AscenDance Project - This Wall Climbing Dance Show integrates the technical precision and strength of climbing with expressive movement and music to create a new kind of aerial performance on a vertical stage.
By isolating and simply understanding the movements of climbing, AscenDance Project creates choreographed/synchronized climbing -- a dance on the wall to the rhythm of music. A climber's body moves through several different positions when traveling across the wall. Technical movements in the climbing world referred to as "drop-knees, heel-hooks, toe-hooks, dynos, lock-offs, straight-arm hangs, high-steps etc." help the dancers move with ease and grace. Using their strength most efficiently AscenDance Project seems to be smooth and rapid without effort. For the performers, a climbing wall offers more terrain to explore. For the audience it presents an interesting perspective.
With the production of a dance-climb show, AscenDance Project hopes to bring together climbers, dancers, artists, musicians, and an audience that can appreciate a fusion of these elements, whether at a climbing competition or a theatrical setting. The wall is a portable structure that attaches to a standard scaffolding rig or other fixture. It can be stablized by attachment to four 55-gallon drums which are filled with water (1800 pounds). Its compact modular construction enables it to be easily transported in a medium size truck or van. The group has a second wall with identical dimensions that is permanently installed in their studio. Dimensions: 24 feet wide, 12 feet tall. The overhang in the center is 4 feet deep, making for a total of 12 feet depth when attached to a scaffolding rig. The surface of the wall is covered by approximately 150 holds produced from a custom mold by Nicros.
"AscenDance Project is in the midst of defining an art form and all the vocabulary therein. She has, in fact, created a choreographer's dream."
--Donald K. Atwood, World Dance Reviews
"On behalf of the ROADSHO team I'd like to thank you and the other members of AscenDance Project for being part of our events. Your pieces were truly breathtaking and added an extra element of surprise to the evening events. Thanks for working so diligently with us to make sure it was a stellar production."
--Brynne Cortez, Roadsho Productions