Suspension, Support, and Loft: An Aerial Rope Immersion – Week B
Week B: Mon, Aug. 8-Fri, Aug. 12. 9:00 AM – Noon. Location: FFP Studio 2. $300.
Pre-requisites: Ages 15+ (or with instructor permission). Intermediate/advanced. Students should have minimum 2 years experience with vertical single point apparatus, be able to do 4 pull-ups, and at least 2 straight arm straddle ups without swinging.
This immersion will explore the diversity of ways a body can interact with a rope, for choreographic and theatrical potential. Each class will begin with a short flooreo section that will expand on ways of moving efficiently and organically while supported, with an emphasis on principles that apply while suspended. Over the course of the week, students will learn sequences, some partnering, original ways of going from support to suspension (floor to air) as well as dynamic skills. We’ll explore a number of tricks that implicate partially or completely letting go of the apparatus as well, such as j-flip and pirouette variations. The final content of the immersion will be influenced by the group’s interest over the course of the week. Open to vertical aerialists with a foundational understanding of dynamic aerial movement and c-shaping.
Rope: Facility with Abandon – Week A only
Week A: Mon, Aug. 1-Fri, Aug 5. 5:30-7:00 PM. Location: FFP 2. $150.
Pre-requisites: Ages 15+ or with instructor permission. 1 year of rope or tissue training, ability to do 4 pull-ups, ability to do 8 bent-arm, or 4 straight-arm straddle-ups.
In this workshop, students will practice moving dynamically with a sense of ease and effortless-ness on the vertical rope. We’ll practice a progression of beats and exercises to generate momentum, and then explore using this momentum to maximum effect, either in flashy power moves or to wrap the rope hands-free. Time allowing, other topics may include: quasi-release moves, building distinctive and clean drops, using body shape to balance on the rope, and some choreographic sequences.
Rope Rolling Up – Intermediate / Advanced – Week A only
Week A: Mon, Aug. 1-Fri, Aug 5. 3:00-4:30 pm. Location: FFP Studio 2. $150.
Ages 15+ or with instructor permission.
Rolling up is about learning how to use your core strength and flexibility, as well as organizing your body to use balance and weight to your advantage. In this workshop, we begin on the ground, and learn a progression of exercises which will break down the technique to roll up the rope. As time permits, we’ll work on a variety of knots and styles of rolling up the rope.
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. He performs on vertical rope, Cyr wheel, slack rope, and trapeze.