Aerial Antics

Circus, life & other things of interest

So tired. My hands feel like claws after mostly failing at hand-to-hand.

This week (week 3 of 8) has been the hardest so far. I feel like I’m not making progress and am just doing things wrong.

On the good side, my lower back is healing up and doesn’t give me stabbing pain! I’m being careful and still being cautious with backbends.

Acro class outing to the circus - Uncle Sam’s American Circus. We had fun. And met a 15th generation circus performer - all the way back to the 1640s! #circus #bigtop #wheelofdeath #tradcircus

Acro class outing to the circus - Uncle Sam’s American Circus. We had fun. And met a 15th generation circus performer - all the way back to the 1640s! #circus #bigtop #wheelofdeath #tradcircus

Life Update

I’ve been mostly lurking on Tumblr at the moment. I’ve been pretty busy and not felt much like posting.

In the last few weeks of August I was in Birmingham working with CircusMash on a R&D project ‘Float’. It was a circus performance and workshop experience aimed at families with children. So, we’d do perfomance scene - workshop - performance - workshop - performance - workshop - perfomance over 2 hours. The performances were 15mins and workshops 30-40 mins. The workshops were linked to the performance. For example, one scene featured aerial rings and hula hoop so the following workshop was aerial hoop and hula hoop.

Teaching workshops - photo by Jas Sansi https://www.flickr.com/photos/jassansi/

There were only 7 days of rehearsal and I had to create on new pieces of equipment. I got bruised a lot.

Aerial rings and Umbrella handle:

Photos by Jas Sansi https://www.flickr.com/photos/jassansi/

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beaky-peartree:

Why do people act like being a vampire is so fucking great. You can’t eat garlic bread so what’s the point

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Getting ready for our first full performance of ‘Float’ yesterday. Love all the costumes. 
Tonight I’m off to Hoylake to start 8 weeks acro, but I’m back in Birmingham next weekend for 2 more shows.

Getting ready for our first full performance of ‘Float’ yesterday. Love all the costumes.
Tonight I’m off to Hoylake to start 8 weeks acro, but I’m back in Birmingham next weekend for 2 more shows.

The first piece of advice I have for people if they want to be a crazy artist like me is that companies are there to exploit you, and to extract as much labor out of you as possible while paying you as little money as possible. Always treat companies with intense cynicism and try to exploit them back as much as you can. The big mistake that will fuck you over in life is being a team player, because you’ll waste years and years of your life until you wake up one day having made some company a lot of money and having made yourself shit….they will just take your hard work and talent to make money for themselves and discard you when you’re no longer useful. So be very cynical.

I’ve really lucked out with where I’m staying in Birmingham. I found a reasonably priced room through airbnb with a lovely old lady in a nice house. I’ve been welcomed and given run of the house (I can have a bath!). My host is well travelled and interested in the arts.

I realised a few days ago, that at this the moment I’m only interacting with circus performers and old ladies. That’s quite an odd view on the world. But it’s given me the life goal of becoming an eccentric old lady with lots of strange stories. Definitely doable

aerialcircusandmylife:

clockworkfirebird:

Trapeze BootsProtection for High Fliers!

I’ve had a sudden slew of interest in these so I thought I’d put them up on tumblr. These are trapeze boots, designed to protect the shins and feet whilst sliding over a trapeze bar, as unprotected legs can get bruised and rubbed raw. They also help hold any costume in place!

I was first approached to make a pair of these for someone via my Dad’s office, whose usual boot maker had retired. Working from her specifics - and with the reassurance that she wasn’t going to expire horribly if design #1 didn’t work - this was the style that was settled on.

I do NOT list these on Etsy, they’re only shown on my social media and website pages, because I have to custom-fit every single pair! A standard pair (as shown) in black, with laces, costs £60 and I can ship anywhere in the world.

Reblogging for reference as I’ve wanted to buy some of these for ages and they’re hard to come by!

Anonymous asked: What is your ultimate fantasy?

becomingathena:

Financial stability.

Costume! #circus #butterfly #leotard

Costume! #circus #butterfly #leotard

A day of showings done at #summerinsouthside here’s our lovely rig. #circus #birmingham

A day of showings done at #summerinsouthside here’s our lovely rig. #circus #birmingham

Advantage of having a car: you can take lots of things when going away.

Disadvantage of having a car: you take too much with you.