Each year the Broadway Center for Performing Arts in Tacoma brings in a circus-based troupe, and they always pick a good one. This year it’s Galumpha, an East Coast trio of dancers who combine acrobatics, physical comedy and truly beautiful visuals in a Sunday afternoon show that will appeal to all ages.
Formed ten years ago, Galumpha’s success (including appearances on “The Late Show,” MTV, theaters and festivals around the world and plenty of awards) springs from a combination of inventive choreography and a light-hearted take on the world. Pieces like “Velcro” take an everyday item and explore the hilarious fall-out from over-applying it; others like “Human Fly” balance the dancers impressively on each other’s backs and feet while using perfectly-timed choreography (angled arms, fussing hands) to imitate another creature.
“It’s collaborative, but driven by my ideas,” explains founder and dancer Andy Horowitz. “I keep a stash of ideas – costume, music, theater – and in rehearsal we’ll experiment making dances out of them. Some live on – the magic ones.”
One of the ideas Horowitz is working on involves an electric leaf-blower and a very hairy costume: “I have no idea of where this will go, but if we become inspired we’ll add music and choreograph very carefully to that, make sure every inflection is used.”
One thing stays constant – the number of performers. “I love the number three,” says Horowitz. “Two is a pas de deux, four is often just two pas de deux. But three – it’s a challenge. It’s exciting.”
Galumpha performs at 3 p.m. Feb. 12. $15-$29. Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma. 253-591-5894, www.broadwaycenter.org