Aura CuriAtlas Physical Theatre

Aura CuriAtlas Physical Theatre is dedicated to creating innovative performances that combine dance, theatre and acrobatics to tell stories and inspiring others to do the same.

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The company's performing and teaching embody the qualities reflected in their name: Lightness (Aura), Curiosity (Curi), and Strength (Atlas). Their signature pieces transform everyday situations into extraordinary moments on stage. By teaching their creation process, they inspire students to embrace their own creativity.

The goals of Aura CuriAtlas are to:
- Create fresh new works that invite imaginative engagement for audiences of all ages
- Provide high quality public performances at affordable ticket prices
- Host post-show conversations about the creative process
- Teach workshops for young people and adults that provide tools for participants to create their own stories.

Ticket sales cover 1/3 of our expenses. Donors help Aura CuriAtlas pay for studio space, company travel, and other costs necessary to mount productions and teach intensives. Donors also help sponsor school performances and free tickets for community partners.
"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. Feats of balance and strength abound as the story unfolds." (Andy White,, March 1, 2017)

"I am delighted to say that the performance by Aura CuriAtlas kept the entire group entertained and I give complete credit to them for their professionalism and engaging performance. In today's world of video games and handheld technology, it was my wish that the children would enjoy the true performance of people on stage telling a story using minimal audio support. My wish came true as the children watched and laughed and clapped in excitement over adults working together on stage to tell stories with their body movements and facial expressions." (Katherine Maddox, Master Teacher, Pre-Kindergarten, LeafSpring School, April 23, 2018)

"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 … DREAM LOGIC is family friendly, but not dumbed down in any way. The central themes are readily accessible and dealt with compassionately and with great humor." (Pamela Roberts,, March 8, 2016)

"Aura CuriAtlas Physical Theatre provided a compelling evening of storytelling and movement, ideal for curious children and adults alike. The combination of creative, contemporary movement and physical storytelling was tremendously engaging. The professionalism of Joan and the troupe was also very impressive and included interactive social media promotion of the event. The group is a delight to host and work with, offering the highest mark in integrity and the art of contemporary physical movement." (Kim Soerensen, Executive Director, Riverviews Artspace, July 1, 2017)

"Thank you for this wonderful opportunity and an amazing show. … We are always seeking free events to share with our mentoring matches so that they can build upon different experiences and learn new things together. The show was a hit with our Bigs and Littles, and we are so thankful for community partners like the Aura CuriAtlas Physical Theatre." (Ayanna King, CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Virginia Peninsula, May 16, 2016)