Quixotic Fusion and a Taste for the Idealistic
May 01, 2013
Sunday evening, I attended a free event at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. I didn’t know what it was about. All I knew was the title, Quixotic Fusion. Since Kansas City had such beautiful weather on Sunday, I didn’t even bother to look it up; I didn’t care as long as it was outside. We arrived and I saw an interesting set-up: a strange pyramid of sorts with tethers, wires strung from the roof of the museum leading to a small stage, and two smaller stages near the lawn. What had I gotten myself into?
Quixotic Fusion is a group of aerialists, acrobats, dancers, and musicians combined with fashion, film, and visual effects. Their vision is to create "a total sensory experience…while exploring infinite possibilities of movement, sound, and multimedia." Sounds pretty cool, right? It gets better! Those wires strung from the roof of the museum made up what is referred to as an Earth Harp, which basically turned the museum into a musical instrument! By stroking/rubbing the wires and causing them to vibrate, they resonated at different pitches, not unlike a violin. It provided a great full sound that melded with the rest of the music.
On stage, acrobats spun in the air underneath the pyramid, some with cables and others with ribbon. I watched one woman bend her back almost flat against itself and a man balance his entire body weight on just a few fingers! The visual effects were stunning; lights in motion and projected images kept the audience’s attention. There were even performers scaling the walls of the museum!
It really was a show not to be missed. Even though there were points where I lost interest, the vision of this show was incredible and definitely quixotic, as their name implies. This show was 100% free, paid for by the Nelson’s loyal members. If you’re one for expressive arts, Quixotic Fusion should be right up your alley. If you’re into art, you can always enjoy the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art for free (you can still catch their Rodin exhibit). If you’re not into either and would like to read more about eccentric, idealistic people, check out Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes' timeless classic.
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