“the Curve” is the story of Genie Cartier’s nearly 30 years as an acrobat, told through a unique blend of formats. In this one-woman variety show, circus, dance, physical comedy and spoken word are all stitched together to form the image of life as a circus performer-- and what happens to the body and mind in the process. Ranging from absurd performing experiences to the tragic hazards of a dangerous sport, the show is both an examination of circus as an art form and a personal reflection.
Genie Cartier is a San Francisco native with a background in Chinese acrobatics and aerial rope training. She has performed a unique mix of acrobatics and hand-balancing on a folding chair all over San Francisco and Los Angeles, with companies such as Hubba Hubba Revue, Fishnet Follies, Circus Finelli, Picklewater Clown Festival, Literary Foolery and Machina Candeo. She was the co-creator and star of "Genie and Audrey's Dream Show!," an award-winning two-woman circus, which toured fringe festivals in 4 different cities. She is a founding member of Bow & Arrow Circus Theatre Collective, and produces a yearly Pagan holiday show called "Saturnalia: A Raunchy Circus Christmas," in which she also performs. She also graduated from UCLA with a BA in English/ Creative Writing and earned an MFA in Creative Writing/ Poetry from SFSU. She most recently made her directorial debut with "Dark Side of the Circus," a large-scale circus theater show choreographed to Pink Floyd’s "Dark Side of the Moon," developed under the auspices of a residency at San Francisco Circus Center. You can learn more about Bow & Arrow Circus at https://bowandarrowcircus.wordpress.com or by following @bowandarrowcircus