Now & Then: A Spiritual Journey by Youth Taking Flight
December 3, 2016 8pm
AISD Performing Arts Center, 1500 Barbara Jordan Blvd, Austin, TX 78723
Youth Taking Flight is a collaborative dance program for teens from local social service organizations. Blue Lapis Light and students from Austin Children’s Shelter meet twice a week during a semester to an create original dance performance with music, movement, and aerial dance.
We are so excited to welcome special guests Ballet Afrique Youth Dance Ensemble who will be joining us for this performance. Ballet Afrique is a contemporary dance company that employs a synthesis of ballet, modern, and African traditional movement to articulate the human condition and spirit through the unbounded art form of dance. Working against stereotypes and misconceptions of African-American culture, the concept of Ballet Afrique was born in 2008 to offer East Austin youth an opportunity to experience the richness of their own culture through the arts alongside other beautiful cultures represented in Austin.
Please join us for this very special show. If you go to no other show this year, come to this one and make a memory of a lifetime for some very special children.
Refuge at the Boyd Vance Theater in the Carver Museum
November 17-19 8pm
Blue Lapis Light’s Student Showcase features aerial dance works created for and by students. Blue Lapis Light and our students will present Refuge at the Boyd Vance Theater in the Carver Museum Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, November 17.18. & 19. Doors at 7:30pm Show at 8:00pm.
Over an 8 week period our students have contributed their strength, grace, and artistry in lending to the creation ofRefuge. During this time students not only learn new skills and techniques of aerial dance, but they learn how to commit to performing and how to share their artistic voice. While watching this show you will more than likely experience the feelings of: excitement, awe, thrill, passion, bliss, hope, and so much more!
This is a popular event and tickets often sell out. We suggest purchasing online in advance for a discounted price of $12/Regular Seat and $25/Prime Seat. Prime Seats are two rows in the middle of the Theater with the best view. No seat numbers are assigned- tickets are open by section.
Tickets will be available at the door for $15/Regular Seat and $28/Prime Seat. Light refreshments will be served at intermission, with a suggested donation for drinks. Cash and Credit Cards are accepted.
June 13-17 9pm, June 18 9pm
There is a presence, an energy that vibrates through all of life, a field of Light connecting us to stars, planets, this earth, animals, and to one another.
Blue Lapis Light’s Artistic Director, Sally Jacques, recounts one experience of this Light:
“When I was a teenager I hitchhiked throughout Europe. One night I was dropped off in a village in France in the mountains. It was late so I wandered around until I found a field laid down and went to sleep. When I awoke I was lying next to a field of wild red poppies, which was next to a field of strawberries and green peas. The early morning sun was radiating rainbow colored sheaths of light over the fields and village. It was breathtaking. Radiance is about this Light, this Light that is within each of us.”
The staging of this transcendent work will include performing on the Long Center’s terrace, ring and columns, as well as the making of two “celestial harps.” These “harps” will be created by connecting the columns with multi-level steel cables, allowing dancers to move across and ‘play’ notes as the mic’ed cables capture the sounds of their feet. These 20 x 30 foot “harps” will be located at both ends of the terrace.
May 4th, 8pm
Free Preview May 3rd, 8pm
One World Theatre, 7701 Bee Cave Rd.
Blue Lapis Light presents Youth Taking Flight to Neverland, an aerial dance inspired by the story of Peter Pan, a boy who never grows up and flies into endless adventures. This is a whimsical and heart-warming version of Peter Pan’s tale told by our Youth Taking Flight students.
Youth Taking Flight is an aerial dance program where students collaboratively create original performances using aerial silks and story-telling through dance. This semester we tell the story of Peter Pan’s encounters with mermaids, pirates, parents and much more. We hope you join us at the One World Theatre (7701 Bee Cave Rd) for this special event!
Thursday, January 7th, 2016, 8pm
Friday, January 8th, 2016, 8pm
Blue Lapis Light’s Student Showcase features aerial dance works created for and by students, culminating in our fourth annual Student Showcase, Within and Beyond in the Boyd Vance Theater at the Carver Museum.
Our students and staff continually collaborate, creating dances that reflect the mood and skills of on-going aerial classes at Blue Lapis Light. The student showcase gives voice to a variety of expression as up to 14 aerial dances are included in this show. Students learn about the preparation of performing and the commitment of sharing their artistic voices. We watching this show prepare to experience joy, excitement, nervousness, thrill, passion, bliss, hope, and so much more!
Indiegogo Campaign Launch Party
Saturday, December 5th, 2015, 5pm – 8pm
Join the BLL community in our new Studio for a rare screening of one of our most celebrated performances- 2006’s Requiem. You’ll learn more about our next innovative site dance work, Radiance, at the Long Center in 2016 and have the opportunity to contribute to our Indiegogo campaign (with special perks).
September 16th- 20th and 24th- 27th, 2015
Save the date! BLL will stage a large-scale aerial performance on our property in South Austin this September in conjunction with the Grand Opening of our new Studio and our 10 year anniversary. This new work will feature multiple dancers on a 48 foot wide x 25 foot high scaffold with a custom designed wall and rope structure.
May 31st 2015, 7pm
Blue Lapis students and studio are beautiful works in progress. We warmly welcome you to a student showcase in our new studio. This performance features the inspiring passion and commitment we see everyday in our students and community. Featuring new works by our silks students and pieces created for our Youth Taking Flight program, we gather together, sharing our love of community and aerial artistry.
April 24th, 2015 at 9pm
You’re invited to join us at the Immerse and Emerge weekend- The Salado Arts Experience, Friday April 24 at 9pm. BLL’s performance will be held on the grounds of the Inn On the Creek, in creek side grove with 100 year old trees, aerial silks and poles. Make a weekend of it and enjoy the charming Village of Salado’s full schedule of events, including live stone carving and culinary tastings!
December 12th & 13th, 2014
Our student showcase is an incredible culmination of enthusiasm for aerial dance. We present as many as 15 pieces, ranging from funny to fierce, witty to whimsical. Students and staff collaborate in creating dances to express the many moods and facets of aerial performance. The final program includes original student works, faculty choreography, and collaborative class choreography. We hope you will join us at the Boyd Vance Theatre (1165 Angelina St.) for this special event! Tickets will be $15 and available online starting 11/12/14.
View Past Performances
Blue Lapis Light has transformed numerous sites throughout Austin, Texas into ephemeral works of beauty. Photos, videos, reviews and behind the scenes footage are available from these past events.