We have sooooooo many workshops! Hold on to your butt! Here we go! Click the schedule above for PDF.
Act Development: creativity lab
Stemming from techniques and artistic approaches developed within 3AM Theatre, this workshop is taught by the company’s co-founders Kyle and Andrea. This creative laboratory is an opportunity to develop your discipline and be exposed to new ways to create work. Collectively, we will dive into the creation of new material as well as polish existing routines. Students can expect to present material to others during the workshop and will benefit from the simultaneous coaching of a professional Circus Artist and Dancer. This workshop is best suited for students with pre existing material or at the start of a creative process.
Physical Theater: The body as a storyteller
This physical theatre workshop is designed to teach a series of exercises and methods developed by 3AM Theatre to better understand our body’s physicality in relation to storytelling. In clarifying our intention and focus we can discover new movements that offer flow and connectivity to any narrative. Kyle and Andrea have built this workshop to be open to all movers. Participants will explore the importance of presence and theatricality while shifting through improvisations and complex movements.
This contemporary dance workshop begins with a series of exercises that warm up the body, both physically and mentally, in preparation for expressive movement. Students will then move through phrases that enhance their physical awareness, shift of weight, spatial orientation, and rhythmic accuracy. The class culminates with choreography and moving in the space as a group whilst getting feedback on techqniue and artistry.
Connecting Bodies and Objects in Juggling
This workshop covers a series of exercises and methods developed by Kyle Driggs to better understand the practice and approach to the art of juggling. Together, we will cover foundation technique, exercises in movement expansion, and creative thinking. Students can expect to develop new practice techniques and explore new tools to aid in trick creation. These tools will open new doors into finding flow, creating new material, and bridging the gap between our bodies and our objects. This workshop is open to all skill levels.
Contortion for Hips and Back
During this hour long workshop students will primarily work on leg and back flexibility. The class will focus on drills to improve hip alignment and back strengthening techniques. All skill levels are welcome! Students are encouraged to bring yoga blocks.
During this hour long workshop students will be lead through a series of exercises that focus on the strength and flexibility needed for hand balancing. The class will cover the fundamentals of handstands such as alignment, conditioning, and proper training habits. All skill levels are welcome!
Hatty Patty wack
Hat manipulation. Learn hat tricks, creating combos with them and fun illusions. (If you have hats, bring them)
Use your circus prop the way it’s intended, creatively. We will explore 8 viewpoints of working with your specific circus props or apparatuses.
What does the audience want me to do? In this workshop you will find out, by offering behaviors until you are positively reinforced with a "yes"
Hello. Here I come. I’m Here. I’m Leaving. Goodbye. A method of presenting a performance and developing physical story telling on stage.
Introduction to 1 Arm Handstands
This workshop is for experienced handbalancers who are ready to work on 1 Arm Handstands. Students should be able to comfortably hold a handstand and execute a few different tricks in their two arm handstand. This workshop will focus on different drills and progressions to a 1 Arm Handstand.
As circus people, we are all weird. Why not get weird together and on purpose! This jam is the perfect place to release your inner clown. The workshop will include a variety of traditional clowning games and exercises.
Club Passing 101
Are you the type of person who stands to the side at juggling festivals? Wishing you could partake but you just can't pass or your passing isn't up to par? Fear not! By the end of this workshop you will have the confidence to strut your stuff at any juggling festival. This workshop will break down club passing as well as basic passing patterns. We know learning to pass can be stressful when you are learning. So come join other beginners and learn to pass clubs in a care free, stress free environment!
How to Make the PERFECT Grilled Cheese
Yes, you heard correctly, the PERFECT grilled cheese. Come join our in house grilled cheese master, and get ready to have your taste buds explode. Apples on grilled cheese? Of course. Bleu Cheese? Yup. What about jam? Oh yea. Oreos? Even Oreos. Intrigued? You should be. Come learn, try and discover all the things that you didn't know that you can use to make the perfect grilled cheese.
This workshop will teach the basics of gag writing. The workshop will teach some "classic" gags. Students will be able to put their own spin on them and will present a brand new gag to the group by the end of the workshop.
Introduction to Hand to Hand (Coached by 2 Coaches)
Who doesn't want to do a handstand in someone else's hands? This workshop will teach the fundamentals of hand to hand. Students will work on drills and progressions leading up to standing hand to hand. Bring your own flyer or base, or come on your own and we'll match you up! No experience required!
Aerial and Acro Stilt Jam
Jam out with your long legs! This workshop is for folks with previous peg-stilt experience who are comfortable with stilt walking. We’ll explore dancing, partnering, and aerial on stilts. The workshop will be BYOS (bring your own stilts). A few pairs of stilts may available to borrow, by request.
Try out this unique and challenging apparatus. The aerial pole is attached to the ceiling, but not the floor allowing it to spin and swing. We will explore shapes and hangs on the pole, as well as techniques for spinning, swinging, and orbiting. This class is open to students with prior pole or aerial experience who are comfortable with inversions.
Low Flying Dance Trapeze
Drawing from a foundation in Robert (Bob) Davidson and Joan Skinner’s releasing technique, this class will focus on low-flying kinetic trapeze with an emphasis on floor to air transition. We will use circular arcing and spiraling pathways with sustained momentum. There will be an emphasis on body alignment and the release of tension during exertion. A combination of set choreography and structured improvisation, participants will be guided to create their own take on movement through creative prompts and movement puzzles.
Live out your mermaid dreams! In this class we’ll explore the intricacy, awkwardness, and awesomeness of aerial and acrobatic mermaid-ing. We guarantee that there will be absolutely no splits! Mermaid tails will be provided, but feel free to bring your own if you’ve got one.
So named for the unique approach to sequencing and encouragement of expressiveness through movement, this weird lyra class will delight the aerialist looking to try something new on a familiar apparatus. Class will focus on unique shapes, spins, and Lyra choreography. This class is appropriate for students with prior lyra or trapeze experience.
Tippy lyra is a heavy steel hoop that is hung with attachment points 180 degrees apart, so that it can tip and flip. In this class we will explore basic solo and duo vocabulary on the tippy lyra, and learn theory to make sure the hoop flips when you want it to, and doesn’t when you don’t. This class is appropriate for students with prior lyra experience.
Join Michelle Arvin for a five day aerial tuneup! Each session will start with 30 minutes of general conditioning exercises (strength and flexibility) needed to rejuvenate your aerial ability. The next 45 minutes of class will be devoted to conditioning techniques on apparatuses. Day one & two are for bar work-trapeze and lyra, day three is for doubles aerial, day four & five will be devoted to the vertical-rope and fabric. This workshop is the perfect opportunity to try a new apparatus, rebuild your technique, and invigorate your love of all things aerial!
Join Susan Voyticky, founder and director of Loki Circus Theater, in this week long show creation! Over the course of the week, participants will build a show from scratch that utilizes each person's strengths and specialties in a site-specific environment on the festival grounds. The workshop will culminate in a public presentation on Sunday! Participants must commit to the entire week of the creation process.
Circus for Screens
Constraint is at the heart of all creative projects, and the pandemic has imposed no shortage of constraints on the performing arts. We can't gather in-person, so how do we make live shows that impact audiences? This class takes the approach that making circus (or dance) for the screen is a valid medium, and that circus/dance creators can acquire the skills to make it impactful and profitable. Without going deeply into the weeds, the class will cover editing basic videography ideas on how to make 3D (live) circus into 2D (screen) content that is compelling. As time permits, we'll also look at how we stream a live event, structure artist pay, and sell tickets. Essential information for anyone who is interested in diversify their skillset to include circus-cinematic expression. We'll include a link to our most recent show in the price of the workshop.
Slack rope/slack line
Get into nature and get into balance! This workshop will explore the fundamentals of standing on something wiggly! (Hint--it's different from tightwire!)
Collaboration & Company Building
In this 3 hour workshop, we will touch on a variety of topics which will help you make a contemporary circus company. Topics to be covered will include: choosing collaborators, company structure, division of labor, show creation, collaboration, and production. The class will be equal parts lecture, discussion and hands-on practicum. The aim of this workshop is to give you information on how to best create or maintain a company that is financially feasible and makes quality circus ensemble work in an environment of fun.
Facility with Abandon
In this workshop, students will practice moving dynamically with a sense of ease and effortless-ness on the vertical rope. We’ll practice a progression of beats and exercises to generate momentum, and then explore using this momentum to maximum effect, either in flashy power moves or to wrap the rope hands-free. Time allowing, other topics may include: quasi-release moves, building distinctive and clean drops, using body shape to balance on the rope, and some choreographic sequences.
Two people on a single rope demands some creativity and practice to move gracefully through the air. This workshop will give experienced aerialists some basic building blocks for rope partnering, such as 5 positions you can base from, ways of climbing and dropping together, as well as some practice working and communicating as a duo. No partner required for this workshop.
Prerequisites: 6 months of rope or tissue training, ability to do 2 pull ups, and 4 straddle ups with straight legs.This class examines a series of beats, aka swinging movements on rope, and how they can be applied to create interesting, dynamic choreography.