Mar 23, 2024
Alberta Bair Theater
2801 Third Ave. N.
$20 - $69
International Cirque Artists
Darius Milhaud | La creation du monde
Jacques Ibert | Divertissement
Metallica | Nothing Else Matters
Come, one! Come, all! Be ready to be dazzled by a jaw-dropping fusion of acrobats, aerial flyers, balancers, and contortionists as they bring the music of the symphony to life in unique and delightful ways. One act runs seamlessly into the next in an over-the-top collage of moods and genres that will leave you breathless.
- AlternaCirque was started by a classically trained dancer-turned burlesque performer-turned aerial performer in Billings. At the time, the troupe included only four performers. Since then, it’s grown to about 12 to 14 members who practice and perform regularly. Alternacirque now includes floor acrobatic performers as well, and many have a background in gymnastics, dance or both.
- The Billings Symphony will be covering Metallica's "Nothing Else Matters" in this fusion concert.
MARY PAT LETOURNEAU | Contortion and Duo Ropes
MP (Mary Pat Letourneau) is an award-winning choreographer and performance artist who performs nationwide as a contortionist, pole artist, aerialist, dancer, and also is a stunt performer for various TV Shows. In this capacity, she toured the United States working for a variety of entertainment companies and performed in three long-running hit resident shows at the prestigious Faena Hotel in Miami Beach.
MP is also the co-creator of an acro dance duo act with hand balancer Andrey Moraru. As a graduate of Columbia College Chicago in 2015, with a BFA in Dance, she utilizes her knowledge of anatomy, kinesiology, and Mongolian contortion techniques she’s learned from various coaches to teach flexibility and contortion classes, including private instruction and coaching.
LIV MORROW | Lyra and Silks
Liv Morrow is a contortionist and aerial performer/ instructor from Tennessee. She began dance and gymnastic classes at four years old, and by the age of eight realized her inclination toward contortion and performing. Halfway through her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts at East Tennessee State University, Liv was awarded an apprenticeship at Firefly Aerial Dance (now Circus Warehouse). After graduating from ETSU in 2008, she moved to join Pendulum Dance Theatre in Portland, Oregon. Pendulum provided coaches such as world-renowned Mongolian contortionist Tsengelmaa Byambadorj and rhythmic gymnastics coach/ Cirque du Soleil choreographer Alixa Sutton. Liv relocated to Kansas City in 2011, and has performed and taught with Quixotic and Lucia. She has toured with Aerial Experience Productions, spent 4 months performing full time for the World Expo in Yeosu South Korea, and worked abroad with Celebrity Cruises. She is currently on contract performing for Maxx Royal Resorts in Turkey.
RON OPPENHEIMER | Straps and Flying Pole
Ron Oppenheimer graduated from École nationale de cirque in Montréal specializing in Chinese Pole and Aerial Rope. He discovered an approach to circus that combined his dance background with his circus technique in order to create fluid movements and blend the two together. He also focuses on Flying Pole, Aerial Straps, and Acro-dance. Since graduating, Ron has worked with Cirque Éloize, as well as participating in multiple circus festivals and live television shows including Georgia’s Got Talent. He played the male lead, Romeo, with a Chinese Polesolo in Amaluna by Cirque du Soleil. Ron now specializes in Flying Pole and Chinese Pole, as well as Aerial Rope and Straps. He has different acts on various disciplines and is always excited to perform them as well as to be involved in creations for different productions.
Billings AlternaCirque was founded in 2014. At the time, the troupe included only four performers, but has since grown to about 12 to 14 members who practice and perform regularly. Most members float between several aerial apparatuses—including the Lyra hoop, trapeze, and silks—and floor acrobatics, and many have a background in gymnastics, dance or both. AlternaCirque regularly appears at the Renaissance Festivalat ZooMontana and the Masquerade Ball at the Yellowstone Art Museum, and performed “Through the Looking Glass,” their remake of “Alice in Wonderland” to sold-out houses at NOVA Center for the Performing Arts