Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Training with Steel

I'm rehearsing for an aerial dance performance that will take place on Sunday, April 6th. The prepartory class, a repertory really, has a dozen or so dancers exploring apparatus with which they are largely unfamiliar. All made of steel, the apparatus run the gamut from small rings (like gymnastics rings) to hula-hoop sized rings (called a lyra) to small and large ladder shapes to a straight pole and a trapezoid. Each of these are hung from a high ceiling, attached at a single point on a swivel. So every thing is free to spin as well as swing. It is a pretty intense, fun experience, though the steel is pretty unforgiving on the body. I have an - interesting - collection of bruises, and arnica and Traumeel are my close friends. Here is a photo from a recent rehearsal:

Hildy, and others, getting comfy with steel.

You can see a couple of the other apparatus in the background. I am working on a piece using the large ladder shown in the foreground, with Hildy (shown) and Ken. The creative process to build this piece is great fun. We're really starting to nail down the details now.

Feel free to contact me if you are interested in tickets to the show.

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