Dance Meets Air: Dance & The Elements, Part IV

Some of the coolest dreams I’ve ever had were flying dreams, but the best were when I danced weightless in the air, high above the treetops. For me this was just a dream, but for some it’s a real-life, working day reality. These dancers spend their days dancing airborne and weightless How cool would it be to have these jobs?

Bandaloop uses  the art of climbing to turn the dance floor on its side, offering a completely new perspective on dance. The choreography is truly mesmerizing, like watching a slow-motion sequence from the Matrix, minus the bullets. The company has made the world their stage; BANDALOOP’s work has been presented in theaters and museums, on skyscrapers, bridges, billboards and historical sites, in atriums and convention halls, in nature on cliffs, and on screen.

Jo Kreiter’s Flyaway Productions performs off-the-ground dances that expose the range and power of female physicality, experimenting with height, speed and gravity, dancing on steel objects that are both architectural and fabricated. They perform in public,  on a three-story fire escape, a hanging umbrella, an oversized scale of justice, a circling merry-go-round, suspended containers of salt, a steel-framed bath, a chandelier on fire, a live billboard, a bridge replica, and on rooftops or 100 foot city walls.

They’re all about female empowerment, with an eye toward creating cultural change.

“In the last several years, I have created work from broad notions of art as a catalyst for change. I have tried to bring the beauty of bodies in motion to discarded city streets; I have tried to bring the eye of the city onto an abandoned crane, to help turn it into a labor landmark. I have focused in on the subtlety of human despair. I have honored the power of dissent as a crucial political and cultural tradition, celebrating the tender underside of Market Street’s protest history.”
—Jo Kreiter, Flyaway Productions

Kreiter is a San Francisco-based choreographer with a background in political science. She thrives at the intersection of social justice and acrobatic spectacle. Sounds like a nice place to live.


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