February 19, 2015

Lofty Ladies

Humans have yet to develop wings, but certain people like to defy that fact and fly anyway. The Moisture Festival always features some aerial artists so you can live the dream of flight vicariously through them. Aerial acts can feature various apparatus such as silks, ropes and hoops, and an aerial trapeze can be flying, swinging, or static. Come see these performers (and more!) fly high at the 2015 festival!

Pamela Donohoo

Performing for the first time at the Moisture Festival, Pamela Donohoo is a choreographer, dancer, gymnast and aerial artist who has performed with various performing arts organizations all over the world. She obtained a degree from Stanford University in Cultural and Social Anthropology, and likes to use her amazing kinesthetic talents to create works that highlight social issues around the globe. Pamela says that her vision is to "to generate art that inspires people to think critically and contribute positively to their world." Her piece "Warrior Woman" is an aerial pole and acrobatic dance performance created to pay respect to the peace-building and conflict-enduring women around the world. She has choreographed pieces around other themes such as water, racism and empowerment, and industrialization and sustainability. We are thrilled to have her on stage at this year's Moisture Festival! Check here for showtimes, posted by the end of the month.

Camille Swift photo by Nancy Behall
 Camille Swift is another new face at the festival this year, with training and experience in various aerial arts. She began her training at the Aloft Loft in Chicago, and has also trained in Paris at the Association Volaverunt. Her specialties include static and single-point trapeze. In 2012, Camille started Top Star Trapeze in Champaign, Illinois and has really enjoyed teaching classes that focus on building strength, flexibility, and aerial awareness. One of her newest projects is with Acrobatica Infiniti Circus. This bills itself as a "nerd circus", combining circus, cosplay, and genre fiction. In addition to all of these things, Camille has recently come to Seattle for some training with a Moisture Festival veteran group, Duo Rose. We can't wait to see what she brings to the stage this year! Check back later this month for her performance schedule.

PJ (Jennifer Perry)

This year, we are pleased to welcome a solo act from a very talented aerialist that we've had the pleasure of seeing perform in the past. PJ, also known as Jennifer Perry, has been onstage (abovestage?!) at the Moisture Festival in the past with the Aerialistas, and we are excited to see what she'll do this year. PJ graduated from Western Washington University and is now a Kinesiologist and a Pilates Instructor as well as an aerialist. She has been performing since 2008, both locally and internationally, with the Aerialistas, Dream Science Circus, and the Bellingham Circus Guild. PJ has also spent a year living in Saudia Arabia teaching Pilates to the royal family! Her knowledge of the physical form and ability to utilize that knowledge is something you will definitely want to see! Check here in late February for a schedule of her performances.

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