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ImaginAerial Serves Some (Upside Down) WOW at the University of Pennsylvania!

May 13, 2015 Comments Off on ImaginAerial Serves Some (Upside Down) WOW at the University of Pennsylvania! Aerial Acts, Corporate Events, Ground Acts, Photos and Video

ImaginAerial had the pleasure of providing the cirque-style wow factor at the University of Pennsylvania last week – check out some of the early pics! Champagne aerialists, hand-balancing magic, and one helluva silk act. BOOM!

 

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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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Hula Hoops

March 10, 2013 Comments Off on Hula Hoops General, Ground Acts, Uncategorized

hula hoops edit

 

What is a Hula Hoop act?

In a Hula Hoop act, the performer manipulates multiple hoops for a hypnotic, high energy act.

 

 

 

What does a Hula Hoop act look like? 


 

For additional images of this act, check out ImaginAerial’s Novelty & Costume Character Act page on Pinterest! Click the ImaginAerial button to view all our boards.

What does a Hula Hoop Artist need to perform?

Hula Hoops glow

This act requires a clean floor, stage, or pedestal of at least 15 x 15 feet.

FAQs

    • this act is appropriate for almost all audiences (the act requires small areas of bare skin on the legs and torso)
    • some performers bring their own pedestals, others perform on the floor, or on a small stage set up by the client
    • This act is 5-6 minutes long.
    • Depending on performer availability, glow (LED) hoops may be availalble.

 

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Contortion

September 3, 2012 Comments Off on Contortion FAQS, Ground Acts, Uncategorized

 

What is Contortion?

Amazing, that’s what! A contortionist bends and twists her body into seemingly impossible shapes. Graceful and elegant, these are among our most requested performers.

 

 

What does Contortion look like? 

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

What does a contortionist need to perform?

This act requires a clean floor, stage, or pedestal of at least 10 x 10 feet.

FAQs

    • contortion can be performed as a 6 minute Cirque du Soleil-style act, or as walk-around atmosphere
    • this act is appropriate for all audiences
    • some performers bring their own pedestals, others perform on the floor, or on a small stage set up by the client
    • This act is 5-6 minutes long.
    • There are multiple costumes and music choices for this act.

 

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Handbalancing & Acro-Balance

September 3, 2012 Comments Off on Handbalancing & Acro-Balance FAQS, Ground Acts, Uncategorized
Duo Male Handbalancing

Duo Male Handbalancing

What are Hand Balancing and Acro-Balance?

Hand balancing, sometimes called a “statue act”, is a jaw-dropping exhibition of strength and equilibrium. As seen in Cirque-du Soleil, these artists execute flawless one-armed handstands, counter-balances, and gravity-defying moves. The perfect finale for any show or event – this is one of our most popular acts!

Acro-Balance, or Adagio, is an exquisite blend of strength, balance, and grace. These artists, usually a male/female  or female/female team, perform a stunning series of balances, contortions, and acrobatics. Perfect for walk-around performance.

 

What do Acro-Balance and Hand Balancing look like?

 

 

For more images of this act, check out our Hand Balancing and Acro-Balance Pinterest page! Click the ImaginAerial button to see all our boards.

What do these acts need to perform?

These acts require a clean floor, stage, or pedestal of at least 12 x 12 feet, and a ceiling height of at least 12 feet.

FAQs

  • what’s the difference? Hand balancing is performed as an 8-10 minute act, and acro-balance is better suited to intimate settings or walk-around performance.
  • Depending on artist availability at the time of booking, you may choose a male/male, male/female, or female/female duo
  • these acts require a clean floor, stage, or pedestal of at least 12 x 12 feet
  • This act requires at least 12-15 feet to be safely performed in its entirety
  • Appropriate for all audiences
  • There are multiple costumes and music choices for this act.
  • Floor must be completely clear (no tables,  chairs, sets, etc.)
  • The audience must maintain a safe distance of at least 6 feet from the performers.

 

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Juggling

August 27, 2012 Comments Off on Juggling General, Ground Acts, Uncategorized

What is Cirque-Style Juggling?

It’s not just balls anymore! Our talented artists can juggle anything from French bread to glowing orbs. From traditional to Cirque du Soleil-style to just plain wacky – you have to see it to believe it!

 

What does Cirque-Style Juggling look like? 

 

 

For more images of this act, please visit our Pinterest Juggling & Unicycle page! Click the ImaginAerial button to view all our boards.

What does a cirque-style juggler need to perform?

A ceiling height of 15+ feet is helpful, but not essential.

FAQs

  • this act is appropriate for all audiences
  • these artists can juggle almost anything – just ask!
  • a ceiling height of 15+ feet allows ample height for all a jugglers tricks, but acts can be modified for lower ceilings
  • no, this act is not cheesy. THIS juggling is fresh, creative, and fun!
  • there are endless music, costume, and theme variations for this act. (Note: one of our favorite artists just won big at the Apollo Theater in NYC with his famous hip-hop juggling act! How’s THAT for different?)

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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!

Sneak Peek….

September 29, 2011 Comments Off on Sneak Peek…. General, Ground Acts, Uncategorized

The fabulous photos are starting to roll in! Here’s a sneak peek at our epic event at Capitale in NYC this past week. Enjoy!

Makes you want to go stretch, doesn't it?

 
Image: Andrew Brucker,  http://andrewbruckerphotography.com/