what the heck is a ticktock?


“ticktock vs. Perseus” photo by Cindy Apple

ticktock is the Pacific Northwest’s only post-modern aerial circus and dance company. Founded in 2009 by collaborators Elizabeth Rose, Jill Schaffner, and Bridget Gunning, ticktock has since grown into a diverse collective of theatre makers. Our mission is to create new perspectives on the modern world through performance that comes alive in the space between circus and modern dance. Simply put, we make contemporary dance for a vertical stage.


“no.1” photo by John Cornicello

ticktock’s hybrid aerial/post modern dance style drew accolades from critics in their first year, being touted as “remarkably different” and “aerial works that transcend the usual collection of feats and tricks” (–Josh Windsor, seattledances.com).

Since the company’s inception in 2009, ticktock has shown work in Seattle at ACT Theatre, On the Boards, Velocity Dance Center, Canoe Social Club, Hale’s Palladium, Grey Gallery, FRED Wildlife Refuge, Smoke Farm, and the Emerald City Aerialdrome, where they received a one year space grant to produce new work. They have received invitations to perform locally in the Moisture Festival, Artopia, the Seattle Erotic Art Festival and Circus of Dreams. They toured the Pacific Northwest with their first show, no.1, and performed in the Aerial Dance Festival in New York, the Big Range Dance Festival in Austin, TX, and the New Orleans Fringe Festival. We will rock your face off.


“domestic variations” photo by Susan Roderick

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