Circus shows fill onlookers with a sense of wonder, much like watching a parade of Disneyland floats crash into the Grand Canyon. Get astonished with this GrouponLive deal.
- $40 for two tickets to Flam Chen presents Caribbean Technology, including dinner (up to an $80 value)
- When: Saturday, July 13. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m
- Where: Arcosanti
- Dinner: a Caribbean-inspired buffet (full menu)
- Section: general admission
- Door time: 6 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
Flam Chen presents Caribbean Technology
Flam Chen's Caribbean Technology gathers stilt dancers, fire throwers, and acrobats into a dazzling, otherworldly dance, heightened by the shadowy vaults of Arcosanti. Richard Noel's hypnotic "Sticks and Fingers" accompanies the spectacle, drawing from roots set in his native Trinidad and Tobago with steel drums and Caribbean electronica. But before the first torches ignite and beats build, African drum group Planet Djembe and dance company Mamaxe Dance Collective heat up the space—a more fitting opening to Caribbean Technology than showing dolphins program computers.
Spinning fire creates a haze of smoke. A giant dances through it. There's no stage around, no velvet seats to remind audiences they're watching a show, so the scene feels like hallucination, or like a portal has opened up and granted eyes a glimpse into another realm. And such is the effect Flam Chen has sought to create for nearly 20 years. Through pyrotechnic displays tinged with technology and made more daring with acrobatics, the circus troupe's performers create a dramatic playground where dark and light forces—at once human and animal—feed off each other.
Outside of performing a dozen original shows across the globe, the troupe performs custom performances for public causes and private commissions. Their theatricality has attracted the attention of masters of spectacle such as Tim Burton and Stan Lee, and made them shoe-ins to serve as the flyers during the Scream Awards. Yet their performances have also served a greater good: they've raised funds for local charities and communities, and worked with the non-profit Many Mouths One Stomach to create public celebration and ceremony.