“CALIENTE” – Opens Tonight, 3/10, at Teatro ZinZanni

Teatro ZinZanni unveils a brand new production born in San Francisco. Starring ZinZanni regulars Christine Deaver and Robert Lopez (El Vez), CALIENTE opens tonight, Thursday, March 10th and runs through June 19th in the beautiful Spiegeltent on San Francisco’s Pier 29. Caliente introduces ZinZanni audiences to the artistry of chanteuse Rebekah Del Rio and malambo dancer Ann Bernard.  Returning to dazzle audiences are the French comedic acrobat trio, Les Petits Frères, the sensational Ukrainian contortionist Vita Radionova, and Chinese aerialist Ling Rui.

Caliente is developed and directed by San Francisco’s own Ricardo Salinas, a founding member of the critically acclaimed Chicano/Latino performance trio known as Culture Clash which originated in S.F.’s Mission District. Tobias Larsson, one of ZinZanni’s most popular artists, serves as choreographer.

Christine Deaver and Robert Lopez return to San Francisco to create the new characters of Tres and Cinco, a brother and sister team who galvanize the troops with a Latin flavor and prove that, against all odds, “the show must go on.” In a storyline seemingly ripped from the current headlines, times are tough and the tent is threatened with closure. In the spirit of Chaplin and the Marx Brothers, pandemonium ensues when the kitchen staff refuses the pink slips. With only one night left to live out their show biz fantasies, our underdogs band together as “back-of-house” heads to “front-of-house” in typical ZinZanni style. A realtor with a heart of steel finds her inner chanteuse, the real estate developer turns into an aerialist, and non-stop entertainment is had by all.  In the end, of course, artists save the day and the circus stays in town!

Christine Deaver and Robert Lopez

Actor, singer, writer, director and improvisational performer Christine Deaver (Tres) returns to San Francisco after acclaimed performances of “Hearts on Fire” in Seattle. Ms. Deaver is well known to ZinZanni audiences, having created many memorable characters including Voluptuous Panic and Penelope Wilde. The show also features Robert Lopez (Cinco), more famously known as El Vez, and acclaimed as the Mexican Elvis for his twisting salsa-hips and Latino renditions of Presley classics such as “En el Barrio,” “Está Bien, Mamacita,” and “Viva La Raza.”  Joining them is singer/songwriter Rebekah Del Rio, celebrated for her striking rendition of Llorando in David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive and Argentine malambo dancer, clown, and percussionist Ann Bernard. The sensational Ukrainian contortionist Vita Radionova infuses her sensual and elegant contortion act with a salsa flavor. The extraordinary Chinese acrobat, Ling Rui, debuts his solo aerial straps act for the first time and Les Petits Frères, the dynamic French acrobatic trio bring a new routine to the tent as well.

Rebekah Del Rio – Ann Bernard – Vita Radionova

Since March of 2000, Teatro Zinzanni has welcomed more than 1,000,000 people into the Palais Nostalgique for a bewitching blend of European cabaret, cirque arts, music, and comedy combined with a 5-course dinner created by Chef Patrick Fassino of Restaurant TZ, an arm of Taste Catering and Event Planning. Imported from Belgium, the antique Spiegeltent creates a rare and mysterious atmosphere with stained glass, hand-carved wooden interior columns, polished crystal and mirrors. An esteemed member of the local arts community, Teatro ZinZanni is a not-for-profit arts organization with a mission to preserve, nurture, and support the centuries-old traditions of European circus arts. Over the past decade, Teatro ZinZanni has assisted other non-profit organizations including Sean Penn’s Haitian Relief Organization, Bread and Roses Family Foundation, Huckleberry House, Suicide Prevention League and New Leaf Services in raising more than $2,000,000 for charitable causes through ticket donations and hosting fundraisers in the tent. 

Les Petits Frères – Ricardo Salinas (Director) – Ling Rui

The regular schedule runs Wednesday through Saturday at 6:00 pm. and Sunday at 5:00 pm, however show schedules change weekly, so check the website for specific details.  Tickets start at $117 and are available at the on-site Box Office at Pier 29 on the Embarcadero weekdays from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, and weekends from noon – 6:00 pm, or by phone at 415-438-2668.  Premium and preferred seating is also available.

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