Thursday, January 05, 2006

Flying Karamazov Brothers Return January 24

From the Mountain Times:

Flying Karamazov Brothers Return
Performing Arts Series Presents Comedic Acrobats

Boone, NC- The Flying Karamazov Brothers will dazzle audience members of all ages in a humorous spoof on life with an evening of Monty Python-esque juggling, dancing and humor that celebrates our everyday experiences. The show will take place at Appalachian State University’s Farthing Auditorium on January 24 beginning at 8 p.m.

The 2006 portion of the 2005-06 ASU Performing Arts Series begins with a January 24th appearance by the Pythonesque comedy troupe The Flying Karamazov Brothers at Farthing Auditorium.

LIFE: A Guide for the Perplexed is a series of stories designed to help one survive the modern world, interpreted by four “brothers” who take their slapstick comedy very seriously. Featuring music played on both traditional and non-traditional instruments, the performance includes silly dances, world class juggling, and most importantly, plenty of audience participation. The highlight of the performance is a piece called “The Gamble,” which features a character named Dmitri the Champ, whose challenge is to juggle any three objects that the audience provides. If he wins, he gets a standing ovation— if he loses, he receives a pie in the face.

The Flying Karamazovs’ newest and perhaps most ambitious show ever, LIFE is a skill-filled romp through the stages of life. The show debuted in February 2004, a collaboration with Director and Karamazov alum Michael Preston, New York choreographer Doug Elkins and numerous designers, composers and musicians. The performance is a fun-filled evening of wonder for the entire family— with parables presented through the prism of Karamazovian eyes— so you’ll never know what to expect next!

As described by, LIFE “remind[s] us… that all too often, serious-minded adults become so bogged down in the day-to-day concerns of living and dying that we overlook the simple joy of experiencing each moment as it occurs and discovering whatever pleasure it contains. Even if we occasionally ‘drop the pin,’ the relative insignificance of a tiny failure pales in comparison to the inestimable miracle of being alive to even make the attempt.”

The Flying Karamazov Brothers have shared the stage with such greats as Frank Sinatra, the Grateful Dead, Dolly Parton, The Who, Robin Williams, Joan Rivers, the Blues Brothers, Kenny Rogers and with Peter Schickele at Carnegie Hall. They have also performed with numerous symphony orchestras around the country, including the Boston Pops and National Symphony.

The Flying Karamazov Brothers’ January 24 performance is part of the 2005-06 Performing Arts Series presented by Appalachian State University’s Office of Arts and Cultural Programs. In addition to a generous sponsorship from SkyBest Communications, the Performing Arts Series is also fortunate to have the support of ten media sponsors: The Mountain Times, the Watauga Democrat, Mountain Television Network, Charter Communications, WFDD 88.5, WDAV 89.9, WETS 89.5, WNCW 88.7, Mix 102.3 and Highway 106 New Country.

Tickets to the January 24 performance are $16 for adults, $14 for seniors, ASU faculty and staff, and $8 for all students. For tickets or information, call 800-841-ARTS(2787) or 828-262-4046, or visit


Blogger Helen said...

Love these guys! Saw them at Furthur '96 at Liberty State Park. Awesome show. Hot Tuna, Los Lobos, Mystery Box, Ratdog Perfect weather overlooking the Manhattan skyline. It was really sweet.

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