Aeriosa artists continue online zoom dance sessions three times a week as a way to stay conditioned and connected. This includes core work, inversions, arm strength and standing dance exercises like plies, roll downs, footwork, torso mobility and choreography. Traveling sequences have proven much more difficult in the living room!
We are pleased to be working with Bandaloop artist and instructor, Suzanne Gallo, who will be guest teaching in July.
Aeriosa's work is often nature-centred. When dancing in the trees we regularly encounter other species. This column is dedicated to learning about our friends in flight.
Featured Feathered Friend
American Robin These red-breasted birds are often sighted running and hopping on the lawn. They are ground foragers who satisfy themselves with a tasty diet of berries, insects and earthworms. In the spring and summer, they are the first to chirp, starting just before first light.
Hello and Greetings from my home in beautiful Nuu-chah-nulth territory.
The confluence of Juneteenth, Summer Solstice and National Indigenous Peoples Day calls for commemoration and celebration! As well, I think it is long past due for National Indigenous Peoples Day to be observed as an official holiday in Canada.
To my black family, friends and community; and to my indigenous friends, colleagues and neighbours: I am so proud of you and thankful. Your achievements, resilience, courage and creativity inspire me and make me determined to be a better leader and do everything possible to fight racism and oppression.
With respect and commitment,
Julia Taffe, Artistic Director, Aeriosa
Covid 19 has forced the entire world to press pause. Normally Aeriosa's busy creation and performance season transpires throughout the spring, summer and fall months. In light of the current situation, Aeriosa has postponed all workshops, creations and performances until a later date.
Aeriosa's strength as a company lies in the connection we have with each other. Though we are in the midst of a pandemic and words like 'quarantine' and 'social distancing' are now commonplace, we strive to remain connected in the best way we know how....through dance. Over the last few weeks company members have been dancing together via Zoom, each in our respective living rooms. We have been meeting five times a week and developing a series of exercises not only for our own physical benefit but also with the idea of creating a curriculum. In this unique way we still manage to connect, socialize and share dance.
June of last year Aeriosa hosted the first ever Vancouver International Vertical Dance Summit (VIVDS). Thirty-two vertical dancers and six choreographers from multiple countries participated in a wonderful 7-day event.
It was a massive undertaking and we came away having learned so much. Some of the challenges we encountered were readmore
Inspiration In The Arts
Julia Taffe's colleague and friend, Joanna Haigood, the Artistic Director of Zaccho Dance Theatre in San Francisco, creates work that expands awareness of historical and racial issues. Check out this link to see an example of their exciting work. One minute demo
Special Connections What is your connection to Aeriosa? I am Aeriosa’s new Administrative Coordinator! I am very excited to join such a dynamic group of people that creates such spectacular work.
What is the most interesting piece of art you've seen / experienced? I worked at Emily Carr University for over 18 years and have experienced a lot of art, from both emerging and seasoned artists. The Grad Show at Emily Carr showcases some pretty amazing experiences! If you’ve never been, I would recommend going.
What is one special thing about the place in which you grew up? Part of my childhood was spent in Vanderhoof, BC and one thing I loved doing was watching the birds on the lake in front of my parents’ place, especially the pelicans.
What is the last book you read? One of the last books I read was Dan Brown’s “Inferno” – I read that just before the pandemic struck and couldn’t believe how timely it was!
What was your first job? My first job was at a fishing resort in North Central BC. It was a really fun summer job but it also taught me how to work hard and that sometimes you had to do things at work that aren’t very pleasant (like cleaning outhouses!).
Thank you for your support of Flyaway Productions!
A Message from Jo Kreiter
Since the murder of George Floyd, Flyaway has hung back a bit, in deference to Black leadership and mourning. As protests persist and the focused, daily work of systems change continues, we are getting to work. It’s been heartening to read solidarity statements from arts organizations in the Bay Area and around the county. We look forward to the follow thru from all of us, so that racial justice is not something we embrace in a crisis then move on from.
In the last 24 years, Flyaway has built itself up on risk. We risk height, speed, and a defiance of gravity. We also risk connection and coalition building with artists, activists, and organizations who are diving forward toward Justice. Equity. Equality. We are a white led organization with intentional diversity on our board, among our artists, and within our community partners. To those who seek public art that supports racial justice, we offer ourselves as a bridge and an accomplice.
I recently heard Angela Davis on Democracy Now, saying that she has never witnessed political rebellion on this scale in the United States. That is a powerful statement. It’s a reason to hope.
Please hope with us. Join us as we Create. Act. Demand. Invent.
See you on the street.
Warmly, Jo Kreiter
GIRLFLY 2020 starts July 6th!
This year we have gathered together 20 youth from across the city who are ready to impact as we challenge the school to prison pipeline. We are working with visual literacy specialist Jasmine Brown, teaching artist Bianca Cabrera, a set designed by Acacia Houle, and our awesome intern Saharla Vetch, currently a student at USF. We have figured out how to offer the program inside COVID 19 safety guidelines and are ready to fly. We will film the work for you to see online.
Meet Us Quickly With Your Mercy
October 9-17, 2020
CounterPulse 80 Turk Street, San Francisco, California
FREE Site Specific Performances Reservations will be available soon
For health and safety reasons due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, audience size at each showing will be sharply limited.
Choreographer & Director: Jo Kreiter Co-Creator: Rahsaan Thomas Dancers: Bianca Cabrera, Clarissa Dyas, Laura Elaine Ellis, Sonsherée Giles, Maddy Lawder, Megan Lowe, and Helen Wicks Composer: Jewlia Eisenberg Set Designer: Sean Riley Lighting Designer: Jack Beuttler Costume Designer: Jamielyn Duggan
How can Black, Jewish, and JPOC voices work together to amplify the call for racial justice via an end to Mass Incarceration?
Flyaway Productions premieres MEET US QUICKLY WITH YOUR MERCY, the second in a trilogy of outdoor public art performances addressing the devastating effects of mass incarceration. Meet Us Quickly is presented in partnership with the Museum of the African Diaspora, Bend The Arc Jewish Action, Prison Renaissance, and through CounterPulse’s curated co-production program. It will take place on the exterior facades of CounterPulse and the Dahlia Hotel next door.
After each show, come on in to CounterPulse to see a visual art exhibit by artists working behind bars at San Quentin.
Media Credits: 1) Photo by Fred Elmes of The Wait Room, New York - 2019; 2) Photo by Brechin Flournoy of GIRLFLY - 2018; 3) Photo by Fred Elmes of Clarissa Dyas in The Wait Room, New York - 2019; 4) Film by Austin Forbord & Jo Kreiter of Clarissa Dyas, Laura Elaine Ellis, MaryStarr Hope, & Megan Lowe in The Wait Room - 2019, with music by Pamela Z