‘Webs’ sets Knoxville debut

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A unique, full-length show combining aerials, acrobatics and spoken word is coming to Knoxville. One World Circus will present “Webs: A Circus Confronting Sexualized Violence with Humor, Tragedy and Empathy” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at Dragonfly Aerial and Circus Arts Studio, 4506 Fennel Road.

The show explores why sexualized violence is so prevalent, what it means to experience violence, and what healing looks like – both on an individual level and as a society. While there is discussion of sexual violence, there is no explicit depiction, according to a press statement. There are explicit moments of hope and healing.

“I am a survivor, a mother of children who are survivors, and a circus artist,” said director and creator Lissa McLeod. “For many of us, the past two years has been one of heightened awareness to our own experiences of gender-based violence and created opportunities for deeper understandings of the systems supporting the violence. I decided that I needed to tell my story both for myself, but also to create the space for other women to tell theirs.”

Additional shows will be presented in October in Asheville, Swannanoa and Johnson City.

Tickets for the Knoxville show are $15 and are available for purchase at www.webscircus.com.

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