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LUMINARIUM reboot at WANO

October 20, 2015 Comments Off on LUMINARIUM reboot at WANO Corporate Events, Photos and Video, Photos and Video, Stage Shows, Uncategorized

ImaginAerial rebooted their first show, Luminarium, in Toronto at the Westin Harbor Castle for the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO). The circus talent’s credits include Pippin and Cabaret on Broadway, Les Sept Doigt de la Main, Cirque du Soleil, among many others. We had hoop diving, cube juggling, hand balancing, acro biking, hula hooping, wheeling, contorting, aerials, and much more. Costume designer, Katie Sue Nicklos of Timberlake Studios created groundbreaking costumes using EL wire that lit up the stage and elicited an “ooh” or two (Fun safety tidbit, battery packs are protected by condoms, which I later realized were lying out open in the dressing room. Oops.). Renown lighting designer Martin Postma completed the vision of light with projections and black light giving each act its own unique imagery and making everything pop.

 

Sneak preview of the show!

Post by Angela Attia

 

Dare to Imagine….

 

Killian Cog at Performing Arts Exchange!

October 6, 2015 Comments Off on Killian Cog at Performing Arts Exchange! Killian Cog, Stage Shows

Last week, at Performing Arts Exchange (PAE) by South Arts, “The Bizarre and Curious Quest of Killian Cog” creative team members Laura Witwer and Chris Delgado got to chat circus with a crackerjack panel of circus presenters and aficionados!

The panel was facilitated by Krista R. Bradley, Executive Director of BlackRock Center for the Arts. Featured panelist Nadia Drouin, Head of Programming Circus Arts for TOHU in Montreal (everyone’s dream circus space), spoke passionately about the emergence of contemporary circus and it’s place in the arts – it was thrilling! We also heard from several presenters about their experiences in bringing circus to their venues, and about why they’re so passionate about our art form.

We also got a chance to connect with Sydney Pepper Smith from the National Endowment for the Arts. Did you know that the NEA is now recognizing circus as it’s own, legitimate genre? Well, now you do! And it’s some of the best news we’ve heard in forever.

We reconnected with old friends, and made plenty of new ones. The future is looking bright and busy for Killian – and we couldn’t be more thrilled! How far would you go? Laura

 

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Killian Rides Again!

July 15, 2014 Comments Off on Killian Rides Again! Photos and Video, Stage Shows, Uncategorized

This past week, we had the pleasure of taking “The Bizarre and Curious Quest of Killian Cog” out on the road again! We played to over 5000 (!!!!!) enthusiastic theater-goers at Lakeside Chautauqua and Springfield Arts Council’s Summer Arts Festival! Here are some of the amazing pics taken by photographer and web designer extraordinaire Kenneth Feldman from KPF Digital (if you need a website designed, HE’S YOUR GUY!). Just click on the thumbnail to view a larger image or start the slideshow. Enjoy!

Dress Rehearsal/Tech

 

Lakeside Chautauqua

 

Springfield Arts Festival

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Sparkly Banana Hammock??!!! When Show Costumes Do NOT Work for Your Act

futurechicken.jpegP1010267_editedIf you’ve done any sort of touring or joining up with shows (or hope to), you’re bound to encounter some costume dilemmas that make you nervous. Really nervous. What happens when someone wants you to wear something that won’t work for your act? Step awaaaaaaay from the sparkly banana hammock….

Storytime….

futurechicken.jpegAngela and I toured for many years with a sassy duo trap act which included a roll around the bar. Any duo who has incorporated this move into their act will, at some point, become incapacitated with laughter (and sometimes just incapacitated) when your leggings or unitards entwine around the bar, and you are stuck stuck stuck in the most indelicate of positions. Your only options are roll backwards (sometimes nearly impossible depending on how your costume has become wrapped), take your pants off, or have someone lower your point.

We were performing at the Casino Estoril , and the show was providing our costumes. We sent a list of our needs, and arrived to find costumes that needed some adjustments. The one we REALLY pushed for was the tightening up of the material in the midsection. They did this for us, and our run went off without a hitch. HOWEVER. We were replaced by a lovely lyra duo, who also had a roll around the bar. They were more petite, and consequently, our costumes were a bit looser on them. When they asked to have them adjusted, they were told (wait for it….), “The girls before you never had a problem.” So, they left it. Guess what? During the show one night, they became so tangled that the lyra had to be lowered, and they had to scoot offstage still attached. Want to keep this from happening to you? Read on.

From Your Employer’s Point of View

 

Medieval Angels

Medieval Angels

As a pretty DIY company, we make all our costumes in house. We have a vision for how we want a show or event to look, and how your act will fit into it. As aerialists, we also have an idea of what may be a no-go (you are not usually working with people who understand performers needs). Sometimes, making adjustments to a costume may require taking the entire thing apart, or re-designing from scratch. So, it’s in our best interests to only make changes that MUST be made, and put the onus on you the performer to make the rest work. We also may be going for a specific look – it may be a bit of a pain in the tush, but the result is worth it.

Fcostumeor example, this is the Angel Statue costume from our Killian Cog show (it’s not usually wet – it’s in the process of being dyed). It’s long and flowing, and was created for the duo Spanish web act. Let’s be clear: no performer looks at a long, flow-y costume goes “Oh goody! Tons of fabric to work around!” But, these beautiful performers made it work, and the visual impact in the show was stunning.

 

Negotiating Your Costume

First, determine your needs. If you have a single shin to shin, you need shins uncovered. Period. Roll around the bar? Tight costume mid-section. You many need head/neck free, nothing hanging off, the list goes on and on. Determine those needs, and fight for them if you have to. If you get a lot of push-back, explain to your employer WHY this is so important (they often have no idea why one might not want slippy fabric when you’re hanging by a toe….).

Is the costume just kind of a pain to work around? Do you have to make small adjustments to your act to accommodate it? This is where you have to suck it up and be the pro you are. If it’s a few weeks or a month, really try to make it work. If it’s a long tour, see if you can partner with the designer to come up with a compromise that suits the show, and doesn’t require too much sacrifice on your end.

Bottom line, safety is a non-negotiable. Also, as a performer, you want your act to look amazing (trust me – your client does too). Really try to work with designers and employers to find that happy medium between what the show requires and what you need to look spectacular. Dare to imagine, Laura
 

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Static Trapeze

March 24, 2014 Comments Off on Static Trapeze Aerial Acts, Corporate Events, Stage Shows, Theme Parties, Uncategorized

Rose Contortion trapWhat is Static Trapeze?

Static Trapeze is a dramatic aerial act performed on the static (non-swinging) trapeze. The artist executes breathtaking acrobatics and gorgeous poses while suspended high in the air. One, two, three, or four artists! This act does NOT swing.

 

What Does Static Trapeze Look Like?


 

What Does This Act Need to Perform?

Don’t worry – we have rigging options to suit nearly every venue! This act requires one or two close rigging points (exposed beam, sky hook, truss, theatrical grid, etc.), and a ceiling height of at least 14 feet. Trio or quad trapeze acts require truss or crane bars to ensure even spacing of ropes. 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 6-8 minutes long.

  • This act does not swing, but solos and duos can spin if done on a single point.
  • Solos and duos are perfect for performances with audience on all sides.
  • This act is available with one, two, three, or four artists.
  • This act requires at least 14 feet to be safely performed in its entirety.
  • This act is appropriate for all audiences.
  • There are multiple costumes 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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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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Killian Cog – Traveling Man (Guest Blogger Chris Delgado!)

June 26, 2013 Comments Off on Killian Cog – Traveling Man (Guest Blogger Chris Delgado!) New Offerings!, Stage Shows, Uncategorized

howfarforpastGuest blogger, Chris Delgado (our fabulous Killian!), waxes poetic about the shows beginnings, and the magical glue that holds it all together. Take it away, Chris!

 

Musings on “The Bizarre and Curious Quest of Killian Cog”

Killian Cog is a traveling man. He was born on a small airplane traveling from Texas to New York, as we (Laura, Angela, and myself) huddled over a notebook and tossed ideas across the aisle. He had an unusual trio of parents. His conception was electric, we could all feel it. As his journey twisted from fantastic to scientific, desperate and grasping, to solid and spiraling, his journey began with simple words: steam punk, time travel, love, circles.

We had so many ideas all stewing about, crossing and leaving trails, like sand slipping from our fingers, slowly falling and building something no single member of our team had absolute control over. Killian is built from strong pieces, strong performers, powerful minds. But the heart of Killian, the thing that pushes him forward, every moment through all of time, are not his lonely pieces, but the spaces between; when cast members offer up their personal “rubber chickens” and everyone is dancing, listening, writing, or sewing for hours after rehearsals. All of this show, from the handmade costumes to every note of the score; this is a show made not only of love, but of many loves and passions and fights and tears. And it shows in the faces of the cast on another Sunday rehearsal that goes on too long and runs over into the next. We love what we do. And we have assembled an exceptionally talented and passionate group of people here not just for themselves, but to be a part of something larger. So come, meet Killian, meet us. Follow in Killian’s footsteps, be free to dream of something impossible and to make it be.

Buy tickets to our Aerial Showcase and SNEAK PEEK at “The Bizarre and Curious Quest of Killian Cog” this weekend at SLAM! 8:00, Friday & Saturday, $20. Get tickets here!

The Bizarre and Curious Quest of Killian Cog

May 20, 2013 Comments Off on The Bizarre and Curious Quest of Killian Cog Stage Shows, Uncategorized

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The Bizarre and Curious Quest of Killian Cog is well on its way to becoming a real show! Below is a bit more for you curiosity seekers.

“Killian Cog is a watchmaker who became so consumed by his work that he let love slip away from him.  He is now determined to build a time traveling contraption to go back into his own past and change one pivotal moment, but he soon discovers time isn’t a straight line, and nothing (even time travel!) is ever as simple as it seems.
Through a “steampunk” lens, The Bizarre and Curious Quest of Killian Cog takes the audience on a cirque style  journey through time and space. The audience begins  their “Intro to Time Travel” with Professor Jane Prime in Killian’s studio. A flying clock comes alive, carnies contort, and a drunk monk sees flying Angels instead of bats in his belfry. From an isolated colony in outer space to a post apocalyptic future, an 80’s rock concert to a pirate ship on the high seas, Killian travels the multiverse chasing his own tail. When Killian finally returns to his studio at that pivotal moment, nothing is exactly as it was._DSC0130

The Bizarre and Curious Quest of Killian Cog isn’t just a circus show with unique and exciting physical stunts. It is theatre for the whole family, sophisticated humor for the adults and otherworldly fantasy for the little ones. It tells the story of a man who goes on the type of journey we only dream about.”

Parts of the show will be previewed in NYC: SLAM, Williamsburg, Friday June 28 and Saturday June 29 at 8 pm

Full premiere Kent State Tuscawarus Theater, Ohio July 13 and 14

About Chris and his German Wheel!

The first time traveler, Killian Cog

The first time traveler, Killian Cog

Each week until the show we will let you know about some of the acts and how rehearsals are coming. This week’s blog features our lead, Killian Cog, played by the inimitable, Chris Delgado. Chris has been working closely with the creative team to create this show from the beginning, meeting with us week after week to write the script and figure out the tech. He has also been training all kinds of skills that he will be using throughout the show. So not only can he flip off a rolling wheel, but he can now fly through the air, moonwalk, and catch a pocket watch with

He can see it all

He can see it all

some panache.
Below are some pics from the show. Chris is a patient soul who sits through fittings and photo shoots while we mutter

My Human Jungle Gym: Backstage with Duo Ellipse

August 7, 2012 Comments Off on My Human Jungle Gym: Backstage with Duo Ellipse Photos and Video, Stage Shows, Uncategorized

Duo Ellipse warms up before the gala at the Kent State Performing Arts Center! Try to ignore my dirty feet (hey – that’s what happens when you run around barefoot for hours). Big acrobatic love, Laura

 

 

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VIDEO – ImaginAerial’s Favorite Juggler Wins Big at the Apollo Theater in NYC!

August 5, 2012 Comments Off on VIDEO – ImaginAerial’s Favorite Juggler Wins Big at the Apollo Theater in NYC! Photos and Video, Stage Shows, Uncategorized

Michael Karas is ImaginAerial’s go-to juggler – and with good reason! Last week, Michael WON Amateur Night at the famous Apollo Theater in NYC (trust us – it’s a HUGE deal), and brought the house down with this phenomenal (and hilarious) hip hop juggling act. Enjoy!

 

 

For our events, Michael has juggled everything from French bread to snowballs – he’s just amazing!

How do you get this awesomeness at your event? Easy – just email us@imaginAerial.com, or give us a ring at 212-252-3131.