Archive for September, 2015

Killian Rides Again November 8th at the Midland Theatre!

September 29, 2015 Comments Off on Killian Rides Again November 8th at the Midland Theatre! Uncategorized
Chris Delgado as Killian Cog

Chris Delgado as Killian Cog

What’s new with us, you ask? OK, maybe you didn’t, but this is fun.

“The Bizarre and Curious Quest of Killian Cog” will be wowing the crowds of Newark, Ohio at the Midland Theatre on November 8th! We’re super excited, and taking this opportunity to add a few new things to make “Killian” better than ever.

Working With a Dramaturg

Dramaturg and all-around-awesome-person Lauren Feldman has jumped on board the Killian creative team! She is going through our script with a fine toothed comb, and helping us make sure our story is being vibrantly and carefully told. As you can imagine, it’s not easy to communicate theatrical nuances and stories without dialogue, but by golly – we’re doing it! Her beautiful articulation of ideas and talent for storytelling are really making “Killian” shine.


If you’re going to be in the area, don’t miss it! Tickets are selling quickly, so zip over and snag some for yourself and your family. Click here to run away with the circus for an afternoon!


New Music!

We’ve also been working with masterful composer Joshua Green, who’s creating some fresh tracks for the show. It’s a very cool thing to show someone an act, describe the feel you want, and then have it manifested in sound! We absolutely cannot wait to add the new music – it’s like Christmas came early.

 

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What is Bubble Performance?

September 23, 2015 Comments Off on What is Bubble Performance? Ambiance, Corporate Events

What is Bubble Performance?backbend bubble edited

Bubble performers are just plain fun! From human snow-globes to luminous orbs floating in the pool, this act packs a lot of punch. The orb can be used indoors, outdoors, or in water, and can be filled with sparkling confetti, feathers, snow, glowing balls, or left plain.

What does Bubble Performance look like?

What does this act need to perform?

This act requires a smooth surface, completely free of anything that might burst the orb (gravel, sharp stones, etc.). The artist also requires a path at least 8 feet wide to the performance area (or a pipe and drape) with electricity nearby to inflate the orb. Email us at us@imaginaerial.com or call us at 212-252-3131 – we’re happy to answer your questions!

FAQ’s

  • This act is 6 minutes long for stage shows, or can be performed in 15 minute ambient sets.
  • This act requires a surface free of sharp objects which could burst the orb.
  • This act requires a path of at least 8 feet to the performance area, and a performance area of 8-10 feet.
  • This act requires electricity to inflate the orb.
  • A leaf blower is used to inflate the orb, which can be quite loud. Attention must be paid to the staging area.
  • This act is appropriate for all audiences.
  • There are multiple costumes and orb “fillings” (snow, confetti, feathers, glowing balls, etc.).

 

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Hanging Out and (NOT) Bursting Bubbles in the Hamptons!

September 22, 2015 Comments Off on Hanging Out and (NOT) Bursting Bubbles in the Hamptons! Uncategorized

“You guys are always a delight to work with! Looking forward to another soon!” – Sasha

This weekend, ImaginAerial was deeeeeeelighted to jaunt off to the Hamptons to bring some sassy fabulousness to a “Gatsby” themed event! Featured acts included Aerial Champagne Pouring, and Bubble Dancer (floating in the pool, no less). A marvelous time was had by all!

No Artistic Business Margin? No Business. Enjoy Starving.

September 9, 2015 Comments Off on No Artistic Business Margin? No Business. Enjoy Starving. Working in Circus

Way back in Ye Days of Olde when Angela and I first teamed up, we did a lot of things very wrong; BUT, we did one thing very right: we established and upheld a business margin.

What the Heck is a Business Margin?

Let’s explain it this way. Pretend I’m a plumber. You call me and ask me if I can come and fix your toilet. Now, there are three costs that are actually in play here:

  1. The cost of my labor. This is what I personally am paid to come and plunge your potty. I use this money to pay rent, buy food, and the rest goes to hookers and blow. In short, this is my salary. Let’s say it’s $50 (though I personally would charge you a LOT more to come and fix your porcelain throne).
  2. The cost to run my business. We love to forget how much money it takes to make a business happen! Everything from equipment (toilet snakes) to website to gas in the truck. These costs are very real, and they add up fast!
  3. The cost to grow my business. Times change, and the needs of a market change with them. If plumber A has set aside $$ to grow his business, but Plumber B has only charged what he needed to get by (aka just his salary), Plumber A now has enough for new, modern, better equipment, and can quickly put Plumber B out of business.

Cost #2 (see what I did there?) and #3 are a business margin – a buffer you charge clients to cover your expenses, both presently and in the future.

The meme above is from the fabulously funny and talented David Engel, who has a phenomenal show called “Pirate School” (check it out!). He absolutely nailed it! The performance is just the tip of the ice burg – it costs money to produce artistic work!

But I Don’t Need One – I’m Not a Business

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA (deep breath) HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Yes, my dear, you are. And until you start treating yourself like a business, well, enjoy that day job (unless you have a trust fund, in which case we should talk about investment opportunities…). When you buy equipment, web costs, costumes, insurance, makeup, rehearsal space, etc, those costs should be covered by your business margin. A healthy business margin is usually around 30%, but can be more. For example, if my salary is $50, I would charge the client $65; $50 goes to me, and $15 goes to the business. If my salary was $650, I would charge the client closer to $850.

I know, it doesn’t seem very “artistic”, does it? This is a tough thing to reconcile. What helps me, aside from my yearly reckoning with my accountant, is remembering that art has, at least in some respects, been a business for a loooooong time; for example, Leonardo da Vinci, Michaelangelo, and countless other artists worked on commissions – as in, they were paid to produce a particular work of art, often with significant input and stipulations from the patron.

You are not a bad person for wanting to make a living producing art. You are not greedy, unethical, or suspect for charging what you’re worth, and what it takes to run your business. You may be bad/greedy/unethical for a whole host of other reasons, but that ain’t one of ’em. Go forth and create wondrous things, and ask for enough so that you can KEEP ON creating wondrous things! Dare to imagine, Laura
 

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Put a Sock in It! When to Offer Input on Someone Else’s Work

September 2, 2015 Comments Off on Put a Sock in It! When to Offer Input on Someone Else’s Work Uncategorized, Working in Circus

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This is a really simple answer: NEVER.

Unless there is clear and immediate danger (think lava,sharks, or mono-filament & coat hanger rigging), your mouth should remain firmly and definitively closed.

Now, to be fair, I am the worst about this. I teach aerial silks, and spend a good part of my day barking corrections and shattering the dreams of unsuspecting students; it’s sheer torture to hold my tongue when I see poopy technique, snoozy transitions, or have a zillion and one (clearly genius) ideas about what should go where. But here’s why we should all just stick a sock in it:

  1. They may not be ready for feedback. The creative process is, indeed, a process; things evolve and change. We need LOTS of room to play, experiment, look eye-wateringly bad, and make mistakes. When you offer unsolicited feedback too early in the process, your seemingly innocent comment can shut that whole system down, and be truly detrimental to the work in it’s embryonic stages. Artists and entertainers need space to hear their own voices, not yours. Even if it’s a “have you thought about trying this” comment, hold your tongue.
  2. “It’s not your place, so shut your face.” We used to say this as kids, and it’s so true! Unless someone has specifically asked for feedback, it’s not your place to give it – even with the best of intentions. Whether you’re in a shared rehearsal space, class, or just walking by, unless they have solicited your opinion, shut your face.
  3. Are you just going to ignore this and give feedback anyway? At least give the person the opportunity to say no. Try something along the lines of, “Are you open to feedback right now in your process?” Then, listen to their response AND the vibe they give. Some folks are really, really nice (I wouldn’t know what that’s like), and may say yes when they really mean no. Try to be genuinely sensitive here.

Summing up, if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Your mother was right after all. Dare to imagine, Laura

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