ALICIA DAWN spent much of her youth in Cairo, IL, climbing trees and hanging from monkey bars. A dabble of dance, cheerleading, and hooping — and an avid interest in trying new things — led her to Molly in March of 2010 where she discovered an art that combined her love of strength and grace: aerial. A self-described bookworm, aerial arts offered Alicia a language that didn’t require spoken words to communicate with others.
Since discovering aerial fabric, Alicia has expanded her art to include contortion and various other aerial apparatus, including her double hammock (of rope, often referred to as a cloud swing), single-point, static, and dance trapeze, lyra (also known as "aerial hoop"), and bungee. She trained at the New England’s Center for Circus Arts (under the tutelege of various former members of Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Eloize, and Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus), and has studied with Sarah Poole of Ecole Nationale du Cirque in Montral, Susan Murphy (founder of Canopy Studio), and various members of Frequent Flyers in Boulder, CO.
MOLLY GRAVES is a Tennessee native whose background includes non-competitive gymnastics, tumbling, dance, and a life-long interest in all things acrobatic. Molly taught gymnastics & tumbling for several years at The Club at Westside Gymnastics in Nashville, and she currently teaches aerial fabric at MPACT Martial Arts and Gymnastics in Brentwood, TN. Outside of the gymnastics gym, she enjoys rock climbing, mountain biking and staying active.
Molly became interested in aerial dance and the circus arts after participating in the Boulder Aerial Dance Festival in Boulder, CO, in 2006. Since then, she has returned to the festival yearly and worked with a number of professional aerial artists including identical-twin trapeze duo Elsie Smith & Serenity Smith Forchion, formerly of Cirque du Soleil and Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus; French aerial fabric innovators Frdrique Debitte and Jacques Bertrand; Sarah Poole, teacher and performer with the Ecole Nationale du Cirque in Montral; the AscenDance Project; and Susan Murphy, founder of Canopy Studio in Athens, GA. Besides aerial fabric, she has also studied static, flying and dance trapeze, lyra, corde lisse and vertical dance. Molly has trained at the New England Center for the Circus Arts (Brattleboro, VT), Frequent Flyers (Boulder, CO); the San Francisco School of the Circus Arts, and with Compagnie Draps Ariens (LaBaule, France).
Alicia Dawn: Aerialist, Contortionist, Character Walk-Around
Molly Graves: Aerialist, Creative Director
Our inspirations are varied, from sources written to spoken, both visual and audio. Though our personal styles lean towards the contemporary, we appreciate various types of circus ranging from traditional to sideshow. We believe the best entertainers aren't confined to one style, but rather can adapt to fill a multitude of roles in a performance.
What to Expect
Typical Gig Duration: 4 - 120 minutes
Skilled in a variety of circus arts -- including traditional circus staples like contortion, corde lisse (aerial rope), and static trapeze, as well as newer cirque-style crowd favorites like aerial fabric and lyra (aerial hoop) -- the Aerial Fabricators combine feats of daring with an emotive quality that enables them to offer a narrative without speaking a word . . . creating stories out of thin air. . .
For aerial acts, a ceiling height of 14 feet minimum.
For aerial acts, a single anchor point on the ceiling with a capacity of 2000 LBS (~910KG).
NOTE: For outdoor performances, or indoor performance where no rigging points are available, please contact us with questions -- we have a mobile rig!
Performance (Ground/Stage) Area: Minimum 8 x 8 feet of a level, reasonably clean surface; swinging acts may require more space.
Tech Riders for specific acts are available by request.
The Aerial Fabricators have performances suitable for any venue and age group. Outdoor event? We have a mobile rig. Low ceilings? We offer ground contortion. Whether your event is a black tie gala, high-energy convention, or a kid-friendly outdoor celebration, we can offer the professional skills needed to complete your vision!
DUO ROUTINES (featuring Molly Graves & Alicia Dawn):
* Derivations -- Performed on spinning lyra (aerial hoop).
* Roustabout -- Performed on single aerial fabric.
* Emergence -- Performed on two separate aerial fabrics.
*** COMING SOON -- DUO TRAPEZE ***
(featuring Molly Graves)
* Dog Year: Rope
* Static Trapeze
(featuring Alicia Dawn)
* Pistolero: A Dangerous Seduction -- Aerial double hammock (of rope).
* Memory's Grasp -- Contortion and modern dance.
* Contortion in Red -- Contortion, tumbling, and modern dance.
Aerial atmosphere available (with single or multiple aerialists) in aerial fabric, sling, or lyra.
*** Specially choreographed performances available upon request. ***
*** Videos of performances available upon request ***
Available for Your
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