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ABOUT THE SHOW
Surface Tension takes a beautiful and daring look at a queer friendship. At points ecstatic, dark, searching, and joyful, this intimate circus show celebrates vulnerable connection through sincere juggling.
Utilizing acrobatics, weight-sharing, object manipulation, and dance, Surface Tension addresses the fear of loss, the power of trust, and the joy of vulnerability.
Company To X For is a grassroots contemporary circus company based in Chicago, formed by artists Liam Bradley and David Chervony. Our drive to make intimate performance allows us to convey a deeper sense of our humanity: Company To X For celebrates vulnerable connection through sincere juggling.
MEET THE CAST
David Chervony's works focus on the connections between objects and the body, and between the performer and the audience. Fueled by the excitement of discovery and the desire for surprise, David performs unexpected and moving juggling art.
David has contributed his skills and creativity to a wide range of projects, for companies such as the Midnight Circus, Cirque Us, Six Flags Great America, and Aloft, and is a cofounder of Company To X For and Low Ceiling Circus.
Movement has always been a part of Liam’s life. Growing up, they had a lot of free time to throw things, run around, skateboard, and climb trees. They discovered circus at 8 years old, and subsequently ricocheted around every circus space in Chicago. They have since graduated from Circadium - School of Contemporary Circus, the first diploma-granting circus school in the US, as well as becoming a founding member and codivising artist with several circus companies such as Semi-Circus Chicago, 4:18AM, and Company To X For. Liam has been teaching circus and performing in various festivals, theatres, and events since 2014.
Founded in October of 2020 by Houston Odum, Activate Entertainment was created as a way to give work to performing artists and to keep performance art alive during the pandemic. The premise of the company was to take our performances to the audience rather than the audience coming to us.
Since then Activate has performed over 35 times across North Carolina reaching thousands of people. In the Summer of 2022, we developed a 45-minute performance for LeBauer Park in Greensboro Titled "Passages". This performance reached over 2,000 people in Greensboro and was presented for free to the public.
"Surface Tension" marks the first show that Activate Entertainment is 'presenting'. As a leader in the local Performing Arts scene, Activate is devoted to bringing more circus programming to the Triad!
Visit our website to learn more!
ABOUT ARTS COUNCIL OF
WINSTON-SALEM & FORSYTH COUNTY
On August 9, 1949, Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County became the first locally-established arts council in the United States. The Junior League of Winston-Salem brought national community arts consultant Virginia Lee Comer to town in 1943 to study the cultural life of the community. Her strategy for cultural planning was to build connections between the community and its arts activities. Seed money of $7,200 was set aside by the Junior League in 1946, and in 1949, representatives from twelve cultural groups convened to form the arts council.
Our earliest purpose was "to serve those members and to plan, coordinate, promote, and sponsor the opportunity for, and the appreciation of, cultural activities in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County."
As the chief advocate of arts and culture in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, we are eager to push our arts and cultural sector to the next level. This will require us to explore new ideas, expand our reach, and respond to needs of our community through the lens of arts, culture, and creativity.