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.

Alexandria, Part 1

Alexandria, Part 1

Hello from Alexandria!! WELL it's been a couple of days and so much has happened, I do not even know where to start. Let's see... perhaps a traditional approach.

Off we go!

Off we go!

The day is here! Saturday, October 17th at 4:15 our flights will all depart Seattle for ... well, Vancouver, really. A bit anticlimactic at first, sure, but then we'll get on another plane and wake up in Frankfurt, and then finally our last leg to Cairo!

We're going to Egypt!!!!!

We're going to Egypt!!!!!

We were contacted earlier this year by a woman from the Backstreet Festival, which is a festival held in Egypt that started in 2012, and due to popularity and success, has continued to thrive and is now being held yearly in the city of Alexandria