Rope Theory – Intermediate
Tues. 8/3, 5:00 – 6:30 PM MDT
$35 Class plus Recording.
Prerequisite: 1 year of vertical aerial training. Ages 14+.
A lecture and discussion class spotlighting the instructor’s experience creating drops, sequences, and using C-shaping to roll up a vertical rope. We may touch on the history and trends of rope technique. There will be visual aids. Some focus on character revelation via aerial performance. Will include plentiful personal anecdotes regarding rope technique creation and performance.
Making a Schmoovie, IE a Movie that’s also a Show
Sun. 8/1. 7:00 – 8:30 PM MDT
$35 class plus recording
Constraint is at the heart of all creative projects, and the pandemic has imposed no shortage of constraints on the performing arts. We can’t gather in-person, so how do we make live shows that impact audiences? This class takes the approach that making circus (or dance) for the screen is a valid medium, and that circus/dance creators can acquire the skills to make it impactful and profitable. Without going deeply into the weeds, the class will cover editing basic videography ideas on how to make 3D (live) circus into 2D (screen) content that is compelling. As time permits, we’ll also look at how we stream a live event, structure artist pay, and sell tickets. Essential information for anyone who is interested in diversifying their skillset to include circus-cinematic expression. We’ll include a link to our most recent show in the price of the workshop. Class fee includes a link to Acrobatic Conundrum’s latest show! Ages 14+.
Creation and Company Building – All Levels
Fri. 8/6, 7:00-8:30 PM MDT
$35 class plus recording. | $35 recording only.
We’re going to touch on a variety of topics which will help you make a contemporary circus company. This class will be co-taught by Terry and his administrative partner with Acrobatic Conundrum. Topics to be covered will include: choosing collaborators, company structure, division of labor, show creation, collaboration, and production. The aim of this workshop is to give you information on how to create and sustain a circus company despite the odds. Ages 14+.
Terry Crane has been practicing, performing, and living circus for two decades. He holds degrees from Oberlin College and the National Circus School of Montreal. He performs in the big top, on the stage, and in the street. He has performed in dozens of countries and for numerous companies including Teatro Zinzanni, the UMO ensemble, Flynn Creek Circus, Circus Flora, and Circus Monti. His work is influenced by his roots in contact improvisation, capoeira, dance, personal clown and wild nature. As a mentor, Terry delights in sharing his love of vertical rope technique, circus creation, and collaboration. As a director, Terry is on a relentless quest to tell true fictions, contradict human isolation, and portray paradox.