Seeing The LEGEND, the modern
adaptation of Washington Irving's classic tale, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,
performed in The Village of Sleepy Hollow, was the perfect way to get a jump start on Halloween! Created
and performed by the talented team from Westchester Circus Arts, the legendary tale was told through holograms, aerialists,
and acrobats, for a sensational, totally immersive experience. If
you love Halloween, you must see The LEGEND, which runs until
Irving was born in New York City in 1783 and died in Sleepy Hollow, New York in
1859. He was a United States Minister to Spain, linguist, author, and essayist,
whose short stories in The Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. referred
to as "The Sketchbook" written in 1820, include the stories of Rip
Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Written over 200 years ago,
the story of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow still excites with the tale of Ichabod
Crane and the Headless Horseman.
Zoë Isadora (Katrina) and Mickey Lonsdale (Rrom Bones)
celebrate the bicentennial of Washington Irving's short story The Legend of
Sleepy Hollow, Westchester Circus Arts and The Village of Sleepy Hollow
wanted to do something different and dazzling. As the pandemic on 2020
curtailed the celebration, they went all out to celebrate in 2022 with the
creation of The LEGEND performed by the Westchester Circus Arts, with
its dedicated and talented aerialists and performers to tell the tale.
Doug Stewart (Haunting Spirit) and Zoë Isadora (Katrina)
We had the
pleasure of experiencing The LEGEND on Friday, September 30, 2022, performed
under the signature blue and yellow Westchester Circus Arts tent. Hauntingly
narrated by the hologram of Washington Irving, this engaging tale had us on the
edge of our seats with the hairs on the back of our necks sticking up as we
watched the legendary tale unfold above and around us.
Justin Durham (Ichabad Crane) and Doug Stewart (Haunting Spirit)
well-chosen cast includes Justin Durham as the superstitious Ichabod
Crane, Zoë Isadora plays his beautiful love
interest, Katrina Van Tassel, heiress to the Van Tassel fortune, Mickey
Lonsdale plays Brom Bones, her assumed boyfriend, Doug Stewart
is the Haunting Spirit, and Carlo Pellegrini plays the role of Katrina's
father, the wealthy Mr. Van Tassel.
Justin Durham (Ichabad Crane), Mickey Lonsdale (Brom Bones),
Carlo Pellegrini (Mr. Van Tassel)
their performances so engaging and dynamic is that the performers are
well-versed in their disciplines (Mickey Lonsdale and Carlo Pellegrini: acrobatic
and comedic arts, and Zoë Isadora, Doug Stewart, and Justin Durham: aerial arts,
silks (aerial fabric), corde-lisse (ropes) straps, and aerial hoop (Lyra)).
Mickey and Carlo have worked together for many years and their comedic timing
flowed effortlessly eliciting laughter by the audience in all the right places.
We love the contemporary cirques, and Westchester Circus Arts was truly
brilliant, with the exhilarating aerial work performed by Justin Durham, Doug
Stewart, and Zoë Isadora.
Zoë Isadora (Katrina)
with the cast after the performance, we learned more about the talented performers
and their professional experience. Justin and Doug have worked together in the
past, and their high-flying aerial work was entrancing to watch. Zoë Isadora
was born to the aerial world (she is a 3rd generation aerialist) to
the legendary family of aerialists, The Flying Wallendas, and her strength and
talent was evident throughout her enchanting performance.
Justin Durham (Ichabad Crane) and Zoë Isadora (Katrina)
is the 1800s and down on his luck Ichabod Crane thinks things are
improving for him when he is offered a teaching position in Sleepy Hollow, New
York. There he meets the beautiful and wealthy Katrina Van Tassel and
soon finds out that there is more than he had bargained for, becoming embroiled
in a battle with Katrina's assumed beau, Brom Bones, and so much
more. Deftly and creatively told by a hologram of Washington Irving narrating, and
with aerialists and acrobats, this tale is the perfect way to celebrate "fright
night" and the 200th anniversary of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
Zoë Isadora (Katrina)
we experienced The LEGEND, the tent was filled with a mixed-age audience
(it is recommended for ages 10 and older), and excited murmurs were heard
throughout the spectacular and mesmerizing performance with its gravity-defying
aerial work that had our hearts pounding with excitement, and the acrobatic
groundwork that added another essential element of surprise and daring to the
nuanced performance. We loved experiencing The LEGEND so much, that we
may want to return one more time before it closes on October 23, 2022.
Mr. Van Tassel
Zoë Isadora (Katrina) and Doug Stewart (Haunting Spirit)
The LEGEND runs until October 23, 2022, with performances on Fridays, Saturdays,
and Sundays. Friday performances are at 7:30 pm and run 90 minutes. Saturday
performances are at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm, and Sunday performances are at 2:00 pm
and 7:30 pm. Note: Recommended for ages 10 and up.
information and to purchase tickets, please visit: www.sleepyhollowlegend.com.
LEGEND on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyIts-l9mnE
Zoë Isadora (Katrina)
decide to experience The LEGEND, do plan to arrive earlier in the day
and experience the charm of the Village of Sleepy Hollow, as there is much to
see including visiting Washington Irving's home, Sunnyside, and there are
unique events held throughout the month of October and November. For more
information, please visit: www.visitsleepyhollow.com
Justin Durham, Zoë Isadora, Debra C. Argen,
Mickey Lonsdale, Doug Stewart
information on Westchester Circus Arts re: Circus Camps, Special Events, or
Rentals, please visit: https://westchestercircusarts.com/
Until next time, keep enjoying and supporting the arts!
Westchester Circus Arts
Circus Arts is a woman-owned business, founded by circus artist, Hilary
Sweeney. As an aerialist for over 15 years and counting, she is a living
example of how transformational and empowering the Circus Arts can be. She
believes people of all ages should not have to "runaway" with the circus or be
born into a circus family in order to benefit from the artform. She created
Westchester Circus Arts as a place where people can experience circus in the
most direct way and discover what it can do for their own lives."
Circus Arts was founded to allow members of our community to experience
firsthand how transformational and empowering the circus arts can be. We
provide year-round afterschool program for kids, adult arts and fitness classes,
summer camp, offsite and school programs. To learn more about our school, programs,
and instructors, visit us at: https://westchestercircusarts.com/"
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