15 Oct 2018

Gravity & Levity

After a bumper summer season jetting around the globe, here at G&L we are enjoying a little more space this autumn to recuperate and reflect on whats been, we've loved having time with so many of you this summer. We are preparing a bumper start to the new year as we celebrate the company's 15th year ūüéā and EADF's 10th birthday ūüéā. We hope you can all join us to celebrate!

Read on to see what we've got in store for you...

Dissecting Aerial '19

2-day symposium about healthier aerial practice
The Point, 19-20 Jan 2019

We are thrilled to be presenting the second edition of our healthier aerial practice symposium, Dissecting Aerial (DA), with our partners One Dance UKand The Point. We’ll be announcing the full 2-day programme soon but speakers will include:
Bookings open 5th November 2018. 
Find out more about DA

Aerial Teacher Training

Bookings are now open for (count them) THREE aerial teacher training courses in Brighton with Serenity Forchion Smith: The Teachers Gathering will be the 1st hosted in the UK and will be driven by your requests. Across the 2-days, expect workshops for shared enquiry, learning and inspiration. Bookings are open and discounts available.
Aerial Teacher Training info & bookings

WHY Re-make

As we mark the companies 15th year it seems fitting to revisit our beginnings. G&L will be back into the studio to remake their award-winning vertical dance duet WHY with its original cast and creators. Choreographed by Fin Walkerwith composer Ben Park and danced by Lee Clayden and Lindsey ButcherWHY won the Jerwood Circus Award in 2004 and was the keystone to the company's formation. Applying a decade and a half of experience, knowledge, creative practice and, of course, more ‘mature’ bodies, we’re excited to see and share what the resulting piece will be. Keep your eyes peeled for touring dates. 
Find out more about WHY

Vertical Dance Forum 5

Lindsey is recently back from the fourth Vertical Dance Forum meeting in Zadar, Croatia where the focus was on ‘Vertical Dance training in new territories’. Working with 25 dancers ranging in experience from beginner through to advanced across 3 sites, it was a great way to lay the foundations for establishing vertical dance practice in Croatia.

We are also delighted that VDF have been awarded ACE funding which, alongside our Creative Europe funding, will support VDF 5, ‘Alternative Perspectives and Accessible Aerial’. G&L will be hosting this event at The Point, 20-25 Jan 2019. This edition will focus on working with D/deaf and disabled artists.
See the official VDF trailer

10th EADF, 5-17 August 2019 

We will be celebrating the 10th edition of the European Aerial Dance Festival next year, which will run 5-17 August 2019. Get it in your diaries now!

Also, just a reminder that with Christmas (groan) just around the corner, our lovely sponsors Firetoys are still offering customers a whopping 10% discount on purchases when you quote the code ‘10for10’. Amazing huh? AND it doesn’t end there... each time someone uses the ‘10for10’ code, Firetoysdonates 10% of the sale to the European Aerial Dance Festival so we can keep subsidising our world-class festival for you all! Win, win!
Get your 10for10 discount!


It’s just over a month since Lindsey returned from directing this year's PANAM√Ā A√ČREA choreographic lab and what a joyous process that was. Working with 17 gorgeous, talented, generous international artists, together they created 2 site-responsive shows in as many days. Here are just a few photographs from the process taken by the wonderful Alegre Sapaorta. Huge thanks to Eleanora Dall’ Asta for hosting and organising.

Dont forget:

If you run events, training or opportunities for aerial artists, let us know - we're keen to promote all the fantastic opportunities with our international networks to make amazing opportunities available to everyone. Equally, if you're looking for events, training or opportunities, take a look at the listings!
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United Kingdom

Yskynna Vertical Dance

Flyaway Productions

Thank you for your support of Flyaway Productions!
Flyaway Performs at the YBCA 100 Summit!
November 3rd, 2018
Saturday, 7pm

YBCA Theater
700 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA

Jo Kreiter was selected for YBCA's 100 List. See Flyaway's Sonsher√©e Giles and Megan Lowe perform an excerpt from TENDER (n.) at the YBCA 100 Summit!
Get Tickets to the YBCA Summit!
Credits: 1. Austin Forbord, Dancers: Sonsher√©e Giles & Megan Lowe  |  2. San Franciscans for the Arts
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12 Oct 2018

Blue Lapis Light

Starting one week from TONIGHT, on October 18th, Drop-In Harness Classes will begin at our studio. The drop in rate for each hour long class is $20. Register here or click the button below.

Another Drop-In Class: Susan's Silks Level 2/3 class is still being held on Tuesday's and Thursday's from 11 am -12:30 pm. Learn more here.
Light and Love, 

Your aerial family at Blue Lapis Light
Photography by Earl McGehee

27 Sep 2018


led by Lindsey Butcher, Kate Lawrence and Magalie Lanriot
29th October to 3rd November 2018

10am to 11am 
Contemporary dance class with Magalie Lanriot
11am to 1pm 
Vertical Dance Technique for skilled|advanced with Lindsey Butcher and Kate Lawrence
11am to 1pm
Vertical Dance Technique for explorer|improver with Magalie Lanriot
1pm to 2pm
Lunch time
2pm to 4pm
Creative Labs for skilled|advanced with Lindsey Butcher and Kate Lawrence
4pm to 5pm
Stretch Massage with Magalie Lanriot

A head-to-toe warm up, that will generate heat in the body through breath, and open the body through a series of repetitive short movement sequences which we’ll build on as the week progresses, leaving you energised for your day ahead. We will work also in contact improvisation tasks working in pairs and in groups, gently giving and taking weight and finding techniques for flying, partnering and floor work.

Beginning with a short daily intro on specific core strengthening and preparation for harness and an introduction to the rigging kit, we’ll move through basic orientation and vocabulary and build towards learning jumps, somersaults, as well as linking choreography with the possibility for creative play.
Please wear multiple snug layers around your hips and waist for your comfort and slim soled plimsolls or pumps for working on the wall 

On this course you will be guided through techniques for dancing on long ropes, on a big wall (30 metres).  We will explore extended sequences of pendulum movement and how to dance together in this environment.  Creative exploration will include partnering and counterbalance working with pulleys and there will be a couple of informal opportunities to share performance work.
The course is aimed at vertical dancers with experience in the form.  As a guide, you should be comfortable with forward and backward rotations (somersaults) and be able to perform controlled pendulum (wall running) movement. 

What to wear:
Multiple layers to protect yourself from the harness (unitards recommended).  We will be working outdoors most of the time, so bring suncream, warm clothes and waterproofs as well as water. 
If you have a preferred climbing harness & any kit (gri gris, rigs, carabiners etc), please bring them with you

In this warm down session, you’ll be led through simple Tailendaise massage sequences (Shiatsu and Thai), to ease up any pain and soreness in the body and help prepare you for the next day. Each day we will target a different area of the body involved in aerial work e.g. the rotator cuff, the core muscles, the forearms and the lower back/pelvis and work with a partner to encourage greater flexibility, find space in the body, and a practical understanding of how to use these techniques to enhance your training.
Lindsey Butcher, Kate Lawrence & Magalie Lanriot

Since graduating from London Contemporary in 1984 Lindsey has worked with numerous dance, theatre & opera companies as a dancer, aerialist, teacher, mentor & choreographer.
Her dance credits include; Extemporary Dance Theatre, Walker Dance/ Park Music, Darshan Singh Bhuller, Vincent Dance Theatre & Siobhan Davies Dance Company.
Circus credits include; Ra-Ra Zoo, Gandini Juggling Project, The Dream Engine, Scarabeus, Momentary Fusion, Fidget Feet & Upswing.
 As a dance & aerial practitioner she has over 30 years of professional practise & has been creating vertical-dance for almost 20 years. In 2003, (after winning the Jerwood Award for Circus) Lindsey founded the aerial dance company, Gravity & Levity (G&L) to provide a vehicle for her artistic vision.
What drives her work is a passion & curiosity for combining dance & aerial suspension techniques to liberate & intensify the possibilities of each.
 Under Lindsey’s direction, G&L have created 3 full length touring aerial dance productions, an outdoor piece and several site-specific commissions and won the Dance for Camera award. G&L also founded & run the annual European Aerial Dance Festival in August & have just completed their 7th year.
The majority of Lindseys’ choreographic work in the last 15 years has been 'building based' vertical dance commissions & she teach master classes internationally.
She is also a founder member of the Vertical Dance Forum, a transnational group whose aim is to disseminate this practice & support the development of the art form.
Kate trained in dance at Thamesdown and Laban (1984 – 1989). She is currently a part-time lecturer in performance at Bangor University and was previously she dance lecturer at University of Surrey where she pioneered a vertical dance undergraduate module (2003 – 2010), fusing her dance background with her long-standing passion for rock climbing. She has taught around Britain and in Canada, France, Greece and Croatia including at European Aerial Dance Festival and at Les Rencontres de Danse Aerienne.  She has undertaken commissions from and collaborated with National Theatre Wales, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, Marc Rees, Llawn Festival, Venue Cymru, Pontio and Pflasterspektalkl Linz resulting in performances on Belfast City Hall, Snowdon, Guildford Cathedral and National Library of Wales.  Her work has been supported by Arts Council Wales and incudes Ynghwm/Roped Together (2011) Pobl Dre (2012), Gwymon (2013/14), Porth (2015) and Omnibus (2016).  She writes about performance and in 2010 published the first scholarly article on vertical dance: ‘Hanging from knowledge: ‘fieldwork’ on the National Library of Wales’ in Performance Research, ‘Fieldworks’: On Performance, Landscape and Environment.  Kate’s company, Vertical Dance Kate Lawrence, is based in North Wales. 

Magalie is a choreographer, dancer and teacher with training in contemporary and vertical dance.She is working in association with the Unniversity of Lisbon, providing formation and research for vertical and contemporary dance in Portugal.
She is a teacher in the Olga Roriz’s company and works as a project assistant for the F.O.R. Dance Theater. She has also taught at the following festivals, schools and projects: European Aerial Dance Festival in UK; Les Rencontres de la Danse Aerienne in La Baule, France; Janze Circus Schools, in France and Armaz√©m 13 project, Lisbon.
She performed with "Gravity and Levity" in "Rites of War"- UK Tour 2014, created by Lindsey Butcher and Darshan Singh Bhuller. In 2011 Magalie created her own company L’Envers du Pied and choreographed a solo and trapeze dance" Entre... moi" performing it at a number of festivals including: Les Festival Rencontres de la Danse Aerienne in La Baule, France (2012, 2013), Festivox in Bordeaux, France (2011), Malaposta Festival, Portugal (2011), Ficadance √Čvora Festival, Portugal (2011), Almada Dance Festival, Portugal (2011) and Festival of Santa Barbara Centre for Aerial Arts, USA (2014).

Est√°dio da Ajuda Ulisboa
Av. da Universidade Técnica
1349-055 Lisboa

210 euros for explorer|improver
10 places
450 euros for Skilled|advanced
15 places

by transfer to Magalie Lanriot
Banco Espirito Santo- Lisbon
IBAN PT 50 0007 0000 0005 5521 4432 3