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Creativity in Skill Development

Lucia Aerial Performing Arts is proud to host Guest Artist and Cirque performer Ann Stimmel (stage name Charlie Faraday)l to lead a series of workshops in November and December. 

Description: This workshop will break students’ thinking away from performing common skills and maneuvers in the same way that acrobats have been doing them for years. Students are challenged to think outside the box during a series of tasks and games designed to help them uncover new, unique ways to move their bodies and interact with the apparatus.
Apparatus: Open
Skill Prerequisite: Ability to invert
Length: 2 hours
Cost: $60
Required Materials: Notebook, pen/pencil
Optional Materials: Phone/other video-recording device

Charlie Faraday (Ann Stimmel) is an award-winning circus performer from Des Moines, Iowa. She is a current member of the Cirque du Soleil casting database and won Best Artistic Performance at the 2012 Denver Aerial Acrobatic Arts Festival. Her specialties are fabric, an innovative chains apparatus, lyra, and doubles work on both fabric and lyra. She is the founder and owner of Darker Marker Productions, located in Des Moines Iowa, which hosts the annual Tall Corn Circus Festival every spring. Charlie loves the in-depth study of the mechanics of movement and draws on her college work in chemistry and music to guide her students as they become great performers as well as great technicians. In her acts, Charlie explores the ugliness and negative emotions we try to hide from the world. Her aim is to simply to acknowledge them without judgement to foster honesty, connection, and support in our sometimes emotionally repressed world.

Later Event: December 11
Fabric/Rope Technique Workshop