Promo Image for n0rmal


Promo Image for n0rmal


  • In Person $35
  • Virtual $15

November 18 - 21

  • Thursday - Saturday 7 pm
  • Sunday 2 pm


Aerheart (Kansas City Aerial Arts’ professional performance company) presents n0rmal, a new creation by writer and director Kelsey Aicher (winner of “Best Show” KC Fringe Fest 2018 and 2019). n0rmal explores the dark reality of common mental disorders and risk factors that lead to suicide, while incorporating pop music and mesmerizing circus arts, in an effort to talk about this silent epidemic. By initiating the conversation through an entertaining presentation, n0rmal aims to make talking about mental illness, well, normal.

Originating from Aicher’s own struggles with depression and self-harm, n0rmal has grown to include the lived experiences of her fellow performers. From substance use disorder to dealing with the loss of a friend to complete suicide, n0rmal weaves individual stories into a tapestry of national mental illness. In the show, aerialists fight their way through anxiety, acrobats succumb to self-hatred, and dancers pretend as though nothing is wrong. An artist’s movement can serve as a distraction or it can be the means to communicate. The performers of n0rmal choose to communicate in hope that it will make finding the courage to say, “I am not okay,” a little easier.

Trigger/Content Warning: While this show contains no special effects or life-like portrayals of harm, the presented content may be disturbing to certain audience members. Subjects represented through unambiguous imagery include mental illness, substance use, self-harm, suicide, gun violence, and death. Some pieces include explicit language. Some material may not suited for children under the age of 14. Audience members will be permitted to leave during the show should they feel uncomfortable. Mental health comes first.

PLEASE NOTE: Prior to entry into the lobby of Union Station the ticket holder will be asked to present proof of vaccination for Covid-19 or a negative test result for Covid-19 for a FDA approved diagnostic test within 48 hours prior to the event. Masks will be required at all times inside City Stage Theatre.

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