The cast consists of six circus artists and two storytellers, performing live spoken word. The story follows two separate timelines: (1) the lifecycle of stars from birth to death, and (2) the human connection to the universe following the discoveries of three notable women in astronomy.
Exist is a creative collaboration produced and directed by Stephanie Cortes, Natalie Brewster Nguyen, Zoë Anderson, and Nicole Curry.
Stephanie Cortes, Director, Co-Producer and Performer, has a Master’s in astronomy and is one of the founding members of Cirque Roots (a circus production company established in 2011). She also teaches Astronomy at Pima Community College and Exist utilizes her two career paths, blending her knowledge of the physical world with her passion for performance art. Exist was co-written by Stephanie Cortes and Natalie Brewster Nguyen, a Tucson-based performance artist and poet who will be the storyteller, narrating the show. The acting cast includes a diverse group of skilled player collaborating for this original Cirque Roots production. Including, Zoë Anderson (BA in Film and TV Production) will act as Co-Producer, Nicole Curry and Lena Melnick will collaborate as Choreographers, and Christoph Dribusch (Owner of Hulalab) is the designer and fabricator of the LED suits and props. Stephanie, Zoe, Brittany, and Christoph are Cirque Roots performance artists who will act as the four alien star beings. Original soundtrack by Tucson music producer Ian Browning aka Party Force. Show length is approximately 1 hour.