What kind of 40-year-old man makes a living riding a unicycle or balancing atop stacks of wobbly objects at terrifying heights? That would be an equilibrist, a professionally trained acrobatic clown like Canadian Jean Saucier or his partner Lawrence Smythe. Together, Smythe and Saucier make up a stunt duo, and they are bringing their renowned act, Circo Comedia, this weekend to the Sangre De Cristo Arts Center in Pueblo as part of the Children's Playhouse Series.
Saucier discovered his delight for the balancing act when he was an 11-year-old boy delivering newspapers in Montreal, from atop a unicycle. At 18, he attended the Ecole National du Cirque de Montral and was soon discovered and hired by Cirque du Soleil where he met Smythe.
Smythe, clown to Saucier's straight man, grew up watching Red Skelton on television and trained in mime, dance, clowning, mask, improvisation, voice and music.
Since 1988, they have brought their show to international children's festivals worldwide -- from Las Vegas to Japan to France and Hungary -- and have performed in rock videos, films and documentaries. This is a rare opportunity for adults and kids alike to see world-class acrobatic clowning, just a short stretch down I-25. Vaudeville meets Cirque du Soleil in this two-man show that promises plenty of laughs and thrills.
-- Kathryn Eastburn
Smythe and Saucier presents Circo Comedia Sangre de Cristo Art and Conference Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo
Saturday, Oct. 9, shows at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Reservations required; call 719/295-7222