Air Play

From Acrobuffos
New York, New York

Watch in absolute wonder as umbrellas take flight, balloons sprout minds of their own and shimmering silks ripple to the rafters in the modern circus spectacle AIR PLAY. With knowing smiles and suitcases full of surprises, the globetrotting Acrobuffos, Seth Bloom and Christina Gelsone, elicit gasps and giggles in equal measure as they animate airflow, goad gravity, and make buoyant, beautiful and really, really, really high art out of the very thing we breathe.

"A joy from start to finish"The Sydney Morning Herald "Precise and beautifully conceived, creating fleeting moments of art intertwined with playful comedy"British Theatre Guide "An evening of fun and wonder that can be enjoyed by anyone, no matter how old they are" A Younger Theatre


Performance Facts

Performance Facts

1 hour and 10 minutes with no intermission

This production will be accompanied by Talk-Backs after each performance.
The performance on 4/13 will be sign-interpreted.
Grade Recommendations

Grade Recommendation:

Best for Grades K – 6

Ticket Info

Ticket Information

Students: $2
Chaperones: $5

Tickets to school performances are available exclusively to New Victory Education: School and After-School Partners. Learn more about this program.

Getting to Know Acrobuffos

The stars of Air Play—Seth Bloom and Christina Gelsone—are married in real life! After meeting at a circus in Afghanistan, Seth proposed to Christina while street-performing in Scotland, and they got married while touring in China. This jet-setting duo has traveled to over 20 countries, performed on Late Show with David Letterman, headlined Big Apple Circus and was featured in The New York Times. Seth and Christina first created Air Play as a part of the New Victory LabWorks program and spent years afterwards developing the show. Do Seth and Christina look familiar? They've both worked as New Victory Teaching Artists (in fact, Seth was in the first-ever ensemble!), so you may have seen them at a show or workshop. We're ecstatic for the Acrobuffos to be the very first LabWorks and Teaching Artist alumni to bring their breathtaking show to the New Vic stage!

Did You Know?

  • Seth, a former professional juggler, graduated from three clown schools; and Christina, a former professional ballerina, graduated from Princeton University.
  • Air Play collaborator Daniel Wurtzel is the only professional air sculptor in the world. An air sculptor works to keep lightweight objects suspended midair by playing with airflow and lightweight materials.
  • Wurtzel's airflow piece Magic Carpet went viral on YouTube with over two million views. His work has been featured in Broadway's Finding Neverland, the Radio City Rockettes' New York Spectacular, Punchdrunk's Sleep No More and Cirque du Soleil's Amaluna.
  • Air Play's director, West Hyler, has an impressive circus résumé, having worked on Cirque du Soleil's Paramour and Big Apple Circus's Metamorphosis and Legendarium.


All The Way From...

New York, New York
...New York, New York


New York City had a permanent home for circus, called the Hippotheatron, which was open near Union Square—in what was then the heart of the Theater District—from 1864 until 1872.

Attending the Performance

All New Victory venues are located on the north side of 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues, and are wheelchair accessible.


The majority of this season's performances are presented at The New Victory, a 499-seat, historic, jewel box theater. Make yourselves at home in our lobbies (redesigned Fall 2017!) and stow your stuff in free storage lockers.
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Located just west of The New Victory, the New 42nd Street Studios building is a state-of-the-art, 10-story rehearsal studio/office/theater complex. Productions that require a more intimate space play at The Duke on 42nd Street theater and in the Studios.
Seating varies in these flexible spaces.



All New Victory venues feature snacks and souvenirs for sale, and stroller parking and changing tables are available whenever age-appropriate. Lobby monitors at The New Victory show a live stream of the stage so that you won't miss out if you need to leave your seat.
Read more about all three venues here, including accessibility information.
Please do not bring backpacks or large bags to the theater. All bags are subject to inspection.

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Where To Go

 The Duke on 42nd Street and New 42nd Street Studios
229 West 42nd Street New York, NY, 10036

 The New Victory Theater
209 West 42nd Street New York, NY, 10036


Welcome to 42nd Street

Welcome to the Crossroads of the World. We recommend that you come early or stay late and grab a bite with one of our neighborhood partners. Visit Partners & Discounts page.

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The 2017-18 School Year Partnership program has reached capacity. Complete this online form to request notifications for future seasons. Learn more about New Victory Education Partnership.

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New Victory ticket prices are subject to change. Each person, regardless of age, must have a ticket to be admitted. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. No lap seating is permitted without a ticket. Program and schedules are subject to change. No refunds.