European stage performer in Port Angeles tonight

PORT ANGELES — The Juan de Fuca Foundation will present Tomáš Kubínek, touted as a “physical poet and verbal acrobat,” at 7 tonight at the Port Angeles Performing Arts Center.

Tickets are $18 to $38 for the adult-only performance at the high school performing arts center at 304 E. Park Ave.

Tickets are available online at jffa.org, at Port Book and News, 104 E. First St.; and Dungeness Kids Co., 163 W. Washington St., Sequim.

Kubínek’s one-man show combines elements of theater and of a music hall.

After a sold-out run on Broadway, The New York Times lauded his work as “absolutely expert,” local organizers said.

Born in Prague, Kubínek at the age of 3 was smuggled out of the country by his parents to escape the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia.

After two months in a refugee camp in Austria, the Kubínek family was granted asylum in Canada and it was there that Tomáš, age 5, witnessed his first circus.

He became passionately interested in clowns, circus, theater and magic and, while still in his teens, he made his circus debut with a Brazilian clown duo as the rear half of a two-person horse. That was only the beginning.

Kubínek saved money to study with some of the world’s greatest teachers of theater, including Monika Pagneaux, Pierre Byland, Jaques Lecoq and Boleslav Polívka.

These studies, combined with his own tireless experiments in the art of live performance, led to the creation of his award-winning solo stage shows, organizers said.

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