Teatro ZinZanni Partners with Recess Monkey, Youth Dancers to Benefit Seattle Children’s Hospital

Teatro ZinZanni Partners with Recess Monkey, Youth Dancers to Benefit Seattle Children’s Hospital

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Teatro ZinZanni/Lighter Than Air
Teatro ZinZanni/Lighter Than Air

Teatro ZinZanni will once again join forces with Seattle’s popular kids music band Recess Monkey to bring to life a brand new story filled with adventure, a hot air balloon, a tap dancing seafarer, and much, much more fun and silliness. Lighter Than Air features performances from Teatro ZinZanni dinner show performers, Recess Monkey, and youth dancers of Prashanthi Chitre Institute of Performing Arts performing October 17-December 27, 2015 on select weekend dates. Tickets are available online, by phone at (206) 802-0015 or in-person at the Box Office (222 Mercer Street, Seattle). In addition, $5 of each ticket sold using promotional code “komo” will go to benefit Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Teatro ZinZanni and Recess Monkey have teamed up annually, making Lighter Than Air their fourth creative partnership. Much like the years prior, Recess Monkey’s newest music album Hot Air has served as the inspiration for the story that Teatro ZinZanni conceived of and ultimately cast to create Lighter Than Air.
“Our new album, Hot Air, is an airborne adventure-all of the songs fit together somewhere high up above the clouds,” Jack Forman, Recess Monkey band member commented. Much like the world-renown dinner show in the spiegeltent, audiences for the family shows get to experience the live music and theatrical excitement up close and personal. “As a band, we’re constantly brainstorming new ways for kids and parents to feel like they’re part of the musical experience, but these shows take it to a whole new level: the audience is literally surrounded by exciting performers in the tent,” Forman commented.
Unique to Lighter Than Air audiences will also experience the beautiful work of three Prashanthi Chitre Institute of Performing Arts’ youth dancers as they perform classical and folk Indian dances along with a popular Indian martial arts movement called Kalari. Prashanthi Chitre offers a variety of Indian dance training for dancers young and old at their Redmond-based studio, and they are also seen performing publically at many local events like the Northwest Folklife Festival and other cultural programs throughout greater Seattle. Teatro ZinZanni’s associate artistic director Reenie Duff discovered these young dancers at the 2014 DANCE THIS performance produced by Seattle Theatre Group.
“Prashanthi’s group of 14 young dancers did an outstanding dance at DANCE THIS and I was compelled to get in touch,” Duff commented. “Once we confirmed our collaboration in Lighter Than Air, I included a line in the story that brings us to an island in the South Indian Ocean and it’s here we get to see a dance performed by the residents of that island-or rather, these very talented youth dancers.”
Teatro ZinZanni’s esteemed dinner show regularly features performances from some of the most talented circus artists in the world, and audiences will enjoy some of that talent in Lighter Than Air. Actress, dancer and acrobat Andrea Conway Doba (Hollywood Nights, 2015; The Hot Spot, 2015), Seattle-native and aerialist Terry Crane (Hollywood Nights, 2015; Dinner at Wotan’s, 2013) and all around circus artists Charly Castor (Under the Gypsy Moon, 2001 with trio Les Castors) are set to appear in Lighter Than Air.

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