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FLIGHT: AN EXPLORATION ON THE GROUND AND IN THE AIR

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Megan Wiltshire

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Cirque du Soleil, circus arts, and aerial movement are becoming more and more popular within contemporary cultures. Many dance companies, as well as theatre companies around the country are beginning to incorporate aerial movement into their movement repertories. This last wintersession, I had the opportunity to explore and practice the art of aerial dance. Under the supervision of professional aerialist Holly Rollins, I trained for and choreographed a solo performance focused on the concept of flight and incorporating aerial dance trapeze movement. This presentation will show video footage of the performance, as well as an in-depth discussion of my process of learning this form of movement that has never been explored at the University before. With the introduction of aerial dance to the School of Theatre and Dance, it will provide an opportunity for the performers to experience another art form that is becoming prevalent in the performance world. It will give students the opportunity to acquire another skill for their resumes, as well as a chance to experience a type of performance that is happening across the country. Having Holly present and having the opportunity to work with her has been an incredible opportunity, and I'm eager to share the experience with a larger community.

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Visual and Performing Arts (including Creative Writing)

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FLIGHT: AN EXPLORATION ON THE GROUND AND IN THE AIR

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Cirque du Soleil, circus arts, and aerial movement are becoming more and more popular within contemporary cultures. Many dance companies, as well as theatre companies around the country are beginning to incorporate aerial movement into their movement repertories. This last wintersession, I had the opportunity to explore and practice the art of aerial dance. Under the supervision of professional aerialist Holly Rollins, I trained for and choreographed a solo performance focused on the concept of flight and incorporating aerial dance trapeze movement. This presentation will show video footage of the performance, as well as an in-depth discussion of my process of learning this form of movement that has never been explored at the University before. With the introduction of aerial dance to the School of Theatre and Dance, it will provide an opportunity for the performers to experience another art form that is becoming prevalent in the performance world. It will give students the opportunity to acquire another skill for their resumes, as well as a chance to experience a type of performance that is happening across the country. Having Holly present and having the opportunity to work with her has been an incredible opportunity, and I'm eager to share the experience with a larger community.