Archive for December, 2013

Wowzahs – What a Wedding!

December 17, 2013 Comments Off on Wowzahs – What a Wedding! Photos and Video, Special Celebrations, Uncategorized

This past Saturday, as cottony puffs of snow drifted to the sidewalk, we had the pleasure of performing at an absolutely stunning wedding reception! Elegant and chic, this event at Cipriani’s 42nd St was one of the highlights of our year. Rigging was provided by the amazing Tony Bonilla/BNW Rigging  – one of the absolute best  (and a dream to work with) if you need special event rigging in NYC and beyond! And of course, Cipriani’s is a HEAVENLY event space. Best wishes to the happy couple, and many thanks to the top-notch professionals who made this magical reception happen! Dare to Imagine, Laura

 

 

 

 

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Acrobatic Pole

December 3, 2013 Comments Off on Acrobatic Pole Corporate Events, Ground Acts, Hammock, Theme Parties, Uncategorized

 

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What is Acrobatic Pole?

Acrobatic pole is a beautiful, free-flowing act performed on a custom-built apparatus that looks fantastic at any event. The artist flips, twirls, and spins while performing dazzling feats of strength and flexibility. This act is appropriate for ALL audiences.

 

 

 

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FAQS

  • This act is approximately 6 minutes long.
  • This act requires at least 14 feet of ceiling height .
  • This act requires a performance space of at least 12 square feet.
  • This act is appropriate for all audiences.
  • There are multiple costumes and music choices for this act.

 

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Follow up on Pricing

Cabaret shows are great!

Cabaret shows are great!

Last week’s blog seemed to stir some things up, so rather than address every comment as I started to do, I wanted to do a follow-up for some clarification.

First, I do not think you are a bad person or a deficient being for charging below market. I think Santa will still bring you something this year that isn’t coal even if you charged $200 for an evening of work.

Second, I should have been clear that the circumstances I was specifically referring to were corporate and private events. On going shows, cabarets, and busking are completely different animals. Last I checked Cirque du Soleil was paying $1000 a week for basic aerialist chorus members. However, you get a lot of benefits in addition to a very steady paycheck which means a lot. Nothing wrong with any of that.

Cabaret or variety shows often pay very little too. However, they are a great place to try out new acts, refine an act, or just to get yourself into the community more. TIckets are generally cheap and most of these type shows are run by performers or venues who certainly aren’t making much. All good.

If your audience looks like this, you should charge accordingly.

If your audience looks like this, you should charge accordingly.

However, people do get upset about undercharging for corporate or private events. Does the aerial community have a right to be upset about that? Yes, they do. If a bank calls you up for a holiday party and you tell them $400 an aerialist is fine, no other aerialist will ever earn a living wage from that company again. They got it once for cheap so you have just lowered the bar for everyone. Banks can afford more and should pay an aerialist something somewhat decent which still isn’t much if you break it down hourly.

Here is why this practice of price dropping is problematic for you and the community as a whole. Does one gig matter? No, but like everything, these things can so easily slip into a habit. If I decide to strip one time for a wad of cash to make my rent, will it affect me? Probably not. But it was so easy that I might do it again. And maybe again, and suddenly that “easy” money has taken a toll on my self esteem.

Think of all the training you did! It

Think of all the training you did!

The dance community can tell you all about this whole frog-in-boiling-water phenomenon. It is why most of us left dance. Years and years of dancing for free or paying to dance, on top of being told by choreographers we are lucky to do that is hard on the psyche. There is even a case recently in the Bolshoi that a ballerina was told she would have to pay $10,000 if she wanted a certain role in a ballet. Now, of course that is ludicrous, but it is a slippery slope. And disrespect for dancers became the norm.

One of the things that attracted me to circus is that I found a group of people that truly respect their art forms and each other. They aren’t scrambling at the bottom stepping on each other only worried about themselves and whatever they can get right now. They value what they do in a real way. Like it or not, people tend not respect or value things that are given away or cheap. If you feel strongly about giving art away, because art should be available to all, do it. By all means, put a show together and give all the proceeds to your favorite charity or perform for disabled kids. We’ve done both, and it feels great. But just watch giving it away to anyone that asks you to. I think you do yourself a disservice as well as the community and the art form. This isn’t about putting anyone down, but it is about creating awareness around this issue in order to lift us all up.

Dare to Imagine- Angela Attia

As always please feel free to post comments, questions, thoughts etc.