Before The Fella and I carried on with our Thanksgiving lazing and eating and researching the best ways to support the Water Protectors at Standing Rock, we took the morning to put in some time on our separate creative practices. He headed to the drum studio and I to trapeze. In addition to the static trapeze I've also been experimenting with an occasional flying trapeze class. I'm not sure how this work can or would be used in the context of Ellie's story in ELVIS (perhaps video footage?), but in the meantime its pretty exhilarating to make sure I have a few more tricks in my arsenal. Here's a splits trick I've been working on. Thanks for the catch Shane!
I started studying static trapeze with Katie Kimball over at Twin Cities Trapeze almost 2 years ago now. Many years ago I dabbled in aerial work, mostly silks , when I lived in NYC. Back in late 2014 I was looking for a new way to stay fit and excited about working out, and since the gym isn't my jam and I needed a little supplement to my yoga practice, I investigated aerial classes in the Twin Cities. Turns out there is a thriving aerial performance community here! After a trying out a class here and there around town I landed at TC2 where I have truly found my circus home. What started as a physical fitness outlet has quickly evolved into an obsession and my go-to therapy routine when I'm feeling anxious, blue, stuck. As everything in my life does, the trapeze work quickly seeped over into my theater world creations. I'm crazy excited to weave these new skills into the life of my next character. We've just started to pull routines together for ELVIS, but here's a little sneak peek at what Katie and I have been playing with.
ELVIS is a new play by Minneapolis-based performance artist, Candy Simmons. This new work, her 4th solo piece, follows a young woman's rise to fame as a trapeze-flying Elvis tribute artist. Keep an eye out here for her progress as she develops this piece over the next year. Premiere of this new play is planned for Spring 2018.