ABQ Circus Arts

Expanding Possibilities Through Circus

Guest Workshop: Story Telling with Melissa Coffey
Aug
9
6:30 PM18:30

Guest Workshop: Story Telling with Melissa Coffey

“In every moment of your performance, you should be able to extract a still frame and upon seeing that frame, the viewer can tell you the story. That is using your body to tell a story.”

Melissa believes that we must share our humanity with our lives and art in order to educate others and exist in community. Find your storylines that resonate with you and your audience and be able to choreograph from them, or flavor your existing sequences. Learn to add and effectively convey story arcs to your aerial and movement disciplines! This class is full of easily absorbed exercises that will level up your performance and abilities to tell your story immediately! You can use any apparatus for this workshop, or work with flow skills and object manipulation on the ground. This is an all levels class, but you should be able to work with your apparatus for 3 minutes at a time.

$40 for one workshop
$70 for two workshops
$90 for three workshops

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Guest Workshop: Above the Bar with Melissa Coffey
Aug
10
12:30 PM12:30

Guest Workshop: Above the Bar with Melissa Coffey

Above The Bar
Trapeze with Melissa Coffey

A 90 minute exploration of twisted ropes from silk and trapeze vocabulary. This workshop focuses on getting fluent in the ropes while finding authentic vocabulary and creating dynamic sequences.

Lessons are broken down into achievable segments for multiple levels, students should be able to do a clean pullover, and higher level students should be comfortable with inversions and threading legs in the ropes/ on silks. Students will be shown new tricks and transitions, but also be challenged and shown ways to find new moves, and make existing moves look their own.

All students should wear full length leggings and cover the tops of their feet with stirrups/ trapeze boots/ leg warmers.

$40 for one workshop
$70 for two workshops
$90 for three workshops

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Apr
25
6:00 PM18:00

The Fundamentals of Aerial Alignment, a Practical Workshop for Hanging Upside Down

$50

2 hours/10 person max (adv. beginner-advanced)

This workshop uses aerial straps and/or silks to address fundamental movements and muscle activation for any aerial apparatus. It has been taught and refined over the past 5 years, and is the inspiration for an entire e-book exploring the fundamental concept of activating larger muscles to align the body in structural and safe way while hanging upside down. The goal is to learn to condition mindfully using positions that put the body in equal and relative balance for any and all aerialists to gain greater awareness, mobility, and strength.

Prerequisite: Ability to comfortably invert in the air.

Shannon McKenna, aerialist and founder of TheArtistAthlete.com was never a dancer, never a gymnast, but one hell of a tree climber.

She earned her B.F.A. from NYU with a concentration in physical theater and decided the summer after college, without much idea of what it meant, to become a circus artist. She packed up her life in a suitcase and traveled the globe in search of the best coaches to teach her, teaching aerial arts to whoever wanted to learn, and put her work on any stage she could.

She trained straps with Jonathan Fortin in Montreal and Juan Luis Gonzalez in Guadalajara, and rope and flexibility through the professional training program at The New England Center for Circus Arts. She teaches workshops and classes to all ages and abilities in over 20 states from Circus Smirkus in Vermont all the way to the legendary San Francisco Circus Center in California.

Her performance work has spanned from traditional shows in large arenas to intimate contemporary pieces in small black box theaters. She performs as a solo artist, a part of artistic duos, and ensembles. Career highlights being a magician’s assistant in Portugal, a post-food poisoning silks act in the German show WET, and hanging underneath a motorcycle on a tight wire with the Flying Espanas.

In 2018, Shannon launched The Artist Athlete, an online resource that produces educational material for aerialists, as well as a weekly podcast which contains interviews with professionals in the circus industry. It is available on Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher, and iTunes.

 

Website: http://www.theartistathlete.com

Instagram: @the_artist_athlete


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Apr
21
7:15 PM19:15

Development of Personal Style with Charlie Faraday

$50 per person or $85 for both workshops taught by Charlie Faraday

This class helps each student to identify their strengths and weaknesses on and off the apparatus, their likes and sources of inspiration in art and everyday life, and guides them in the development of a style that is both engaging to the audience as well as truly and uniquely theirs.

Apparatus: Open

Skill Prerequisite: (none)

Length: 2 hours

Required Materials: Notebook, pen/pencil


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Apr
21
1:30 PM13:30

Fabric/Rope Drop Analysis and Development with Charlie Faraday

$50/person or $85 for both Charlie Faraday Workshops

This workshop provides an introduction to the study of drops on fabric or rope, and guides advanced students through the development of new drops and new drop variations. Why drops work, how they work, and what can go wrong are studied in detail, as are safe methods for testing wraps and escaping poor execution of a drop. In addition, body position is studied in detail to learn how it affects speed and quality of drops. Methods for creating and safely testing drops are presented while students are first tasked with developing their own variations on common drops, then advance to creating brand new drops that are uniquely theirs.

Required Materials: Notebook, pen/pencil

Optional Materials: Phone/other video-recording device, doll/figure and ribbon (several will be available)

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Apr
8
5:30 PM17:30

Hand Balancing Workshop with Sasha Yudintsev

This is an amazing opportunity to study handstands and hand balancing with performers touring with a big name circus show that must not be named in Rio Rancho in April. Sasha Yudintsev and his assistant will give personalized instruction and guidance in this multi-disciplinary and challenging practice.

$35/person Venmo Sarah-Suski-1 or $37 Paypal to abqcircusarts@gmail.com. 15 person maximum.

Demo Reel:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHEj1pCJDg8&t=1s

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Con-Sensually Cheeky - An ACA Circus Smallshow
Feb
23
7:00 PM19:00

Con-Sensually Cheeky - An ACA Circus Smallshow

Join us in a sweet, silly, raucous, and real exploration of sexuality, relationships, play, and love. Featuring pieces on aerial fabric, trapeze, lyra, and floor. A portion of each ticket sold will be donated to the Sex Workers Outreach Project.

This show will contain adult themes and various states of undress. It may not be appropriate for children.

Tickets $18 at https://holdmyticket.com/event/333340 or $20 at the door.

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Con-Sensually Cheeky - An ACA Circus Smallshow
Feb
22
7:00 PM19:00

Con-Sensually Cheeky - An ACA Circus Smallshow

Join us in a sweet, silly, raucous, and real exploration of sexuality, relationships, play, and love. Featuring pieces on aerial fabric, trapeze, lyra, and floor. A portion of each ticket sold will be donated to the Sex Workers Outreach Project.

This show will contain adult themes and various states of undress. It may not be appropriate for children.

Tickets $18 at https://holdmyticket.com/event/333340 or $20 at the door.

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ACA Smallshow: Summer Circus Spectacular
Jul
27
to Jul 29

ACA Smallshow: Summer Circus Spectacular

FEATURING:
STUDENT SHOWCASE
PERFORMANCES BY OUR PROFESSIONAL TROUPE MEMBERS
HOT SPECIALS ON FOOD & DRINK FROM THE KOSMOS!

Friday, July 27 & Saturday July 28
7:00 pm at ABQ Circus Arts
Tickets Available at holdmyticket.com! https://holdmyticket.com/event/317318
Shows will sell out! Purchase tickets early!
Call 505.280.4002 for details.

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Experiential Anatomy for Movers
Mar
11
3:30 PM15:30

Experiential Anatomy for Movers

This beginner-friendly workshop is an opportunity to get to know the internal structures that let you move! Using hands-on, sensory-based methods, we will learn the names, locations, and shapes of bones, experience and experiment with joint actions, and discover the functional purposes of muscle, bone, and fascial tissues.

No previous anatomical knowledge required. Please bring a sense of curiosity!

Miles’s passion for understanding the human body from the inside out grew from the desire to heal their own chronic injuries, and body-based trauma. Miles integrates trauma-informed principles with movement elements drawn from dance, yoga, and somatics in a playful, light-hearted approach to self-learning.

$20 per person

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Aerial Fabric: Exploring the Boundless within the Bound 
Feb
10
5:00 PM17:00

Aerial Fabric: Exploring the Boundless within the Bound 

Laura Stokes, half of the internationally award-winning performance troupe, The Ricochet Project, will be teaching the following workshops in Albuquerque at ABQ Circus Arts. Sign up soon to hold your spot at discounted pricing.
$50 pre-pay, $60 at the door

We will focus on precision and technique as the way to create more ease, grace and space for personal expressivity. Through the use of spinal propulsion, momentum and economic movement, students will learn how to work with gravity rather than against it, and to approach technical specificity as a gateway to expressive freedom, all the while being attentive to their own artistic voice. Students should be able to invert comfortably and know a minimum of three climbs.

Email abqcircusarts@gmail.com or call 505.280.4002 for more information and registration.

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Flexibility as Choreography
Feb
10
2:30 PM14:30

Flexibility as Choreography

Laura Stokes, half of the internationally award-winning performance troupe, The Ricochet Project, will be teaching the following workshops in Albuquerque at ABQ Circus Arts. Sign up soon to hold your spot at discounted pricing.
$50 pre-pay, $60 at the door

Using the physical body as a template for exploring performative range, we will look at diversifying typical contortion positions and imbuing them with specificity and meaning. We will investigate flexibility as an avenue for occupying our furthest physiological reaches, ultimately leading to broadening not only the range of body but also of mind and art maker, redefining the flexible body as a potent expressive vehicle rather than mere spectacle. 

Email abqcircusarts@gmail.com or call 505.280.4002 for more information and registration.

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