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It’s Finally Here!
Aerial Animation has just opened the door to a world of possibility. We now have our very own freestanding aerial rig. This means we can perform just about anywhere!
Complete with aerial rigging, projector and screen we are now ready to share our story with a whole new audience. We will be able to perform at fairs, festivals, schools, hospitals and private parties. I’m excited to see where we go!
We tested the waters with a performance for Feral Change at American Steel Studios in our hometown of Oakland, CA. Between the fashion show “cat walk” and the tasty local Napa Valley wine, the fundraiser was a great success raising money and finding new homes for several furry felines.
The grand appearance of the rig enticed the attendees to stick around and see what was in store. We ended the night with a well-received performance and felt warmly welcomed into a new community of talented artists and creators.
I would like to give a shout out to the awesome crew who volunteered their time and strength to help setup the rig for the first time. Check out the photos we took from our practice run. Standing 19ft 4in tall it was no small task to learn the ropes of setting up and taking down this baby. Now that we are familiar with every nut and bolt it will only get smoother and smoother. Thank you!
Can we get a drum roll please? Ladies and gentlemen Aerial Animation would like to introduce, Cheetah Platt. He’s strapping, lively and has the eye of a true creative artist.
Thanks to our exposure through America’s Got Talent, Aerial Animation is opening new doors. Things are happening fast and with all the new opportunities I need more porters to perform with in 2015. My dear friend, Rain Anya Willson of the Paper Doll Militia, introduced Cheetah to me as a possible great fit for our team.
Cheetah is the owner and founder of Aerial Essentials, a L.A. based company that provides rigging and equipment for all your circus needs. When they are not running their business, he and his wife train hand-to-hand with an awesome community of acrobats. In October of 2014 I took a trip down to Los Angeles to join him for some fun in the sun.
The Original Muscle Beach in Santa Monica, California is known for gymnastics, adagio training and performances. Dating back to the 1930’s circus performers have gathered there to train and show off their skills. Cheetah and I spent a few days there testing the waters and had a great time. I met some new faces and played with old friends at JJ’s Gym. By the time I left L.A. I knew Cheetah would be a great fit for Aerial Animation.
A few weeks later, Cheetah flew up to the Bay Area to do some more intensive training at Kinetic Arts Center in Oakland, CA with me and the animation. We worked hard and got our skills performance-polished. Then we booked our flights to perform at Cirque Du Chevron in Houston, TX.
Cheetah is currently off enjoying a three-month honeymoon with is new wife. I wish the two of them all the best and hope they have a fantastic time. I am sure that Cheetah and Aerial Animation will have many adventures when he returns.