Aerial Workshops


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Weekend of Workshops with Jenn Bruyer

Saturday & Sunday, April 14th & 15th

  • $60 for one workshop
  • $115 for two ($5 off)
  • $170 for three ($10 off)
  • $225 for four ($15 off)
  • $280 for five ($20 off)
  • $365 for six ($25 off)
  • $380 for seven ($40 off)
  • $430 for ALL eight ($50 off)

Register before 3/14 for an additional $5 off each package!


Jenn Bruyer has been immersed in aerial arts since 2008. She is driven by her focus on fabric (silks) and sling (hammock) but also enjoys exploring cord lisse, trapeze, lyra, net and rope & harness. She has coached, choreographed and performed across the US from New York to Alaska. And has recently resettled in Seattle, WA after completing a 5 month 25 city workshop tour.

As an Aerial Coach, she seeks to provide the highest quality progressive instruction to aerialists of all abilities from novice to professional performer. Her mission as a human is to cultivate a warm, non-judgmental learning environment that fosters community, to build personal physical and emotional strength within the individuals who participate in this environment and methodically construct a vehicle by which to create art.


Saturday, 4/14/18

10am-12pm - Complex Choreography for Fabric

Fabric is inherently complex. It’s part of the allure.

Q: How can we create interesting and inspired movement without tending toward looking ‘wrappy’?

A: By understanding all of the variables and manipulating them in a non-manual way. Often thinking backwards or inside out and creating from a place of organized intention.

Combining multiple strands, tension, tail and vertical space can achieve intricate patterning, shapes and dynamics. In this workshop we’ll explore the avenues that arise from combining these elements, all the while working fluidly to maintain contour continuation. Students can expect to work on thready asymmetrical ascending sequences, elaborate set ups, web-like sculptural moments and direction changing stacking drops.

 

12:30pm-2:30pm - Vertical Partnering

The vertical apparatus allows for an unusual and compelling way to interact with a partner using height, tension and vertical space. The relationships and transitions between them can be as beautiful as they are dynamic and surprising.

This workshop will introduce the various ways to partner on the vertical apparatus. Working with some of our favorite examples of partnering; we will explore the various categories of partner work, including: role reversal, hand to hand (with and without tail), tension pole, flier & tail, mirroring and more.

Prereqs: 

  • Strong Cross Back Straddle
  • Strong Windmill/Wheeldown (ability to hold weight in this position)
  • Solid Knee Hook (same side hook)
  • Comfortable with S-lock
 

3pm-5pm - Flashy Skills for Trapeze

We’ve all seen it… That routine that looks so showstopping but seems so simple we can’t help but think… I can do that. And, you can.

In this workshop we will learn how to add some flash without breaking the bank. Not every jaw dropping skill has to be terrifying, impossibly painful or require some super human strength. We will explore some really accessible skills that will add some extra sparkle to your routine.

Students can expect to work on: simple but surprising drops, unexpected set ups for standardized skills and showy poses.

Prereqs:

  • Single Knee Hang
  • Comfort working with elbow hang (or willingness to explore)
  • Ankle hang
  • Ability to pull over into a front balance - and comfort with front balance
 

5:30pm-7:30pm - Act Creation

There are so many ways to go about creating an act and sometimes it can be daunting. Perhaps you know exactly what you want to create or the story you want to tell but communicating this clearly can be challenging.

There are many ways to ‘skin this cat’. This workshop will provide some fundamental tools and exercises to add to your creative toolbox. Story structure, character development, musicality, use of space and movement aesthetic are just a few perspectives we will explore in this workshop to provide a holistic and thorough view on act creation.

Prereqs:

  • NONE!
  • Open to all levels/all apparatus

Sunday, 4/15/18

10am-12pm - Add on Drops for Silks

Big drops can be scary and confusing, but sometimes they are just a sequence of simple movements all stacked together.

This workshop will explore drops that fall into this category. Students will leave with a better understanding of deconstructing drops. We will focus on the technique used to change direction in the air, the acuity required to construct new drops and a systematic approach to walking out of complicated scenarios.

Students can expect to work on conditioning and direction changes in the sling, fundamental wraps and simple drops with precision as well as work toward executing more advanced and complicated drops.

Prereqs:

  • Catcher's Hang
  • S-lock
  • Figure 8
  • Hiplock/Hipkey
  • Windmill/Wheel Down
 

12:30pm-2:30pm - Flashy Skills for Fabric & Sling

We’ve all seen it… That routine that looks so showstopping but seems so simple we can’t help but think… I can do that. And, you can.

In this workshop we will learn how to add some flash without breaking the bank. Not every jaw dropping skill has to be terrifying, impossibly painful or require some super human strength. We will explore some really accessible skills that will add some extra sparkle to your routine.

Students can expect to work on: simple but surprising drops, flips, unexpected set ups for standardized skills and showy poses.

Prereqs:

  • Salto
  • Windmill/Wheel Down recommended
  • Forward dive in sling
  • Ability to invert standing in sling
 

3pm-5pm - Flashy Skills for Lyra

We’ve all seen it… That routine that looks so showstopping but seems so simple we can’t help but think… I can do that. And, you can.

In this workshop we will learn how to add some flash without breaking the bank. Not every jaw dropping skill has to be terrifying, impossibly painful or require some super human strength. We will explore some really accessible skills that will add some extra sparkle to your routine.

Students can expect to work on: simple but surprising drops, unexpected set ups for standardized skills and showy poses.

Prereqs:

  • One arm hang - stable shoulder & core
  • Pull up to sit with or without beat
  • Experience with beats recommended, but not require
  • Comfort working with elbow hang (or willingness to explore)
 

5:30pm-7:30pm - Functional Flexibility

A systematic flexibility technique program built especially for aerial work that emphasizes active strength and safety. Students can expect to work on drills to improve: splits, straddles, shoulder mobility and back bending.

Prereqs: Appropriate for anyone wishing to improve their flexibility however to get the most out of the workshop hands flat on the ground in a pike is helpful.