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High-Flying Acrobats and More Coming Up This Winter in Symphony Space's Just Kidding Series

It's a full weekend of live performance at Symphony Space on Saturday and Sunday, January 7 and 8!

An internationally touring musical circus act, astounding juggling, and the annual showcase of percussive dance make up a weekend of all-ages, family friendly performance, to start the new year. These performances kick off a winter of curiosity and wonder in this season's Just Kidding series.

All shows are appropriate for ages 2 and up. All tickets are $17 ($14 for Symphony Space members).


Les Parfaits Inconnus
Saturday, January 7 at 11 am and 2 pm

Montreal based company presents a high flying show of acrobatics, live music and comedy for an all-ages experience

In this New York premiere performance, the Just Kidding audience will witness a crazy adventure through the world of the circus, where comedy, acrobatics, balancing, cycling and juggling mingle with the festive rhythms of live, horn-driven live music. This seven-member, Montreal based cast has performed all over the world, including Brazil, Malta and Mexico, as well as at Disney's Epcot Center in Florida.

As general manager and founder (and bicycle acrobat) Sylvain Dubois notes, "the show features funky, horn-driven live music and constant motion. Exuding energy from start to finish, our performers love to showcase their physical and musical prowess. The audience is usually howling with pleasure and admiration."

View a preview video on YouTube, and find out more about this engaging and multi-layered performance at lesparfaitsinconnus.com/en.

Playing by Air
Sunday, January 8 at 11 am and 2 pm

Based both in Nashville and NYC, Playing By Air offers playfulness and breath-taking juggling feats, in a production featuring an electrifying display of lights, color and motion, engaging characters, and musical instruments that fly through the air. Founders Michael Karas, Ted Joblin, and Jacob Weiss all share a love for juggling, circus arts, and inspiring audiences through laughter and creativity. The trio enjoys performing together as partners and friends for audiences around the world. Visit playingbyair.com for more information.

Note: Ticket holders may enjoy kid-friendly "Social Space" activities between the shows on Sunday, January 8.

Stam-Pede: A Percussive Dance Showcase
Sunday, January 8 at 3 pm

Four celebrated companies present an afternoon of high-energy percussive dance. From lively Irish dance to exhilarating tap and contemporary dance, this annual blockbuster event offers something for everyone who loves the power and precision of percussive choreography. Participating companies include: Darrah Carr Dance; Germaine Salsberg's Les Femmes; Ryan Casey's OFF BEAT and The Bang Group. Expect a rollicking good time and a sensory feast of sight and sound. The event kicks off with opening remarks from noted dance critic Brian Seibert, author of What the Eye Hears: A History of Tap Dancing.


Symphony Space's 2016-17 Just Kidding season of curiosity and wonder continues in January with weekly performances and an all-ages trivia show. Details and tickets are available online now.

Coming Up:

  • Saturday, January 14 at 11 am - Michael and the Rockness Monsters in concert
  • Saturday, January 21 at 11 am and 2 pm - Punschi: German-style puppetry with lots of audience participation
  • Sunday, January 22 at 2 pm - Big Family Quiz Thing (an interactive multimedia family trivia show co-presented by MommyNearest; tickets are just $12 in advance)
  • Saturday, January 28 at 11 am - Alex and the Kaleidoscope Band in concert

Just imagine: a birthday party with no mess! The Just Kidding experts at Symphony Space's create an arts themed "Theatre" party or no-frills "Easy" package to delight kids and their grown-ups. For groups of 15 or more; ages 2 and up. Details about the party packages are HERE.

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