Classically trained in ballet since the age of three, Rachel is a dancer turned aerialist, choreographer, and variety performer. She began her study of circus arts in 2007, developing a unique style and approach to aerial work, and has performed extensively across the United States and around the world.
"A visceral display of strength and loneliness" -Brad Rhines, Nola Defender, on Fringe solo, New Orleans.
"Her hoop appears fluid and molten. Strickland is an unalloyed pleasure to observe." -Judy Finelli, Spectacle Magazine
Working with Rachel Strickland and Madame Rex Entertainment was a treat. They created dreamy costumes to fit the event theme, interacted with and engaged guests and stunned everyone with their stellar choreography and aerial performances. Rachel's creativity shined through all the details and her multi-talented team's seamless performances were the highlight of the event.
AMAZING performer! We loved working with Rachel--she is not only incredibly talented, but very easy-going and very willing to tailor her performance to crowd and event. She was hands-down the highlight of our reception--people can't stop talking about her beautiful performance and the "wow" factor that she brought!
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 5 - 50 minutes
Insurance: $5,000,000 - General liability insurance from Specialty Performers Insurance
What to Expect
How would you like to be served hors d'oeuvres by a living statue whose billowing skirt is the table top? Or perhaps see a 7' tall angelic being talking casually to your guests? Surprise your family by having them learn an (easy and fun!) dance sequence, flash-mob style?
Or maybe you want to provide an exquisite aerial acrobatic performance at your event? Custom tailored for weddings, birthday parties, large-scale corporate events, and outdoor festivals, aerial performance is a stunning and always remembered addition to any event. An acrobat will bend, twist, twirl, and stop your breath with beautiful feats in the air. For venues with no rigging capabilities and a ceiling height of at least 17', a completely portable aerial rig is available in sparkling white.
Some available services include:
solo/duo aerial performances on fabric, hoop, trapeze, and more!
ambient aerialists (for atmosphere)
roaming characters (anything from Angels to Queen Elizabeth I)
Classically trained in ballet since the age of three, Rachel is a dancer turned aerialist and an innovative variety performer. She began her study of circus arts in 2007, developing a unique style and approach to aerial choreography, and has performed and taught aerial technique around the world. She is founder and artistic director of Madame Rex, a contemporary circus and aerial dance collaboration. Rachel's cross training allows her to deliver a wide range of roles, from lithe and ethereal to earthy and visceral. Rich, extravagant movements and strong, multifaceted technique are her trademarks. And a touch of creepy aesthetic...
Performing extensively as a soloist internationally and in several national tours, Rachel specializes in creating aerial hoop choreography and the practice of telling stories.
Additional Booking Notes
For aerial work there must be a rigging point available with a 1,000 lbs. safe working load (this is usually a structural beam). I can work with heights as low as 12' high. There is not limit to how high the ceiling can be. If a hanging point/structural beam is not available we can set up the free standing aerial rig to a height of 16' to 25' high.
Influences & Inspiration
Inspired by the aesthetic genius of Baz Luhrmann, Cirque du Soleil, Michael Parkes, Neil Gaiman, and Jeannette Winterson.