But most apparent is their connection to circus art, which goes much deeper than skin; they seem to be truly composed of the circus, made of fire, nails, masks and wonders.
“I could not feel this OK with being in a cubicle, or a kitchen, or a desk job, I couldn’t do that,” DuBois says. “This is my passion, this is what I love, this is what I’ve always loved.”
Moltov concurs as Mystique nods in agreement. “Phantasmagoria is my expression, performance, and overall reason to live,” Moltov says. “It’s not just our job or our hobby that we love to do. It is us.”
Dear culture vultures: For months we scoured the city to bring you the best of what Philly has to offer this season, and we think we’ve done a damn good job of bringing something for everyone. Into art? You should know that curators and artists everywhere are doing their best to take art out of their galleries and into your community. Want theater? We found a scrappy, independent circus troupe whose stunts you should never try at home. There’s also a roundup of what’s on tap for our favorite stages. If comedy is your thing, we've got a list of the season's best events (like a tribute to the late Mitch Hedberg, he of the famous one-line zingers). Music? Check. Dance? The Russian ballet awaits you on. We even examine the state of storytelling, which, of course, is the world's oldest favorite pastime yet somehow a "novelty" in today's world. Enjoy all this and more!
Carnaval at Vanity
Calendar: Dec. 11-18
PW's Weekend Picks: Dec. 6-8