Project In Motion’s 2012/2013 Season started off with “Night Flyer”, a prose play by Truth Or Consequences resident Susan Melinda Dunlap. This unusual take on a Beckett-like view of life, is set in an old house and focuses on a girl’s conversation with an imagined ghost. Project In Motion used a shadowbox which reflected Lyra work, as well as a video by NYC dancer/choreographer Sarah Dahnke. Aerialists Stephen Pohuski and Gina Armendariz used single point trapeze ,lyra and terrestrial dance to dramatize the play. Narrators Megan McQueen and Bradley Martinez vocalized the prose, and stage props, such as an old box record player, brought the play to life. An ambient sound score by long time PIM collaborator, John Hegner of Starbell Hatchery Studios, completed the rainy atmosphere with crickets chirping in the eaves and a magical piano melody that rang through only when the trapeze or lyra were in motion. The audience relaxed in the Gin Studios and were told to imagine they were in a casual Brooklyn Loft.
Next month Project In Motion brings theSouthern New Mexico, Eastern Texas, Northern Mexico area its first Aerial Dance Festival! The “Above Borders Aerial Dance Festival” October 19,20,21,welcomes back our friend and guest choreographer, Nancy Smith of Frequent Flyers Productions of Boulder Colorado, to teach single point trapeze. Sam Tribble, a multifaceted circus and gymnastics performer from California will participate as a Conditioning and Acro-balance expert. He will also be on hand to teach Traveling Rings and couch Rue Cyr enthusiasts. This festival is open to all, and will be divided into appropriate levels on the Friday night opening of the festival to better serve the participants. Saturday and Sunday cost $45 each, with the additional Friday night introduction classes free! Flyers are encouraged to register soon for both days as registration will be capped at 18 registrants. firstname.lastname@example.org for inquiries, or call 1-575-208-4413.
Auditions for the Project In Motion Company and apprenticeships will happen Sunday, October 21st, at 7PM. Company hopefuls do not need to register to audition, but are encouraged to do so. Email email@example.com. Company members are paid. Apprentices sign training contracts with the company and their progress is monitored. Apprentices are evaluated to become full time company members.
December 1and 2, brings PIM’s anticipated family show. “The Egg” will feature ‘The Assembly Kora Band” from New Orleans, Louisiana. The Kora, an African harp, similar in sound to a celtic harp, brings an ethereal ambiance to this story about a tree and some creatures that find their way into it. Project In Motion has a long history of family friendly productions with its “Sun Stories” series. This story will have a similar format, but feature the entire PIM aerial company.
Project In Motion will participate in several other events this season. The Company is available for private hire, and this October they will perform for the popular annual South West Environmental Council Benefit, which commissioned three aerial pieces. Project In Motion members Lauren Mendoza and Stephen Pohuski will travel with Artistic Director Hilary McDaniel-Douglas to the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan in December to conduct an Aerial Workshop. PIM’s community classes outreach are ongoing and available individually or as a series. Call 575-208-4413 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay tuned for auditions for the springs production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with co-Director David Ollington to take place in January 2013.
Cocktails and Chopin
Project In Motion’s 2012/13 season Dramatic Air will soon be underway. A year of plays and stories set with aerial arts, dance, a guest list of luminaries, and engagement for everyone. Following teacher training, made possible by a generous donation, our teachers are also ready to plug back into aerial and dance classes with enthusiasm.
We received information in June regarding coverage in one of our favorite magazines, New Mexico Magazine! We were very excited and supplied them with one of Michael Xun Chi’s gorgeous images of company member Lauren Mendoza. This week we learned that the magazine’s out on the stands. Look for it! The online version contains a blurb about PIM ranking of #4 in NM Mag’s reasons to love Las Cruces. It has no picture though, so we highly recommend a hard copy from the newsstand so you get that beautiful 7x11 picture too!
Finally, as an ongoing campaign of improvements to be enjoyed by our audiences and students we will be introducing several fundraising campaigns this year. Embrace them with the knowledge that all donations are tax deductible and all will go toward projects like bleacher seating and or the very exciting summer tour in 2013.
Our first is up at www.peerbackers.com listed under “Project In Motion”. It supports our first Aerial Dance Production of the new season, Susan Dunlap’s play “Night Flyer”
Project In Motion Season 2012 / 13
September 14 / 15
Part of the Depot District Arts Festival
October 19, 20, 21
Aerial Dance Fest
Auditions for Project In Motion Aerial Dance Co.
December 1, 2
A Family Aerial Story
Midsummer Night's Dream
March 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17
“Well met Titania!” We are but fairies in the air!