|The poet William Wordsworth once said, "Up from the sea, the wild north wind is blowing. Under the sky's gray arch; Smiling I watch the shaken elm boughs, knowing it is the wind of March." |
The Aerial Angels can feel the wind blowing, too, Mr. Wordsworth. After a week with the Icelandic circus community, we're revolutionizing circus from Alberta to Florida with Stand Up Eight. And we're planning for an exciting summer by inviting interested artists to apply for Angel internship positions.
May the winds of March shake the boughs of your elms-
The Aerial Angels
Standing Up...From Canada to Florida
Stand Up 8 is revolutionizing circus. And we're starting with an epic trip across North America. On February 26th, Stand Up 8 premiered in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. We ll take the whole operation to the Polk Theatre in sunny Lakeland, Florida for performances on April 9th and 10th. Are you an artist, entrepreneur, or curious individual living in Central Florida? Want to know how a touring show is created? Want to be inspired? Allison 'Isabella' Williams, Artistic Director of Aerial Angels and Director of Stand Up Eight will be offering speaking engagements free of charge to interested clubs and groups about Women in Business, Blending Old and New Marketing, and Attracting Investors. If you are interested in bringing Allison to your group, contact Chelsea@angelsintheair.com.
Goodbye Mac 'n' Cheese
Isabella spent early February teaching aerial workshops at Sirkus Island (Circus Iceland) in Reykjavik. She says, "The circus community in Iceland is small but very dedicated - my students were so encouraging to each other and very motivated to make the most of our week together. As the only American in a shared gym full of serious, mute Slavic coaches working with little vaulters and beamers, my nationality got the best of me! I was the loudest coach in the gym: 'Higher, hold it, strong feet, you got it, you GOT it, YOU GOT IT GO GO GO YES!' At the end of the week, the class went out for traditional Icelandic food, and let me say that Seabiscuit and Shamu were delicious. For the record, Icelanders are totally grossed out by macaroni and cheese."
Silks Instructional Video Now Available
Our latest DVD is a beginner's guide to the art of aerial silks. It will be for sale on the Angels site within the next week and makes an excellent St. Patrick's Day gift. (Warning: One should not attempt to train while intoxicated...)
Six Questions With...Misti Bernard
Misti Bernard, Stand Up 8 cast member, has toured professionally since 1992 and sings in six languages from Spanish to Urdu, with regular forays into scat and improvisation. A founding member of world music ensemble Blue Muse Trio and the Irish groups Brollywacker and Old Soles. Misti studied with Ali Akbar Khan and has performed and recorded with Irish flute player Grey Larsen, vocalist Stephanie Heidemann and free jazz drone ensemble PoOg, amongst others, and has opened for acclaimed Celtic rock band The Young Dubliners.
1. What do you do?
I sing, play the hammered dulcimer, guitar, Irish flute, pennywhistle... music is my silly wonderful amazing life.
2. Who is your favorite hero/heroine in literature?
I tend to love the ballsy heroines and heroes who must overcome adversity in order to step into their larger, grander purpose. I love the Jungian 'heroes journey' type of characters, and I also have a secret adoration of science fiction, so everyone from Robin McKinnley and Patricia McKillip's strong women to Paul Atreides and Luke Skywalker. Yeah yeah, geek flag already. :)
3. What was your favorite toy as a child?
I still have my chocolate-brown, velvet teddy bear, named, appropriately, 'bear'. He has a red t-shirt and looks like pooh, and is thread-bare and beautiful. This is the first year I've felt he was too fragile to be on the road with me, and I miss him.
4. Do you have a motto to live by?
"To live life, take large bites. Moderation is for monks." Heinlein
"Fortune never did favor the meek, Misti Lynn. Are you an adventurer or an Ohio farm-girl?" Me
5. Do you have a hidden talent?
I swing dance, shoot bow and arrow and study Japanese Tea Ceremony.
6. What three words would your friends use to describe you?
This one honestly stumped me, so I texted a half-dozen friends. The results came up "whimsical, bold, spirited, intelligent, driven, fiery, goofy, fierce, dorky," and a few others I'm not at liberty to share...
Last Call on Internships!
The Aerial Angels are accepting applicants for summer internships through March 10th. We will be selecting this summer's interns at the end of March. It's a competitive year, with some amazing applicants so far - we've received 16 applicants for two positions. If
you'd like to apply, read more about the program.