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Performers Fly Through The Air In New Acrobatics Show

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Ask people what super power they could have and flying wins out just about every time. Well, you don't have to be super human to soar, as NY1's Stephanie Simon found out visiting the set of the new aerial acrobatics show at Theater for the New City, which opens Wednesday night.

It's easy to fall head over heels and heels over head at Theater for the New City.

While preparing for their new aerial acrobatics show "Breaking Surface", choreographers Gwyneth Larsen and William Mulholland showed me the basics of going airborne and explained our universal affinity for flying.

"I think it started with superheroes. I loved comics as a kid and all of that kinds of stuff, and dreams about flying," Mulholland says. "That sort of led me to an athletic path in gymnastics, where I can take these moments of away-from-the-earth tumbling or on the high bar. It just kind of spiraled from there."

Their company, AIRealistic, provides equipment and expertise for big shows with flying scenes around the world, but "Breaking Surface" is the first production that's entirely their own.

Gwyneth and Williams are creative and romantic partners, so "Breaking Surface" is a little bit about their own relationship. It's filled with romance, fairy tales and flight.

"We are really looking to capture the iconic images of flight and those feelings you have when you're a child that really resonate with everyone," Larsen says.

Now, at first, being up in the air is a little bit scary. But I have to admit: after a while, flying seems completely natural.

"Yeah, there's usually a little bit of moment of fear, and you can see it in their eyes," Mulholland says. "And they lift off the ground, and all of a sudden, this lightness kind of comes over them, and there's this freedom in the flying."

"We really try to make it so that the gravity is optional in the show, and try and create a feeling, it's freedom. It's freedom to fly,"

All in all, I'd say I passed with flying colors.

The show runs from March 20 through March 23. Tickets start at $25. On Facebook, you can win lessons and tickets to the show.

For more details, go to breakingsurface.org and theaterforthenewcity.net.

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