Cirque de la Symphonie mixes music, art

By by camille m. doty/
Sept. 14, 2011 at 4:14 a.m.

Shana Lord will make her first trip to Victoria as a Cirque de la Symphonie performer.

Her company has traveled across the country from Seattle to Sarasota, Fla. But she is originally from Vancouver, Canada.

On Saturday evening, Lord will do trapeze and aerial acts at the Victoria Fine Arts Center as part of the Victoria Symphony's Cirque de la Symphonie.

The one-night-only production will have world-class acts of aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists and dancers moving to the music of the Victoria Symphony Orchestra.

Lord said the performers have known one another for years, and they get along well.

"They're like my family, away from my family," said the mother of two.

She's performed with the company for the past three years and professionally since 1990. She described the Cirque experience as magical.

"It's a nice marriage between music and acrobatics," she said.

Michelle Hall, the symphony's executive director, said the two elements will enhance one another.

At most, there will only be two performers on the stage at a time.

Hall said she wants the audience to take in the full experience.

"The sum is greater than the parts," she said.



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