The U.S. premiere of the world renowned French street theater company Plasticiens Volants “Big Bang” will take place tonight and tomorrow, September 15 and 16, at the Rochester Fringe Festival.
The free show begins at 8:00 p.m. each night at Parcel Five in the heart of Rochester.
“Big Bang” Artistic Director Marc Bureau and Fringe Board Member Sylvie Beaudette discussed outdoor show Friday during News 8 at Sunrise.
As the name suggests, “Big Bang” is an artistic interpretation of the origin of the world. Bureau, who speaks just a little English, had his assessment of the show interpreted by Beaudette. “It’s the longest story we can tell,” he said. “It’s fourteen billion years old. It’s the story of basically our own story of the planet and universe, but told in reverse. It’s from our time all the way to ‘Big Bang.'”
Beaudette said Parcel Five is the perfect space for this large scale production. “Especially for Plasticiens Volants this space is crucial. Because of those structures that are floating above people’s heads, there cannot be anything in the way. A large space that is open like that between different buildings is wonderful!”
“Big Bang” is one of the shows that captures the spirit of the Fringe Festival. “It’s their first time coming to Fringe, and they actually know that there’s is a wonderful tradition for outdoor shows for the Fringe Festival,” Beaudette said of Plasticiens Volants. “Actually, the Rochester Fringe Festival is one of the only ones to have public, free outdoor shows. It’s a show for everyone; all ages! Everyone can come. It’s beautiful and exciting! It’s colorful. It’s an amazing show!”
Bureau explained, “The performers holding the structures, walk among the crowd as well. Some of them are a little further away and above, and some of them are very close. You can see them from different perspectives, so it’s really something to see.”
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