Counterweight Loop Creation Workshop – Terry Crane

The participants for this creation-focused laboratory will research and develop a piece 10 minutes in length, to be performed at 12th ave arts as part of the AADF student showcase on December 15th. In the research process, the participants will learn choreography and maneuvers in the various modes of this unique apparatus. Under direction from Terry Crane and other Acrobatic Conundrum cast members, the second half of the week will be focused on creating a performance with an expressive narrative as an ensemble. This workshop is a 10 hour time commitment, and students will need account for arriving warm and ready to work.


Workshop: Counterweight Loop Creation Workshop 
When: 11am – 1:30pm Monday – Thursday, Dec 10th – 13th + Friday, Dec 14th Performance
Where: 12th Ave Arts
How Much: $250
Applicants must have an extensive aerial background, 2+ years of regular classes and training, and be able to climb a 20′ rope three times consecutively without touching down. This workshop is targeted to aerialists with an interest in working with others as a team, with a willingness to serve a larger vision. Also, shoulder stability is essential.
The aerial loop threaded through two pulleys has many different configurations, each with their own possibilities for interaction. The apparatus is by nature a partnered form, as there is no inherently fixed point, and everything that occurs on one side must be counterbalanced on the opposite side.
With a small group of aerialists, we will explore several modes of operation for this apparatus. Time permitting, we’ll research new concepts with this apparatus. With the ensemble of artists who will undertake this workshop together, we will build a short presentation of the skills explored in this workshop. Applicants should have a background in vertical aerial (tissue or rope), a year minimum. Other skill sets such as aerial partnering, partner acrobatics, or tumbling may be useful as as well. Ability to do a pullup and climb 40 feet of rope. This class will also involve running and jumping, so ankle and lower body stability and health are also essential.
Instructor Bio:
Terry Crane surrendered to restless urges that led him to walk calmly away with the circus at the tender age of 20. With a degree in dance from Oberlin College, his circus journey led him to the San Francisco Circus Center, the Montreal National Circus School, and the Beijing International Acrobatics School. A veteran of the big top and the stage, he has performed in countless countries for various companies, including Teatro Zinzanni, les 7 Doigts de la Main, and Circus Monti. Terry is delighted to share his love of rope technique, circus creation, and collaboration via workshops across the globe. As a director, Terry is on a relentless quest to tell true fictions, contradict human isolation, and portray paradox.


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