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May 10-11 Workshop with Guest Instructor Lisa Natoli

Rope: May 10th 4:30-6:30
Silks: May 11th 11:30-1:30
Each session $30.00

fbwebLisa Natoli is a NYC based silks and rope teacher at Circus Warehouse ( She attended the Alvin Ailey certificate program before receiving her degree in dance at the University of Iowa (2000). Lisa is a frequent solo performer at the resident program Floating Kabarette at Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn and performs often around the city at various venues and events.Lisa is artistic director of Lisa’s Bright Ideas (2009) presenting solo and ensemble evenings at various spaces including The Gowanus Ballroom, Brooklyn Lyceum, MonkeyTown, and La Sala. Lisa also curates Bright Ideas Salon at La Sala.
Lisa recently was a visiting artist in residence teaching rope at Frequent Flyers Productions in Boulder and has taught workshops at Aircat (Boulder), Aerial Fabrics Acrobatics (Denver), Bumbershoot Aerial Arts (St. Louis) , and at Tall Corn Circus Festival (Iowa).

Class description:
Research and Destroy
This class is geared for aerialists with some experience under their belts.
Working with momentum and letting our bodies ask the questions so we can get out of our heads and go more deeply into our physicality.
We will concentrate on knowing our wraps and where the wraps can lead us to break habits and organize and build sequences more seamlessly.
Must be able to invert in the air again and again and execute a clean hip key.

Tucson Circus Arts Spring Recital-The Pie’s Side of the Story

Saturday May 17 at 4:30 pm
Rhythm Industry Performance factory
1013 S. Tyndall Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85719
Come check out what our students have been working on this semester! Our Advanced Circus Gym class put together this fun story which will be told through pieces by each of our classes! $5-$10 donation


2014 Global Stilt Congress will be in Arcosanti, Arizona on 18th – 31st May.

fbwebFor more information and to register please go HERE

Global Stilt Congress is an annual gathering hosted by The Carpetbag Brigade. It serves as an arena for stilt-oriented performers and practitioners to come together, exchange skills, develop craft, and strengthen our community and network. During Global Stilt Congress invited teachers and directors share their techniques, compositional strategies and life experiences through classes, lectures, and a culminating site specific performance project.

A mobile endeavor Global Stilt Congress occurs in different locations for each manifestation. It is two weeks in length with the first week focused on technique sharing and the second week focused on creative process.

The focal points of this year’s Global Stilt Congress are:

Aerial Stilts – Examining stilts as extensions of line in aerial work by spinning, swinging and flying with Allesandra Ogren from Wise Fool New Mexico

Afro Caribbean Stilts – Engaging the music, dance and stilt traditions of West Africa and the Carribean with Ali Sylvester and Najja Codrington of the Brooklyn Jumbies.

Butoh Stilts – Transcending technique to awaken presence in character and intention by exploring the intermediate world between the ground and standing with Christopher Mankowski of The Carpetbag Brigade.

Contact Stilts – Developing relational flow and harvesting improvisational exploration by mixing the vocabulary of acrostilts and contact improvisation with Jay Ruby and Helen Goodrum of The Carpetbag Brigade.

Week 1 features in depth classes each day from these different focal points.

Week 2 will culminate in an ambulant site specific performance on the Arcosanti grounds with all participants entitled “The Legislation”

Arcosanti is an urban laboratory in the middle of the Northern Arizona desert, built by Italian-American architect, Paolo Soleri. We are excited to host the Global Stilt Congress in this unique architectural environment and share our work under the influence of its evolutionary community. It is an amazing spot for concentration and beauty and we look forward to being there with you.