Becoming an acrobat is a more poised method of defying gravity than riding on an astronaut's back or repeating everything Isaac Newton says in a falsetto voice. Enjoy elegant defiance with this GrouponLive deal to see Emerald City Trapeze Arts' “7 Birds of Fire” at the Aerialdrome. For $17, you get one general-admission ticket on Friday, June 29, from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. (a $35 value).
As evening stretches into the early morning hours, onlookers gasp as graceful figures tumble to earth in a slow-motion plunge and aerial daredevils show their mastery of the flying trapeze. LED strobe lights and electronic dance music ricochet around them as strong legs twist and spin down billowing swaths of deep-red fabric like a spider expanding its web. In performing these aerial feats, guest artist Eve Diamond joins Emerald City's own flyers in the spectacle that is the “7 Birds of Fire” circus show and dance party.
The beauty and athleticism of the circus arts swing through a seven-hour celebration of movement and music. Three-piece outfit Surrealized creates compelling textures with a blend of electronic beats, samples, and live drums, guitar, and other instruments. L.A. electropop duo Electric Valentine throws further fuel onto the dance floor with Top 40-ready beats spiked with cheeky attitude, exemplified by the single "Everyone You Know Is on Drugs."
The 11,000-square-foot Aerialdrome, Emerald City’s home space, began life as the Seattle Foundry, where steelworkers transported ingots via trapeze. With a soaring ceiling of exposed old-growth beams and steel cranes, the venue maintains a half-rustic, half-industrial charm that can beguile up to 800 guests.
Emerald City Trapeze Arts
Once upon a time, the Canal Boiler Works building in SODO housed Seattle's blacksmiths, who spent their days harnessing the power of fire and steel. Today, the building is still around, but its tenants tap into a different kind of power. Beneath a wood-beam ceiling, the aerialists of Emerald City Trapeze Arts fly through a 20,000 square foot studio, learning classic circus and trapeze skills from instructors with decades of experience. During aerial arts classes, students engage with silks, hoops, and ropes suspended in midair, mastering artful, fluid motions while simultaneously boosting their strength and coordination. Trapeze classes take things even higher; the studio's full-sized trapeze rig towers 30 feet in the air, recreating the thrills of big-top flips for beginners and seasoned aerialists alike. The space also invites students to try their hands at several other classic apparatus, including Trampoline and Cyr Wheel.
Although the air is their natural habitat, Emerald City Trapeze Arts' instructors teach earthbound classes, as well. Tumbling classes unlock youngsters' inner acrobats with cartwheels and somersaults, while pole fitness classes introduce the tricks and transitions needed to develop a full dance routine.