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Tomas Kubinek Uses Body to Tell Stories
Monday, September 23, 2019


He’s been described as a certified lunatic and master of the impossible.

For Tomas Kubinek that’s code for a man who can make walking up walls or playing the ukulele while standing on his head look easy.

Kubinek has figured out how to lose a leg. He flies through the air with the greatest of ease.

And he’ll fly into the Argyros Performing Arts Center in Ketchum on Tuesday, Sept. 24.

Kubinek will perform his vaudevillian act at 7:30 p.m. as the opening salvo in the Sun Valley Center for the Arts’ 2019-20 Performing Arts Series.

“Tomas Kubinek is simply a joy to see onstage,” said Kristine Bretall, director of performing arts at The Center. “He blends sleight of hand, acrobatics, humor and performance in a way that will make you feel you’ve gone back in time.”

Back in time for Kubinek involved being smuggled out of Czechoslovakia by his parents to escape the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia. After two months in a refugee camp in Austria, his family was granted asylum in Canada. He witnessed his first circus at age 5 and performed his first performance before a circle of elderly magicians at 9.

By age 13 he had an agent and was performing in coffee houses. He made his circus debut as a Brazilian clown duo as the rear half of a two-person horse while still a teenager.

Over the years he has coaxed his body to perform in unimaginable ways to create “Moose,” a surreal comedy about three men braving the elements of Arctic Tundra; “Bed,” about the nightmarish adventures of an insomniac cabaret artist, and “Circus Flora,” about a villain who masterminds an elephant kidnapping.

While in Sun Valley, Kubinek will work with Silver Creek High School students to explore how physicality influences how we feel about ourselves.

“Tomas is renowned for his outreach work and really unlocks a childlike creativity and wonder in all of us,” said Bretall.

Tickets are available at or by calling 208-726-9491.



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