I have been taking the Beginning Level of Aerial Arts training at the Actor's Gymnasium in Evanston, Chicago. These classes have been a mental and physical struggle. This summer I wanted to work on expanding my physical range. Partly due to a years-long neck and back issue, and partly a loss of habit with exercise to make time for my studies, I feel as though Movement classes and physical work are my weakest disciplines, despite an intense interest in the physical theatre genre. I wanted to push my body outside its comfort zone, push to the limits of my flexibility and strength. The Actor's Gym program has been a wonderful facilitator for that process. Here are some mildly embarrassing photos for a "before" capture.
I also had the privilege of ushering for the Summer Intensive sections, and seeing both ensembles perform. The evenings were breathtaking, funny, and had me on the edge of my seat. I am hoping that this training will not only allow me to add to my special skills, but will get me excited and passionate about my body and physical capabilities.
About this blog
A place to post updates about what I am involved in as well as my experience navigating the Chicago theatre community.
Claire Allegra Taylor is a cultivator, investigator, and questioner of human relationships. She firmly believes that humans can always do better, be it in our treatment of the ones we love, our desire to fix epidemic social problems, or our care for our environment. Claire wants to use theatre as a means to show how this is possible. She would like to create work that is vibrant in its language and physical capacity that challenges a modern audience’s expectations.