Flip FabriQue to laud the young at heart in ‘Catch Me!’ Oct. 11

Start Parents' Weekend early with contemporary circus troupe Flip FabriQue and its gravity-defying production “Catch Me!” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, in Eisenhower Auditorium, and in a school-time matinee at 10 a.m. on Oct. 12.

These young acrobatic allies know how to hold a party and spend their time challenging each other to spellbinding cirque techniques, including trampoline wall, hula hoop and banquine numbers.

Flip FabriQue, which will be making its Penn State debut, was founded by six acrobats from the Quebec Circus School who couldn’t leave their friendship behind. After graduation, the performers parted ways to entertain audiences in various high-profile cirque troupes, including Cirque du Soleil, The 7 Fingers, Les Confins and Cirque Éloize. The troupe’s debut production of “Catch Me!” grew out of the acrobats’ reunion but also out of a desire to infuse a sense of humor back into the everyday.

“Adults seem to have forgotten how to play and have fun,” Flip FabriQue co-founder Bruno Gagnon said. “Adults are losing their childish heart. That young heart keeps us in good health and lively. It’s the circus in us.”

“For Flip FabriQue, the stage is a playground where high-level acrobatics and parkour are the natural vocabulary,” wrote a reviewer for Scottish entertainment site ThreeWeeksEdinburgh.com. “This may be the only circus you’ll ever see that includes a Popsicle-eating contest and an act performed entirely in sleeping bags,” wrote a New York Times critic.

See a preview here.

Tickets are $28 for an adult, $15 for a University Park student, and $18 for a person 18 and younger, and are available at www.cpa.psu.edu or by phone at 814-863-0255 or 800-ARTS-TIX. The school time matinee offers impossibly-cool performance for $8 per ticket. For more information about school time matinees, click here.

Enter for your chance to win four tickets here!


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