12 Oct 2017



STRINGS World Premiere | Photo: Derrick Lindsay
STRINGS World Premiere, Meany Center for the Arts, Seattle | Photo: Derrick Lindsay
BANDALOOP is pleased to announce the launch of all NEW workshops.
See the end of this message for more information on Fall and Winter opportunities.

Special thanks to our community partners who generously supported to our recent Fall Soirée fundraiser: Casa de ChocolatesRainbow Grocery Cooperative, & Pura Vida Flowers and Plants.

Critical Acclaim for STRINGS & East Coast Tour

A whirlwind Fall tour including performances for College of the Holy Cross, Middlebury College, and Portland Ovations brought BANDALOOP's vertical work to new audiences along the Eastern Seaboard.
The world premiere of STRINGS, commissioned by the Meany Center for the Arts at University of WA, Seattle drew a full house for three performances. The premiere featured an outdoor opening performance, and an indoor performance featuring original music by London-based composer, DJ, and producer Gabriel Prokofiev.

"The world premiere of BANDALOOP’s latest work, “STRINGS,” shows the theatrical depth and verve the company can conjure from their unusual set of skills...music, movement and relationship dynamics all fuse into a perfect package."

Read more from The Seattle Times
Seattle Post Intelligencer
Portland Ovations, Maine | Photo: Jean Cousins
Portland Ovations, Maine | Photo: Jean Cousins, Instagram contest winner 

Save the Dates

Join BANDALOOP on both US coasts, and at their Hungarian debut.

Wellesley College
October 20 & 21, 2017
Wellesley, MA

CAFe BUDAPEST Contemporary Arts Festival
October 20 & 21, 2017
Budapest, Hungary
Special thanks to US Artists International

Segerstrom Center for the Arts
October 28, 2017
Costa Mesa, CA

Upcoming Workshops

Come immerse yourself in the art of BANDALOOPING!

Age 12+
Nov 11 - 12, 2017
Sat + Sun 10:00AM - 1:30PM
Prerequisites: none

Age 12+
Nov 11 -12, 2017
Sat + Sun 3:00 - 6:30PM
With the ground as our first partner this workshop starts in a sensation based quest to have an honest relationship with gravity. Laying a foundation of respect and sensitivity in person to person touch, this workshop activates principles of contact improvisation mixed with BANDALOOP's signature on and off the ground dancing. Come solo or with a friend!

Age 12+
Nov 6 - Dec 13, 2017
Mon + Thurs 7:00 - 9:00PM
Public performance: Dec 15 8:00 - 9:00PM
Experienced BANDALOOP students interested in performing aerial work will revisit safety and fundamentals then look at aerial dance composition, repertoire and performance. Special attention is given to musicality, theatricality, improvisation as performance, considering site, and relating to gear/apparatus as a dance partner.

For details, click here.
Scholarships and work study options are available for these workshops.

BANDALOOP is grateful to the City of Oakland's Cultural Funding Program
for their support!
Hewlett Foundation


Copyright © 2017 BANDALOOP, All rights reserved.

10 Oct 2017


Dopo un lungo tour che ci ha visti impegnati per la prima volta nel continente americano, eccoci di nuovo in partenza alla volta della Florida: SARASOTA! Riuscirà questa volta il nostro investigatore ad acciuffare il misterioso ladro ninja? Lo scopreiremo il 18, 19 e 20 Ottobre (ore 20:00) al Museum of Art West Courtyard di Sarasota!!! Ringling International Arts Festival.

After a long tour that saw us engaged for the first time in North America, here we are back on the road for the last date of this tour 2017: SARASOTA! Will the detective finally catch the misterious ninja thief? You'll find out on October 18, 19 and 20 ( 8:00 PM)at the Museum of Art West Courtyard in Sarasota! Ringling International Arts Festival.

5 Oct 2017

Grounded Aerial Bungee Training

Grounded Aerial Bungee Training with Karen Fuhrman
Dec 12th, 13th, & 14th in Lyon, France

Aerial is your passion, and we want to help enable this passion to be a concrete, certified and mastered reality. This certification program will empower those who complete it to deliver professionally-founded artistic instruction from the innovative cutting edge of Aerial Art, backed by world renown Grounded Aerial.
In our certification program you will receive:
  • -a detailed manual
  • -harness safety
  • -history of aerial dance
  • -the connection of flight with the mind, body, and spirit
  • -specific class themes, choreography and repertoire
  • -bungee maintenance, safety, and rigging
  • -how to customize to your studios' dimensions and needs   and work with the manufacturer’s formula-
  • -how to apply aerial concepts to life and art, which is incredibly therapeutic and calming
  • -how to teach empowerment and individualized growth
  • -posture benefits, safety modifications and challenges
  • -how to correct with hands-on adjustments
  • -class structure and formatting the "business of aerial work"
  • -lesson plans for beginning, intermediate, and advanced work
  • -pedagogy of creative and fitness development that has been honed over the last 20 years
Requirements for certification
Take/Observe class(es), Teach/Assist 1 class, 1 video of you teaching a 1-hour class and passing a written exam. 16 hours usually consist of two 8-hour days, but can be broken up to more than two days, depending on needs.
16-Hour Certification Program Cost:
  • $549.00 per person training fee
Additional Information:
  • Payments via check or Paypal are accepted.
  • Detailed rigging, installation and bungee sales/information are available. Our provider is Paul, from Adrenaline Dreams. Guidance will be provided on what to specifically purchase. https://www.adrenalindreams.com
  • Additional choreographic assistance, structure, guidance and consultation can be provided on a monthly basis for a small fee, inquire for more details
  • Typically the entire rig per person (including harness) amounts to $560.00 per rig
  • For more information to enroll please call 917-447-6285, skype karenfuhrman, or email groundedaerial@gmail.com
Let’s fly!


28 Sep 2017

Flyaway Productions

2 Shows a Night at 8pm & 9pm


Presented by Cal Performances

1100 Broadway at 12th Street


More Info at Cal Performances
“The dancers of Flyaway are champions, demonstrating the heroic abilities of women.”
- Joanna Harris, Explore Dance 2017

Inspired by an essay in Harper’s Magazine by Bay Area author Rebecca Solnit, Flyaway Productions’ The Right To Be Believed gives spectacular language to a serious sociopolitical issue that has not been carefully examined since Anita Hill challenged Justice Clarence Thomas in 1991. This site specific dance explores the lack of credibility for women that is simultaneously both a legal, social, and economic problem.

Concept/ChoreographyJo Kreiter
Music: FR333 (MADlines & XOA, featuring Astu)
Photo Journalism: Lynn Johnson
Set/Rigging Design: Karl Gillick
Projection Design: Ian Winters
Lighting Design: Matthew Antaky
Costume Design: Jamielyn Duggan
Dancers: Bianca Cabrera, Sonsherée Giles, MaryStarr Hope, Yayoi Kambara, Megan Lowe, & Sonya Smith

Generously underwritten by Signature Development Group and supported by Oakland Central Presents

Info: (510) 642-9988 or calperformances.org

Photos by: Brechin Flournoy
Dancers (from top to bottom): 1. Sonsherée Giles; 2. Sonya Smith

Copyright © 2016 Flyaway Productions, All rights reserved.

For more information please visit:

26 Sep 2017


CALL 2017
HUB/LAB Vertical Dance focusing on investigation and creation

HUB/LAB is a functional space where choreographers and dancers can meet, learn and innovate
HUB/LAB provides an opportunity to work on vertical dance projects, divided into a distinct series of practical sessions run by a team of choreographers who are all members of the Vertical Dance Forum: Wanda Moretti - Il Posto (Italy), Fabrice Guillot - Retouramont  (France), Chantal McCormick - Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Theatre (Ireland), Lindsey Butcher - Gravity & Levity (UK), Kate Lawrence - Vertical Dance Kate Lawrence (North Wales), Marija Scekic - Histeria Nova (Croatia), Julia Taffe - Aeriosa (Canada).

For the first time ever, Il Posto is introducing a new kind of HUB/LAB Vertical Dance in Venice.
Tailored to the needs of international choreographers, it will offer insight and the tools needed for artists/companies wishing to increase their knowledge and expertise for their vertical dance projects.
The project is aimed at companies or individual dancers and choreographers, and concerns both projects in their initial phase and those which are already underway.  This open call is aimed at artists, local or international groups who work in the field of vertical dance, the artists can participate via a public call and by sending an outline of their project via email to Il Posto.
You will receive 3 days of individual coaching from some of the most experienced vertical dance choreographers in Europe and Canada. In the HUB/LAB you will focus on your own vertical dance project guided by your mentor(s). There will be 8 hours per day of practice, discussion and sharing, facilitating access to knowledge, techniques, interdisciplinary skills, community, training and performance, use of materials and security protocols. In addition, you will be offered remote coaching from your VDF Vertical Dance Forum  mentor until the end of your production. All the projects will video recorded and documented in the web platform of the project. 
The closing conference is scheduled for November 3rd at 6,30pm, the talk is open to the public and will present the HUB/LAB process and the EUROPEAN VERTICAL DANCE CENTRES.
Where: Venice, Italy
When: October 31th - 2nd November 2017
Closing conference: November 3rd at 6,30pm
How to apply
Send: Registration Form + CV + presentation of the project you are working on
Costs for participants: 300 euro (h10am-5pm provisional timetable)
Contact details: danzaverticale@ilposto.org
For further information, please visit www.ilposto.org

2017 Wales, Italy / 2018 Ireland, Croatia, Canada / 2019 UK, France

Zaccho Dance Theatre

The View from Here
Marc Chagall artwork © 2017 
Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Rehearsal are going so well. The performers bring such depth to the work....and plenty of humor! - Joanna Haigood

Inspired by the dreamlike paintings of Marc Chagall, THE VIEW FROM HERE is a remounting of Artistic Director Joanna Haigood's 2002 work that envelops the audience in the world of Chagall's paintings, contextualizing some of his recurring themes -- love, village life, political revolution, and circus

Choreography and Direction by Joanna Haigood
Associate Direction by Jeff Razz
Set Design by Wayne Campbell
Lighting Design by Allan Willner
Costumes by Callie Floor

Friday, October 20, 2017 through Sunday, October 22, 2017                                        
Friday, October 27, 2017 through Sunday, October 29, 2017

8PM show on Fridays and Saturdays
2PM show on Sundays
Choreographer Joanna Haigood and her company Zaccho Dance Theatre present The View From Here, a remounting of Haigood's 2002 work inspired by the paintings of Marc Chagall. 

The View From Here is a live performance event that draws the audience into the world of Chagall's work, focusing on specific paintings for their exploration of themes of circus, love, life in the shtetl, revolution, color and multidimensionality. In keeping with her interest in Chagall's intersecting frames of reference, Haigood uses layered imagery and aerial dance to evoke dreamlike effects compatible with both Chagall's technique and sense of fantasy. First presented in 2002, The View From Here current remounting is being developed with several key collaborators: Associate Director Jeff Raz, renowned Circus Clown and Director, brings his expertise to the use of circus arts in the piece; set designer Wayne Campbell has created the stunning scenic design that allow the dancers to work in three dimensions; Allen Willner has created the colorful and evocative lighting design; and Callie Floor has designed the costumes that help bring Chagall's characters to life.

The View From Here features performances by noted Bay Area dancers Alex Allen, Tristan Cunningham, Calvin Kai Ku, Adonis Martin, Danielle Sandia Sexton, Sonya Smith, and Helen Wicks. Marc Chagall, a Russian-born painter and designer, created a genre virtually his own in the early and mid-Twentieth Century. His lively, highly imaginative renderings of life experiences display a rich, poetic dreamlike sense of fantasy and color. He approaches his subjects with a warm and generous sense of humor, yet also shows a deep concern for the spiritual. 
Zaccho, 1777 Yosemite Ave, Studio 330, San Francisco, CA 94124

20 Sep 2017

Scarabeus Aerial Theatre

Dear friends,

It's back to school for many of you - we found some time to relax over the summer, but we've also kept ourselves busy with these recent and upcoming projects.

Summerversity - Take Flight at Caxton House
Our third annual Summerversity course was a great success, with young people aged 13-19 completing a week-long aerial skills intensive using cocoons, harnesses and platforms. A film of the week by filmmaker Chloe Plumb can be seen at https://vimeo.com/233908343

We were also delighted to welcome young people from the BAOBAB Centre (baobabsurvivors.org) for a short course at the end of August, and hope to build on this work soon.

Thanks to Islington Council Summerversity

Flying Into Physics
Flying Into Physics, our schools' education project using aerial skills to explore the science of forces, has begun and is continuing this term. A film of our first term's work can be seen at https://vimeo.com/232813911

Flying Into Physics is supported by Paul Hamlyn

The Fight For Women's Equality - Than And Now
This week we're launching an exciting project at Parliament Hill School in Camden, looking at the history of women’s rights.

Over two terms, 40 students will research and devise a theatre performance and a photographic exhibition looking at key figures from the women’s suffrage campaign and discuss why political representation and activism are still important issues across the world today. For this project we are working with the Women's Library at LSE, Houses of Parliament, East End Women's Museum and the Museum of London.

Follow the project on Facebook and on our webpage.
Supported by Heritage Lottery Fund.

EXODUS - Take Part
Following a very successful pilot at Keys Meadow School in Enfield, we're now very pleased to be rolling our EXODUS - Take Part project out to four further schools, with two more to follow next year. EXODUS - Take Part uses yoga, aerial skills, trust exercises and storytelling to share stories and challenge negative perceptions around migration and refugee arrivals.

See a video about the project here.
EXODUS - Take Part is supported by John Lyons Charity and Stavros Niarkos Foundation. The pilot was funded by Awards for All.

Also at Keys Meadow School we created a very special site-specific performance this summer responding to the theme of migration, inspired by the book ‘La Mariposa’ by Francisco Jimenez. See a video at https://vimeo.com/225828772

Don't forget to check in with our social media channels to find out more about what we're doing!

Facebook: scarabeusaerial
Twitter: scarabeusaerial
YouTube: scarabeusaerial
Instagram: scarabeusaerial

Wishing you all a very happy autumn,

Daniela, Søren and the Scarabeus team
Our mailing address is: 
Scarabeus Aerial Theatre
129 St. John's Way
London, Greater London N19 3RQ
United Kingdom
Copyright © 2017 Scarabeus Aerial Theatre, All rights reserved.