Archive for Ambiance

Flying in a Winter Wonderland

November 24, 2015 Comments Off on Flying in a Winter Wonderland Ambiance

This weekend, ImaginAerial had the pleasure of dressing our free-standing rig in all it’s winter finery as we “flew” in a Winter Wonderland! Our rig is the perfect solution for venues without easy hang-points – it sets up and comes down easily, and can be decked out in a variety of lights, fabrics, and decor. Combine Aerial Champagne Performers and our Living Snow Globe, and you have the makings of one hot holiday event!

 

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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What Every Performer Should Know About Ambient Work

Nico

Nico Maffey is always phenomenal!

Some call it atmospheric, some call it walk-around, some call it ambient. Whatever you call it, if you’re a circus performer, you’re going to be asked to do it – a lot! Clients are often conditioned to think more is better (“15 minutes versus 6? Give me the 15!!!!”), and some events just don’t support a surprise lyra act. So, what should you keep in mind when booking and performing atmospheric work? A lot, it turns out.

What We Wish You Knew

  1. It’s ambient, not main stage. Think slower movements, atmosphere, blending seamlessly into the theme of a room. When four artists are doing ambient and one is hurling herself around as if there was a Cirque du Soleil talent scout in the room, the dynamic gets disrupted and things look… weird. Slow your roll, Sparkle Panties. Be awesome, but blend blend blend. There’s a time to bust a move, this isn’t it.
  2. Respect traditional set times. Every event has it’s own flow, so I’m speaking generally and not as a hard and fast rule. BUT. Traditional lengths for ambient sets run from 10 minutes (strength-intensive acts like hand balancing) to 20 minutes (less-intense like hammock), with an equal amount of rest in between each set. Each artist usually completes 4-6 sets depending on the time frame. You also need to factor in whether you will be confined to one area such as a stage, or whether you’ll be walking around the event space. It makes me insane when I’m contacted by a client, and someone has promised that one artist will do 45 straight minutes of silks; this tells me they’re dealing with a company who a) has an over-eager aerialist who likely has never completed 45 minutes of straight silks and has no idea what she’s promising and b) a company who hasn’t done their homework on industry standards. No bueno.
  3. You’re always on stage. Always. When you are doing a set, I do not want to see you stretching, warming up, picking a wedgie, chatting, etc. You are always doing one of three things: a fabulous move, locomoting from place to place, or “noodling” (non-intense transitional movement). If you wouldn’t do it on a stage in front of the President, the Queen, and Simon Cowel, don’t do it in an ambient set.
  4. Have your ambient sets “choreographed”. Well, not exactly, but kind of. You want to have at least five sequences appropriate for ambient work in your back pocket to avoid too much noodling. For example, when Chris and I do partner acro, we have four sequences of about 8 moves that flow nicely, and allow for natural breaks. It’s amazing how all your creativity deserts you by set number 3…. plan ahead.
  5. Work on your personality. Ambient work, aerial bartending in particular, often requires interaction with the guests (welcoming them, BS, patter, etc). Are you a wallflower? Nervous talking to people you don’t know? TOO BAD. Make sure you know what “personality” your host wants for this event. Mysterious and silent? Welcoming and fabulous? Ask if you’re not sure.

 

When polled, most artists will tell you they’d much rather do an act than an evening of ambient. Why? Ambient work is challenging – physically, mentally (it can be mind-numbingly boring), and the glamour wears off quickly.

What do you wish artists knew about ambient work? Write it in the comments below! 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

 

WinterPole

 

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.

 

 

 

What Does Acrobatic Pole Look Like?

 

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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Champagne Aerialists/Aerial Bartenders

November 25, 2012 Comments Off on Champagne Aerialists/Aerial Bartenders Aerial Acts, Ambiance, FAQS, Uncategorized

Aerial-Bartending-SarahWhat are Champagne Aerialists or Aerial Bartenders?

These graceful performers pour flutes of champagne (or other light colored beverage of your choice) for your guests for a fun and unexpected welcome!

 

 

What Do Champagne Aerialists Look Like?


Aerial Bartender

What do Champagne Aerialists 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 10 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 atmospheric. Artists can perform up to 5 fifteen-minute sets in a four hour period, and must have at least 15 minutes between sets.
  • This act is perfect for the cocktail hour or for welcoming guests!
  • This act requires at least 10 feet to be safely performed.
  • This act is appropriate for all audiences.
  • There are multiple costume and silk 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.

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Aerial Hammock/Slammock

September 3, 2012 Comments Off on Aerial Hammock/Slammock Ambiance, Hammock, Uncategorized

Aerial Hammock

 

What is Aerial Hammock? What is Aerial Slammock?

An aerial hammock is an aerial silk looped in half, resulting in a “hammock” in which the performer contorts, flips, and poses. An aerial “slammock” is a hammock with the addition of two long strands of fabric which can be swirled and manipulated to gorgeous effect. Hammock and slammock are ideal for atmospheric performance or aerial bartending, or can be performed as a stand-alone act.

 

 

What does Aerial Hammock/Slammock look like? Just click the arrow below to start the video.

 

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What does Aerial Hammock/Slammock 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 12 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 can be performed as atmosphere or aerial bartending. Sets are usually 15-20 minutes, and each artist can perform up to 4-6 sets in a four hour time period.
  • As a stand-alone act, this act is 6-8 minutes long
  • This act can spin.
  • This act is perfect for performances with audience on all sides.
  • This act requires at least 12 feet to be safely performed in its entirety.
  • This act is appropriate for all audiences.
  • There are multiple costumes, silk, 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.

 

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New Ambient Aerial Hammock Demo!!!

January 21, 2012 Comments Off on New Ambient Aerial Hammock Demo!!! Ambiance, Hammock, Uncategorized

If you’re wondering what the heck ambient aerial hammock looks like in action, wonder no more! Have a look! For more ImaginAerial videos, click here!

 

 

 

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Part 2: Background Ambience or Foreground Fabulous? Work It Cirque Style!

Last week we explored what situations are the best for using ambiance, and which are perfect for acts. Now we get tactical. You want to get the most possible bang for your buck, right? Remember that even the best French toast isn’t going to taste so awesome if it sits around. Gotta keep it constantly fresh! The context in which you place these acts will make a big difference in how they are perceived, and in getting the most out of the cirque-style awesomeness you’ve ordered up.

Making Ambience Amazing – Do It Up Right!

Timing is Everything

 

– Ambient performance works best as the majority of people are first walking into the party, usually during the cocktail hour. Just like the first taste of chocolate or sip of wine is what we savor the most, the first impression is what they will remember.

Ambient Slammock

This is how we hang out!

– Going with ambience all night? Most parties (aside from weddings) do not start on time.  Have the performers begin 30-60 minutes after the official start time. In the past, we’ve noodled around for 10 people for an hour – awkward (oh, so awkward) and more expensive. Save your moolah!

-Please – we beg you – do not have the performers on for the last part of the party! The energy of a party always changes as it goes on, and I can’t tell you how many times people insist they want performers on for the entire party, pay for five hours and then tell us not to bother for the last hour (if we had a dollar….). Being impressed for four hours straight is exhausting – give your peeps a break!

The Nitty-Gritty – Straight Talk About All Things Ambient

 

-The performers should not be doing the same thing non-stop, you gotta mix it up, yo! The audience will not want to see a unicyclist or a stilt walker circle the room 100 times. It will make them dizzy and just wonder if the performer simply can’t find the bathroom.

Juggling

photo: Andrew Brucker Juggling can be done anywhere

-If you know the party might be extremely crowded, someone needs to help the performers maintain some sort of space to do what they do. It’s very hard to balance on one arm if people keep spilling their drinks on you, or your toe keeps wandering into someone’s lasagna.

-Walk around performance does not work in very small spaces or with crowds of less than 100. With so much intimacy, the audience may be seeing many of the same tricks after a while (there’s that awkwardness again!).

-For goodness sake, do not place performers between the attendees and the buffet. It’s VERY dangerous. Laura once stuck her foot in someone’s bean dip.  It’s ugly (Laura here! It really was ugly!). When the food first comes out, give it focus.

 Get Your Act Together! How to Let Your Acts Take Center Stage

–  Have the act announced a few minutes ahead of time so people know something special is coming and will not step out to the bathroom and miss it (they will never let you forget it!).

Flying Silks, Only an Act!

Flying Silks can only an Act! Photo: Andrew Brucker

–  Schedule it once people have settled in a bit, either at the end of dinner before dessert or once everyone has a cocktail in hand.

– Make sure there is someone who can bring some lights onto the performer. There is nothing worse than an exciting act done in the dark or in all yellow (unless you’re going for the jaundiced look). We are happy to provide recommend a lighting designer and make these arrangements as well.

–  Make sure that everyone has good sightlines. We usually request a stage for contortion acts but sometimes we have been given a six inch riser and then people in the back end up hopping up and down.

–  Have a good person running sound. Nothing screams AMATEUR more than a DJ trying several songs waiting for the performer whose holding his/her opening position to yell “That’s it!” With today’s technology, there is no reason this embarrassment needs to happen. The DJ just has to be prepared.

 

Trio Triangle photo: Andrew Brucker, faster than the speed of light

Now let me subject you to my personal bias.  In my humble opinion, I feel that in general, acts make a much greater impact than ambiance. As stated in the previous article, there are good reasons as well as a time and a place for ambient entertainment.  That said, a spectacular trick or sequence can really make people’s faces light up. Those types of tricks are only going to happen when performers are doing an act, because when working for a long period of time, performers just can’t do their hardest/most spectacular work or they physically won’t make it through. A visual background wash can be really beautiful, but it doesn’t culminate in a breathless moment. Whatever direction you decide to go in, just make sure you think clearly about how it can really serve your message and your event.

Yes, I know – it’s a lot to take in! Don’t worry – this is just to give you a peek into the “why” of it all from a planner/performer perspective (try saying that 10x fast). Trust me – it’s not that complicated. Give us a ring, tell us what you’re envisioning, and we’ll take it from there. An informed consumer is our best client! And we love ya!

Background Or Foreground? How To Decide Between Featured Acts Or Ambiance

September 26, 2011 Comments Off on Background Or Foreground? How To Decide Between Featured Acts Or Ambiance Ambiance, Corporate Events, FAQS, General, Uncategorized

You see your event in your head. As you imagine it, your attendees enter your event space and people are flying from beam to beam in swaths of fabric, doing back flips over the bar, and juggling bread sticks. The partygoers get sucked into this crazy world that you have created and no one wants to leave. Everyone has scrapes under their chins from when their jaws hit the floor and consider it the party of the year.

Great. Bandaids are on order. Now what?

Visualization is the fun part of planning, but we have to realize that what we see in our head is a montage of highlights.  Our imaginations conveniently edit out the stuff in between. We want to make sure that the audience sees what you envision and not the ramping up and down. How you create the “wow” is going to depend on your particular party.

The biggest decision to be made (aside from what shoes you are going to wear) is whether you want ambiance or individual acts. Ambiance consists of walk around acts and people dangling in space. With ambiance, the DJ continues to play his music and all the choreography is improvised on the spot. With individual acts, each act is specifically choreographed to music and everyone stops what they are doing to watch the act. Both types of entertainment have their plusses and minuses. You just have to look at the realities of both and really figure out which one will work for your event.

When Ambiance/Walk-around is best:

-When your event attendees are mostly just walking through a space, not hanging out in one place, or when there is no peak time of an event (i.e. trade show that goes all day or at the entrance to a huge event)

-When there are several things going on simultaneously and you don’t want any one part to take the focus (when there are other engrossing activities to engage in like getting fake tattoos)

Cocktail Party Ambiance

-When a space has several different rooms to walk through with different themes and no one is going to congregate in one place for very long (in a museum)

-When you want no interruption of the music or mood in any way (a trance marathon)

When Acts are best:

-When you are looking to make a dramatic statement (acts can be used and choreographed to sell or say anything)

-When you want people to remember one unforgettable moment

-When you have a chance to grab everyone’s attention  (and the award goes to…)

Irina Hula Hoop

Irina doing her Hula Hoop Act

-When everyone is congregated in one place or sitting down at some point (during dessert or waiting for a speech to start)

-When you want to build to a dramatic entrance, make a big introduction, or kick off something (at the end of one twenty minute non-stop performance extravanganza, drop a curtain in front of a new shiny plane and reveal new branding)

 

Now you know whether to choose ambiance or an act for your event. Tune in next week for the exciting conclusion to this article. How to keep the ambiance in the background or really bring the acts to the foreground: the secrets to making your choice WORK!