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the Curve

Saturday 5:00- 6:00 PM

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the Curve is the story of Genie Cartier’s nearly 30 years as an acrobat, told through a unique blend of formats. In this one-woman variety show, circus, dance, physical comedy and spoken word are all stitched together to form the image of life as a circus performer– and what happens to the body and mind in the process. Ranging from absurd performing experiences to the tragic hazards of a dangerous sport, the show is both an examination of circus as an art form and a personal reflection. At its premiere in 2023, the Curve won the Best of Fringe award at SF Fringe.

Company Info

Genie Cartier is a San Francisco native with a background in Chinese acrobatics and aerial rope training. In addition to many other teachers, she studied acrobatics with Master Lu Yi, Xia Kemin and Xiao Hong Weng. She has performed a unique mix of acrobatics and hand-balancing on a folding chair all over San Francisco and Los Angeles, with companies such as Hubba Hubba Revue, Fishnet Follies, Circus Finelli, Picklewater Clown Festival, Literary Foolery and Machina Candeo. A multi-disciplinary artist, she also graduated from UCLA with a BA in English/ Creative Writing and earned an MFA in Creative Writing/ Poetry from SFSU. She was the co-creator and star of Genie and Audrey's Dream Show!, an award-winning two-woman circus, which toured fringe festivals in 4 different cities. In 2016, she performed in Crescent Moon Theater's Isabella and the Jewel Divine, then went on to write the script for their production, Julia's Travels in 2018. In 2016, she co-created and performed Yesterday is Tomorrow, a political sketch comedy show with her sister as part of a residency at the San Francisco Mime Troupe. She co-founded Bow & Arrow Circus Theatre Collective in 2017, which produces a yearly Pagan holiday show called Saturnalia, in addition to several other productions a year. She recently made her directorial debut in 2022 with Dark Side of the Circus, a large-scale circus theater show choreographed to Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, developed under the auspices of a residency at San Francisco Circus Center. The show continues to run and has toured in California and Mexico.

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