Lots of kids play soccer and take ballet lessons after school; very few kids become footballers and ballerinas. They’re familiar archetypes, but they’re also out-of-reach and romantic.
At least that’s how Brandon Ables sees things. That’s why his group, Presto Bando, created Fabuellonna, a “soccer/ballet/performance piece” that they’re performing tonight at St. Stephen’s. Ables studied philosophy in college, and is interested in how Americans romanticize other cultures, especially Europe’s. In that desire he sees suburban America’s obsession with soccer—-if you aren’t European, you can at least act like it, right? Fabuelonna: A Soccer Tale follows a young soccer player on his way to becoming a famous European superstar. In the process, Fabuelonna comes to America to revive soccer in the states and tries to spread his wisdom to America’s soccer youth.
The concept of a soccer ballet might sound absurd, but we’re talking about Presto Bando here, a manic and imaginative rock ‘n’ roll trio with a knack for spastic yelps. Re-creating the energy of a sports stadium won’t be a problem for the group. Be prepared for 24 vuvuzelas, tumbling mats, inflatable soccer balls, rapping, and dancing. Bring your game face.
Fabuelonna: A Soccer Tale takes place at 7:30 p.m. at. St Stephen’s Church tonight with openers Paper Haus and Frau Eva.