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Sights & Sounds Weekly: 12/10/15

Elisabeth Ajtay
Contortionist, Phoenix Paz

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. Our guest is Phoenix Paz: ballroom dancer, contortionist, and teacher for Circus Center in San Francisco.

Paz told KALW’s Jen Chien about three cool arts events happening this week around the Bay.


Custom Made Theatre Company presents In Love and Warcraft tonight through 12/19. Character, Evie Malone commands a top guild with her online boyfriend in the game, World of Warcraft. When she meets and starts a relationship with a real life guy, she finds that her online gaming strategies aren’t so helpful in the non-virtual world.


PAZ: I love the idea of what happens when you contrast how we perform ourselves in a certain space, like the virtual world, with how we perform our identities in our lived space.

Credit Shoot That Klown
Rachel Strickland in Salvage by Kinetic Arts Productions

Salvage,  a circus by Kinetic Arts Productions, runs Saturdays and Sundays through 12/20 in Oakland. Salvage uses clowning, contortion and aerial arts to tell a post apocalyptic story about survivors looking for meaning and humanity among the ruins.  

PAZ: It’s a mixture of humor and some really deep introspective questions.

Credit Weidong Yang
The Jewish Nutcracker by World Dance Fusion

The Jewish Nutcracker by World Dance Fusion is at SAFEhouse for the Performing Arts in San Francisco on Saturday 12/12 and Sunday 12/13. The story is set to Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite score, but the plot is based on the Hanukkah story, and incorporates  Spanish, Arabian, Chinese, Russian, Indian and Italian choreography to tell the tale.

PAZ: I like that it explores Jewish traditions in so many different ways.