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September 29, 2011
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The Hylton Performing Arts Center


Hylton Family Series

Fred Garbo Inflatable Theater Company

Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011 at 4 p.m.

MANASSAS, Va., Sept. 29, 2011 – “Helium light and hilarious,” says The New York Times of this mesmerizing company that has enchanted audiences of all ages around the globe. Founded by pneumatic wizard Fred Garbo and Brazilian ballerina Daielma Santos, this unique ensemble combines physical comedy, dance, juggling and giant inflatable props in its clever and engaging performances that amaze and entertain children and adults alike. Fred Garbo Inflatable Theater Company takes the Merchant Hall stage at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011 at 4 p.m. as part of the inaugural Hylton Family Series.

The show begins when a 10-foot cylinder slithers onto stage and implodes, and before long, the entire audience is playing catch with gigantic inflatable props that dance, shimmer, balloon, deflate and bounce in a rainbow of colors. Garbo and Santos both don inflatable costumes and the result is sheer comedy that leaves the audience marveling and howling.

A professional performer since 1974, Garbo has performed as Barkley the Dog on PBS’s “Sesame Street,” and was the chief juggler in the hit musical “Barnum” on Broadway. He has also performed in the Obie Award-winning “Foolsfire,” which toured Europe, Hong Kong and Australia after a successful Broadway run, and also appeared in the New York City Opera’s production of “Turnadot” and worked with the MOMIX Dance Company in Brazil. Garbo was also a recent recipient of the International Jugglers’ Association’s “Award of Excellence.”

Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Daielma Santos graduated from the Royal Academy of Dance in London, and has trained extensively in dance/choreography, mime and theater. She has been the principal dancer of the Opera Paulista II Company in Sao Paulo, and has performed with several companies in Brazil.


Tickets for FRED GARBO INFLATABLE THEATER COMPANY are $15 for adults, $5 for children. Visit the box office or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit hyltoncenter.org. The Hylton Performing Arts Center is located on George Mason University’s Prince William Campus at 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, Va., 20110. Free parking is available in the lot next to the Hylton Center. For more information, please visit hyltoncenter.org. 

About the Hylton Performing Arts Center

Dedicated to bringing a world-class performing arts venue to the Prince William region, the Hylton Performing Arts Center was born out of a partnership among Prince William County, George Mason University, the City of Manassas, the Commonwealth of Virginia and individuals and businesses in the private sector. Soaring more than nine stories and boasting a stunning mix of copper, glass and masonry, the 85,000-square foot center is home to two unparalleled performance venues for local arts groups and performers from around the world, as well as university-related activities. Modeled after the intimate European opera houses of the 19th century, Merchant Hall is a 1,140-seat multipurpose proscenium theater, which is encircled by 27 private boxes that rise three levels. The Gregory Family Theater is a flexible, 4,400-square foot space that can be configured for many different types of performances and events. In addition, the Didlake Grand Foyer, with its sweeping staircase, provides an ideal setting for community, corporate and social events. The Hylton Performing Arts Center, the only building of its kind in the area, is sure to quickly become the cultural hub of Prince William County and the surrounding communities and is a shining example of collaboration and commitment to the arts.


About George Mason University

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides students access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country. Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. With Mason professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university. George Mason University – Where Innovation Is Tradition.