By Jack Berthiaume
For Open Space for Arts & Community
What do an opera virtuoso, a 99-year-old flying piano, a human ceiling fan, and the world’s largest wedgie have in common? For one day only, they will be on Vashon as part of the show at Up Up Up Inc. — a crane truck circus show that will be performed outdoors at Open Space for Arts and Community.
The circus troupe, from Bellingham, Washington and elsewhere, is currently on a tour throughout the Pacific Northwest — bringing levity and amazing feats of derring-do to outdoor gatherings, small farms, refugee and immigrant communities, dinner parties, nursing homes, women’s shelters and other groups. They believe that circus shows should be accessible to anyone and everyone, regardless of money.
The mostly non-verbal show at Open Space will include live music, acrobatics, illusion and other feats for all ages.
“It’s an absolute thrill to be able to host a new, exciting, and fun group like Up Up Up Inc.,” said producer David Godsey. “They have completely embraced the tradition of wandering performers.”
Up Up Up Inc. tours with a flatbed truck to serve as a stage, a baby grand piano for live music, and they have mounted a 30-foot hand-cranked crane on the truck to serve as an aerial rigging point and point of interest for other shenanigans. The members of Up Up Up Inc. who don’t fit in the truck ride bicycles from town to town to reduce emissions and increase the fun.
The seven-member cast includes an array of accomplished aerialists, acrobats, clowns, musicians and performing acrobatics. Find out more about the ensemble at upupupinc.com.
Bring a blanket or lawn chair and stake out a cozy spot for you and your pod. Tickets, $20 for adults and $5 for youth, can be purchased online at openspacevashon.com, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. The circus starts at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 18, at Open Space for Arts & Community. The venue requests that audience members leave their pets at home.