There’s no place like it.
Even if you ignore the fact that some of the most talented performers from around the world are flying through the air, or tapping you on the shoulder or belting their heart out, you’ll still be left with a mind-blowing meal. The theatrics are are only a small part of the experience that is Teatro ZinZanni.
A Seattle institution, Teatro is modeled after European caberets and resides under an authentic Belgian spiegeltent. When the show had to close in 1999 to accomodate construction, it seemed to be the end of what The New York Times dubbed “Seattle’s hottest ticket.” Although the show moved to San Francisco, and has since been successful there, you can’t keep a good thing down. Teatro truimphantly returned in April 2002 partnered with Tom Douglas Restaurants.
Many people think that ZinZanni is simply a damn fine show and an unforgettable night on the town. What they don’t know is that the company is very involved in the community, as well as special events. For example, Camp ZinZanni is a summer workshop for kids between the ages of 5 and 16. Students have the opportunity to learn circus arts and hone their acting chops by working with some of the world’s most accomplished professionals.
Teatro ZinZanni is produced by One Reel, a not-for-profit arts, sports and cultural events organization. One Reel is also responsible for the marvel that is Bumbershoot, as well as Family 4th at Lake Union and Summer Nights.
Those who have attended the show have called it fast-paced and irreverant organized chaos. They have said that it is a shared experience that’s also personal, and that there’s never a dull moment. As “the Moulin Rouge meets Cirque du Soleil,” it’s a fully interactive show that is unlike any other. It’s certainly an experience that is difficult to describe, and also to forget.
Although I’ve personally never been fortunate enough to catch a show at Teatro ZinZanni, I eagerly await the day that I’ll join the crowd and be a part of the greatest show on Earth.
Hungry for a taste? Check out Teatro ZinZanni’s channel on YouTube!