Quixotic Fusion is a Kansas City-based performance art group made up of dancers, musicians, sound and lighting artists, aerial artists, and fire performers, among others. It’s sort of like Cirque de Soleil. It’s sort of like a big experimental music group. But mostly, it’s a performance art collective that seems unlike anything else out there.
The Kansas City-based group is coming to Omaha on Saturday night, where it will perform before, during, and after the 8 p.m. fashion show finale of Haute City, a daylong pop-up shopping experience at Midtown Crossing.
In the past year, Quixotic Fusion has performed at the Wakarusa music festival, at the TED2012 conference, and with the Denver band Devotchka and the Kansas City Symphony, among many other groups.
“Quixotic is very versatile in what it does,” said Mica Thomas, Quixotic’s associate artistic director.
The group started six years ago as sort of a loose collective of artists who would stage performances in abandoned buildings around Kansas City, he said.
In those days, the performances would feature collaborations between, say, an animator and a musician, or a dancer and an opera singer, Thomas said. As the group matured, they added aerial artists, who spun and performed acrobatics in hoops or other apparatus suspended from the ceiling. Eventually, the group worked to create more cohesive, choreographed shows that better tied the various elements together. Now a performance might include modern dancers on the stage, aerial artists above and an intricate light show, all set to a soundtrack of original music.
Quixotic Fusion also moved out of abandoned buildings and into established cultural centers in Kansas City. It has performed with operas, symphonies, and, last fall, at the opening of the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts in Kansas City, where the group staged its show on the outside of the building, said Emily Ginsberg, who does publicity for the group.
“They basically transformed the side of the building into a piece of art,” she said.
Saturday’s performance is a scaled-down version of a full-blown Quixotic show, Thomas said, and will include dancers, fire performers and aerialists. In addition, Quixotic Fusion musicians will provide the soundtrack for the entire fashion show.
Oh, and did I mention that the performance is on the roof of a parking garage?
“We’ve got the skyline as the backdrop,” Thomas said.
Tickets are $75 and available at hautecity.com. More information about the group is available at quixoticfusion.com.
Comedian Pablo Francisco will be at the Funny Bone Comedy Club, 17305 Davenport St., tonight through Sunday. His one-hour comedy special, “They Put It Out There” debuted on Comedy Central last fall, and he’s also known for touring as part of “The Three Amigos” (the other amigos were Carlos Mencia and Freddy Soto).
He is perhaps best known for his impressions — Jackie Chan, Danny Glover and, my personal favorite, Don LaFontaine, better known as the guy with the deep, vaguely scary voice who has does the voiceover work for basically every movie trailer. Francisco is also really, really good at simulating the sound of a techno club.
Tickets are $25. Call 402-493-8036, or visit funnybonecentral.com
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