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Join us and over 30 stilters from around the globe at Global Stilt Congress. A two week stilt intensive, an opportunity to develop your stilting talent and broaden your community connections. Learn Carpetbag Brigade Acrobatic Stilts, Wisefool Aerial Stilts and Brooklyn Jumbies Afro-Carribean Dance Stilts, Contact Improvisation, Butoh, Axis Syllabus and much more... perform in the Arco-Tsunami Festivalshare your stilting experiences and moves, learn from teachers who are pushing the form and most importantly be apart of the evolution of Stilting.

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The Arco*Tsunami festival is a two weekend festival of open air and site responsive performance at Arcosanti, Arizona just under an hour north of Phoenix, Arizona.


Hosted by The Carpetbag Brigade Physical Theater company the Arco*Tsunami festival integrates the pioneering edge of acrobatic stilts with ensemble theater practice.


October 10 
*For all Global Stilt Congress Participants - this event is free

Performances from 

Carpetbag Brigade
Callings by The Carpetbag Brigade
Wise Fool 
With a special performance from Phoenix stilt group the  Sky Kissers

October 17 
*For all Global Stilt Congress Participants attending the second week (composition week) of GSC you will be performing in this event


5:00pm - Global Stilt Congress participants create a site responsive performance on stilts that travels throughout the grounds of Arcosanti. An exciting mix of stilt performers from around the world with a fusion of acrobatic stilts, axis syllabus stilts, afro-carribean stilts, contact improvisation stilts, aerial stilts and butoh stilts.

Join us to complete the evening, dancing the night away with a  

Interested in performing? Attend Global Stilt Congress

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Enjoy both shows for $50

Leading into Arco-Tsunami, the Carpetbag Brigade will be hosting the Symposium of Spectacle Based Drama



*For all Global Stilt Congress Participants - this event is free

The Symposium of Spectacle Based Drama integrates Artists, Academics and Students to explore the creative process and impact of spectacle based drama in contemporary society. 

The day kicks off with a complimentary stilt classes at beginner and intermediate levels taught by Global Stilt Congress artists. 

An interactive workshop exploring the process of Architectural Composition in improvisation and performance facilitated by Global Stilt Congress artists.
Rachel Bowditch,  Head of MFA in Performance in the School of Film, Dance and Theatre in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at ASU hosts a panel discussion on the Dimensions of Spectacle Based Drama.

Work demonstrations featuring Global Stilt Congress artists will oc
cur where they show the training and techniques in their work.

The keynote address of the day to open the Arco*Tsunami Festival, delivered by Laura Anderson Barbata addresses Transcommunality and Collaborations beyond Borders. 

Group Discount Rates Available & Encouraged!

Tickets available online today at Brown Paper Tickets

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TECHNIQUE WEEK .... 6 training classes

October 4 - 6
October 7 - 9
with Dan Bear Davis & Kristen Greco

The Axis Syllabus is a system for cross-correlating movement principles, bringing pertinent information about training the body and movement practice into an accessible format, a user's manual for dancers, athletes and physiotherapists. This consolidation process has helped to clear up misunderstandings and question traditions that are outdated, sponsoring the protection and enhancing the skills of today's dancers and athletes, and the re-education of movement teachers, choreographers and project leaders the world over.

Kristen Greco was one of the original members of The Carpetbag Brigade involved in developing their acrobatic stiltwalking vocabulary. Danbear Davis is a certified Axis Syllabus teacher. Together they will share their unique research mixing Axis Syllabus and Stilts at Global Stilt Congress 2015.

In thisworkshop we look at stilts as extensions of our lines in aerial work.Spinning, swinging, and flying, we explore the multitude of ways that stilts leave the ground. We partner both on and off stilts, using aerial apparatus to take choreography into the air. 

For aerialists this is a chance to see how stilts can add to your lines and extensions, and how the length and weight of your stilts can create more challenges and opportunities for your aerial work. 
For stilt walkers, this is a chance to take your stilt work into a new dimension. 
Alessandra Ogren is  Co-Founder, Co-Artistic Director of Wise Fool and  has been passionately teaching, performing and creating opportunities for others to enjoy the arts of circus, puppetry and theatre for ove r 17 years.
with Ali Sylvester & Najja Codrington of BROOKLYN JUMBIES

Ali and Najja are the founding members of the Brooklyn Jumbies. They have transformed their cultural roots of african and caribbean dance traditions onto stilts.  "People without a culture is like a tree without roots." Our culture has been systematically taken away from us. The

Brooklyn Jumbies has made it one of their goals to help revive knowledge, respect and pride in our traditions. They firmly believe that planting these seeds in the minds, hearts and spirit of the youth and the public is one of the keys to empowerment and self-determination for our people.

At Global Stilt Congress the Jumbies will be teaching their traditional approach to stilts for participants to explore.

Christopher Mankowski's creative research explores liminal spaces between cultures, bodies and psyches and how art as ritual can create open dialogue between both our internal and external borders.
Butoh  is a form of Japanese dance theatre that encompasses a diverse range of activities, techniques and motivations for  dance , performance, or movement. 
Christopher has studied butoh and ritual throughout Japan, Mexico and the US, performs with The Carpetbag Brigade and is the International Coordinator for Diego Piñón.

Carpetbag Brigade is distinct for its Acrobatic stilt vocabulary. At Global Stilt Congress Helen & Alicia will be teaching this exquisite technique and exploring new acrobatic forms through partner lifts, hand balancing and ground descents.
Helen Goodrum is at the forefront of the development of acrobatic stilt walking having contributed to its growth and continues to bring innovative development through her teachings, training, collaboration and performance. 
Alicia Gerstein has stilted with Bread and Puppet and Nemcatacoa Teatro before joining Carpetbag Brigade in their production of 'Callings'.
with Jay Ruby of

Jay Ruby will be teaching contact stilts, which exists as a laboratory in the context of Global Stilt Congress to expand the form and vocabulary of the work. Jay has been directing Carpetbag Brigade for 17 years and evolving the craft of acrobatic stilts since 2001.
Contact Improvisation is a dance form, originated by American choreographer Steve Paxton in 1972, based on the communication between two or more moving bodies that are in physical contact and their combined relationship to the physical laws that govern their motion-gravity, momentum, inertia.
This year's contact stilts will be exploring lifts with quartets and quintets. 


COMPOSITION WEEK - October 12 - 17

In Composition week guest directors apply the material created during Technique week and elaborate a site responsive pathway using the architecture of Arcosanti to inspire us. Composition week concludes in a public presentation of 'The Legislation' passed by the Global Stilt Congress. This will be performed at the Arco-Tsunami Festival on October 17.

   A daily warm up will be taught by Kelly Keenan.
Incrementally Defeating Gravity with Dance

Over the course of an hour these warm-ups intend to bring the Global Stilters to incrementally meet and beat the forces of gravity. Beginning with surrender to gravity and sensory awakening propositions participants will be lead, with articulation and grace, to more dynamic activity. These warm-ups will draw from the Axis Syllabus, improvisational, somatic and partnering practices. It'll be luscious and it'll be fun. 

Kelly Keenan is a Montreal based dance artist and teacher. Kelly has collaborated in dance-making projects with Kira Kirsch, Adam Kinner, Maria Kefirova and Catherine Lavoie-Marcus and has been seen in the works of k.g. Guttman, Lynda Gaudreau, Francesca Pedulla, Sasha Kleinplatz among others. Kelly teaches contemporary technique at Concordia University's Dance Department and frequently leads professional level workshops in Montreal, further abroad in Canada and internationally. Kelly has been reputed for her involvement with the Axis Syllabus International Research community as a teacher from 2006-2015 and as co-director of the North American Nomadic College 2012-2015. Kelly is the organizer of Montreal Movement Educator's Forum and on the board of directors for Studio 303- dedicated to presenting and supporting dance and interdisciplinary performance in Montreal. 

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Global Stilt Congress 2014 - Technique week and performance


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