AEROS: Breathtaking Athleticism and Choreography from Champion Gymnasts
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The last date listed for AEROS was Saturday February 9, 2008 / 7:00pm.
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“The flying, vaulting, flipping, cartwheeling maneuvers are indeed awesome.” —_Los Angeles Times _
“There is something inevitably beautiful about AEROS, and also something very exciting.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“Consistently exciting and beautiful, cleverly put together with alternating grace and bounce.” —Chicago Tribune
“A mix of humor, eritocism, sculptural experimentation and hard-core muscularity… AEROS gymnasts soar.” —Chicago Sun Times
“Fueled by the pulsating score, the full ensemble leaps and flips its way into an impressive display of physical virtuosity.” —Daily Variety
World-renowned contemporary choreographers Daniel Ezralow, David Parsons and Moses Pendleton, in collaboration with Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas, creators of the percussion/theatre sensation STOMP_, have joined forces with athletes from the Romanian Gymnastics Federation and created a soaring evening of entertainment. As a challenge to the law of gravity and binding the physical power of a team of ranked athletes with the creative genius of these remarkable individuals, "AEROS _":http://www.aeros.org/index.htmlis truly unique and the first in its genre.
The genesis of _AEROS _came about in 1997 when a multi-national company, looking for a novel event, contacted Antonio Gnecchi of AGR Associati in Milan. His brainchild was to bring gymnasts into the creative world of the performing arts, having them work with Ezralow, Parsons and Pendleton. That experience ignited the idea to create a permanent group that would perform exciting new shows and spotlight performers who offer a stupefying demonstration of muscular strength, equilibrium and harmony.
In 1999, Gnecchi and Columbia Artists, one of the producers of STOMP, went together to Bucharest, Romania to meet with Adrian Stoica, General Secretary of The Romanian Gymnastics Federation, with a proposal to create _AEROS _- the world’s first performing arts project for a national gymnastics team. Stoica embraced the concept and Gnecchi and Luckacovic set out to secure the creative team who would develop _AEROS_’ first project. With new work by Ezralow, Parsons and Pendleton, in collaboration with Cresswell and McNicholas who also oversaw the creation of an original score by TTG Music Lab, which will be performed live, everyone was ready to launch AEROS. Creative work began on September 11, 2000 at the University of Florida in Gainesville.
The athletes who comprise this unusual performance troupe range in age from 19 to 26. Five are World Champions in Artistic, Rhythmic and Sports Aerobics, while the others are European Champions. It was quite a feat to convince the sports directors at the Federation, hungry for gold medals, that they were not losing their prized athletes. On the contrary, the gymnasts who comprise _AEROS _remain active in world competitions and the combination of rehearsals, performances, training and competition brings an added dimension to their athletic talents.
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