Lucia Aerial Performing Arts Company will present its Student and Apprentice Division’s show STEALING FIRE on May 11th and 12th at 7:30 PM and May 13th at 2:30 PM at the H & R Block City Stage Theater at Union Station.
Stealing Fire explores the Greek mythology of Prometheus through aerial and acrobatic arts. It follows Prometheus as she battles titans, creates mankind, and, of course, steals fire from the gods. Other familiar legends populate the show, such as Atlas, Hercules, and Pandora as their stories weave together around the protagonist through dynamic aerial dance.
Aside from the obvious addition of aerial silks and trapezes, Stealing Fire modernizes the well-known Greek mythology by ignoring traditional genders. The leading character, Prometheus, is now female along with her sister Epimetheus, while Athena is now the god of wisdom and military victory. Furthermore, Stealing Fire dares to humanize the immortal, as evident in pieces such as “The Weight of the World” where Atlas struggles to accept her entrapment and “Prometheus & Io” where two victims of Zeus’s anger find solace in an exchange of mournful tales. Hercules is arrogant, Hope is fearful, Prometheus is sympathetic. The story outline is the same, but the characters are more complex. Written by Lucia’s Performance Company Program Director, Kelsey Aicher, Stealing Fire promises to leave its audience thunderstruck and ablaze with excitement.
Owner, Daniel Parks, is making his directorial debut with this production. Parks said, “We wanted to create a production that allowed our performers to show their greatest strengths in physical feats and expression of emotion. We chose the mythical tale of Prometheus to give our audience an action filled story the whole family would want to see.” Members of the company range in age from 10-49, and will be using a variety of aerial apparatuses, as well as ground acts. Pieces range from group numbers to solos, with choreography done by Kelsey Aicher, Samantha Davis, John Hernandez, Ann Shaughnessy, Elena Sherman, and Littany Supka. Most pieces in Stealing Fire were specifically choreographed for this production.
Tickets are available by calling the Union Station Box Office at 816-460-2020, online at https:// boxoffice.unionstation.org, or at the Union Station Box Office on the lower level during regular business hours. Address: 30 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108. Tickets are $20 for advanced general admission, $25 for at-the-door general admission and $10 for children 7 & under.