Time is running out, and you have to make a choice - him or her? Stay or go? Love or freedom? Risk more or cut losses? You only get one. As the remaining minutes of our life diminish, the game of life weighs on us. No matter what we choose, we lose an opportunity, and destiny hems us in with every step.

But, in Acrobatic Conundrum’s The Fig Tree Waltzes, you can choose it all. It's a world where opposite outcomes coexist, a world of infinite possibility and opportunities to play. Strong women hang from lofty trapezes and bearded men spin in hoops wearing skirts. A group of acrobats dance, tumble, and tell stories in the language of circus. In shadows cast by stage light, mirrored realities show us the paths not taken.

This show is inspired by Sylvia Plath, whose conceit imagined all her possible futures as ripe figs falling from a tree. It features music from Finnish composer Petteri Rajanti, choreography devised by Costa Rica’s premier dance director Jimmy Ortiz, and the defiant grace of the Conundrum acrobats. The Fig Tree Waltzes is truly a dance to spite our destiny.

Runtime: 70 minutes, no intermission.


This performance contains no spoken language.

For wheelchair accessible seating and companion seats: kindly purchase general admission tickets, email us at info@acrobaticconundrum.com, and we will gladly reserve seating that suits your needs.

Performed by: Terry Crane, Yuko Hata, Melissa K. Knowles, Xochitl Sosa, Cooper Stanton
Artistic Direction: Terry Crane and Acrobatic Conundrum
Stage Manager: Nina Gershy
Composer: Petteri Rajanti
Choreographer: Jimmy Ortiz Chinchilla
Created by: Caterina Albani, Terry Crane, Melissa K. Knowles, Xochitl Sosa, Cooper Stanton
Assistant to the Choreographer: Grei Quezac
Costume Design: Xochitl Sosa
Lighting Design: Bryce Bartl-Geller
Artistic Consultants: Marie-Éve Dicaire, Marie-Josée Gauthier, Krin Haglund

Sponsor: $100
VIP: $50
Adult Door: $33
Adult Advance: $24
Youth/Student/Senior/Military Door: $20
Youth/Student/Senior/Military Advance: $15
Pay-What-You-Can: $1 to reserve, pay with cash or card at door

This work has been supported in part by Aerial Animals; Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Lake Placid, NY; and in part by grants from the Washington State Arts Commission; the National Endowment for the Arts; and 4Culture.