Sans Filet - Montreal Residency Video

Sans Filet - Montreal Residency Video

Making art in Montréal with AC!
We spent 2 weeks working with Krin Haglund and an amazing choreographer, and had this opportunity to share our discoveries with the community here. Thanks everyone for your support of AC and our continuing mission to make contemporary circus in the US. - Terry Crane

A Loop is the Opposite of a Wall

A Loop is the Opposite of a Wall

Terry Crane
AC Artistic Director
Blog Post 2/4/17

 

I’m currently on a plane leaving San Jose, Costa Rica, returning home to a significantly different USA. Reflecting on the political changes and on our work as a company, I’m struck by the stories we tell and the potency of the symbols we use.

Ty gets tricky.

Ty gets tricky.

A sneak peak at Ty's hoop training (and a super sneak peak, some might call it a leak, into AC's fall season!)

Featuring Ty Vennewitz
Video by Maureen Frieder
Banner photo by Ian Douglas

Gender in Circus

Gender in Circus

Why aren't there more women on circus stages? Some thoughts about gender in circus from Managing Director, Susie Williams. 

Got Chautauqua? Carey touring Washington State with NOTC this summer

Got Chautauqua? Carey touring Washington State with NOTC this summer

Do your summer travel plans find you in the far flung reaches of the magnificent State of Washington? If so, Conundrum company member Carey Cramer invites you to join her and experience the comradery and revelry of The New Old Time Chautauqua (NOTC), America’s only traveling Chautauqua

More connection. More courage. Straight to your inbox.

More connection. More courage. Straight to your inbox.

 Photo by WittyPixel Photography

Photo by WittyPixel Photography

Through live performance and collaboration, Acrobatic Conundrum seeks to contribute to a more courageous and connected world. To continue that effort offstage, we offer this blog. 

This blog is a space for us to share our thoughts, efforts, failures, risks, jokes, lives and art with you. And you can share too. There's room for comments. We want to connect with you!  And on that note . . .

Introducing email subscriptions to our blog! #modern

Have each blog post hand delivered by 0s and 1s straight to your inbox. We will still send out quarterly newsletters to our email list (which you can sign up for here.) The blog is an additional way for us to communicate more intimately and more immediately.

 

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More talking. More love. More courage. More art. 

 

 

 

It takes artists to make art. It also takes:

It takes artists to make art. It also takes:

 A view of Managing Director Susie Williams' desk.

A view of Managing Director Susie Williams' desk.

 

1. post it notes (stocking stuffer)
2. coffee (Cafe du Monde)
3. sparkling water (Sodastream)
4. notebooks (found, salvaged and gifted)
5. music (Tegan & Sara)
6. lists (and lists of lists)
7. a postcard of a shark with your name on it (as gifted by director Daniel Kramer)
8. a postcard from the Bolshoi ("Sweetie, your next gig! love, Dad" ~2003)
9. an obsessive love of art (unshakeable)
 

Friends from the road.

Friends from the road.

 Photo by Wittypixel Featuring: (top) Xochitl Sosa and (below) Ellie Rossi

Photo by Wittypixel
Featuring: (top) Xochitl Sosa and (below) Ellie Rossi

Part of the mission of Love & Gravity, our newest work, is to connect with community. Touring the show is as much about growing our relationship with the circus community as it is about sharing our work with audiences. 

On each stop of the tour, we invited different artists to join us on stage. We also worked with several different directors/overseers/advisors/crafters/imaginers/curators/instigators in the creation of the work. This is a list of the people we were lucky enough to create, play and perform with:

Performers: Alex Allan, Alexis Hedrick, Althea Young, Anna Thomas-Henry, Ellie Rossi, Leah Jones, Maureen Frieder and Molly Graves.

Collaborators:  Elizabeth Klob, Janet McAlpin, Jaron Hollander, Jenn Cohen and Nicki Miller.

Superpals: Chris Rossi, Mary Rossi, Velibor Peric.

A note from Artistic Director Terry Crane

 Photo by WittyPixel. Ty Vennewitz, Xochitl Sosa, Terry Crane (on rope), Scotty Dont (standing), Carey Cramer, Erica Rubinstein.

Photo by WittyPixel. Ty Vennewitz, Xochitl Sosa, Terry Crane (on rope), Scotty Dont (standing), Carey Cramer, Erica Rubinstein.

Does a show grow to fit it’s name or is it more like an idea just waiting to take on life?

The last 10 weeks have been an honor and joy; creating, relentlessly rehearsing, and performing LOVE & GRAVITY. We wanted a show that would represent us; this company, and the community we belong to. I’m grateful to our audiences, everyone who met us in the aisles after the show and urged us on, to all our artistic collaborators, my amazing administrative team Susie Williams & Julie Briselden, the guest artists, and the cast.

We made something that I like. After 10 weeks of togetherness, 7 one-week residencies at my favorite 7 different circus schools, 20-odd rope battles, I’m still very curious where we go next.

 

CONUNDRUM  RETURNS  TO  NYC!

CONUNDRUM RETURNS TO NYC!

We’re finally back! It’s been since August of 2014 (our premiere of “A Book Is Not A Ladder” at Summerstage!) but we’ve been called back to the big city again. This time, for the world’s largest theater and performing arts networking forum and marketplace: APAP. We’ll be performing alongside fellow circus companies at the beautiful Skirball Center for Performing Arts via CN:ICE presented by Circus Now! Such an honor to be invited. 

TEDxRainier

TEDxRainier

Terry and friends (Acrobats: Erica Rubinstein, Ty Vennewitz, Carey Cramer, Alex Allan, Sommer Panage, Jenny Atomik, Jacob Skeffington, Faith Wassmann, Maureen Frieder. Music by The Tres Pesos: Laurie Miller, Faith Stankevich, Amy Barrysmith) at TEDxRainier.

See the video of the talk and performance here.

 

 

 

Conundrum at the Smithsonian!

The Renwick Gallery, the Smithsonian's wing dedicated to American Arts and Crafts, recently completed a major makeover. After a two-year renovation, the Renwick re-opened its doors with an epic week of parties. And what does every throw-down, black tie, wonder-themed party need? A surprise aerial act, of course!

 Susie and Terry pose as party guests

Susie and Terry pose as party guests

At the first of three parties, Terry and I (Susie) convincingly played the role of guests. We wore black tie outfits. We ate a multi-course meal. I slapped the museum curator when he told me Ruth Bader Ginsberg was there. (I have since apologized.) Terry tried to make a toast.

 

 

 Terry wowing the crowd.

Terry wowing the crowd.

 

 

Except just as Terry had everyone's attention . . . . a rope fell magically from the sky. Throwing his glass down and his shoes off, Terry climbed the rope and performed his much loved "Paper Planes" act. The people cheered. Much wonder was felt by all.

 

The next night we did it again. And the following night too.

 

 

 Jennifer Angus' installation and Susie's dress.

Jennifer Angus' installation and Susie's dress.

 

The exhibit, titled "Wonder," transforms the entire museum into an immersive artwork. Nine contemporary artists were each given a gallery to do whatever they pleased with. The resulting installations were beautiful, bizarre, elegant and surprising. 

My favorite was Jennifer Angus', admittedly this may be because it matched my outfit.

 

 

We had SO MUCH FUN. We wore fancy outfits, we met artists and art lovers, we got people super excited about contemporary circus. And we got to roam through the debut exhibit over and over again.

Many many thanks to Nicholas Bell, Betsy Broun and the entire staff at the Renwick. It was a delight to be included in such wonderful events and to work with such lovely and capable people!

 

 

Alexandria, Part 2

Alexandria, Part 2

Where did I leave off? Ah, yes, we were in tech for the show but it hadn't happened yet.

WELL. Tech went just fine. As planned? Never. Without hitches? Unheard of. Did we get everything done that we needed to do to the best of our ability and were ready for the show in time AND had enough time to go see some sarcophaguses (sarcophagi?) on our dinner break? YES.