On Assignment | Aerial Silks at LSU | 225

Ashley Geig, an LSU alum, practices with the Physical Theatre Club at their weekly meeting on Wednesday, September 14, 2011, inside the LSU Music and Dramatic Arts Building. Club members helped one another and practiced their aerial skills on the silks. (Photo by Erin Parker / 225)

Ashley Geig, an LSU alum, practices with the Physical Theatre Club at their weekly meeting on Wednesday, September 14, 2011, inside the LSU Music and Dramatic Arts Building. Club members helped one another and practiced their aerial skills on the silks. (Photo by Erin Parker / 225)

Before I attended a Physical Theatre Club practice, I had never heard of or even imagined what the members of that club do on a weekly (and sometimes, daily) basis. Sure, there’s Cirque du Soleil, but it never clicked in my mind that those performers had to learn their art somewhere. And that some probably got their start in a college classroom.

That’s what they do in the LSU Music and Dramatic Arts Building.

And it’s not just dance and theatre majors trying out the silks.

I was fascinated throughout the practice, pondering the kind of strength it took to get to the top of the silks, let alone the strength it took to move with the silks, giving the impression to viewers down below that the aerialist is flying.

Not only was my hour there inspirational, but it was also beautiful, visually, and I’d like to think that the photographs I made during that time capture what the aerial silks are all about.

Chia-Wen Hsu practices with the Physical Theatre Club at their weekly meeting on Wednesday, September 14, 2011, inside the LSU Music and Dramatic Arts Building. Club members helped one another and practiced their aerial skills on the silks. (Photo by Erin Parker / 225)

Chia-Wen Hsu practices with the Physical Theatre Club at their weekly meeting on Wednesday, September 14, 2011, inside the LSU Music and Dramatic Arts Building. (Photo by Erin Parker / 225)

 

To learn more about the Physical Theatre Club and what they do, read Jeff Roedel’s article Hanging by a Thread.

For tickets and information about the group’s next performance, entitled Dante, visit the LSU Theatre website. The group is performing twice nightly from March 27 through April 6.

To learn about the new professional aerial silk performance troupe, visit Bel Vol’s Facebook page.

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