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AERIAL THEORY SUMMIT: VERTICAL FOCUS

Posted by: New England Center for Circus Arts
Posted on: Dec. 20, 2021
Category: Intensive/Workshop/Class
Type: In Person
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AERIAL THEORY SUMMIT: VERTICAL FOCUS

Geek out with the most creative aerial minds for theory based workshops and jams! Meet your fellow aerial nerds, share ideas, and learn from Molly Graves, Lauren Breunig, Elsie Smith, Jamie Hodgson, and Julia Langenberg in this action packed weekend of brainy fun! And join us for an optional dinner out at a local restaurant on Saturday night.
This Summit was originally founded by Julia Langenberg at Aerial Horizon, and NECCA is excited to be hosting this with Julia in Vermont.

WHEN: May 27-29, 2022

WHERE: NECCA Trapezium
10 Town Crier Dr.
Brattleboro, VT 05301 USA

PREREQS: For students with a regular and current aerial practice on rope, fabric, or sling who want to geek out on "why" and "how" things work with fellow aerialists and invent new tricks together! Participants must be intermediate level of higher, be comfortable being in the air without coach support, and agree to follow the guidelines of NECCA and the Open Training Hosts. To support a creatively safe environment there will be no auditing or public viewing. Not sure if this is for you? Please email [email protected]


COST: Your $100 Summit fee includes 3 days of group warm ups and open trainings on rope, fabric, and sling. Additional individual workshops are $25-50/workshop.


REGISTER: To receive 20% off all ATS workshops, check out with “Aerial Theory Summit” in your cart. Then come back and purchase individual workshops and the discount will automatically apply: https://necenterforcircusarts.asapconnected.com/#CourseGroupID=56284

MORE INFO: https://necenterforcircusarts.org/training/workshops/

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OPEN TRAINING TIMES:
May 27 from 5:30-8:30 pm; May 28 from 12:30-5:30 pm; May 29 from 9 am - 2:30 pm

WORKSHOPS:
LINGUISTICS & NAMING HISTORY IN VERTICAL AERIALS with Elsie Smith
May 28 from 10 am - 12 pm
Vertical Arts, especially aerial fabric and sling, began their journey as an art form accessible to the general public in North America in the 1980's. We'll look at how the codification of naming and teaching linguistics helped move the traditional circus acts of corde lisse and Spanish web to the current popular forms. Who 'invented' aerial fabric? Where did the name "belay" come from? And who and what is a "Pfister Twister"? This workshop will start as a presentation and then we'll all share names and regionalisms to help us learn each other's languages.
VIRTUAL OPTION: Can't join us in person? Sign up and get the recording to watch later!

VERTICAL THEORY & VARIABLES: An Informed Approach Toward Researching and Creating in the Air with Jamie Hodgson
May 28 from 12:30 - 2:30 pm
We'll use riddles to unlock how wraps can be deconstructed and reconstructed in new ways to free your choreography and create limitless possibilities. A brain-teasing good time!

ROTATIONAL DROPS ON FABRIC & ROPE with Julia Langenberg
May 28 from 3:30 - 5:30 pm
Knowing how to control your drops on fabric and rope is essential in training and performing safely. We’ll break down the technique needed in forward, backward, and sideways rotations, look at fundamental conditioning exercises to aid in building body awareness throughout your rotations in the air. And we'll play with the theory of wraps!

SLING PUZZLES with Lauren Breunig
May 29 from 10 am - 12 pm
Have you ever had the thought, “I am a skilled aerialist on another apparatus; I feel like sling should make more sense than it does….” In this workshop, we will demystify the fabric loop and explore ways of creating choreography using theory puzzles and applying knowledge from other disciplines. No sling experience is required, but you must have a strong background on another aerial apparatus. Those with sling experience are also welcome!

RETROGRADE REFLECTIONS: Reverse is the New Regular! with Molly Graves
May 29 from 12:30 - 2:30 pm
This workshop is a retrospective on retrogrades! Get ready to challenge your vertical brain as we reverse and invert our wraps and our way of thinking about them! A portion of this workshop will explore the fascinating world of Indian rope mallakhamb, including unique wraps, toe climb theory and how various hand grips (and toe grips!) are related and connected. Previous experience with toe climbs is not required, and modified toe-friendly variations will also be offered, as well as starting points for training your toes!
Date: May 27, 2022 -
May 29, 2022

Timezone: (UTC-5) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Online event URL:
Location: NECCA
Brattleboro, VT 05301
10 Town Crier Drive
United States

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