Free2Luv® in association with the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District and Summerlin Library and Performing Arts Center is super excited to bring TOUR DE FORCE, an anti-bullying cirque event to the Las Vegas community in 2020.
What happens when young professional cirque artists collide with powerful music and impactful storytelling?
A TOUR DE FORCE
In this musical cirque spectacle, the audience will embark on a magical journey of self-discovery where self-doubt and pain from bullying are turned into power and unstoppable strength. This five-act production follows the performers through emotional turbulence and triumphs from doubt to chaos to hope to unity to rise.
With acrobatics and high flying fun on the ground and in the air, this thought-provoking performance will move, inspire, and engage the audience. Step right up and stand up to bullying with Troupe Du Cirque, an award-winning ensemble cast headlined by a group of youth artists who have been seen on television and graced some of the world’s largest stages.
Teen actor Chris Edward Garcia, known for Legacy, Samoan Gold, and We All We Got, stars in TOUR DE FORCE as a young man struggling with bullying and depression.
Miah Green is an aerialist, actress, and model from Las Vegas, Nevada who has performed aerials all over the U.S. For the past 3 years, Miah has walked the runway at NYFW and LAFW, including modeling for major clothing brands.
Jocelyn Hunt is a 12-year-old circus artist from Las Vegas, Nevada who has performed with Cirque Du Soleil’s One Night for One Drop, Free2Luv’s TOUR DE FORCE, Utah Film Awards and Circus Couture’s 10-year anniversary charity event.
Radiant spirits and cheerful voices are often overcome by the deafening noise and tortuous realities of bullying. The bullying epidemic continues to plague our youth with over 160,000 students staying home from school every day due to bullying. Suicide is now a leading cause of death among youth ages 12 -18 with Nevada ranking 7th in the nation in 2018.
Free2Luv believes the solution lies in self-empowerment and utilizes the arts, both visual and performing, to uplift, engage, and heal youth.
“The purpose of our storytelling is to let our youth know that even when they are struggling, they are not alone. We encourage them to reach out in times of darkness. There is no weakness in asking for help. In fact, it’s a sign of strength. These performances are dedicated to our Honorary Youth Advocate, Blaine who at 10 years old felt the only answer was ending his life. With messages and performances like this, if we can reach one child struggling, we know it can be life-changing,” says Tonya Sandis, Founder of Free2Luv. “When youth feel supported, embraced and empowered to be their authentic selves, we are able to create real change. We’re proud to be a resource center for youth to start conversations, build confidence, and become difference makers in their communities.”
TOUR DE FORCE will take place at Summerlin Library and Performing Arts Center, 1771 Inner Circle Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89134. We will produce two school shows for local middle schools along with two performances open to the public, free of charge. Community show times are Friday, February 21st at 7:30 pm (doors open at 7 pm) and Saturday, February 22nd at 3:00 pm (doors open at 2:30 pm). Seating is on a first come, first served basis. This event was made free to the public by the generosity of the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, Free2Luv, and Zappos.
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