Happy Holidays are sent to all those who made the Aerial Acrobatic Arts Festival such a success! Aerial Fabric Acrobatics has been a $20,000 level sponsor of the Festival for 4 years. The company has been proud to have helped 80 aerialists in sponsoring an event that has helped aerialists with their careers, and introduced Denver audiences to artists who have come to town from all over the country. Our holiday card featured two artists from Philadelphia who performed an innovation on slings. Nicole Burgio and Kendra Greaves. The photographer: Scott Murphy and graphic artist, Suzie Shapiro.
Aerial Fabric was happy to host Duo Silks workshops with Amy Nash. Amy is a circus performer who has been touring the world with different shows. She was in Denver between gigs and shared her knowledge of basic skills in Duo Aerial Silks and Aerial Hoop. Her workshop participants gained valuable transition moves and a better understanding of both the apparatus. Also in October, Ashley Smith and Daniel Nolasco, winners of the Best Artistic Award on Duo Trapeze in the 2014 Aerial Acrobatic Arts Festival presented a workshop on Duo Trapeze. They shared their fluid style of movement with workshop participants.
Lynn visited Montreal in October and enjoyed Genevieve Bessett’s one woman show on Aerial Hoop, directed by friend and artistic director of the Denver Aerial Acrobatic Arts Festival, Marshall Garfield. The show was an outstanding production, very contemporary and unique. While in Montreal, Lynn was happy to visit with Cynthia St Amand who performed solo trapeze at the 2012 Aerial Acrobatic Arts Festival. She saw Rachel Walker, who was a judge in 2012 at the Denver Festival. It was great to see Anna Vigeland, who served as a judge at the 2014 Festival. Lynn also spent time in NY City. It was great to learn trapeze skills at Circus Warehouse. She was happy to see Tatanya Hamermesh, former director of classes with Aerial Fabric.
September brought workshops presented by Carlos Salazar who performed Straps in the 2014 Aerial Acrobatic Arts Festival. Every Sunday, Carlos presented new skills on straps to Aerial Fabric Acrobatics students and other students from other studios. Everyone made progress and had lots of fun.
Also in September, Rachel Gauthier was in town with the Cavalia Odysseo show. Rachel performed Innovation in the 2012 Aerial Acrobatic Arts Festival. She is a fantastically gifted artist who was performing as an aerialist on aerial hoop and aerial fabric in the Odysseo show and also is one of the trick riders. She generously took everyone back stage, including Lynn’s 85 year old mother and also dropped by the gym to work out with Aerial Fabric. It was great to see Rachel perform in Odysseo. The show combines visual elements of video, outstanding horsemanship, acrobatics, and beautiful music. It was being filmed when in Denver, and Aerial Fabric was able to see the show as guests of one of the film directors who also purchased aerial fabric from the company.
Aerial Fabric Acrobatics hosted the first Workshop of the fall series with former Aerial Acrobatic Arts Festival artists, Duo Rose. Sam and Sylvia of Duo Rose were winners in the First Festival in 2011 of the Best Technical Award. They were in Denver over the Labor Day Weekend with Shanaz King. Sam and Sylvia presented Duo Trapeze technique and Shanaz King presented Straps workshops. Sam and Sylvia were able to explain the basics of Duo Trapeze along with basics for solo trapeze, and some techniques for Duo Silks. They also fixed a trapeze that needed re-furbishing in the kitchen while in the background, via live stream TV, we were able to watch the Man burn at Burning Man in Black Rock City. It was a wonderful weekend filled with lots of learning, laughter, and fun. Amy Nash joined in while back in Denver from her stint in Australia working as an aerialist. We all enjoyed Thai food to celebrate the first in a series of workshops by visiting artists!
Lynn Coleman and David Mitchell visited Las Vegas and saw many friends in the Cirque du Soleil shows there. One of our judges, LJ Minz is a flyer in the trapeze act with Mystere, Ginger Griep Ruiz took us back stage of the Mystere show and we were awed by her flawless Aerial Silks act in the show. Lynn Flew trapeze at Terry Cavaretta Trapeze School.
We watched Pierre Luc on straps in the Ka Cirque show. Pierre performed with Aerial Fabric Acrobatics at the Church Nightclub in 2006. He has been on the Ka show for 9 years. We saw the Ka show in the light booth thanks to Yago.
It was a treat to visit with Sara Knaer who won the Best Performance at the 2012 Festival and is now performing in the Beatles Love show.
We also saw the Zarkana show and are happy to have worked with the Assistant Head of Rigging to provide aerial silks for an upcoming act in this show.
We added new Limited Edition Colors and started the research and development for new styles of Aerial Yoga Hammocks. We created a sister site: Aerial Yoga Hammocks
This site was created to better serve our growing base ofÂ studios using Aerial Yoga Hammocks.
Aerial Fabric Acrobatics is the main sponsor for the Aerial Acrobatic Arts Festival. We were thrilled to host the 4th Festival at the Rawl’s Theater on the University of Denver campus. We had artists from all across the US. One of our judges is the main silks performer with Cirque du Soleil’ s Mystere show, Ginger Griep Ruiz. The winners of the Artistic Best, from Colorado, Ashley Smith and Daniel Nolasco on Duo Trapeze. Winner of Technical Best, Molly Graves from Nashville of Aerial Fabricators performed on Corde de Lisse. Winner of Innovation, Jackie Ward and Nicolo Kehrwald performed on Duo Straps, Winner of the Audience Choice Award, Eric Michaels on Corde de Lisse from Philadelphia Circus School, Winner of Best Over-All of the Festival, Teo Spencer on Aerial Silks.
The audience was enthralled with the marionette work of Geoff Marsh, and were amazed at the skill level of the aerialists as always. The Festival was filmed by David Mitchell of One-by-One, LLC, and photographic team: Scott Murphy and Brittany Murphy.
Over 20 artists travelled to Denver for the Festival. We had presentations by Nancy Smith of Frequent Flyers in Boulder, by Teresa Tipping, Chelsea O’Brian, Anna Vigeland, and a judges panel discussion that offered lively discussion on how to advance your aerial career. Thank you to everyone who made the Festival another success! All our Sponsors, our volunteers. Tatanya Hamermesh General Director, Lynn Coleman Producer, Marshall Garfield, Artistic Director, Barca Chase Production Manager, Kacey Raye Artist Coordinator, Rob Layne Artist Lodging. Megan Stern, Brian Hassler, Jamey Atchison as our back stage team.
We welcome all our orders from across the world. We no longer will be carrying our portable rigs, although they are a product we are very proud of. We set up 2 of our rigs at the Rumpus in the park with the Fantastic Hosts party. It was a super cold day, but our aerialists performed all day anyway. Sara on Aerial Hoop, Andrew on Aerial Silks, Krissy Star on Aerial Silks, Chelsea Trinka on Aerial Silks. It is a tradition that Aerial Fabric brings the aerial to the Fantastic Host parties whenever possible, we have been doing this for 10 years.
As a sponsor of the Aerial Acrobatic Arts Festival, we have received many fantastic applications for the Festival in May. Our volunteer team is fantastic and includes many of our aerial silks teachers.
We will have the Festival in May at the University of Colorado Denver Campus. Our Workshop presenters include: Chelsea O’Brian who will bring her Aerial Kite workshop, Anna Vigeland who will have choreography, we will offer rigging workshops.
Marshall Garfield our Artistic Director will again direct the shows. We look forward to a super Festival that will connect the aerial community.
We had our Student show, the History of Rock and Roll. It was great to see all our students’ progress. Thank you to Tatanya Hamermesh, Director of Classes for putting on such a wonderful program.
Also in February we had a fun night of watching Circus Movies as a fund raiser for the Aerial Acrobatic Arts Festival. It brought supporters and we all enjoyed watching old movies like “Trapeze” with Burt Lancaster and Gina Lola Brigida. Along with the cutting edge Fuerza Bruta which played in New York.
We are supplying Aerial Yoga Studios around the World with Aerial Yoga Hammocks. It is exciting to see that Aerial Yoga Hammocks are used in Birthing Centers, also for Autistic Children as therapy. We have many studios in Greece, Italy, Thailand, Germany, Switzerland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Finland, Ireland, and of course the US.
Our student show was well attended. Everyone did a great job! For the past several years, we have been invited to perform at the Red Ball Charity Event in Denver. Andrew Hill, exhibited his flexibility on the rope. His flair and style was appreciated by the guests of the event.
January was an exciting month. Tatanya Hamermesh and Lynn Coleman attended the Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival to show support, and to represent the Aerial Acrobatic Arts Festival. We met Geoff Marsh who came with his super talent to juggle and do marionette work at the Denver Aerial Acrobatic Arts Festival. Aerial Fabric Acrobatics is a proud supporter of the Aerial Acrobatic Arts Festival, the first one in North America. Our customer’s have helped support a very unique event with every order they place with our company.