MR. WOW SHOW – Rope Skipping (and more)
WAZ takes on the MR. WOW SHOW. He is here to impress the judges, wow the audiences, and take home the ultimate prize – popularity. After the rope skippers showcase their talent, WAZ proves his skills with an impressive dance number. In this act, rope skipping takes on a new dimension with a heightened level of acrobatic prowess. Artists perform single rope and double Dutch sequences (two ropes turning in opposite directions). With an urban, hip hop attitude, they tumble, flip, and perform handstand hops through the spinning ropes. When the act culminates in a breathtaking speed pass at full throttle, the two spinning ropes are just a blur.
Precision Walk, Roller Skates & Hand to Hand on Unicycle
A group of GREYS walk in the city, engulfed in their empty routine, gazing at their cellphones. ELA appears on roller skates with other FREESPIRITS, they meet WAZ, still hurt by what he just lived in the talent show. ELA is his connection to the real world – a spot of color in his bleak reality. Playfully intrigued, she approaches to touch his blue feathers, but he pulls back The GREYS execute a striking group choreography, changing directions in rhythmic unison, their eyes glued to their cellphones – compasses leading nowhere. They are all the same: withdrawn, strait-jacketed into their daily routines. ELA playfully joins in followed by two fellow FREESPIRITS who perform a daring hand to hand duo while rolling on a unicycle.
GUARDIAN ANGEL IN THE CITY – Acro Lamp
WAZ pulls out mementos from his treasure chest, finding pleasure in reconstructing his long-forgotten past. In a moment of calm introspection, Waz remembers his younger self flying majestically in long sweeping arcs. Hanging on with his hands or feet, he swings and spins gracefully using the light to metaphorically illuminate the journey ahead.
In a tribute to the discipline and artistry of “free running,” the FREE SPIRITS execute a series of high-level moves and jumps in a fluid and poetic choreography, leaping from freestanding structures spread out on the stage onto the three hydraulic lifts, then onto the bridge and back, crisscrossing in midair. This act explores the themes of synchronicity, musicality, partnering and individuality.
DAYDREAMING – Flatland BMX & Ballet Duo
In his Cube, WAZ turns on a home video projector and watches 8mm movies of his childhood days, reliving fond memories of riding his beloved red bicycle and playing in the backyard with his mother. A BMX flatland rider performs a riveting routine on his bike and engages in a pas de deux with a ballet dancer as WAZ looks on. Coming from disciplines that seem worlds apart, the two artists create mirror-like images in a mesmerizing synchronized choreography.
INTERVENTION – Swiss Rings/Bungee
In all their glory, the FREESPIRITS storm in to encourage WAZ to pursue his quest. He experiences sensations that he hasn’t felt since he was a child. Suspended from the bridge, eight top-level gymnasts on four sets of Swiss-style rings twist, swivel, and sway to and from on their apparatus in a high-energy celebration of WAZ’s departure from the gameshow. They are busy showing their tricks when two artists suddenly fall from the sky on bungee cords and interact with the gymnasts below in alternating patterns.
LEAVING THE CITY – Acrobatic Ladders
WAZ is wandering in the city. As he looks for a way out, he wanders through an alleyway and encounters GREYS who, like him, aspire to genuineness and authenticity. Two articulated ladders attached to the edge of the stage on pivot points are the towering symbols of WAZ’s escape from the fake and shallow world of MR. WOW. Artists climb, spin and execute acrobatic and artistic figures on the ladders in synchronized and alternating patterns. At certain points, the ladders swing out majestically over the audience.
URBAN JUNGLE – Shape Diving
After encountering the GREYS, WAZ continues on his journey and meets more fellow FREESPIRITS. WAZ’s journey continues… In an electric, urban atmosphere, artists tumble and jump through shapes, sometimes feet first, sometimes backwards, sometimes bent in half, even adding breakdancing and hip-hop-style moves into the mix.
MIRAGE – Hair Suspension
A spellbinding artist suspended only by her hair levitates slowly from a cushion underneath her, barely touching the ground. This mysterious, sensual FREESPIRIT character then rises up above the stage, swinging back and forth or spinning like a top, all the while exercising her hypnotic power over all.
A percussionist performs a thunderous tenor drum solo and is soon joined by four other percussionists suspended above the stage who continue the dramatic, pulsating beat in unison. The FREE SPIRITS watch on as one artist performs an impressive number of baton twirling featuring a combination of great coordination and skillful tricks. Suddenly, 24 ropes fall dramatically from the sky. As the artists turn on the rotating stage, they use the ropes to create the structure of a tent in a majestic swirling motion.
BREAKTHROUGH – Contemporary Dance
The real WAZ emerges. WAZ has understood that the difference that he used to be ashamed of is actually the very thing that makes him unique. He embraces who he is, his true identity. Now he is ready to break free when his inspirational dance comes to an end. WAZ’s dance is the physical manifestation of his liberation, building up from simple, understated arm movements, and exploding into dramatic grand jetés. The choreography, which reveals not a dancer, but a free man, expresses WAZ’s humanity, vulnerability and courage.
MOMENTUM – BMX
WAZ is now in control of his life and has been admitted into this community of life-loving FREESPIRITS. In a contagious spirit of celebration, they let it all out and show their mettle. A full-blown BMX park is mounted on stage in front of the audience’s very eyes for the breathtaking BMX finale as riders invade the stage to deliver a jaw-dropping, fast and furious performance of nonstop acrobatics on wheels. The riders go up the jump boxes and perform air tricks before landing and leaping off the ramps again, crisscrossing and spinning their bikes in midair in a spirit of brotherhood.