Many dance companies approach ballet from a modern angle. Caroline Calouche prefers a more perpendicular one. When the stage is not enough space for her visions of macabre masquerade balls or surreal dreamscapes, she takes to the air above it, outfitted with a cirque's worth of aerial harnesses and accouterments. Her dancers are just as likely to pirouette down a 20-foot skein of golden silk as across a hardwood floor. Pairs of lovers might hang precariously from the frame of a hollow cube or perform a gravity-defying pas de deux on the double lyra—their suspension above the earth either an expression of freedom or a prison of their own making. Like identifying an elderly smoker's gender over the phone, the airborne element leaves plenty of room for interpretation.
By marrying the storytelling ability of floor-bound choreography with the gravity-defying tricks of circus arts, Caroline Calouche & Co. unleashes the full potential of aerial dance. The company's productions are free to venture to strange new places. For example, in past shows, women have risen from their graves to haunt their murderous husbands. Likewise, the sounds of Moby and Blue Man Group are more likely to be heard than Debussy.
Audience members who want to plqy the ropes and silks for themselves can learn to do so during the dance company's aerial-dance classes, along with a tight curriculum of ballet, contemporary, and stretching and strengthening courses. For all its global influences and aerial showmanship, Caroline Calouche & Co. keeps its feet rooted in the local community with outreach programs for all ages, ethnicities, and social groups.
Signature service: Gallery, Gift Shop and Ceramic Studio
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 2?4 hours
Pro Tip: Be ready to get dirty. and bring your choice of beverage and snacks for creativity breaks.
Sometimes it's all about the little things in life. What supplemental courtesies do you include with your main services to leave clients with a smile on their face?
Olive's makes sure that every piece made is as successfully as possible. The instructor provides individual attention as much as possible, giving the customer the confidence to complete a piece of artwork they will be proud of.
What's one tip for first-time customers that will make them feel like regulars?
Wear comfortable clothing that you do not care about. The products wash out, but black really shows the clay dust. You may be standing while working, so wear comfortable shoes.
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
I worked in advertising and graphic arts since the age of 18, soon moving towards the printing industry as a color specialist. Becoming a mom pushed me more in fine arts, first painting, then the past 15 years working in ceramics. It started with a weekly class to unwind from dealing with my wonderful children. It turns out that working with clay is natural for me. I enjoy three dimensional works, but I also enjoy painting from time to time.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
You may think that your are not artistic or creative, but Olive's is here to show you that you are. Everyone has the ability to create in "the puddle" at Olive's.
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