2019 Art Installations

2019 Man Pavilion

Chrysalis

by: Kerri Jonquil and Paulina Muñoz
from: Portland, OR
year: 2019

Performance at the Man Pavilion at 8pm on Sunday, August 25 and at 10am on Friday, August 30.

This years theme speaks directly to the shared experience of our creative path as artists which was inspired deeply by burning man. Our show will speak to this experience and the metamorphosis of two women who step forth and claim their creative feminine power, transforming in to their most empowered, authentic selves.

Cyclical Beauty

by: Jesse and Melissa Chapman, with music by Spencer H Corwin
from: Pérez Zeledón, San Jose, Costa Rica
year: 2019

Performance at the Man Pavilion at 10am on Tuesday, August 27, 2019.

A blend of solo and duo aerial and ground flow, this is a musical and visual story of cooperation and working alone, of meeting and separation. They meet and move, first on the ground, then in the air, first together, then alone, building in intensity and then sinking into clear, crystal dance, cycling thru different shades of experience, each with its own cyclical beauty.

Cyclical Stability

by: Spiral Cycles
from: New York City, NY
year: 2019

Performance at the Man Pavilion at 10am on Wednesday, August 28, 2019.

The themes we want to show and explore with this project are the discomfort of change vs the triumph of having evolved.
Music and costume changes would tell the story of struggle, pain, delight, satisfaction through this growth and development. Its very easy to look back in hindsight and just champion the amazing results left after a transformation has occurred however the actual process of transforming is often a messy, uncomfortable, vulnerable process full of uncertainty and struggle. Our goal is to show the rawness of this process in both its pain and its glory.
Ultimately the whole cycle of life, from birth to death, is one never ending process of continual transformation. We symbolize this cyclical process in the show as performers move in a circular pattern from earth to sky and back again. Winding up in the same place they started again and also arriving somewhere completely new simultaneously.

Drag King Show Grrrl

by: Emma Cat
from: London, England
year: 2019

Performance at 8pm on Sunday, August 25 and at 10pm on Friday, August 30, 2019.

Drag King Show Grrrl is a gender bending strip spectacle on aerial silks and corde lisse that examines and questions traditional gender notions!
I traditionally get cast as the sparkly show girl; tits, teeth and sparkles galore, but in recent years in my own personal performance work, I’ve been exploring the diametric opposite of this, performing as a Drag King (Bart Throb). I believe in deconstructing the gender binary, that gender expression should be fluid and it is exciting for me to explore the liberating contemporary metamorphosis of gender through cabaret and aerial.
In this piece, using costume, physical theatre, clowning, drag and aerial I will explore the extreme femme – the Showgirl, against the extreme masc – the Drag King. I’ll dress up and strip down as either character and the act concludes as I assimilate both archetypes.

E Pluribus Unum : Out of Many, One

by: Kelly Smith Cassidy
from: South Lake Tahoe, CA
year: 2019

E Pluribus Unum is a civic gift to the citizens of Black Rock City. It is a place to gather and be in community. Within the circular seating, ideas may percolate, laughter might ensue and relaxation can happen. It’s a place of possibility with you creating the magic.

Eda Begadix Floats

by: Salty Sand
from: Olympia, WA
year: 2019

Performance at the Man Pavilion at 10pm on Thursday, August 29, 2019.

My solo act is about Devastation, change and growth. This act is a metamorphosis. Music that pierces deep into the person watching.

Emergent Consonance

by: A Zel&Coz Production
from: Toronto, CA
year: 2019

Performance at the Man Pavilion at 10am on Thursday, August 29, 2019.

Emergent Consonance is a piece that aims to demonstrate how once we manage to tear down the walls we build around ourselves, human beings really aren’t that different from one another. The process of transformation isn’t always beautiful, as our performers will find out.

Music for this piece by Cosmin Negreanu and Samart
Photo by Adriana Ävilav

Eudæmonia

by: Hybrid Movement Company
from: Brooklyn, NY
year: 2019

Performance at the Man Pavilion at 8pm on Sunday, August 25 and at 10am on Friday, August 30, 2019

Eudæmonia is a Greek word that can be interpreted as “human flourishing”. In this performance we depict a lighter side of the passing and the afterworld, as if they were part of a dream, as if whatever happens after –despite everyone’s fears– will be luminous and magical. Sometimes we are like the blindfolded, oblivious to our surroundings, but there are moments of clarity that allow us to transcend our consciousness. In this show, the innocence of our spirits will help us take off on a weightless flight above the desert….

Grace Good Cirque

by: Grace Good
from: Nashville, TN
year: 2019

Performance will be at the Man Pavilion at 10pm on Thursday, August 29, 2019.

Hysteria Aerial Silks Act-
*Intention behind the act* Wildness, Feverish, Mania.. a roller coaster of emotions. This aerial act is intended to express the madness, thrill, and intimacy with the relationship we have with our art. The act starts off with dynamic movements that are intended to express *frenzy* or *madness*. Our minds can go crazy over wanting to show and express how we feel internal. It slows down to show off the intense desire for a relationship to express loneliness. The act ends with more dynamic movement expressing excitement, motivation and passion!

I’ll Take Care of You Act-
This act is a more personal routine. Intended to express the hurt, loss of trust, and loneliness of a loss.. and the journey of being true to yourself and building up your self empowerment. The act stars slow and sultry to express hurt and is intended to express confidence and self love by the end.

Healer Heal Thyself

by: Destination Desolation
from: Oregon and Oakland, CA
year: 2019

Performance at 10pm on Monday, August 26, 2019.

For the Burning Man 2019 Pavilion Performance, we are creating a series of dynamic aerial works, united by a shared story and theme of personal growth and transformation. These interconnected pieces explore and evoke the universal human experiences of bittersweet change, loss, conflict, and resolution. There are 5 performers, making up a series of acts, on a combination of aerial apparatus including silks, lyra (hoop), slings, rope and chains.

The piece explores themes of transformation in both positive and negative directions. We can change others for the better without seeing immediate change in ourselves. New perspective can make us leave or drive us to return. We take the lessons of a new location and new interactions and apply them back home, the same way we take the lessons and perspective of the desert back into the default world. We are transformed both by conflict and by cooperation.

Inner Compass>>>Tranzformation

by: $hredder and the Crystal Queer$
from: Oakland, CA
year: 2019

Performance at the Man Pavilion at 10pm on Monday, August 26, 2019.

After 17-years of participating in the Burning Man experience, $hredder is thrilled to have the opportunity to produce a live aerial art piece under the MAN! Burning man is a place that has cracked open society’s fears and limitations that hinder natural human magic. Here is where $hredder has learned about potential beyond belief, and how vital it is to follow passions in life, created by the heart and the powerful Inner Compass.
Now we present to you, $hredder and the Crystal Queer$, in a multi-media and multi-dimensional creation. Come witness a tranzformation like never before, with innovative ways of flying, feeling, expressing, honoring, celebrating, and morphing with Self Love and Acceptance.
We bring you:
Inner Compass>>> Tranzformation.”

Inner Core

by: Capacitor
from: San Francisco, CA
year: 2019

Performances at the Man Pavilion at 10am on Tuesday, August 27 and at 10am on Friday, August 30, 2019.

The Orb is five intersecting steel rings that create this shape that is so often repeated in nature. We think this classic piece of our repertoire would be framed perfectly in the arches under the man. It transforms depending on the performers we choose to inhabit it. We will be referencing the first law of Thermodynamics – “Energy can be transformed from one form to another, but can be neither created nor destroyed.” As the orb rotates, it spins passively and then is reinvigorated by each layer of self that exits the shape. First the layer of family is shed, then romantic love and then self. Like peeling an onion, each layer is shed until the only thing left is the vibrating inner core – empty and universal.

Lepidoptera

by: P. Canadensis
from: Edmonton, Canada
year: 2019

Performance at the Man Pavilion at 10pm on Wednesday, August 28, 2019.

This 5 act, 20-30 minute performance is an aural and visual journey of metamorphosis—exploring shifts from feminine to masculine, from asleep to awake, from life to death. A transformative musical score will be created to match the performance.

Life of A Butterfly

by: FIREnICE Entertainment
from: Orange County, CA
year: 2019

Performance at the Man Pavilion at 10pm on Tuesday, August 27, 2019.

3 Caterpillar aerialists (staggered every other point) are wrapped and birthed from eggs. They begin their performance rising in a lyra/hoop where they’ll perform a choreographed routine with symbolic bendy caterpillar moves and flexibility movement. As the caterpillars reach the cocoon performers, the cocoons start to rise and perform the next act. When the cocoon performer reaches the butterflies, the butterflies discover their wings and begin to learn to fly. They will rise into the air and fly with hand painted large silk wings in a routine that includes flipping forward and backwards and choreographed wing dance. As the butterflies come down they will be met with their “mate” butterfly partner who will dance, play, and fly together in a choreographed piece symbolizing their mating. This dance will end in the death of all coming to a close

Reflect / React

by: Zel Tyrant
from: Toronto, Canada
year: 2019

Performance at the Man Pavilion at 10pm on Tuesday, August 27, 2019.

I would like to create an aerial chains piece based on my own ongoing conflict between being a control freak and disliking change, and my knowledge that I stagnate without constant change. The Metamorphoses theme reminds me of my conscious efforts to recognize my habits of avoiding change and overcome those patterns.

Revolution: The Art of Rising Up

by: Brynne Campbell
from: Gilbert, AZ
year: 2019

Performance will be at the Man Pavilion at 10am on Wednesday, August 28, 2019.

The performance I’d like to do tells a story of a girl, growing into a young woman, and then emerging to find her voice as a grown woman. Her confidence grows as she grows and matures. The lyra/aerial hoop is my apparatus.

Rite of the Valkyries

by: Girlcott
from: Seattle, WA
year: 2019

Performance at the Man Pavilion at 10pm on Wednesday, August 28, 2019.

Our piece uses the classic Hero’s Journey, and is told from the perspective of the hero. We will use solo, duo, trio and entire ensemble to narrate the journey of the hero through dance, classical tableaus, and aerial circus artistry.

Sahasrara

by: Three Queens Circus
from: Phoenix, AZ
year: 2019

Performance at Man Pavilion at 10am on Tuesday, August 27, 2019.

A tribe of dusty burners approaches the man, creatures of the dust, dressed in shaggy browns and blacks with traditional burner accessories such as goggles and top hats. The sound of their drums is heard faintly at first, but it quickly grows louder until they fill the man pavilion with their primal energy.

Shedding Shadows

by: Em Zuckerman & Artists
from: Paris, France and San Francisco, CA
year: 2019

Performance at the Man Pavilion at 10pm on Friday, August 30, 2019.

Everyone is a child
the same child
in different permutations
reaching out
and curling in on itself
trying to examine its own belly button

There’s no more sun, but there’s you,
you have photons too, gleaming as the stars.

It’s the little things that keep it all from falling apart…
or falling together…
I forgot which.
Imploding glittery boom.

Tell me a story… Quickly! there’s no more time. I promise I’ll keep it safe. I’ve made a box inside my heart. To hold it. It’s special, made of wood, engraved with all the details of the world.

Do you remember spring’s first plunges into the lake? Swimming just after frost. Tingles through the body, skin pulsing.

Watching grandmother growing old, and I…
Goodbye?
somehow it will all be okay,
or at least it will be,
being is better than not being,
So it will all be. Okay?

Small Community Shelters

by: Benjamin Rowe
from: Oakland, CA
year: 2019

Out of the dust of the flat, dry desert, an oasis emerges. Plain as day, dry as a bone. Chattering voices in the shade. The sound of cloth billowing just overhead.
This collection of wooden structures will provide some shade and shelter but not enough that a dust-storm will go unnoticed. A community is at hand.

Take Me Home

by: Kirkasomania & Yael Deckelbaum
from: Tel Aviv, Israel
year: 2019

Performance at the Man Pavilion at 10pm on Tuesday, August 27, 2019.

The underlying theme is the metamorphosis from lost to found, from being adrift and alone to being united with a community (especially one with feminine energy) and ‘home.’ Five aerialists will start in separate spaces on unique elements. Slowly, as the music progresses, they will begin to notice each other and interact. The ultimate vision is to perform the transformation we go through as humans from being sad and alone to finding our place in a literal and figurative ‘home.’ Beyond this, we are all from different countries but make our home in Israel. As aerialists, burners and women, we share many common bonds. We want to share our hope for peace in Israel and Palestine by performing a number that ultimately shows the connections that are possible when people connect. These connections transform us. And this transformation — from hate to love and misunderstanding to acceptance — creates ‘home.’ By reaching that place physically, we can reach it emotionally.

TeeBeeDee

by: Vau de Vire Society
from: San Francisco, CA
year: 2019

Performance at the Man Pavilion at 8pm on Sunday, August 25 and at 10pm on Thursday, August 29, 2019.

All 6 arches are activated within our show. Transitioning from individual solos on their respective arches to a crescendo of all 6 arches and repelling face activated simultaneously in a visual bombardment. We’ll use the metamorphosis theme to present, “The life of an artist”…a metaphorical look at the commitment, sacrifice, transformation, evolution, deconstruction, reinvention and ebb/flow of what it means to dedicate your life to Art.

The Chrysalis

by: Vix Nolan
from: San Francisco, CA
year: 2019

Performance at the Man Pavilion at 10pm on Monday, August 26, 2019.

In change, we often easily recognize the “before” and the “after,” but what does the actual change itself look like? Sometimes scary, chaotic, and unrecognizable as one thing or the other, as it is not what it was before, but not yet what it is to become. We can overlook examine this process, but it is the sometimes monstrous, uncomfortable phase that leads us to the glorious breakthrough. It *is* metamorphosis.

My act is depicting the chrysalis itself; the change as it’s happening, the weird and awkward growing pain that we sometimes shun in the moment but are so grateful for after the growth has led us to wisdom and experience.

The Dahlias Transformation

by: The Dahlias
from: San Francisco, CA
year: 2019

Performance at the Man Pavilion at 10am on Thursday, August 29, 2019.

We have many ensemble acts that show the shifting and transformation of shapes, one of our favorite is the duo lyra. This act demonstrates and illustrates change and transformation, from slow moving compassionate movements, to dynamic transitions that are in sync, but also asynchronous. Our troupe came together exactly in this manner, we’ve all come from different walks of life, different circus experiences, but found commonality in the passion we have, and the passion we have for sharing, teaching, learning and collaborating with one another. The duo lyra is the first piece we’ve worked on together, and like us, it has also transformed and grown over the years. We’d love to perform this at Burning Man and share our passion for the community.

The Flight of Ataraxia

by: Sarah Patrinellis
from: Portland, OR and The Big Island, HI
year: 2019

Performance at the Man Pavilion at 10am on Wednesday, August 28, 2019.

Ataraxia (pronounced AT-uh-RAX-ee-yuh) is Greek for “undisturbed” or “untroubled.” It’s a kind of inner peace – the ability to remain calm despite fear, anger, sadness, or stress.

To travel the world alone is to experience all these emotions- light to heavy, real to surreal. Our journey is not measured by the circumstances we encounter, but how we choose to react.

“The Flight of Ataraxia” is a whole-hearted playa creation of aerialist, Sarah Patrinellis. She tells a story of her travels to vast inner and outer landscapes. Along the way she turns obstacles into opportunities, repression into expression, and stagnation into expansion and rebirth. As a Phoenix who rises from the ashes of her own limited disbelief, she grows wings.

Through Thick and Thin

by: Skytopia & Friends
from: Sonoma County and Bay Area, CA
year: 2019

Performance at the Man Pavilion at 10am on Thursday, August 29, 2019.

The work is also intended to represent the current growth of female energy coming to be a larger force in our world. Both of these things require perseverance through trials and tribulations. Needing to endure and band together when things are hard. As a community we can be patient and diligent, allowing synchronicity to emerge and bring each one of us to reach our full potential. People are currently experiencing disconnect from one another, as we all have to hustle so hard to keep a roof over our heads. We so often forget to turn to one another in times of need. This piece symbolizes how we must come together to find strength, breaking the illusion of necessary isolation, dissolving our doubts through connection with others.

Unlimited

by: Jem Alvarado
from: San Francisco, CA
year: 2019

Performance at the Man Pavilion at 10am on Monday, August 26, 2019.

The journey of living in the third dimensional and transforming to the fifth dimension. Start with hiding in fabrics and symbolizing being in stress and survival (fear mode) the transformation into fifth-dimensional being in the manifestation and creating the future filled with unlimited possibilities. From physical experience to internal spiritual experience. Going through facing fears, changing body and mind, and creating empowered shapes and experiences, lots of gravity-defying roll-ups, dynamic drops, flexible shapes with wings effects, and powerful, loving, and abundant energy.

We Rise

by: Reno Aerial Co-op
from: Reno, NV
year: 2019

Performance at the Man Pavilion at 10am on Monday, August 26, 2019.

We would create choreography and pieces that were special and specific to the Man Pavilion and the Burning Man’s theme this year: Metamorphoses. This would be a wonderful opportunity to display choreography showing the growth and change of our aerialists through motion and dance. We would love to create choreography that shows the growth of shapes and form through multiple performers and the use of bringing our bodies together to create a singular form. For our group, Burning Man is about growth and becoming one with the wonderful community we’re so blessed to be part of – that’s our vision that we would like to bring to the Man Pavilion this year.