American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) announced today that on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.—the eve of the presidential inauguration—it and over 100 theaters and theatrical organizations across the country will launch The Ghostlight Project, a collective, simultaneous action, together creating “light” for challenging times ahead. Inspired by the tradition of leaving a “ghost light” on in a darkened theater, artists and communities will make or renew a pledge to stand for and protect the values of inclusion, participation, and compassion for everyone—regardless of race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, (dis)ability, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
The event will be held at 5:30 p.m. in front of The Geary Theater (415 Geary St.) and will include a short program of speakers followed by the ceremonial lighting and photos. This event is open to all. Members of the community should arrive between 5–5:25 p.m. and are encouraged to bring an electric light, flashlight, electric candle, or smartphone.
At the same time that evening, a related gathering of Bay Area theatermakers will take place at Berkeley Rep at 5:30 p.m. in the theater’s central courtyard, located at 2025 Addison Street. This gathering will also include a short program of speakers followed by the ceremonial lighting.
If you’re looking for a magical night out, go no further than Cirque du Soleil’s 17th show presented under the Big Top, LUZIA. It’s its 38th original production since 1984, they have performed in more than 400 cities on six continents. The massive white-and-gold Big Top can be seen from the highway at San Francisco’s AT&T park. You’ll not only be taken to another world but you’ll be experiencing it first, the Bay Area is its U.S. premiere.
The dreamlike experience takes you through the beauty and culture of Mexico. Follow the annual migration of the monarch butterfly and enter the Mayan gateway to the afterlife. You’ll encounter a jaguar, hummingbirds and a call to Cháak, the Mayan god of rain. That call brings about a beautiful rainfall on stage in which images are projected on. The audience was in awe as the pools of water appeared and disappeared in the blink of an eye. The effects summoning the meeting of the sun and moon mingled with the exceptional acrobatic skill that is expected of Cirque Du Soleil, created a transformational experience.
A team of more than 60 men and women worked on raising the massive tent space utilizing more than 100 supporting poles with seating for up to 2,600 people over the course of 8 days. The 2,000 tons of equipment is transported via 65 trailer trucks. The performances are not the only thing you’ll be admiring on your night out. The production ends in San Francisco on January 29, 2017. It’s next stop will be in San Jose, CA from February 9 to March 19, 2017.