Spanish Web (Aerial Spinning Rope)

Posted by: on April 21, 2014
Spanish Web

Spanish Web

What is Spanish Web?

Spanish web is a circus classic! This fast-paced, exhilarating act features a daring artist who performs dizzying acrobatics while spinning on an aerial rope.  A pulse-pounding addition to any event or show!

What Does This Act Need to Perform?

Don’t worry – we have rigging options to suit nearly every venue! This act requires a single rigging point (exposed beam, sky hook, truss, theatrical grid, etc.), and a ceiling height of at least 17 feet. Free-standing rigs are also available. Email us at us@imaginaerial.com or call us at 212-252-3131 – we’re happy to answer your questions!

What Does Spanish Web Look Like?


FAQS

Duo Male Spanish Web

Duo Male Spanish Web

  • This act is 6-8 minutes long.
  • This act may be performed as a solo act OR as a duo act.
  • This act does not swing, but DOES spin.
  • This act is perfect for performances with audience on all sides.
  • This act requires at least 16 feet to be safely performed in its entirety.
  • This act is appropriate for all audiences.
  • There are multiple costumes and music choices for this act.
  • Floor must be completely clear (no tables,  chairs, sets, etc.) Performer must be at least 3 feet from the edge of a stage or platform.
  • Performers may not perform directly over audience members. All necessary precautions must be taken to prevent audience from walking underneath the aerialist.

I’ve Had Two Months of Lessons – am I Ready to Perform Professionally?

Posted by: on April 18, 2014

… No. You are not. You are not you are not you are not. I don’t care if you are the spawn of two Russian Olympian gymnasts and danced with the Bolshoi for 10 years. You are not. Below is a great example of what happens when young hopefuls get in over their heads (in fact, she landed ON her head!). Nope nope nope!

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

This is a HUGE topic, so, for the sake of brevity, let’s focus on this single situation. Not having been there, I can only comment on what I see (or think I see). This is also geared more towards the aspiring aerial community – veterans have more leeway with calculated risks in performance simply because they’ve been around the block enough to know what a calculated (as opposed to ridiculous) risk actually is.

  1. That move was jacked. There’s no way that was ever going to hold. It takes a good long time to develop the strength, technique, and vocabulary necessary to call yourself a pro. But more than that, there’s a “sense” that cannot be developed overnight – a sense of what will and will not work, what feels right and wrong, when it’s a bad idea to trot out a particular move, etc. This sense cannot be rushed, but must be slowly acquired over hundreds of hours of training. All of us who have been working fabrics for a long time caught our breath and knew exactly when she was going to fall without actually needing to try the move. That’s the sense.
  2. Nightclubs are challenging, and a poor training ground for the fledgling artist. Clubs mean late hours, multiple sets, drunken idiots, inconsistent lighting, blaring music, and a venue that generally has no idea what we do or how we do it. The working conditions are pretty crappy, which is why lots of pros won’t touch them (all this drama for less $$ – why?). Not a great place for folks who are just getting their feet wet to start!
  3. Know what you need, and be responsible for getting it. Need specific lighting? A costume that hugs you closely with nothing hanging off? 15 minutes between sets? Part of being a professional is being responsible enough to be your own advocate when it comes to safety (and everything else, for that matter). Aren’t sure what you need? Then you’re nowhere near ready to perform professionally. Keep asking questions and learning!

 

This poor girl. I really feel awful for her. It must have a) hurt b) been humiliating and c) killed her chances of working in that club again. It’s hard, as a newbie, to know when you’re ready. It’s hard to say no to money and the perceived glamour of this kind of performance. But, part of setting up a career the smart way is positioning yourself as a professional from the beginning. That means having all your ducks in a row and doing your research, not just flinging yourself into a business you have little understanding of. How do you get that understanding? More posts about that down the road, but I assure you – it’s not so different from any other business. Use your noggin. Ask questions. Consult the Googles. Take a business class. Have a strategy. Train train train with the best people you know. Because your future (and the future of our industry) deserves a little thought and planning on your part. Dare to imagine, Laura

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Solo Triangle Trapeze

Posted by: on April 15, 2014

Triangle TrapezeWhat is Solo Triangle Trapeze?

This act consists of a solo artist performing stunning aerial acrobatics on a single-point triangular trapeze. This is a perfect act for performances “in the round” (audience on all sides). Definitely something your audience hasn’t seen before!

 

What Does Solo Triangle Trapeze Look Like?

 

 

What Does this Act Need to Perform?

Don’t worry – we have rigging options to suit nearly every venue! This act requires a single rigging point (exposed beam, sky hook, truss, theatrical grid, etc.), and a ceiling height of at least 17 feet. Free-standing rigs are also available. Email us atus@imaginaerial.com or call us at 212-252-3131 – we’re happy to answer your questions!

 

FAQS

  •  This act is 6-8 minutes long.
  • This act does not swing.
  • This act is perfect for performances with audience on all sides.
  • This act requires at least 16 feet to be safely performed in its entirety.
  • This act is appropriate for all audiences.
  • There are multiple costumes and music choices for this act.
  • Floor must be completely clear (no tables,  chairs, sets, etc.) Performer must be at least 3 feet from the edge of a stage or platform.
  • Performers may not perform directly over audience members. All necessary precautions must be taken to prevent audience from walking underneath the aerialist.

Other acts on the Triangle Trapeze: Trio Triangle Trapeze, Comedic Duo Trapeze

Aerial Harness

Posted by: on April 11, 2014

Jumping HarnessWhat is Aerial Harness?

Aerial harness involves a performer in an acrobatic harness performing gravity-defying flips, cartwheels, and acrobatics against a wall or sturdy screen. Often used for product launches or interactive video performance, this act brings a dramatic wow-factor that leaves audiences excited and engaged.

What Does Aerial Harness Look Like?

What Does This Act Need to Perform?

This act requires a wall or very sturdy vertical performance surface (a heavy duty cyclorama, for example). There must also be a rigging point within three feet of the performance surface.

If a performance surface is not available, performers may also be hung in harnesses and dramatic costumes throughout the space as “living chandeliers”. Chain motors and the requisite rigging points are required for this.

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  • This act is flexible in length, depending on the needs of the client.
  • This act is easily customized to suit the needs of the event – music, video, costumes, length, and choreography may all be custom-created.
  • This act is suitable for ambient performance, with or without a performance surface.
  • You may select one performer, or use multiple artists!
  • This act is dynamic. It swings, spins, and can move up and down.
  • This act requires at least 10 feet to be safely performed in its entirety.
  • This act is appropriate for all audiences.
  • There are multiple costume choices for this act.

Comedy Trapeze Duo

Posted by: on April 8, 2014

Comedy TrapezeWhat Is Comedy Trapeze Duo?

What happens when one half of a trapeze act keels over mid-act? Hilarity ensues, as “the show must go on”! Perfect for adding a bit of levity to any evening, and wonderful for rounding out a more serious show. PS – don’t worry – she’s “revived” at the end!

What Does Comedy Trapeze Duo Look Like?

What Does This Act Need to Perform?

Don’t worry – we have rigging options to suit nearly every venue! This act requires a single rigging point (exposed beam, sky hook, truss, theatrical grid, etc.), and a ceiling height of at least 15 feet. Free-standing rigs are also available. Email us atus@imaginaerial.com or call us at 212-252-3131 – we’re happy to answer your questions!

FAQS

  •  This act is 6-8 minutes long.
  • This act does not swing .
  • This act is perfect for performances with audience on all sides.
  • This act requires at least 15 feet to be safely performed in its entirety.
  • This act is appropriate for all audiences.
  • Floor must be completely clear (no tables,  chairs, sets, etc.) Performer must be at least 3 feet from the edge of a stage or platform.
  • Performers may not perform directly over audience members. All necessary precautions must be taken to prevent audience from walking underneath the aerialist.

German Wheel

Posted by: on April 6, 2014

WheelWhat Is German Wheel?

German Wheel is perfect for shows or events that need to pack a big punch! The artist rolls, flips, and defies gravity in a large metal “wheel” – you have to see it to believe it. An ImaginAerial favorite with all audiences!

 

What Does German Wheel Look Like?

What Does this Artist Need to Perform?

The ideal space for this act is a clear space measuring 25 x 35 feet. Smaller spaces may be accommodated upon request. Floor must be clear of all obstructions, debris, or liquids.

FAQS

  • German wheel can be performed as a 6 minute Cirque du Soleil-style act, or as walk-around atmospheric performance
  • this act is appropriate for all audiences
  • This act is approximately 6 minutes long.
  • There are multiple costumes and music choices for this act.
  • This act requires a space cleared of all obstructions, debris, or liquids.
  • The ideal space for this act is 25 x 35 feet, but smaller spaces may be accommodated.

Quadruple Trapeze

Posted by: on April 4, 2014

Quad TrapWhat is Quad Trapeze?

Quad Trapeze is a fun, versatile act that livens up any event! With four vibrant performers, you get a tremendous range of options (they can all be used multiple times throughout the evening!). Whether you’re looking for a cirque-style feel or a burlesque-y extravaganza, this classy, sassy performance fits the bill.

 

What Does Quad Trapeze Look Like?

Our video is in the shop getting a much-needed update with new footage. Check back soon!

What Does This Act Need to Perform?

Don’t worry – we have rigging options to suit nearly every venue! This act requires four successive rigging point (exposed beam, sky hook, truss, theatrical grid, etc.), and a ceiling height of at least 16 feet. Free-standing rigs are also available. Email us at us@imaginaerial.com or call us at 212-252-3131 – we’re happy to answer your questions!

FAQS

  • This act is 6-8 minutes long.
  • This act cannot swing or spin.
  • This act is best performed with audience in front (as opposed to all sides).
  • This act requires at least 16 feet to be safely performed in its entirety.
  • This act is appropriate for all audiences.
  • There are multiple costumes and music choices for this act.
  • Floor must be completely clear (no tables,  chairs, sets, etc.) Performer must be at least 3 feet from the edge of a stage or platform.
  • Performers may not perform directly over audience members. All necessary precautions must be taken to prevent audience from walking underneath the aerialist.

The Days of the Single Act are Over – How to Get (and Stay) Ahead

Posted by: on April 1, 2014

Acro - Male FemaleOnce upon a time, having one amazing act was all you needed to keep you turning tricks all year round. But now, with competition in our industry growing daily, and production pennies being pinched until they scream, one is often just not enough! In this oversaturated market, what will you do to pull away from the herd?

 

Differentiating Yourself in a Narrow Market

Truth? You may do a great contortion act, but the second I find someone who does great contortion AND cyr wheel, your job security gets a bit less, well, secure. It’s just much easier to cast multiple-skill performers, especially if there’s travel involved! Yes, friends, budgets are that tight now. That’s not to say that we NEVER opt for the one-act artist, but you’ll need to be slap-yo-mama good (for those of you not raised in the South, that’s REALLY, REALLY GOOD), or do something supremely unique to justify the expense.


Tweet: Don’t pigeon-hole yourself! The more skills you have, the easier it is to give you work.


3 Ways to Market Your Mad Skilz

  1. Get two acts show-ready! Some skills are easier than others to pick up, and it’s different for everyone. Start with what you love and go from there! It’s worth noting that ground acts often command higher pay and are in great demand. Downside? They often take much longer to train up to.
  2. Have one spectacular act and a host of walk-around skills! If you do a great juggling act, and can do walk-around unicycle, rola-bola, diabolo, and cigar boxes, you will WORK. If you’re an aerialist, see if you can find a ground skill that you can polish to a walk-around level (if you’re part of a duo, consider some duo partner acro!).
  3. Create a unique act and/or be the absolute best in your field! Don’t want to create a second act? Be so good that NO ONE else will do, and I will happily make room in my budget because there is simply nobody better! OR, create something that only you do. If you’re the only fire-spinning aerial contortion hair hang act, you’re sittin’ pretty. ;)

 

In closing, I hope you’ll take some time this year to really look at your “product”. Is it something casting folks will want to snatch up? You should ALWAYS be upping your game. What’s the one thing you could work on that would make the biggest difference in your work this year? Now, go do that thing. Dare to imagine, Laura
 
 

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Solo Trapeze

Posted by: on March 24, 2014

Solo Trapeze

What is Solo Trapeze?

Solo Trapeze is a dramatic aerial act performed on the static trapeze. The artist executes breathtaking acrobatics and gorgeous poses while suspended high in the air. This act does NOT swing.

 

What Does Solo Trapeze Look Like?


 

What Does This Act Need to Perform?

Don’t worry – we have rigging options to suit nearly every venue! This act requires one or two close rigging points (exposed beam, sky hook, truss, theatrical grid, etc.), and a ceiling height of at least 14 feet. Free-standing rigs are also available. Email us at us@imaginaerial.com or call us at 212-252-3131 – we’re happy to answer your questions!

FAQs

This act is 6-8 minutes long.

  • This act does not swing, but can spin if done on a single point.
  • This act is perfect for performances with audience on all sides.
  • This act requires at least 14 feet to be safely performed in its entirety.
  • This act is appropriate for all audiences.
  • There are multiple costumes and music choices for this act.
  • Floor must be completely clear (no tables,  chairs, sets, etc.) Performer must be at least 3 feet from the edge of a stage or platform.
  • Performers may not perform directly over audience members. All necessary precautions must be taken to prevent audience from walking underneath the aerialist.

Chinese Pole

Posted by: on January 27, 2014

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What is Chinese Pole?

Chinese pole is  a vertical pole on which the artists climb, slide down, and hold poses. You’ve seen it in Cirque Eloize, Cirque du Soleil, and Traces – Chinese pole is 100% suitable for all audiences!

 

 

What does this Act Look Like?

What does the Artist Need to Perform?

  •  This act requires at least 8-10 square feet of floor space, and a ceiling hieght of at least 15 feet to be safely performed in its entirety.

 

FAQS

  • This act is 5-6 minutes long.
  • This artist travels with a custom built freestanding Chinese pole.
  • This act is appropriate for all audiences

 

To hire this or any other act for your event, just contact us using the form below! Dare to imagine…

 

 

 

 

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