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About the Artist

Esther de Monteflores (Bellingham) is a contemporary circus artist. Esther grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area where she began her circus arts career at the age of nine in her backyard. She went on to years of formal training at The Circus Center (San Francisco) and Trapeze Arts (Oakland). In her work, Esther seeks a balance between technical skill and expressive movement. Circus arts allow her to create work that is both intimate and spectacular, using the inherent element of risk to focus attention and spark imagination. Recently, Esther’s work has been seen at Seattle's SANCA, in residency at the Lookout Arts Center, on tour with Wise Fool NM’s See/Saw and her solo show, Equilibrium, will be presented in the upcoming Art on the Atlanta Beltline.

Esther recieved a 2014 GAP to purchase rigging materials, safety equipment, a portable battery-powered amplifier and liability insurance  for a one-woman show outdoors. The show combines circus arts, puppetry, mask-work, dance, music and poetry. It follows two characters, a woman and a wolf, as they navigate their intersecting dream worlds. Masks and stilts transform the performer into a creature while the slack-rope, which is essentially a loose tight-wire, evokes images of walking on air, floating, hovering and at times turns the acrobat into a marionette. Every prop serves many purposes, a white sheet thrown over the slack-rope becomes a tent and then a puppet theater as well as a ghost, a flag, a shroud.

Information included above was provided by artist at the time of application.