Brave space is in intimate, interactive, immersive circus show performed for 100 people at a time. We've performed around the United States to rave reviews and sold out audiences. A truly unique experience your guests will NEVER forget.
Starting as a puddle of fabric on the floor, Brave Space grows to encompass a world of wondrous circus under a blanket fort. We invite all ages to sit nose-to-nose with an all-female cast of bold acrobats to build the world we want to live in, even for only a few shared moments. Limited to 100 people, participants must sit on the floor, stand up, walk around for the duration.
Price Range: $7000 and up
Gig Length: 50 - 60 minutes
Insurance: $2,000,000 - liability insurance with the ability to name additional insured at no cost
What to Expect
Brave Space begins with a floof of 250 yards of fabric on the floor, preferably in blackout, but sometimes we have the audience circle the fabric, close their eyes, and open them when they hear the music start. The show begins slowly and mysteriously, with this bubble of fabric deflating, then slowly figures begin to form and move under the fabric. Suddenly one rises into the air and begins a stunning and precarious balancing act on 7 ft high poles supported by the other cast members.
Soon, the fabric rises into the first stage of the tent we will all build with the audience. A select few are invited into this tiny tent (can be guests of honor at the event) for a private trapeze act. The rest of the spectators grab onto the fabric and lift it up and down, creating undulations in the fabric and reminding us of the parachute games we played in childhood. Finally, all together, everyone lifts it up, goes under, and pulls the fabric down behind them. Suddenly we are all inside a bubble of fabric that some people say feels like being inside a cloud, a blanket fort or a womb. The all female energy of the cast furthers the feeling of nurturing and trust as the audience is asked to risk more and more for the sake of the show.
The show evolves with a playful hula hoops act where the audience can feel the breeze of the hoops, flying inches past them, a dynamic and rhythmic juggling act, a duo trapeze act viewed from the unique position of laying almost directly under the performers, an acrobatic pole act where the audience holds the pole as the artist contorts upon it, and a group aerial act on a completely unique apparatus. In each act, a new sense of trust, togetherness and unity is achieved, until in the end the shroud is lifted and the audience feels the rush of cold air, a reminder of the world that still exists outside of the magic we all have built inside this tiny tent.
Check out our reviews!
Inspired by the idea of creating trusting communities in trying and dangerous times, Brave Space starts as a puddle 250 yards of fabric on the floor, and, with the help of the audience, grows into a massive blanket fort--a world of hope that includes interdependent acts of aerial arts, acrobatics, juggling and balancing on 8 ft high poles. A show that is impossible to perform without an audience, each act in Brave Space is designed to physically draw spectators into the experience of putting oneself on the line for the safety and well being of at-risk members of a community. Not passive viewers, the audience becomes a part of the show, sometimes helping to raise the tent, sometimes holding ropes that keep trapeze artists aloft, sometimes standing so close to the performers you can hear their hearts beating.
Brave Space was created as an antidote to the horrors of daily news cycle. It’s not a “safe space,” but, an immersive performance that requires the audience and artists to show up as their best selves, encouraging them to care of themselves and those around them. “I wanted to create a show that felt like the opposite of the Handmaid’s Tale--something empowering. I wanted to create the world I want to live in, even if it only exists for an hour at a time,” director Shayna Swanson explains.
“As remarkable as the circus artistry here is – and it is skillful, daring, agile, innovative, and breathtakingly beautiful to boot – what sets Brave Space apart, and makes it magical, is the care the performers take of each other and of their audience,” writes reviewer Wendy Arons in the Pittsburgh Tattler. “I left with the impression that these artists wished nothing more than to share the secret to forging a space of care and connection with all those of us who had come together to build that little magic tent with them.”
To ensure intimacy and safety, the audience is limited to 100 people per show, and audience members must be able to sit on the floor, stand up, walk around for the duration of the performance. Audience members requesting assistance, or a chair to sit in, should note so when purchasing tickets. In addition, Brave Space may make persons suffering from claustrophobia feel uncomfortable at times.
Additional Booking Notes
The tech needs for Brave Space are very simple. The show was designed to be easy and efficient to produce in any environment, indoor or outdoor. The show is entirely self-contained and needs few requirements from a venue.
Electric: 1-2 120 volt power outlets.
Sound: None-show runs off 1 bluetooth speaker
Lights: None required from venue. Show travels with 6 LED bluetooth lights.
30ft x30ft (10m x10m) open footprint for rig set up for full show-smaller spaces can be accommodated but adjustments will be made to the show content.
21ft (7m) height clearance
` Hard floor or ground (no grass, carpet, mats or dirt)
Rigging: None-show is performed on a free-standing rig
Set up time:
The show can be set up in as little as 30 min
20 min to take rig down, 40 min to full load out
None needed. Stage manager runs lights and sound
If performed outside, two security personnel are requested