FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 8, 2016) – The Grand Theatre will host a unique theatrical experience for the entire family as the famed Underwater Bubble Show graces the stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17. Tickets are $20, $25, and $30.
Imagine a stage production that blends drama, mime, dance, puppetry, juggling, contortionism and art, all enveloped by huge floating bubbles. Inspired by the Canadian troupe Cirque du Soleil, the Underwater Bubble Show offers riveting stage effects using the latest technologies, including a giant live video projection. Adding to the immersive experience is an original musical score.
I had always had a big interest in all visual performing arts. Since I was a kid, I practiced magic tricks (that I still do today) and I studied juggling, mime, clowning and other techniques.
The brainchild of the Underwater Bubble Show is Enrico Pezzoli, a native of Italy who relocated to Latvia in the 1990s. In a recent interview by email, he offered some insight into the touring show that has delighted audiences worldwide.
Pezzoli studied drama and was an actor specializing in the theatrical acting tradition known as Commedia Dell’Arte.
“I had always had a big interest in all visual performing arts. Since I was a kid, I practiced magic tricks (that I still do today) and I studied juggling, mime, clowning and other techniques.”
After moving to Latvia in the 1990s, he began researching soap bubbles as a visual form of entertainment. It was in Latvia that he met, and eventually married, another soap-bubble performer, Dace Pecoli. They’ve been working together since 1998.
“We worked as a duo for many years with our bubble show, but it was a 20-minute show,” Pezzoli said. “We eventually decided that we wanted a bigger show, so we added other acts from the circus and visual arts, along with special effects.”
The Underwater Bubble Show is an intricate production.
“We have a cast and crew that is very good,” Pezzoli said. “Both technicians and artists are hard working. From the standpoint of spectators, all is running easily, but backstage, there is a continuous movement.”
Produced by the Latvian company Brinum-X, the Underwater Bubble Show serves as a showcase for talented Latvians. The music is composed by Valdis Zilvers, the costumers were designed by E. Patmalpiece of the Latvian National Opera, and the makeup artist is Marita Gaidele.
Audience participation is an important aspect of the show, Pezzoli said. The Underwater Bubble Show tours the United States regularly.
“I must say that all the recent performances in the USA have been just great,” he said. “Adults get even more crazy than kids, and after the most recent show, we got a standing ovation. That’s always a nice thing.”
An especially rewarding aspect of the performance is audience feedback.
“We always go out and meet and greet people after the show, and we take pictures together,” Pezzoli said. “A lot of adults just come to us saying how much they enjoyed the show. That’s a joy for us, because our show was born with the intention to entertain not only kids, but adults as well and, looking at the result, we have reached our goal.”
The Underwater Bubble Show is sponsored by South Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Kentucky Arts Council.
Tickets may be purchased online at the Grand Theatre Web site, http://www.grandtheatrefrankfort.org, or by contacting the box office weekdays between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at 352-7469. At press time, tickets remained available at all price levels.