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our “Selfstarter” fundraising campaign video

YOU can get us to New Orleans!

As you know, we are incredibly honored and excited to be performing at the New
Orleans Fringe Festival in November! As an emerging company, we don’t
yet have all the financial resources of a more established
organization, and we are depending largely on individual supporters to
get us to New Orleans. Get involved! Help us represent our remarkable
Seattle arts community at the NOFringe, where we will perform not only
for brand new audiences, but also an audience of our peers–theatre
makers from all over the country. We need to meet our fundraising goal
of $7000 by October 23 in order to send 3 performers, one stage
manager, one technician, and our entire set of custom apparatus to New
Orleans. Whew!

So don’t delay! We are a Partner Artist of Shunpike, a 501(c)(3)
umbrella organization. This link will take you directly to the online
form where you can make your 100% tax-deductable donation today:

Online donation system by ClickandPledge

And don’t forget to include your snail-mail address. We have special
thank-yous for donors who contribute $100 or more!

Thanks so much!


PS: Special thanks to Wes Hurley for the video magic. ❤

Fall approacheth, so it goes


Here is a pic from Lo-Fi:

Great photo by Cindy Apple.(c) 2011 www.cindapple.com


We are performing Perseus again soon at the Rainier Beach Art Walk on Sept 17, thanks to SEED Arts Seattle and 4Culture Site Specific. The event happens from 11 to 3 that day and we don’t have times yet, but will let you know.

Then, on Sept 29 at 6pm, we will be performing scenes from domestic variations in the Nord Alley in Pioneer Square as part of Alley-Up!, presented by the Alley Network Project. We’re excited about that for a couple of reasons. 1) Because it’s a really cool event. 2)Because it’s being shot by Goldie Jones for a web vid about us by Subversionz Media and 3) Because Jill and I will be joined in the air by the remarkable Sage Cushman, Seattle newcomer and recent graduate of the National Institute of Circus Arts in Australia. Whew! So come on out and see what happens when we set up our apartment in an alley.

We have more news brewing and some traveling on the horizon (hello major fundraising), but that’s all for now. We are interested to see how the rehearsal process with Sage shapes up and excited about bringing her on board for this show. And don’t worry, Bridget is still around. 🙂

Ok now Liza, go to bed…

xo. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Creepy Rope Flick Complete!!!

Jill on a rope.

Check. It. Out.

as promised


In which we go legit.

The holiday madness has consumed us. Maybe…

But never fear! We are gearing up for 2011 and have some exciting news: We are now a Partner Artist at Shunpike! What does this mean? It means that all of your donations are 100% tax deductible!

Check this out:

Online donation system by ClickandPledge

Who wants to make our holidays both merry and bright? Consider a gift to ticktock! Best. X-mas. Ever.

the trifecta

ps: CoCA vid to come soon…

“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

More… ahem… evidence…

My favorite part is when Bridget is asleep and telling me about her dreams and she says, “Armageddon!”  That’s so metal.


Hi everybody!  E-Ro. here, updating from Austin, TX — my hometown.

First off– we have lots of fun video and stories from our trip to Ashland, OR.  But they will have to wait until I can edit all the vid.  I am going to make you guys a fun video entry about that.  But our students kicked ass, our hostess was superb, and we had an amazing time in gorgeous, idyllic Ashland!

Right now I am in Austin, preparing to perform my trap solo in the Big Range Austin Dance Festival.  This festival is the work of indie choreographer Ellen Bartel.  I danced for Ellen back when I lived her, and surprised her with an application to the festival this year.

The program is beautiful, with a new piece by Ellen involving 20 dancers on video and on stage, all waiting for trains in a station.  If you’re not familiar with Ellen’s work, Google SPANK! Dance Company right now. The show also includes sublime work from Anuradha Niampally, who does the best traditional Indian dance this side of the pond.  Her piece, a trio, is so detailed, so precise, and just mindblowing.  I was also surprised to see ex- Seattlite Andy Noble and his current company, NobleMotion.  Their piece uses these big, bright light boxes on the stage, with the dancers moving around them– but the audience can’t see what’s behind them because they are so bright.  The effect is really brilliant, with dancers appearing out of the void and disappearing again just as dreamily as the came.  So beautiful!

It’s nice to be back here and performing for the first time in 9 years.  I am hoping to pin down a venue for ticktock to come back with the whole shebang– but our venue for the festival, Salvage Vanguard Theatre, is only 18 feet high.  So I may have to do a little more recon while I am here.

Jilly and B Rock, I miss you so much!

Alright, I’m off.  Coffee awaits.



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.