“Indefinable moments of beauty, wit, and fire. It’s as if Degas and Magritte showed up in each other’s dreams to playfully toss around images of the twisted and the sublime.”
              - Chicago Tribune

 

premiered:

2003, Vittum Theater
2005, PAC/Edge, 2006, Athenaeum Theatre

Initially conceived as a response to a child’s fascination with a helium balloon – an object full of fragility, beauty, and tension – Surrelium offers visual metaphors for the ways we experience confinement and release, enchantment and transformation. The work has 6 distinct sections, and together they offer a “transformed, alternate reality with optical illusions, complex composition, and delicate yet powerful movement that seems to take place in another stratosphere.” (Chicago Sun Times).