January 25, 2007

Tweaksters explore, defy physics in 'Fabulous Feats of Physical Fun!'

With a mix of acrobatic dance, artistic juggling, creative choreography and odd objects, the Tweaksters will bring "Fabulous Feats of Physical Fun!" to Purdue at 3 p.m. on Feb. 3 in the Stewart Center's Loeb Playhouse.

The performance is presented by Purdue Convocations, with support from Purdue Employees Federal Credit Union, as part of its Family Adventures series.

Parents are invited to bring their children to try some fun physical fitness activities beginning at 2 p.m. in the Stewart Center West Lobby. The Division of Recreational Sports is sponsoring the free pre-show event.

The Tweaksters are Julia Snyder and Regan Patno, two talented artists with quirky senses of humor. Sometimes regarded as "the Blue Man Group without the paint," the Tweaksters use their athletic prowess and imaginations to launch ping-pong air raids, pound out percussive music with plumbing pipes or juggle to a disco beat. Throughout their pulse-quickening performances, they demonstrate skillful feats of strength and balance while exploring ? and seeming to ignore ? the laws of physics.

The performers share a passion for physical fitness. Snyder, a personal fitness trainer with a master's degree in psychology, brings years of gymnastics, dance and yoga training to her craft. Honored by Shape magazine as a fitness model of the year, she was also a national qualifier for Miss Fitness USA. In college, she ran on the University of Washington's varsity track and cross country teams. She also has appeared in several fitness and yoga videos.

Patno, who as a teen was a cast member of the television show "Fame" and a "Solid Gold" dancer for two years, has a string of film and TV dancing credits, including "Forrest Gump," "Sister Act II," "Star Trek: Nemesis" and a half-dozen appearances on the "Tonight Show."

Together, they bring a message about the joy of physical activity to their audiences and about how fitness can be achieved not just through organized sports but also through creative movement. Snyder and Patno also have created detailed study guides for children in grades K-12 that encourage kids to explore the physics of motion with their own bodies.

"Parents need to take an interest in the physical activities of their kids and don't necessarily need to push them into sports, although sports are fine," Patno said. "Find a way to make physical activity a joy. Kids like to do fun things."

Tickets to the Tweaksters' performance are $14 for adults and $10 for children and are available at the Elliott Hall and Stewart Center box offices at (765) 494-3933 or (800) 914-SHOW. Tickets also are available through Ticketmaster outlets.

Source: Kerry Schutt Nason, Purdue Convocations director of marketing, (765) 494-5045, knason@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu

Note to Journalists: A publication-quality photo of The Tweaksters is available at https://www.tweaksters.com/photographs.html

Related Web sites:
Purdue Convocations: https://www.convocations.org

The Tweaksters: https://www.tweaksters.com

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