The child inside you will flip out at the sight of big helium balloons floating around the black-box theater inside 12th Avenue Arts, where choreographer KT Niehoff and approximately seven million collaborators are staging this multimedia brainsplosion called Before We Flew Like Birds We Flew Like Clouds. Using dance, short virtual-reality films, sound recordings of Radiolab-like interviews, and music, Niehoff and her deep bench of artists endeavor to convey the experiences of four different people in a state of extreme duress: a speed skater in the middle of a superfast turn, an astronaut blasting off and floating in space, a paraplegic rower rowing, and a heart-attack survivor seconds before (and after!) death. It's a lot to look at, but it's all good, and did I mention the room full of heart-lifting balloons?! RICH SMITH
Note: Online tickets are sold out, but there will be limited walk up tickets available. Come to the Box Office an hour before show time to purchase walk up tickets, or put your name on the waitlist.