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VOLTA tells a spellbinding story about the freedom to choose and the thrill of blazing your own trail. Inspired in part by the adventurous spirit that fuels the culture of action sports, the show weaves the adrenaline rush of acrobatics into a visually striking world driven by a stirring melodic score.

VOLTA is a story of transformation. It is about being true to oneself, fulfilling one’s true potential, and the power of the group to make that possible. It celebrates freedom as a movement. 

WAZ, a popular gameshow host, has lost touch with his inner self in the pursuit of fame, pulling others in the trap of instant glory. But as doubt sets in, WAZ is enlightened by childhood memories as he encounters “free spirits” who open doors to his inner soul he has long kept shut. On his high-voltage search for meaning, will WAZ find the courage to relinquish his fame, reconnect with his true self, and shine bright? 


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Volta - Acts

  • Rope Skipping

    In this act, rope skipping takes on a new dimension with a heightened level of acrobatic prowess. Artists perform single rope and double Dutch sequences (two ropes turning in opposite directions). With an urban, hip hop attitude, they tumble, flip, and perform handstand hops through the spinning ropes. When the act culminates in a breathtaking speed pass at full throttle, the two spinning ropes are just a blur.

  • Precision Walk, Roller Skates & Batons

    The GREYS execute a striking group choreography, changing directions in rhythmic unison, their eyes glued to their cellphones – compasses leading nowhere. They are all the same: withdrawn, strait-jacketed into their daily routines. ELA playfully joins in the performance of a fellow FREE SPIRIT. Combining dance and gymnastics, the artist twirls her batons as if they are an extension of her body. Demonstrating exceptional control, she spins one, two, and then three batons around her neck, arms, and legs, tossing them high into the air and catching them after performing a series of acrobatic figures.

  • Acro Lamp

    In a moment of calm introspection, “younger WAZ” grabs onto a suspended red lamp just like the one in WAZ’s Cube and flies majestically above the stage in long sweeping arcs. Hanging on with his hands or feet, he swings and spins gracefully above WAZ using the light to metaphorically illuminate the journey ahead.

  • Parkour

    In a tribute to the discipline and artistry of “free running,” the FREE SPIRITS execute a series of high-level moves and jumps in a fluid and poetic choreography, leaping from freestanding structures spread out on the stage onto the three hydraulic lifts, then onto the bridge and back, crisscrossing in midair. This act explores the themes of synchronicity, musicality, partnering and individuality.

  • BMX Flatland & Ballet Duo

    A world champion BMX flatland rider performs a riveting routine on his bike and engages in a pas de deux with a ballet dancer as WAZ looks on. Coming from disciplines that seem worlds apart, the two artists create mirror-like images in a mesmerizing synchronized choreography.

  • Swiss Rings/Bungee

    Suspended from the bridge, eight top-level gymnasts on four sets of Swiss-style rings twist, swivel, and sway to and from on their apparatus in a high-energy celebration of WAZ’s departure from the gameshow. They are busy showing their tricks when two artists suddenly fall from the sky on bungee cords and interact with the gymnasts below in alternating patterns.

  • Acrobatic Ladders

    Two articulated ladders attached to the edge of the stage on pivot points are the towering symbols of WAZ’s escape from the artificial world of QPQ. Artists climb, spin and execute acrobatic and artistic figures on the ladders in synchronized and alternating patterns. At certain points, the ladders swing out majestically over the audience.
  • Shape Diving

    In an electric, urban atmosphere, five artists tumble and jump through shapes, sometimes feet first, sometimes backwards, sometimes bent in half, even adding breakdancing and hip-hop-style moves into the mix.
  • Charivari

    While an artist holding onto a ring executes acrobatic figures and spins at an astonishing speed, a rider shows his skills at trial bike riding, a discipline in which the rider attempts to scale obstacles without setting foot on the ground. A highline artist walks a tight rope while ELA interacts with the trial rider’s performance.
  • Hair Suspension

    A spellbinding artist suspended only by her hair levitates slowly from a cushion underneath her, barely touching the ground. This mysterious, slithering character then rises up above the stage, swinging back and forth or spinning like a top, all the while exercising her hypnotic power over all.
  • Hand to Hand on Unicycle

    A percussionist performs a thunderous tenor drum solo and is soon joined by four other percussionists suspended above the stage who continue the dramatic, pulsating beat in unison. The FREE SPIRITS watch on as two artists perform a hand to hand act on a unicycle. Suddenly, 24 ropes fall dramatically from the sky. As the artists turn on the rotating stage, they use the ropes to create the structure of a tent in a majestic swirling motion.

  • Contemporary Dance

    WAZ’s dance is the physical manifestation of his liberation, building up from simple, understated arm movements, and exploding into dramatic grand jetés. The choreography, which reveals not a dancer, but a free man, expresses WAZ’s humanity, vulnerability and courage.

  • BMX

    A full-blown BMX park is mounted on stage in front of the audience’s very eyes for the breathtaking BMX finale as five 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 in a spirit of brotherhood.