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Passes for Fertile Ground Festival available now

The Fertile Ground Festival of New Works will celebrate its 11th year in 2020. The festival is scheduled for Jan. 30 through February 9 at venues throughout the Portland metropolitan area. Festival passes are available now for a cost of $50 until Dec. 31. Passes after that date will cost $70. A festival pass gives audience members access to over 75 events that feature more than 100 "acts of creation" in theater, dance, circus, music, animation, multidisciplinary arts from 44 producers at 43 venues during the 11 days.

Venues include Broadway Rose in Tigard, Lakewood Theatre in Lake Oswego, Northwest Children's Theater, CoHo Productions, Twilight Theater Co., Theatre Vertigo and Portland Center Stage in Portland and Bag & Baggage in Hillsboro.

Passholder reservations begin Jan. 6.

Fertile Ground is a program of the Portland Area Theatre Alliance in service to the artists of Portland and the creation of new work.

To purchase festival passes or donate to Fertile Ground visit boxofficetickets.com/go.event?id=338983.

Cirque du Soleil bringing VOLTA to Portland

Cirque du Soleil returns to Portland with VOLTA, its first sports-inspired show Jan. 18 through Aug. 2, 2020 under the Big Top at the Portland Expo Center. Tickets are available now online at cirquedusoleil.com/cirqueclub.

VOLTA features a full-blown BMX park mounted on stage, for a breathtaking BMX finale as riders invade the stage to deliver a jaw-dropping, fast and furious performance of nonstop acrobatics on wheels. The riders go up the jump boxes and perform air tricks before landing and leaping off the ramps again, crisscrossing and spinning their bikes in midair.

The creators of VOLTA drew inspiration from the spirit of adventure that pervades the world of BMX, street sports and acrobatics. Whether they are on a bike, hopping from a rooftop, or double dutch rope skipping, urban sports enthusiasts constantly challenge themselves and defy convention.

— The Review, Tidings


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