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Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Flow Show Makes Sideshow Arts the Main Event

Posted By on Thu, Apr 5, 2012 at 11:30 AM


If you've ever stumbled upon a fire jam, or a melee of staff-wielders, or even just a common group of jugglers, you know that the "flow arts" have gone the way of the drum circle: Anyone can join, and often (sadly) they do. Luckily for us, some become skilled enough to be hired by nightclubs, bands, or corporate events, while others join small circuses or form troupes. But only a few rise to the level of real artistry. Anah Reichenbach is one of those few. Reichenbach's act is among those featured this weekend in The Flow Show at Dance Mission Theater.

Considered a pioneer in the "hooping movement," Reichenbach, or Hoopalicious as she is seriously known, is scrappy as well as effervescent. Her history with the hula hoop spans 15 years, dancing for the likes of Cirque du Soleil and Nike. Of course, she makes the act of keeping hoops in the air look effortless, but the thrill of Reichenbach is that she can really dance.

Since its inception, The Flow Show has believed performers such as Reichenbach can create pieces that transcend adornment for larger theatrical acts. To that end, performers -- whether they employ the elegance of contact juggling, write fiery geometry with Maori poi, create optical illusions with the S-shaped buugeng staff, or dance with Devil Stix -- are encouraged to stretch themselves conceptually and artistically.

The Flow Show runs Friday-Sunday (April 6-8) at Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St. (at Mission), S.F. Admission is $20.

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