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January Workshops

Join us for two weeks of aerial workshops to start your new year off right. Workshops are offered from January 4th through the 14th at Sævarhöfði and Norðlingabraut locations. We have an incredible lineup of topics and instructors so you can jump back into training after the holiday break. 

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Power Through! – Conditioning and Technique Exploration with Alice Demurtas

Wednesday, January 4th, 2023

Sævarhöfði

17:30-19:30

 

We all have that one trick or movement that is our nemesis. You know which one: you have tried time and time again, and it never seems to go as you want.

Or even worse, you know you can’t do it so you avoid it and neglect it even though you know you should give it a go. Well, no more. This year, we power through! We face our fears and focus on building that mind-to-muscle connection that will carry us through. During this workshop, we will work on general conditioning exercises aimed at giving you the necessary tools to hold proper form on the apparatus and progress from where you are. Learn what you’re doing right but also what you’re doing wrong. In addition, we will make sure to give you the opportunity to share what specific tricks and movements you’re currently working on, so that you can receive focused instruction to train the very muscles you need to succeed. Open to all levels

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Twist & Fly – An Aerial Exploration of Space with Alice Demurtas

Thursday, January 5th, 2023

Sævarhöfði

17:30-19:30

Challenge your knowledge of body and space with a series of twisty sequences, both borrowed and new. Drawing inspiration from the creative explorations and teachings of international aerial instructors, we will work with the idea of movement, spatial awareness, and the relationship between right and wrong. In particular, we will experiment with entangling sequences from basic wraps such as Hip Key and French Key. For this reason, students must either be able to invert or execute a Fan Hip Key with ease.

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SOLD OUT- Teaching Aerial Silks – Pedagogy and Discussions for Aerial Silks Instructors with Lauren Charnow

Friday, January 6th, 2023

Sævarhöfði

16:00-19:00

Explore aerial silks pedagogy in this examination of progression, safety, and curriculum building. The first part of this workshop will include a presentation on how to design classes that promote safety, using different teaching styles to meet students where they are, as well as overarching themes for long-term curriculum development. After the presentation students will have the opportunity to practice teaching a trick to someone else and get feedback.  Together as a group, we will define what we would like safety standards to look like for aerial silks in Iceland and discuss ways we can support each other as a community of teachers. Additionally, we can begin to create a common aerial silks vocabulary in Iceland to help us communicate more effectively. This course is open to instructors who are currently teaching aerial silks and students who are interested in becoming teachers.

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Fitness and Flexibility – Exercises You Can Do at Home with Lauren Charnow

Tuesday, January 10th, 2023

Fylkir Dance Studio

17:30-19:30

Learn exercises that will build silk muscles and increase flexibility that you can do at home. We will use the first hour to get the body warm by doing body conditioning exercises on the floor. The second hour will be dedicated to increasing flexibility through active stretching exercises and then work through a series of passive flexibility poses that will get you closer to your splits, straddles, and bridges. Please bring a yoga mat if you have one. This class is open to all levels of fitness and flexibility. 

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Introduction to Aerial Hoop for Aerialists and Strong Beginners with Urður Ýrr

Thursday, January 12th, 2023

Sævarhöfði

17:30-19:30

 

Aerial hoop is an exciting apparatus that allows for beautiful poses. Take the muscles you have already built in silks class and apply them to a new apparatus in this aerial hoop class for aerialists and strong beginners. Learn new tricks and a sequence that will allow you to fly in a whole new way. There are no prerequisites for this class but it is useful to have an athletic background or previous aerial silks experience.

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Explore the Fabric – Creativity class with Ástríður J. Ólafsdóttir

Saturday, January 14th,2023

Sævarhöfði

12:00-15:00

 

“Explore the fabric”, is a creativity class that will help silk addicts change their perspective towards the silk. Using acting techniques Ástríður will guide students to find new ways to communicate with the fabric.  Students should come prepared to combine previously learned tricks into sequences. The workshop will focus on creativity methods to inspire new sequence development and improve performance skills. 

About the Instructors

Learn More about our Amazing Instructors

Alice Demurtas has been working as a silks instructor since 2019, honing her aerial skills under the mentoring guidance of Kria Aerial Arts founder Lauren Charnow. Since then, the duo has been collaborating on a wide variety of circus-based projects, including silks performances and clowning shows. Alice and Lauren first began their creative collaboration with Tjarnarbíó with their show Rebirth, hosted during the 2020 Reykjavík Fringe Festival. The following year, the duo joined forces again to put on the independently-produced interactive aerial silks performance ‘GAME ON,’ which premiered in Tjarnarbio. Alice’s education approach is methodical and discipline-oriented, with classes that focus heavily on conditioning. Her focus on strength development aims at building strong anatomical foundations for aerialists, where proper form, correct muscle engagement and adequate muscular power becomes the basis for optimal technique on the apparatus. In addition, Demurtas has recently developed an interest in the exploration of space and movement on a vertical plane after training under a roster of international silks artists in Barcelona, where creative techniques based on the deconstruction of movement both on the floor and in the air were aimed at opening new pathways for aerial experimentations.

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Lauren Charnow is a born performer who grew up singing and dancing in her parent’s theater company in the United States. Lauren studied dance and gymnastics before finally finding her true love, aerial silks. Lauren has studied circus arts and dance in New York City taking classes at Broadway Dance Center, Circus Warehouse, and Steps. After attending Marymount Manhattan College in New York City to study acting she created her own circus performance troupe in upstate New York. She attended Skidmore College where she took classes in dance, theater, anatomy, kinesiology, and exercise science. She has studied circus arts at Circus Arts Institute in Atlanta, Georgia where she received certificates for aerial silks instruction and circus therapy (using circus to work with individuals with learning differences). Lauren has received certificates for Circus Yoga (a form of partner acrobatics) as well as hammock/sling instruction (Spin City). She has studied circus at NECCA in Vermont USA, and participated in the Caravan Social Circus Training Program studying in Le Plus Petit Cirque Du Monde in France, Ecole de Cirque de Bruxelles, Sorin Sirkus in Finland, and CABUWAZI in Berlin. She has dedicated the past twelve years of her life to teaching circus and exploring circus performance art. In Chicago, she performed with the Comedy Dance Collective and in Aloft Circus Arts performances. Lauren is the founder of Kría Aerial Arts which opened in 2020 and the author of the Kría Aerial Arts Absolute Beginner Essential Guide and Journal. Her goal is to make aerial silks accessible to anyone who wants to learn the amazing things they are capable of achieving

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Ástríður J. Ólafsdóttir is a painter and performer living in Italy and Iceland. She graduated with a degree in Painting and took a Master's in Visual Arts at the Academy of fine arts in Bologna, Italy. In the same city, she held numerous exhibitions, for example at the “Museo Civico Medievale”, Association “Civico 32” and the “Zoological Museum”. In 2021 she had her first private exhibition in Iceland at “The House of Mál og Menning” and in 2022 she exhibited both in “Gallerý Núllið” and in “Gallerí Fold”. In these last exhibitions the works shown combine painting and aerial silks in a series called “Panneggio” where she plays with the fabric to create sculptures to paint oil on canvas. Along with the art school, she also took acting, singing, and dancing classes and performed with drama and musical companies in many theaters in the Bologna area. The aerial silks path started in 2013 at “Itc Teatro” and never stopped. Since then she performed in Italy in a Circus tent based in San Lazzaro and toured around Italy in 2017 with the show “ChefSciò-CulInAria”, a Chef contest on silks. In 2021, in Iceland, she started teaching aerial silks at “Erial pole” and performed in the interactive aerial silks show “Game on” with “Kría Aerial Arts” at Tjarnarbio theater. 

She is currently working in Reykjavik on her art, teaching aerial silks and on artistic projects with Krìa Aerial Arts. www.astridurart.com Ig - Fb: @astridurart

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Urður Ýrr is an aerial hoop artist who also dabbles in trapeze, silks, acrobatics and juggling. She has a background in gymnastics and dance and studies biostatistics during the daytime. In the air she has a preference for dynamics and twisty movements. She has taught aerial hoop at various institutions in Iceland and abroad and has performed with Hringleikur, Sirkus Ananas, Sirkus Íslands, Reykjavík Kabaret and toured performing circus arts internationally.

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