Capitol Hill Community Post | This​ ​December,​ ​Seattle’s​ ​first​ ​aerial​ ​dance​ ​festival​ ​comes​ ​to​ ​Capitol​ ​Hill

From Apex Aerial Arts

From​ ​December​ ​9th​ ​to​ ​December​ ​16th,​ ​2017,​ ​Seattle’s​ ​Capitol​ ​Hill​ ​neighborhood​ ​will​ ​be​ ​home to​​ Seattle’s ​​very​​ first ​​aerial​​ dance​​ festival ​​hosted​​ by ​A​​pex ​​Aerial​​ Arts​.

Apogee​ ​Aerial​ ​Dance​ ​Festival​ ​(AADF)​​ ​brings​ ​together​ ​innovative​ ​performers​ ​and​ ​instructors​ ​in aerial​ ​dance,​ ​dance,​ ​and​ ​circus​ ​arts​ ​from​ ​across​ ​the​ ​country,​ ​welcoming​ ​new​ ​voices​ ​to​ ​the thriving​ ​circus​ ​community​ ​that​ ​already​ ​exists​ ​in​ ​Seattle.

Participating​ ​Collaborators​ ​and​ ​Venues:
● Versatile​ ​Arts
● Acrobatic​ ​Conundrum
● The​ ​Cabiri
● Pure​ ​Motion​ ​Physical​ ​Therapy
● Capitol​ ​Cider
● 12th​ ​Ave​ ​Arts
● Broadway​ ​Performance​ ​Hall
…and​ ​more
Apogee​ ​Aerial​ ​Dance​ ​Festival’s​ ​collaborators​ ​are​ ​curating​ ​an​ ​amazing​ ​week​ ​of​ ​workshops, performances,​ ​act​ ​development,​ ​and​ ​panel​ ​discussions,​ ​with​ ​more​ ​joining​ ​the​ ​lineup​ ​every​ ​day.

AADF​ ​will​ ​also​ ​offer​ ​Seattle​ ​audiences​ ​an​ ​opportunity​ ​to​ ​experience​ ​amazing​ ​aerial​ ​dance performances​ ​from​ ​world​ ​class​ ​performers​ ​unlike​ ​anything​ ​this​ ​city​ ​has​ ​seen​ ​before.
In​ ​October​ ​we​ ​completed​ ​a​ ​successful​ ​​Kickstarter​ ​campaign​;​ ​Early​ ​Bird​ ​Registration​ ​has​ ​already begun​ ​for​ ​our​ ​Kickstarter​ ​Backers​ ​and​ ​registration​ ​will​ ​open​ ​to​ ​the​ ​general​ ​public​ ​on​ ​November 13th.​ ​We’re​ ​delighted​ ​to​ ​have​ ​assembled​ ​an​ ​extremely​ ​exciting​ ​schedule​ ​for​ ​the​ ​local​ ​circus community​ ​to​ ​learn,​ ​explore,​ ​and​ ​perform​ ​together.

Why​ ​Now?
Seattle​ ​has​ ​a​ ​vibrant​ ​circus​ ​community​ ​that​ ​has​ ​been​ ​growing​ ​for​ ​well​ ​over​ ​a​ ​decade.​ ​​ ​Our​ ​city has​ ​many​ ​fantastic​ ​circus​ ​schools​ ​and​ ​is​ ​home​ ​to​ ​some​ ​truly​ ​incredible​ ​talent​ ​in​ ​the​ ​aerial​ ​and circus​ ​arts.

Seattle​ ​events​ ​like​ ​Moisture​ ​Festival​ ​attract​ ​worldwide​ ​talent​ ​and​ ​give​ ​audiences​ ​all​ ​the​ ​glamour of​ ​circus.​ ​​ ​But​ ​Seattle​ ​is​ ​long​ ​overdue​ ​for​ ​a​ ​festival​ ​created​ ​for​ ​our​ ​aerial​ ​community​ ​to​ ​explore and​ ​expand​ ​the​ ​boundaries​ ​of​ ​aerial​ ​arts.​ ​​ ​This​ ​festival​ ​goes​ ​beyond​ ​just​ ​performances​ ​and dives​ ​into​ ​creative​ ​development,​ ​enrichment,​ ​and​ ​exploration.

AADF​ ​seeks​ ​to​ ​facilitate​ ​a​ ​creative​ ​dialogue​ ​to​ ​inspire​ ​the​ ​local​ ​circus​ ​community​ ​while​ ​building connections​ ​with​ ​the​ ​wider​ ​global​ ​circus​ ​community​ ​and​ ​give​ ​us​ ​all​ ​an​ ​opportunity​ ​to​ ​learn, create,​ ​play,​ ​and​ ​explore​ ​together.

Participants​ ​will​ ​have​ ​the​ ​opportunity​ ​to​ ​take​ ​classes​ ​and​ ​workshops​ ​from​ ​world​ ​class instructors.​ ​​ ​In​ ​addition​ ​to​ ​skill-building,​ ​they’ll​ ​also​ ​have​ ​opportunities​ ​to​ ​workshop​ ​acts​ ​they​ ​are currently​ ​developing,​ ​have​ ​one-on-one​ ​mentorships​ ​with​ ​professional​ ​performers,​ ​and​ ​explore circus​ ​arts​ ​outside​ ​of​ ​the​ ​confines​ ​of​ ​traditional​ ​circus.​ ​​ ​Participants​ ​will​ ​explore​ ​the​ ​emerging arena​ ​of​ ​aerial​ ​dance​ ​and​ ​how​ ​that​ ​can​ ​influence​ ​and​ ​inform​ ​the​ ​development​ ​of​ ​new​ ​work.

Aerialists​ ​may​ ​also​ ​submit​ ​their​ ​acts​ ​to​ ​a​ ​juried​ ​showcase​ ​and​ ​participate​ ​in​ ​act​ ​creation intensives​ ​to​ ​develop​ ​ideas​ ​to​ ​submit​ ​for​ ​consideration​ ​for​ ​an​ ​Artist​ ​Incubator​ ​Residency​ ​at​ ​Apex Aerial​ ​Arts​ ​to​ ​continue​ ​their​ ​artistic​ ​exploration​ ​in​ ​2018.

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