Celebrating the Aerial Arts / by Jeannine Cook

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So often, as a visual artist, I am looking down - at my paper - orlooking out at whatever I am drawing or painting. I don't find myself looking up very often. So it was a lovely change to spend an evening, last night, at Marsh Studio in McIntosh County, Georgia, looking up and delighting in aerial arts. Caroline Calouche had brought her aerial and contemporary dance company, CC&Co, to perform an evening of cabaret dance, "Rouge", for a lucky audience.

 Rouge, aerial and contemporary dance, cabaret style, (image courtesy of CC&Co.)

Rouge, aerial and contemporary dance, cabaret style, (image courtesy of CC&Co.)

Aerial dance is a wonderful extra dimension to any choreographed work, for it is an inspiring combination of seemingly effortless "flying through the air" and astonishing physical feats of agility and skill.

 CC&Co - sling dancer, image courtesy of Caroline Calouche & Co.

CC&Co - sling dancer, image courtesy of Caroline Calouche & Co.

 Caroline Calouche, (image courtesy of CC & Co.)

Caroline Calouche, (image courtesy of CC & Co.)

Dancers Caroline Calouche, Alison Johnson, Sarah Ritchy, Javier Gonzalez and Anthony Oliva delighted with their beautiful movements, their strength and precise timing. With it all came a sense of fun and enjoyment which was highly infectious. Their use of all the marvellous space in the Marsh Studio, conceived for such aerial dance by owner and dance expert Susan Murphy added to the performance's sense of elegance and weightlessness.

It was the perfect antidote to an artist's usual posture of head down. I loved looking up all evening at Caroline Calouche and her dancers.