Echo Theater Company and Guests Will Use Circus and Aerial Arts to Explore Issues of Social Justice at Fertile Ground Festival

Whimsy, romance, comedy, and defying expectations! Find out what lies at the intersection of circus, dance, theater, community, and our unique perspectives.

Why does one person's sense of humor, fairness, or propriety vary so much from someone else's? There's a common understanding of what the five senses are, however, our "common sense-ing" can be radically different from each other! Intrigued? Confused? Find out what it all means at Uncommon Sense.

Featuring performers from diverse theatrical, physical disciplines and abilities, and accompanied by a live mixed-abilities band, Echo Theater Company's Cartwheeling Uphill explores how assumptions affect our expectations, and how limitations offer opportunities for creativity and growth to arise. Sister: Grit's Premiere Project, What We Have Been Given, is an exploration of perspective inspired by the effects of socialization and family, and how these intersect to shape our individual truths. Using acrobatics, aerial arts, and dance, Tempos (second weekend only) will explore the trials and strengths of our most challenging critic, the one inside. Sir Cupcake's Queer Circus (first weekend only) explores mythology, grand gestures and wicked magic with his band of queer and trans performers.

The Echo Theater Company is a school under the direction of Wendy Cohen and a performance ensemble under the creative direction of Aaron Wheeler-Kay. Our faculty, teaching artists and youth performance groups create unique, professional performances with inter-generational and cross-cultural themes.

The ETC is house in the historic Echo Theater in SE Portland. The school is a haven for people of all-ages and abilities to move and create fearlessly using Aerial Arts, Trapeze, Dance, Acrobatics, Physical and Ensemble Theater techniques.

Fri, Jan 20th at 8:00pm

Sat, Jan 21st at 8:00pm

Sun, Jan 22 at 1pm & 4:30

Fri, Jan 27th at 8:00pm

Sat, Jan 28th at 8:00pm

Sun, Jan 29th at 1:00pm

Where: The Echo Theater, 1515 SE 37th Ave, Portland, Oregon, 97214

Admission: $18 - $25 ADVANCED, $21 - $28 at the door; discounts for groups of 10 or more tickets. Tickets can be purchased at or 503-231-1232 x2. Recommended for Ages 7+.

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