Tyson McCutchan returns to Nevada County to perform | TheUnion.com

Tyson McCutchan returns to Nevada County to perform

When San Francisco’s Carpetbag Brigade Physical Theater Company presents “Mudfire,” a music/butoh dance/contact improv/storytelling/acrobatic stiltwalking show Sunday in Grass Valley, one of the nine performers will be familiar to the audience.

That performer will be Tyson “Calder” McCutchan, who grew up in Nevada City. His parents are Joey and Richard McCutchan.

Anything incorporating physical dexterity and challenge attracts McCutchan, according to his mother, a Nevada Union High School Spanish teacher and Nevada Union High School Friends International Club adviser. The Friends International Club sponsors Sunday’s show.

“When he was 3 years old, he had children twice his age mesmerized as he repeatedly shinnied up a 20-foot rope hanging from an oak tree in the backyard. Later he was fascinated with gymnastics, mountain bike racing and rock climbing,” Joey McCutchan said.

“Most recently, he has dedicated himself to acrobatics, juggling, unicycling, modern dance and contact improvisation. So, when Carpetbag Brigade invited him to join their physical theater company last winter, his response was an enthusiastic ‘Yes!'”

Before joining the company, her son was enrolled in art and theater classes at California State University at Humboldt and College of the Redwoods.

The all-ages “Mudfire” premiered this summer from Victoria, British Columbia, to Los Angeles. Nine-foot tall stilt characters perform daredevil lifts and stunts to live music on guitar, drums and violin.

Bob Scarlett’s Spirit Drum Circle will open the show.

Know and Go:

WHAT: Carpetbag Brigade Physical Theater Company’s “Mudfire”

WHEN: Sunday at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.

WHERE: Don Baggett Theatre, 11761 Ridge Road, Grass Valley

ADMISSION: $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Advance tickets at Yabobo, The Book Seller and Odyssey Books.

INFORMATION: 265-9195 or the Web at http://www.carpetbagbrigade.com

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