Archive for January, 2016

Getting the Help you Need

January 19, 2016 Comments Off on Getting the Help you Need Working in Circus
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Photo by Anna Vizreanu

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Circus artists are incredibly disciplined and hard working. In general, we don’t like to complain because we are blessed to have something in our lives we are passionate about, that we love to do. But a big part of what we do physically hurts, right? How many of us were shocked the first time we did aerial work at the pain involved? Even hanging by your knees was brutal in the beginning. But we train through it, because we love it.
The problem is that we are so used to suffering with a smile, that sometimes we simply don’t know how to reach out when we get into real trouble, not just physically, but financially and emotionally as well. We are often afraid to let people know that things are maybe a bit rough behind the curtain. Our lives are unpredictable too. One minute you’re on top of the world and the next, you have an injury that might not only prevent you from performing but from earning money in other ways as well. You aren’t quite sure where your rent is

photo by Anna Vizreanu

photo by Anna Vizreanu

coming from or maybe even your next meal. You don’t know where to go for help.
There is an organization that all circus artists should know about. It is called the Actor’s Fund. It isn’t just for actors though, it is for all people working in the entertainment industry. Here is just a smattering of the offerings they have: help navigating health insurance, referrals, weekly meetings for anxiety and depression, help with housing, grants for school and transitioning, courses in social media etc etc
They have centers in NY and LA but they have offerings all over the country. It’s worth knowing that there is a resource out there that can help catch us if we can’t catch ourselves.

Dare to Imagine. Angela Attia

Living Snow Globe

January 13, 2016 Comments Off on Living Snow Globe Uncategorized

What is Living Snow Globe?

The perfect addition to holiday or winter-themed events, a contortionist or balance artist bends and balances inside a gigantic globe filled with snow! Graceful, elegant, and a wonderful surprise for your guests.

What does Living Snow Globe look like? 

For additional images of this act, check out ImaginAerial’s Snow Globe page on Pinterest! Click the ImaginAerial button to view all our boards.

What does a Snow Globe Artist 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.).
  • Because the orb is sealed, artists must come out every 15 minutes for their safety.

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Circus Injuries – Getting a Diagnosis via Social Media

Me when the doctor said I would never climb again.

Me when the doctor said I would never climb again.

No lie. About once a week, I receive an email from a budding aerialist with a long list of symptoms (bent this, floppy that, pain when I twirl, etc.), and a request for my “thoughts”. Friends, that’s like asking a plumber for a prescription. In fact, a plumber may be a better bet! I am not a medical professional, and neither are the other 25,000 aerialists you’re asking for advice. So, what to do when you’ve got an ouchie that’s keeping you up nights? (Hint: it doesn’t involve walking on hot coals or coffee enemas… until it does.)

Get a Diagnosis

The wise and wonderful Miss Michele Frances reminded me of how important this is. It’s really scary when an injury begins interfering with training and performance. What we’re really asking when we post on social media is, “Hey! Has anyone had this?! What did you do? Are you OK now? How long did it take?” And all these are 100% perfectly reasonable questions! But step one, no matter what, is to get a proper medical diagnosis. As in go to a doctor. To be clear – a massage therapist should not be diagnosing you, a coach should not be diagnosing you, Twitter should not be diagnosing you. If it’s interfering with training, time to see someone with MD attached to their name.

What if I Can’t Get a Diagnosis?

We’ve probably all had the experience of going to a doctor and getting an incorrect diagnosis, or an inconclusive one. If you know in your body and gut that you were not correctly diagnosed, your doctor doesn’t understand what you do, or they weren’t able to pinpoint a problem, go to step 2: get a referral for a specialist, preferably one who deals with dancers, gymnasts, and athletes (you should have one of these on speed dial anyway). Don’t stop until a) you have a diagnosis that rings true and b) a plan for rehabilitation that you can live with.

Facebook – What did YOU Do?

Once you have a diagnosis and a plan for rehabilitation, this is where I think social media shines: community. It’s so incredibly encouraging to hear other’s experiences of things that alter our training: pregnancy, injury, time away, etc. Knowing that you’re not the only one, how others have coped, and what you might expect is so comforting. Just remember though – you’re asking your peers, NOT a therapist.

Personal sharing time! I developed intense tendinitis and bursitis in my shoulder during my early training. When I went to see Doctor #1, he said I would never climb again. Obviously, this was unacceptable. Referral time! Went to a sports medicine doc who specialized in shoulders. He said if I left it untreated, I would need a new shoulder by 35. OY! He pointed me towards Kinetex in Montreal (where I was living and training at the time), and I made an appointment. In the meantime, I made the mistake of getting several deep tissue massages at the urging of my friends. It felt SO GOOD during the massage, but my inflammation went through the roof afterwards. When I finally made it to Kinetex, the therapist nearly wept when I told her. “Non, non, NON! Eet ees like scratching a rash! NON! Non massage!” She also rolled her eyes at the first doctor’s proclamation that I’d never climb again. “Psssssht! Eet ees tendinitis, not your arm falling off! Of COURSE you will climb again!” In the end, after plenty of PT (which I still do, by the way), a round of heavy  NSAID therapy, a mess of acupuncture, and years of much more careful training, I’m still climbing.

It’s so tempting to ask our peers rather than a doctor, especially with the cost, effort, and frustration often involved in getting a proper diagnosis. But it’s not reasonable to expect your peers to diagnose your physical problems – they simply are not qualified to do so. Let medical professionals do what they do best, and let our community do what they do best: provide support, suggestions for coping, and direction to the appropriate specialist. Don’t give up until you have a diagnosis and treatment plan that will work for you! Dare to imagine, Laura

 

 

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Lighting up New Year’s Eve Again in Times Square!

January 4, 2016 Comments Off on Lighting up New Year’s Eve Again in Times Square! Corporate Events, Photos and Video

 

IMG_3235 (1)Screen Shot 2016-01-05 at 8.23.54 AMImaginAerial once again quite literally lit up Times Square with beautiful new flashy high tech costumes and props. Whether blinding people while pouring champagne and hanging by ankles, or spinning LED hoops, or lighting up the night with costume characters. We rang in the new year right in the heart of NYC.Screen Shot 2016-01-05 at 8.20.01 AM Screen Shot 2016-01-05 at 8.16.15 AM Screen Shot 2016-01-05 at 8.19.11 AM

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