Archive for March, 2012

Budget Negotiations- Shall we Dance?

March 26, 2012 Comments Off on Budget Negotiations- Shall we Dance? Pricing

Here is how the beginning of many requests go… Client: How much does it cost for a show?  That question is a little like going to a real estate broker and asking how much it would be for a house. It all depends on what you want (how many acts, performers, time) and how much you are willing to pay for it.

The best way to get what you want is tell us up front exactly what you have to spend.  This way we can tell our clients exactly what they can get for the amount they have. We want you to be happy. For example, if you tell us your budget is $5,000, we are certainly not going to tell you that you can get one person spinning plates for that.  We will see how we many excellent performers we can get you for that money according to your theme and likes. There are ways to get the most bang out of your buck, like doubling up acts.  If three performers can do six different acts, you really end up saving. The incremental increase is little compared to the initial cost, and the greater variety you have, the more impressed people are.
We are not used car salesmen and are not interested in upselling you. There is a certain minimum that you have to spend to get anything cirque-style, but beyond that we don’t want to push your financial boundaries. In general, our policy is that we need to get paid adequately for what we do just like catering and the venue (read: no one is trekking to New Jersey for 5

hours for $200). There is a base price for each type of act that we cannot go below.  If someone offers something that is too cheap, it’s best to be a little wary like with anything else. You might get that car off the lot, but that may be as far as it goes. However, we are not out to gouge anyone. As far as the market goes, we are very reasonable and we try to only charge what is necessary.  We will be honest and clear about it all, what we can do and what we can’t.  If you want to dance, we can do that to, just not around the budget!

Learning How to be Funny and other Aerial Tricks

"Dead" And yes, I'm holding Laura by her ponytail in this picture!

The aerial world tends to take itself a little seriously, and maybe that’s because it’s so damn physically difficult. We are usually too busy just trying to hang on and force a smile through the pain and exertion.  Aerial work definitely always amazes people and has a certain mystique about it, and performers know it. Performers are often either sexy or showy or artsy, but rarely hilarious. Any attempts at comedy tend to be more cute than actually funny.
A couple of years ago,  we were on tour and both had the flu and Laura asked what would happen if one of us sort of fell apart in the middle of the act? Then we wondered, what if one of us died? Could the other person make sure that the show will go on? Laura and I decided to give comedy a shot and came up with this piece “Dead”. We had a blast creating it because it was something we’d never done into before. We even got some feedback from our professional clown friends. We discovered how important timing is and how big we have to make gestures in order for them to read. The act has continued to be many people’s favorite because it’s aerial work with a dark twist. I hope you enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed creating it.