Cirque comes to Swain Arts Center

By Eugenia L. Johnson | Feb 05, 2014
Tadashi Torii, Corina Torii, 2 clowns

The movie, “Cirque du Soleil Journey of Man,” will be shown at 3 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Swain County Center for the Arts in Bryson City.

Mimes and a face painter will be present for the event. A short video on the process of glass blowing featuring Tadashi Torii and a compilation of digital art by Corina Pia Torii will also be shown. Immediately following the 39-minute “Journey of Man” film, face painter Mary DeHart Bennett will be creating her magical art in the lobby where light circus-type refreshments will be available.

Guests will have the opportunity to meet abstract painter, Corina Pia Torii, and glass blower, Tadashi Torii, who will be available to discuss their artwork that will be on exhibit and for sell through March. Sponsored by Swain County Center for the Arts and Swain County Schools, the public is invited to attend the movie and the activities following free of charge.


“Cirque du Soleil Journey of Man” is a unique and beautiful film that was produced with the famed Cirque du Soleil, a non-traditional performance theater that creatively combines circus arts, dance, music and spectacular imagery.  Unlike other circuses, Cirque du Soleil relies solely on the energy and skills of human beings, demonstrating man’s capabilities throughout life as shown through the graceful and athletic prowess of the performers.

The film tells a story of wonder and excitement as it depicts six stages of life:  birth, infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood and mature adulthood.  This guiding theme of the evolution of every person is expressed through elements of Cirque du Soleil’s awe-inspiring stage act performed amidst wondrous settings from around the world and accompanied by Benoit Jutras’s inspiring score.

The remarkable feats of Cirque du Soleil’s lavishly costumed performers include a unique and graceful underwater ballet, swooping bungee-cord choreography, two precisely balanced human “statues” in perfect synchronicity, and other wonders that must be seen to be believed.

You may view the on-going exhibits at Swain County Center for the Arts during all public events or call Eugenia (Jenny) Johnson at 828-488-7843 for an appointment.  Go to view the current calendar of events or to get directions to the Arts Center located at Swain County High School in Bryson City, NC.


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