- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 24, 2001

Aeros alights at the Warner Theatre March 24 with its airborne gymnasts who blend athleticism and modern dance.

The show consists of several vignettes in which the gymnasts perform dazzling floor exercises, such as handstands, cartwheels and back flips, while telling a story.

In one scene, several male performers sit around a card table and one-up each other, not with top cards, but through breathtaking physical moves atop the table, Aeros publicist Phillip Aleman says.

The directors-choreographers are Daniel Ezralow, David Parsons and Moses Pendleton. Mr. Ezralow and Mr. Parsons are known for their work with the Paul Taylor Dance Company. Mr. Pendleton co-founded Pilobus Dance Theatre and choreographed the closing ceremonies for the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y., in 1980.

The gymnasts are 20 former members of the Romanian Gymnastics Federation. Four of them are world champions. During the Aeros show they use the parallel bars and trampolines to perform some of their stunts.

They are not trained dancers, but their physical capabilities in certain ways go beyond those of conventional dancers, Mr. Ezralow says in an interview on the show's Web site.

"What you see is totally explosive. You marvel at their bodies flying through the air," he says. The performance lasts 90 minutes and has a 15-minute intermission for the performers and spectators alike to catch their breaths. The Warner Theatre seats close to 1,800 people and as of Thursday afternoon a couple of hundred tickets remained.

The show, which is set to mostly live music, including Euro pop and electronica, also incorporates a circus-like running gag: A male performer appears several times throughout the show, flower in hand, in pursuit of a beautiful young woman. He catches up to her, and she dismisses him with force.

During a 60-city tour that started this year, the 20 young athletes performed close to every night to large audiences and benevolent critics, Mr. Aleman says. The tour will continue until mid-April. After that, the show's future is uncertain, he says.

Tonight's show is presented by the Washington Performing Arts Society.

WHAT: AerosWHERE: Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW.WHEN: 7:30 March 24TICKETS: $15 to $40PHONE: 202/432-SEAT

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