Fancy: Exhilarating Evening of Absurd Physical Comedy
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The last date listed for Fancy was Wednesday October 19, 2005 / 8:00pm.
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Fancy is created and performed by Vladimir Levitansky, internationally renowned physical comedian, mime, clown, and buffoon. The show is directed by Allyson Kulavis, member of the internationally acclaimed, physically-based, Los Angeles experimental theater company, Zoo District.
In this show, Vladimir portrays an incompetent janitor, whose “flight of fancy” leads him away from any actual cleaning, and on a journey of the imagination. Fancy is a distinctive play, courageously blending physical comedy, unique style of clowning, pantomime, endearing slapstick, vivid imagination, poetry and avant-garde. Watch as commonplace items, such as desk, vacuum, and bucket, illuminate the power of imagination while blurring the lines between cause and effect, the artist and his audience. Accompanied by various styles of music, from elevator tunes to the classics, and inventive sound effects, Fancy speaks the universal language of body and gesture, vanishing the boundaries of cultures, tongues and ages.
Levitansky, who fell in love with his craft as a child in his native Russia, credits inspiration for his show to Peter Sellers, Marcel Marceau, Mr. Bean and his own ineptitude at completing mundane tasks. " As a performer I seek to dissolve the boundary between myself and the audience, which allows us to transcend traditional ethnic and cultural barriers and laugh at the beauty of our own shared ridiculousness," says Levitansky, who studied at the renowned Dell’ Arte International School of physical Theatre, and has toured the world for the past ten years with his unique style of physical comedy. “My artistic sensibility is to produce staged performances in the style of Bul’Artoh – a synthesis of clown, commedia dell’arte, buffoon, and butoh.”
An artistic resource to Cirque du Soleil, Vladimir is also an accomplished director and choreographer. As a guest artist at California State university of Los Angeles, he directed Jean Jenet’s, “The Maids,” in the style of Bul’Artoh.