This past Saturday’s two performances by acrobatic stilt dancers were stunning, beautiful, very well executed works. 

CALLINGS was performed by members of It was gorgeous piece that synthesized the culminating elements of the acrobatic stilt vocabulary and also poetically addressed the issue of climate change by creating an underwater sea environment where a dead sea captain teams up with an ancient siren to seduce the sailors of commerce into understanding that the sea they tread upon is a living being.

[photo by Colleen Connery, all text excerpts from Jacob Devaney’s CALLINGS

[photo by Sue Kirsch]

The second piece “See Saw” was performed in the Vaults by members of It was an amazing display of acrobatics, the photos speak for themselves.

[photo by Sue Kirsch]

Hosting the event are the acrobatic stilt pioneers, The Carpetbag Brigade. Since forming in Prescott, Arizona in 1997 they have been evolving the form of acrobatic stiltwalking by mixing it with contact improvisation, butoh dance, and physical theater.

Operating as a forum for the development of acrobatic stilts and for building a network amongst practitioners, the Global Stilt Congress convenes once a year with some of the finest teachers on the continent coming to share their skills.

[photo by Sue Kirsch]

Organized by Jay Ruby and Helen Goodrum of The Carpetbag Brigade, Global Stilt Congress is a unique ephemoral oasis of culture in Arizona that gathers a force of professional performing artists and practitioners.
The second part of the GLOBAL STILT CONGRESS will take place on October 17. 2015. It will feature the cast of the Global Stilt Congress which reaches from El Salvador to Alberta.  “THE LEGISLATION” offers an aesthetic site specific tour of Arcosanti where you are lead through the grounds with live music, acrobatic stilting and spoken word from DJ Logan Dirtyverbs

Tickets are still available at this link.

[photo by Sue Kirsch]

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