New performance art in store for third Moctoberfest

2014-03-27T00:00:00Z New performance art in store for third MoctoberfestBy Gerald M. Gay Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Flam Chen has some new material in store for the third annual Moctoberfest, happening Saturday in and around Mercado San Agustín.

The performing arts group, best known for its aerial acrobatics and circus arts shenanigans at the All Souls Procession, will present an hour-long piece dubbed “Caribbean Technology” as part of the festivities.

Moctoberfest coordinator and Flam Chen member Ruben Palma said while the troupe has produced several new vignettes in town over the last few years, it hasn’t created a full-length production in some time.

“We’ve been holding back, working on producing other acts and touring around,” Palma said. “We wanted to give people another taste of what Flam Chen really does.”

And Moctoberfest, he added, is the perfect venue to do that.

It is, after all, a fundraiser for Many Mouths One Stomach, Flam Chen’s parent organization and the driving force behind the All Souls Procession.

“Caribbean Technology” will feature musical accompaniment from Richard Noel and his steel drum percussion group, Sticks and Fingers.

The presentation will be the main event during the all-day carnival.

In addition to the Flam Chen show, Tucson Circus Arts will unveil a new aerial work for visitors.

Borderlands Brewing Co. will provide the beer, including its Las Almas Ale, a Belgian-style beer created specifically with the All Souls Procession in mind.

Making a pseudo-celebrity appearance will be Special Head, a levitating street act from Los Angeles that reached millions of viewers as a contestant on Season 8 of “America’s Got Talent.”

“He has this cane and walks out, then lifts his legs and is floating in midair,” Palma said. “He is originally from Tucson. His parents are from Tucson. He has become a little bit of an icon.”

Palma said the event picked up steam last year and is expected to bring out thousands on Saturday.

“It is nice having this new space to play,” he added.

Contact reporter Gerald M. Gay at ggay@azstarnet.com or 807-8430.

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