A big part of our mission is to grow the professional aerial circus community, and offer new performers and aspiring performers the opportunity to learn the business of performing while getting a foot in the door. The Alley contacted us because they wanted aerial and circus entertainment for their 1-year anniversary party, and they wanted something different from aerial silks which they had already featured at the last event. We called on several of the students in our Choreography classes for this event, and invented a new apparatus specifically to fit their theme!New Apparatus:
For this event the Alley wanted Ambient Aerial Hoop, and something else different. We designed an invented apparatus that we’re calling the Wonderson Cagelier…multiple aerial hoops rigged in the shape of a cage. Invented apparatuses require much testing and practice to go live, so our founders Jordan and Clayton did the prep work and performed 4 solo and duo sets on the Cagelier.
Once an aspiring performer has successfully performed in one of our student showcases, we offer the opportunity to be part of professional gigs for those with the desire. Before a new performer gets up in the air at a gig, we require them to attend at least one professional gig as a ground assistant so they know how we run our gigs, they feel confident and ready, and know what to expect. Safety and professionalism always come first.
We brought 2 Angela’s to the event, one to perform on aerial hoop and the other to be “Spinmeister” and ground safety controller. Her job was to assist us in getting up to and down from the apparatuses (which were rigged high), and to generate spins from the ground. Her most challenging job was keeping an eye on the crowd to make sure nobody got too close to an aerialist while they were up in the air. She did a great job and made us all feel very safe and comfortable while we performed!
To perform ambient aerial with us, we require aerialists to pass our ambient aerial safety and strength test. Because this type of performing can involve many variables, even though it is not a choreographed act it is still an advanced type of performance (more so than highly choreographed acts, in many ways). To remain safe and in control, strength and the ability to change plans mid-stream is key. Angela passed our test with flying colors, performed 3 sets on Lyra, and the crowd loved her!
To fill out the circus vibe, Anastasia spun LED poi at the party. This was a big hit as she mingled and spun in all areas of the party.
Here’s a link to a photo album from the event. If you are looking for aerial or circus entertainment for your next event, contact us! We have aerial and ground acts, and an amazing crew. Happy flying!