Acrobatic Conundrum

Artistic Director: Terry Crane
Seattle, Washington

5-6 Artists
2 Technicians

Residency and Outreach Activities Available


Acrobatic Conundrum, the U.S.'s premier contemporary circus arts company, creates performances that amaze and inspire audiences. Founded in 2012 by Artistic Director Terry Crane, the company blends virtuosic circus skill, dance and physical theater to create work that is poetic, a little absurd, and deeply relatable.

Since inception, Acrobatic Conundrum has produced four evening-length works: The Way Out, The Language of Chance, Love and Gravity and The Fig Tree Waltzes; as well as the ongoing curated cabaret Volume series. Acrobatic Conundrum's shows are developed through a collaborative creation process. Each work blends impressive physical feats and delicate storytelling to create performance experiences that are simultaneously transcendent and relatable.

Over the past six years, through self-produced and programmed performances across the U.S., Acrobatic Conundrum has built a strong and passionate following. The company has been awarding the following grants and awards: Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) Project Support 2018; 4Culture Arts Project Grantee 2018; Seattle Office of Arts & Culture CityArtist Projects Award 2011, 2015 and 2017; Runner-Up, Macklemore BomBom Music Video Project 2013.

Current Touring Production:
The Fig Tree Waltzes

"I saw my life branching out before me like the green fig tree in the story. From the tip of every branch, like a fat purple fig, a wonderful future beckoned and winked. . . I wanted each and every one of them, but choosing one meant losing all the rest . . . " - Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

The Fig Tree Waltzes is a moving exploration of indecision, desperation and tenacity in the face of choice. Devised and performed by Acrobatic Conundrum, this work features their signature style of virtuosic athleticism infused with relatable humanity. Add in choreography from Costa Rica's Jimmy Ortiz and music from Finnish composer Petteri Rajanti, and you have a blend of circus and dance that pushes the artists to the edge. In a world where stakes are high and time is running out, The Fig Tree Waltzes is a paean to the human drive to keep playing against overwhelming odds.


They call themselves Acrobatic Conundrum – but the only real conundrum they present is the question of how they do what they do.
The Seattle Times

This is the essence of modern circus: intimate and personal, a combination of impressive physical skills and emotional storytelling. It's visceral like modern dance and clever like avant-garde theatre—and a far cry from the ideas of circus that still prevail in America.
City Arts Magazine

Anyone longing for a unique theatrical experience, featuring a masterful group of artists who trash formulaic and traditional methods, and take astonishing physical risks with precision, narrative, and perception, must see this extraordinary company perform.
Spectacle Magazine

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