Aquila: a summer carousel

Nicole Silver rehearses for Animalia, a theatrical production inspired by poetry, evolution, and circus arts. Photo by Shara Crosby
Following the success of Fox & Beggar Theatre‘s ethereal and visually stunning debut, Animalia, the theater company’s founder Nat Allister is hosting a similarly whimsical event to raise funds for Animalia‘s Southeastern tour. The fundraising party, Aquila, will feature live world music, art installations by Chris Sams and Travis Eagledove of the Ancient Art Salon and plenty of the circus arts, dance, and other acts that are characteristic of Animalia‘s strange beauty. Cocktails and appetizers are included with the ticket. 
The fundraiser party takes place at Hanger Hall in Asheville on Friday, June 6, 6-9 p.m. The festivities will continue into night at the Aquila Afterparty at New Mountain Theater.
Kitty Love, executive director of the Asheville Arts Council, found much to praise after seeing Fox & Beggar’s inaugural show in April. “I feel like I saw a truly groundbreaking moment for us,” says Love. “I’ve seen a lot of the elements that were contained within the production before, like fire and silks and the like, but the way Nat Allister wove together story with top notch performing arts, accompanied by thoughtful and beautifully crafted music, visuals, costumes and setting was something next level. I saw a glimpse of what he might bring in the future too, saw the scale of his vision and what his work may become, and I feel more inspired than ever that we should be behind him as an artist and visionary.” Xpress reported on the event in April.
Tickets $35. Full event information at the


Clips from Animalia at Asheville’s Hazel Robinson Amphitheater in April 2014: 



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