3 Aug 2016


Tickets are available for the second biennial San Francisco Aerial Arts Festival, August 19th - August 21st! This dynamic, three-day indoor and outdoor event brings together innovative spectacle, daring athleticism, aerial dance, and circus performances. 

The aerial performances occur at various venues on the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture campus:

Friday, August 19, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Gallery 308, Building A
Capacitor, Syn Circus, Upswing Aerial Dance Company, Nehara Kalev & Glenn Easley, Calvin Kai Ku, Sandia Sexton, Zaccho Youth Company, Grounded Aerial, Xochitl Sosa, Veronica Blair, and Paloma Project

Saturday, August 20, 3:00-4:30 p.m., Outdoors
BANDALOOP, Flyaway Productions, Karl Gillick, Zaccho Dance Theatre

Saturday, August 20, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Gallery 308, Building A 
Capacitor, Syn Circus, Upswing Aerial Dance Company, Nehara Kalev & Glenn Easley, Calvin Kai Ku, Sandia Sexton, Zaccho Youth Company, Grounded Aerial, Xochitl Sosa, Veronica Blair, and Paloma Project

Sunday, August 21, 3:00-4:30 p.m., Outdoors
BANDALOOP, Flyaway Productions, Karl Gillick, Zaccho Dance Theatre

Tickets and more information are available here.
We are looking for volunteers for the San Francisco Aerial Arts Festival.  If you are interested email office@zaccho.org.  Please add SFAAF Volunteering in the subject line of the email. 
This Week's Featured Artists

Born out of the collision of cultural influences found only in the San Francisco Bay Area, Capacitor's performances explore the patterns and relationships inherent in nature and the cosmos. Through dance, interactive video, cirque nouveau, live music, and large-scale movement sculptures, Jodi Lomask and her company Capacitor humanize abstract scientific concepts, transcending cultural barriers and widening the scope of basic human experience for audiences of all ages.

Paloma Project 

Reflecting the intimate relationship between a dancer and her environment, The Paloma Project develops site-specific, multidisciplinary choreography that enmeshes ancient traditions with avant-garde sensibilities. Using flight and movement as metaphors for the human condition, director Ninette Paloma draws local and international artists together to explore the interconnectedness of floor to air dancing.

For over 25 years, Ms. Paloma's feet have been dangling over the edges of dusty stages the world over; from an early immersion into physical theatre with Chicago youth company Brechita, to high-flying expeditions as a teenage girl walking the tightwire for a Midwestern circus. Juxtaposing contemporary dance and theatre training at Columbia College Chicago with old world Circus Arts technique under Sylvia Hernandez-Distasi of The Actor's Gymnasium, her two worlds finally collided, and a blended perspective began to surface.

In 2006, she founded the Santa Barbara Centre for Aerial Dance in Santa Barbara, California and began an aerial and contemporary dance conservatory in her uniquely developed style of floor to air® dance.

Directorial and Choreography credits include 2011 Vesna, 2012 Indah, 2013 The Violet Hour, 2014 Belline, 2015 Petite Fleche, and 2016 Elemental You, six evening-length works that have debuted in Santa Barbara, New York, and Chicago. Excerpts were included in a two-week residency project at the Mesa Arts Center in Arizona, and Les Rencontres de Danse Aerienne in La Baule, France. Ms. Paloma is the founder of California's first International Aerial Dance Festival, and is a freelance dance writer for the Santa Barbara Independent.

Syn Circus 

Alayna Stroud studied at Interlochen Arts Academy, University of Michigan, Mills College, and received her BFA from North Carolina School of the Arts. She began her aerial dance career in the bay area with Terry Sendgraff/ Motivity. She co-founded Bow & Sparrow, a collaborative project with Kate Law. Alayna was in the creation cast of the Cirque du Soleil production Iris, in Los Angeles. She spent time as the creative director of Supperclub LA as well as Supperclub SF where she developed Syn Circus as the Supperclub's resident multi disciplinary company. Producing well crafted club or theater friendly entertainment, it has now taken on a life of its own. She teaches sensual movement, pole dancing, aerial dance, performs with Jo Kreiter's FlyAway Productions and occasionally Project Bandaloop.

Featherpistol is a Performance Artist based in San Francisco. Her signature style, entitled "Kung Fu Pole Art" has been in the making since 2003. With it, she blends 10 years of intense Hung Gar Tiger Crane Kung Fu training with arobatics, sensual dance, and grace to create a unique style as yet unseen in the pole world. Although Pole Art is her passion, Feather has worked successfully as an aerialist, runway model, living statue, bodypaint model and a sound healer for events and parties all over the globe. Whatever the job, years of studying science and art history in college, followed by years of teaching pole dance and personal fitness has given her artistry a fluid, expressive quality that is one of a kind. Feather has performed her "Acrobatic Pole Performance Art" at private parties, Vegas nightclubs, special events, casino showrooms, birthdays, bachelorettes, fundraisers, festivals and theater productions.

Port of Embarkation

A new work by Joanna Haigood   
in collaboration with 
Scenic Designer Wayne Campbell
Musical Director Anthony Brown 
Featured performing artists John O'Keefe, Alex Allan, Delvis Frigñon, Adonis Damian Martin Quiñones, Tanner Keal, Sandia Sexton, Helen Wicks

Fort Mason's Festival Pavilion, built in 1912 to warehouse army supplies and provide docking space for army transport ships, is the site of Haigood's new work "Port of Embarkation." 

The work is first in a series  that honor the wartime history at Fort Mason and uses the 50,000 sq. ft. empty space along with simple objects, both static and aerial, to create a poetic landscape that evokes memory, mystery and loss. 

August 20 and 21, 2016 as part of the San Francisco Aerial Dance Festival (outdoor performances) at Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture.

San Francisco Aerial Arts Festival 
Master Classes

As part of the festival we are offering master classes held at Zaccho Studio with a few of SFAAF's talented choreographers and performers:
Aerial Technique for Dancers
with Joanna Haigood of Zaccho Dance Theatre
 Saturday, August 13th from 10 to 11:30am at Zaccho Studio. $25
Sign up! Leaving the Ground and Returning
with Jo Kreiter of Flyaway Productions
 Saturday, August 20th from 10 to 11:30am at Zaccho Studio. $25
Sign up! Rope Choreography
with Alex Allan
 Monday, August 15th from 6:30 to 8:30pm at Zaccho Studio $25
 >  Sign up! 

Aerial Yoga
Tuesday, August 16th from 6:30 to 8:00pm at Zaccho Studio. Drop-in: $20
 > Sign up!
If you want to participate in all 4 workshops, 
enjoy 10% off with our Festival Package: $85

Zaccho Studio
1777 Yosemite Ave #330
San Francisco, CA 94124
tel: 415-822-6744
This festival is made possible through generous support from:
RJ Muna Photography; Pictured: Micah Walters of Capacitor
Zaccho, 1777 Yosemite Ave, Studio 330, San Francisco, CA 94124