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Above and Beyond Dance was created to explore the enormous range of
untapped potential in the fusion of dance and circus arts work—a blend which creates
possibilities that go far beyond the traditional spectacle of circus and which
expands upon the choreographic possibilities of dance.
photo: Julie Lemberger ©2009
|Essentially, our interest lies in creating movement
which functions within a dance aesthetic, as we utilize circus arts disciplines such as aerial work
(including aerial silk, hammock, static trapeze, and aerial harness), stilts and acrobatics.
Our goal, using these techniques, with all the accompanying excitement and visual possibilities,
is to effectively extend the range of line and movement beyond that which traditional dance styles
|The aerial work, for example, allows for movement which
can function above the ground, often in apparent disregard for gravity. Performers on stilts, while
grounded, are afforded extended leg lines and move dance into a vertical realm in which it generally
photo: Julie Lemberger ©2008
These techniques, merged with modern dance utilizing
weight-sharing, lifts, and acrobatic elements, create a stage environment which can explore both
vertical and horizontal dimensions in new and exciting ways. Dancers may appear upright, inverted,
impossibly tall, or free of the constraints of the earth altogether.
Within this strange new world, perceptions of power and weakness, connection and disconnection,
and limitation and freedom are heightened, enabling the exploration of the complexities of
the human experience.
Above and Beyond Dance works collaboratively with several experienced
performer/choreographers working together with a similar aesthetic approach. Each collaborator has particular strengths and
contributes choreographic ideas and material to be integrated into the artistic whole. The Artistic Director
guides the process and interweaves each dancer's choreographic input in order
to generate a cohesive work of choreography which captures her artistic