Most of you know that I am in love with aerial arts!
I’ve been super busy with classes (three final exams coming up!), but wrote this post a little while ago when brainstorming ideas for an aerial performance. I haven’t performed yet, but I am really looking forward to creating my own routine and performing it. These were some of the words and ideas that either came into my head, or inspired me as I was searching for choreography tips.
I have been listening to a lot of aerial/acrobatic podcasts and different types of music that might work well with an aerial routine, and needless to say, I am feeling very inspired. Looking forward to finishing the exams and being able to focus on the early stages of routine development. 🙂
Have a great Friday!
- exaggerate movements
- everything must be intentional
- creating each movement spontaneously
- dramatic entrance
- draw attention before a movement that people should notice (“want the camera to focus before you take a picture”)
- eye contact
- full body: neck to fingertips
- avoid turning back to audience: if it is inevitable, use your head
- keep the stage alive with movement
- walk on/off the stage silently
QUESTIONS TO ASK
- who is the character you are trying to portray?
- why is the audience there?
- what does the audience want to see?
- what would interest the audience?
- why should the audience like my piece?
- what will hold my audience’s attention?
- what is the meaning of each movement?
- what is the motivation of each pose?
THINGS TO EXPLORE
- clear body lines
- holding things for diff. amounts of times
- on the beat of the music vs. off the beat of the music (listen with headphones)
- mash the genres: draw inspiration from martial arts, hip hop, modern, ballet
- consider lighting, costume
- listen to the music and highlight riffs
- think about pathways into movements
- watch more YT videos to steal their movements
- connect with audience
- consider the character
- clear execution: strong, clear, controlled postures
- head movements
- imagine a different space, different barriers (walls)
- visual patterns
- height on the silks
- look at basic elements
NOTICE IN THE MUSIC
- musical breaks
- crescendos and diminuendos in the music, instrumental changes
- melodic lines
DESIGNING: USING CONTRAST
- difficulty vs ease
- new movements vs repetition
- simple movements vs challenging movements
- angular vs curvilinear
- going with the music vs against the music
- gentle vs strong
- slow vs fast
- consonance vs dissonance
- big amplitude (large movements) vs little movements
- neat, orderly vs chaotic, crazy
- motivated vs lazy
- waltz vs tango
- smooth and flowing vs sharp and dramatic
- theatrical and dramatic vs realistic
- tension vs resolution
- linear vs nonlinear
- improvised vs pre-planned
- flex vs point feet
- confidence vs shyness
- eye contact vs no eye contact
- dynamic vs steady
- heavy vs light
- sophistication vs immaturity
- natural vs unnatural
- timed/counting vs random and sporadic
- wanting to belong, feeling left out?