QUIXOTIC CIRQUE NOUVEAU
Kansas City based performance troupe, the mesmerizing Quixotic, were given Silicon Valley’s unofficial stamp of genius when they were invited to perform at the global TED Conference in 2012. A unique blend of projection mapping, artistic dance, aerialists, and specialty acts, Quixotic fuses all these elements in to a cohesive art form that has taken them around the globe performing for audiences worldwide, and helping launch brand products for companies such as IBM and Bulgari. Their video projection mapping project for the city of Kansas City on the Union Station train terminal is particularly notable, as the building itself is an entire city block wide and 10 stories tall.
Founded in 2005 by renowned graphic designer, percussionist, and artistic director Anthony Magliano and joined a year later by award-winning lighting and theater technology guru Mica Thomas, Quixotic’s mission statement was to tear down the walls that cloistered each discipline of the arts, unleashing a flood of new ideas that would wash away the staid norms of traditional theatre performance. Sleek dancers pushing the boundaries of athletic artistry soar across neon skies that encompass and envelop traditional and non-traditional venues, bathing structures and even painting new nature on old in a vivid fantasy world. Evocative tribal electronica sets the stage for the visual panoply of color and agility in flight.
It is the joint vision of Magliano and Thomas that has taken the loose collective of avant garde trendsetters and molded them into what the New York Times branded an “innovative circus performance” with Men’s Journal also declaring “one of the best contemporary [cirque] acts.” Art that enchants, invigorates, and awakens the imagination has always been born of the rule breakers, and no one is breaking the rules more joyously, more fervently than Quixotic