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Brave Space

"What most stuck with me after the show was the serene way the performers made eye contact and smiled at each other, and at us, throughout the performance. These were smiles that seemed to hold the secret to forging a space of care and connection, and I left with the impression that these artists wished nothing more than to share that secret with all those of us who had come together to build that little magic tent with them." -Wendy Arons, The PIttsburgh Tattler

Brave Space is the building of a blanket fort, the act of sneaking under a hoopskirt, an impulsive congregation in the tiniest of tents. Intimate and low tech, this hour-long work of contemporary circus invites the audience to sit nose-to-nose with bold aerialists and acrobats to build the world we want to live in, even for only a few shared moments. An antidote to the daily news cycle, this hypermobile show can pop up in fields, intersections, theaters, and warehouses -- wherever people need beauty, hope, and comfort. 

Conceived of and directed by Aloft artistic director Shayna Swanson, Brave Space is designed not as a “safe space,” but as a space that will bring audiences up close and personal with their humanity and their fears, to encourage them to better care for themselves and for those around them. Inspired by the idea of creating community in trying times, Brave Space starts as a puddle of fabric on the floor, and grows to encompass a world of wonders that includes juggling, cyr wheel, and duo trapeze, a rope act like no other, and awe-inspiring feats of balance and strength. The audience is limited to 100 people per show, and audience members must be able to sit on the floor, stand up, walk around for the duration of the performance. 

You are needed. You will be safe.

Technical Info​

  • Designed to set up in 20 minutes​

  • Intimate, immersive and exclusive Audience capacity: 100

  • Tech needs: 30x30 footprint, 22 ft overhead clearance and one extension cord

  • Cast size: 7 artists and 1 tech

  • Show can play 3 times/day

  • Perfect for street festivals, outdoor events, non-traditional spaces or for a unique re-use of typical theaters

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