Up in the Air

Superheroes soar in the new Frequent Flyers production.

It's the nature of aerial dance to be different in the first place, but Nancy Smith of Boulder's Frequent Flyers Productions has never had a problem letting her freak flag fly — through the air, literally — during her twenty years of off-the-floor choreographing. So her latest flight of fancy, The New Comic Book Heroes, a seventy-minute aerial takeoff on the whole superhero thing (which features a host of characters dancing against projections of images by local comic artist Scorpio Steele, with interspersed text by poet Jack Collum) shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone familiar with her typical work.

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"I got the idea of creating a piece where aerial dance interacts with visual art in a way that it actually completes the picture," says Smith, who portrays Our Lady of Perpetual Help (aka the Dashboard Nun) in the piece. She'll be joined on stage by super-powered drum majorette Whirly Woman, the stilt-walking Alexis Scissor Legs and a host of others. The collaborative multimedia program opens tonight at 8 p.m. and continues on weekends through April 20 at the Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut Street in Boulder. Admission is $14 to $27; to reserve tickets, visit www.frequentflyers.org or call 303-245-8272.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: April 11. Continues through April 20, 2008

 
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