The scintillating life of Creative Director/ Variety Entertainer, Christian Fitzharris, and his never ending voyage to do everything in the world. ( at a respectful pace... of course)

Friday, June 4, 2010

Look! Up in the sky...an aerialist flies!

Pendulum Aerial Arts has been growing like an artistic snowball for the last fourteen years in the Portland area. Suzanne Kenney has worked to nurture this company from the ground up...er...sky down? None the less, this work is paying off and nothing is more representative of this blossoming than the company's upcoming show, "High Art: A Surreal Portrait of the Soul" coming August 19 thru the 22nd to The Portland Art Museum.

I just returned from Portland where I enjoyed a two week residency collaborating with Suzanne and the artists of Pendulum, as a director of Story and Character work. I learned a lot during my time in the Pacific Northwest. I discovered that you can create an incredible amount of material in a short amount of time, under the right circumstances. Those circumstances in this case were a serious group of young aerialists, contortionists, and acrobats ready to trust a clown and comedian in pushing their comfort levels as performers and challenging themselves with goofy exercises designed to access the creativity they don't regularly use in their chosen skill.

By the time I left we had a strong story line with a nice arc and some well defined characters. The venue for this show is incredible and if you are in Portland, this show is a "must see". While I was frequenting many of the restaurants in the downtown area there were so many people excited about Portland's own Cirque style show. Local communities really appreciate supporting their own and I am glad I could be a part of the fun!