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“Bridget kicks ass at the Royal” video + workshops, workshops, workshops + the imminent return of Jill

Watch the bar manager in the white shirt flee about halfway in– she was sure those top shelf tequila bottles were coming down!

ticktock is going to Chicago in September to teach and perform at Aloft, and Bridget and I thought we’d give our Seattle family first crack at the workshops we’re offering.  Check it.  Do it.  Tell your friends.

Note that each workshop is being offered twice; they are not two-part workshops although I’m sure you would be welcome to take them twice, or take different ones each weekend.  You may register for all three workshops in advance for $120.  See individual price below.
Please register directly with Elizabeth -liza@ticktockdance.com.
Creative Partnering – 2 hours, $40
Saturday, August 7 OR  Saturday, August 14, 2:00-4:00 pm
Learn to share weight in the air in ways that make partnering easier and more fluid.  This class begins by focusing on detailed techniques of hand-to-hand and progresses to basing and flying skills that are unusual or rarely seen, viewing partnering as choreography and conversation rather than the usual tricks and static poses, with an emphasis on skills that work with partners of similar weight.  We also use elements of acro balancing and yoga as exercises for discovering new aerial movement and complementary floor work.
Floorwork for Aerialists – 2 hours, $40
Saturday, August 7 OR Saturday, August 14 – 4:30-6:30 pm
Have you ever wanted to begin or end your aerial act with an exciting floor sequence but didn’t know where to start? In this class we will work on creating short, dynamic dance sequences to introduce or complete your piece, add a breather in the middle of long acts, make transitions between acts or off the stage, and find movement on the floor that complements your style in the air. 

Building an Act: Elements of Choreography – 3 hours, $60
Sunday, August 8 OR Sunday August 15, 11 am – 2 pm
The three elements of choreography are space, time, and energy.  We can use these concepts as lenses to dissect and define any movement.  Dance choreographers have been using this process of inquiry to make work for decades.  We are going to take these three elements of choreography to the circus.  Discover a systematic approach to putting your tricks together in a way that sets them apart and makes them come alive as performance, rather than just displays of movement.  You can use this system to create or overhaul any aerial act.

We are heading to Chicago on Sept. 4, like, 36 hours after Jill returns from Spain, so the Chicago stint will be the first time we’ve all been together since June.  We are chomping at the bit to get some new work happening.  Can’t wave a dead chicken in our studio without smacking into a good idea.  So, obviously we’ve got to do something about that.

More soon, loves. Bises.  -Liza


here are some bits of our show… enjoy!

12 Minutes Max!

Yesterday we all rolled in to the studio late– a *ahem* few minutes after 10am, and had a kind of a weird moment… we all started asking each other about work the night before. The trifecta was swept to the 4 winds a few days ago– Liza to Vashon Island to perform with the Aerialistas, Bridget to Corvallis, OR to teach at a yoga retreat, and Jill stayed in Seattle to perform at the new Velocity space on Cap Hill on Saturday night. The rundown was that the Velocity party was a blast and everyone was hammered and Jill had fun blowing people’s minds, the Vashon shows were great and Moisture Festival is more fun every year, and the retreat was intimate and rewarding and we love our friend Jessica in Corvallis who organized it. But we all felt a little funny to have been doing our things apart instead of together. Our work depends so much on our common language– the catch-you-pull-me doesn’t work unless we are focused in our bodies and on each other. It takes a measure of focus and precision and energy. It is work. And we were all exhausted; Bridget had even driven straight back into town and to rehearsal.

And in 2 hours, we had to perform at an audition.

So we slapped on some makeup, did some pliés, ran the piece and tried to connect, put on our costumes, grabbed the iPod and made a mad dash for Queen Anne.

We rolled into On the Boards planning to meanface the competition, but they actually turned out to be these sweet young girls who didn’t need meanface-ing at all, and then our friend Andre, who needed it even less. We didn’t know the curators and figured if we had an epic fail, we’d just come back next time.

But apparently we didn’t.

So come see us in 12 Minutes Max at On the Boards April 11 &12. We’ll be performing “What I’ll Show You” from no.1. We’d love to see you there!


busy, busy, busy!

Okay! Here’s a bunch of things we’re doing… I keep saying how we’re making summer plans, so here is a little bit to get you started:

Local Appearances:
-Sunday March 21, 7:30 PM at Hale’s Palladium, Elizabeth will be performing her trap solo from no.1 as part of the the Moisture Festival.

-Wednesday, March 24, 7:30 PM at Hale’s Palladium, Jill and Elizabeth will both be performing solos at AerLift, a benefit show for Camino Seguro. Camino Seguro is an organization that helps kids and families who live off the garbage dump in Guatemala City, Mexico. You can get tix (if it’s not sold out yet) from the Moisture Festival website (linked above).

-Saturday, April 3, 6-9pm at Grey Gallery on Cap Hill, Bridget and Elizabeth will both be performing at a fundraiser for our sister company, Manifold Motion. Come on out and support our amazing, talented friends!

-Fri-Sun, Apr. 30-May 2 at the Exhibition Hall at Seattle Center, Elizabeth will be unveiling a new solo on a new sculptural apparatus in Roger Benington’s Cabaret de Curiosities at the Seattle Erotic Art Festival. Frankly, the show is going to be off the hook. So get your advanced tickets right effing now.

And then… we go on the road a bit!

Sat & Sun, May 15 & 16, we are in NYC! Jill and Elizabeth have been invited to perform their duo, “deamons no.1” as part of the 2010 Aerial Dance Fest. Performances are at 8:30pm at the JCC in Manhattan; Goldman-Sonnenfeldt Family Auditorium.

Fri-Sun, May 28-30, we return from New York just in time to turn around and head to fantastic Ashland, Oregon! All kidding aside, we are honored to be hosted by Dancing People Company for a weekend of workshops and performances. We’ll be teaching aerial rep and partnering workshops and doing 2 performances of no.1. Ticket info coming soon– looks as though the website is down for the moment…

Sat & Sun, July 3 & 4, Elizabeth will be performing “Studio:Morning” in the Big Range Dance Festival in Austin. Perfromances will happen at the Salvage Vanguard Theatre, please check the festival schedule for showtimes.

There are more things cooking, including a trip to Olympia in June, but details have yet to be finalized. We’ll let you know as things happen. Thanks for all the love and support! Let us know what’s happening in your worlds…

in which our heroines are super optimistic while juggling other projects; trying to be computer savvy

Hi good people!

First off, I have to just acknowledge that we have been a little out of sorts this past week because of the death of our friend and volunteer, John Moore. He was an extremely kind and generous man. He was smart and talented and laughed a lot. We loved him personally and professionally. We will miss you very much, John.

On a happier note, ticktock is moving into the summer with a bunch of prospects and a slew of festival applications in hand. You might have spied Jill recently performing solo at the Brotherhood in Olympia. We will be returning to Oly at the end of May, performing no.1 — probably at the Royal but we are also exploring the idea of performing the show in an open air venue there… I don’t want to say too much but we will keep you posted. It’s so exciting! In July, I (hey, it’s Elizabeth!) will be taking my solo to Austin to perform in the Big Range Dance Festival. I am super psyched about that because I am from Austin, and haven’t performed there in over 10 years now. I can’t wait to see what old friends and collaborators have to say about my new work. I am eager to hear their feedback– they have a unique perspective of me as an artist. They knew me “when”.

I just spent about a dozen hours cutting video of no.1 into a ten minute trailer. I will definitely post a link…as soon as I figure out how to get the darn thing off of Bruce’s computer and in the correct format and online. Groan. It is hard work, ya’ll! I did it for support material for a bunch of applications– some things in the PNW, some not. I will post updates here on what pans out. Keep your fingers crossed for us!

As for now, Jill and I have a bunch of shows with our other project, the Aerialistas, coming up in the Moisture Festival. We opened at ACT Theatre this weekend, and will move on to Hales Palladium and Open Space on Vashon Island. You can see the full schedule of all my performances at lizaroseaerial.com. I will be performing my trap solo from no.1 twice at Hales, and Jill and Bridget will be making appearances at Aerlift on Mar. 24th, performing new ticktock works in progress. Jill might do her freaky avant Train Sounds rope solo– not to be missed!

In the meantime, we are in the studio working a lot on our hand-to-hand and acro skills. I don’t know why, but that just seems to be where our interests lie these days. Ideas are percolating for the next show, and it is going to be weird. Very, very weird. We can’t wait.

Leave us a comment if you’re reading this. We’d like to hear from you!

opening intros and ticktock no.1 (in brief)

Hi friends!

This blog is a place where the three women of ticktock can write about our work and document our process. So, hello! This is Liza. Here are some first thoughts…

When we formed the company last Summer, we had one common goal: To fuse our aerial skills with our modern dancer sensibilities and make a new kind of aerial dance. Something that existed in the space between modern dance and circus arts. Something that pushed the boundaries of our physical capabilities and still read as works of dance — not just trick after trick.

It’s tricky to explain.

Joshua Windsor wrote about our first show on seattledances.blogspot.com:

“ticktock blends the showmanship of aerial acrobatics with the emotive content of modern dance—or uses the emotive elements of dance to construct aerial routines—or adds the showmanship of acrobatics to the process of creating dance. I suppose it’s a little of each.”

Yes… something like that.

We produced our first show two weeks ago, after just about 4 months in rehearsal– endlessly trying to break apart the language of aerial tricks, deciding what we were really trying to say with all this climbing and falling, and figuring out how to use both the floor and the space above it appropriately. We did it, performed it, tore it down, and then this week, we went back into the studio and kept right on working on it. Yup.

We are putting up No.1 again throughout the summer in a few different venues in and around Seattle. It is still evolving. If you saw the show at Emerald City, you’ll have some chances to see it again… please do! It will be different, maybe even better! We would love your feedback as we keep creating this new language. For the most part, I feel like we will be presenting this show, with a few additions and revisions, through the end of the year, when we are going to put it away for a bit to do a new show in December. More on that, and some fun summer antics (a little intermezzo, if you will — remember that quip about us liking to drink?), as things develop. We will keep you fully updated here.

Here are some of our favorite pics from the show. You can see more on our Flickr and video will be up soon. All photos are by John Cornicello.