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Sure there are boats and accessories galore and all the latest technology at the Big Seattle Boat Show. That’s why people travel from more than 40 states, 6 Canadian provinces and as far away as Dubai to attend the Show, the largest on the West Coast. But this year’s Show also includes many entertainment options, none bigger or sure to make a Splash than the Show’s new aerial acrobatic act with performances daily.

Splash consists of three separate acrobatic performances high above the boats in the West Hall at CenturyLink Event Center. The daily nautical-themed performances will feature some of Seattle’s most talented aerialists and acrobats doing Cirque du Soleil-style aerial work and will be performed on a Corde Lisse (or rope) a Cloud Swing and a Triple Trapeze.  There won’t be a bad seat in the house as all the boats in the West Hall will serve as viewing platforms as will the boater’s lounge on the mezzanine level. Performances are:

  • Monday –Thursday at 6:30 pm
  • Fridays at 7:00 pm
  • Saturdays at 3:00 pm.
  • Sunday, January 27th at 3:00 pm
  • No performance will be held on Sunday, February 3.

Triple Trapeze Quartet.
Photo by Michelle Bates.

Splash Lineup: The Triple Trapeze Quartet, Mermaid on Cloud Swing, Drunken Sailor

The Triple Trapeze Quartet: Based on the grand film era of synchronized swimming, this triple trapeze piece incorporates synchronized dance and acrobatic work by four of Seattle’s leading aerialists. It is performed on a three-section trapeze on which all four acrobats are working together. The women are costumed in 1930s style cherry red swim suits with an Esther Williams flair. The feeling is fun, awe-inspiring, and deeply rooted in synchronized swimming history and is performed to music of the 1930s. Hailing from various local aerial groups (The Aerialistas, The Velone Sisters, and The Flying Caribe girls) are Carri Anderson, Cathy Sutherland, Esther Edelman and Martha Enson. They have performed across the United States and in Europe & Mexico, on the outer edge of the Space Needle and in the presence of Kings.

Kari Podgorski.
Photo by Chris Yetter

Mermaid on Cloud Swing: She frolics, spins, rolls and swings, mesmerizing the crowd with the unattainable beauty of the mermaid. Mythical and powerful, she is equally at home hanging by her toes or her neck, cascading in a series of spins around the rope or and resting in the rocking of the sea. The Mermaid segment of Splash will be performed by Kari Podgorski, “aerialist par excellence" according to The Seattle Times. Podgorski has performed on her cloud swing in over 30 major U.S. cities from Las Vegas to Manhattan and everywhere in between, as well as internationally from Victoria, B.C. to Porto, Portugal. She has enjoyed show runs at both the critically acclaimed Seattle and San Francisco Teatro ZinZanni venues and more recently in Europe at Palazzo and Friedrichsbau variety theaters.

Jonathon Rose.
Photo by John Cornicello.

Drunken Sailor: Every sailor is trained to tie ropes into knots, but this sailor has been carousing on shore or drinking double strength grog, and he can't seem to tell up from down, nor manage to keep his feet on the deck. It's a breath stopping solo skill act on a vertical rope. It's a comic tour de force between the sailor and the crowd. It's a fabulous balance of strength, flexibility, and humor, as the sailor tries to climb the ropes and not fall to the deck. The Drunken Sailor is performed by Jonathon Rose who trained under tutelage of world renowned circus artists Charly Dedessus le Moutier and Gregory Marquet.

About EnJoy Productions, creator and producer of Splash
Over the past 20 years, EnJoy Production founders Kevin Joyce and Martha Enson have established themselves as one of the most versatile and prolific creative teams in the Pacific Northwest. They have designed, created, produced and performed some of the region’s most innovative and successful live events, from theater to spectacle, circus, interactive entertainment, and atmosphere enhancements. As EnJoy Productions, they have hosted and created value-adding performance for over 300 events since 2002. Kevin is a emcee, auctioneer, actor, composer and director. Martha is a professional aerialist, actress, event designer and director.