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"Through the imaginative hands and arms and feet of Aura CuriAtlas Physical Theatre, the tarot topic became the product of creativity as seen in the world premiere of “The Fool and the World” …  Aura CuriAtlas uses all forms of movement, acrobatics and theatre in presenting innovative takes on life and its happenings … Ultimately, what the cards meant mattered not so much as the creative movement involved. Aura is known for its visual aspect and impact ... The team relied on mime, the concept of climbing up and down and over and under each other, precarious balancing positions, tumbling, and exquisite arm and hand gestures. It was another impressive display of the body in fluid motion."

~ John Shulson, Virginia Gazette, March 12, 2019

“Highly recommended…. Balance, brains, and brilliance abound as Aura CuriAtlas Physical Theatre lives up to their name…. We were wowed by their creative coupling of dance and partner acro in the service of storytelling ... wrenchingly beautiful"  Read more ...

~ Bonnie Kenaz-Mara, ChiIL Mama, July 29, 2017

“Aura CuriAtlas has developed a unique, intensely physical brand of performance without words, incorporating circus and dance techniques into narratives that are eye-popping in their execution and touching in their meaning."  Read more ...

​~ Andrew White,, March 1, 2017

"Combine strength and humor, a dash of curiosity, a pinch of whimsy, and a generous dose of inventiveness, mix thoroughly and you have Aura CuriAtlas Physical Theatre's compelling brand of storytelling and movement."  Read more ...

​~ Pamela Roberts,, March 8, 2016


“The daring physicality and creativity of the company is a reminder … that the stage, still, truly belongs to the performing artist.  Company founders Joan Gavaler and Dan Plehal have developed a series of pieces that run the gamut from abstract movement to gymnastics to physical comedy, by turns romantic, pensive and playful.”  Read more ...


​~ Andrew White,, May 13, 2015


“ The vivid, undulating transmogrifications – most times humorous, sometimes monstrous, but always startlingly original and in constant motion ­­­– were supplied by four astonishingly supple, extraordinarily creative performers.”  Read more ...

​~ Ed Simmons, MD Theatre Guide, March 19, 2015

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