Christy Sanford’s Entangled heart

The aerial acrobat explores emotional release through her latest Fringe show.

Grim Photography

August 30 and September 7, 7:30pm
Studio in Essence, 1535 Dresden Row #203, pwyc

Christy Sanford takes our emotions to new heights in Entangled.

The spine-twisting, gravity-defying, award-winning Sanford—also known by her punny stage name SpiraLynn—is an aerial acrobat who spends a lot of time dangling high above her audiences.

She has tons of local performance cred: she's wowed crowds at Evolve and Future Forest, and she's staged quite a few Fringe shows; last year's Time Flies involved an aerial hoop and a tricky white rabbit. 

When Sanford's not performing, she can be found teaching at Studio In Essence, the Halifax fitness centre she opened in 2004. 

"It's my happy oasis and that of many others," says Sanford.

But that doesn't mean the work she does is easy. It's physically and emotionally demanding. 

"I have experienced sudden tears as I finally stretched my hip flexor out," she explains. "Other times the release creates energy and relief and freedom." 

Sanford was inspired by her experiences of emotional release. She gathered a talented troupe of aerial acrobats, pitched her idea, and they got to work. 

"This developed into each of us choosing a different emotion that we connected with to portray," says Sanford.

Sanford and the other aerialists portray emotions trapped in a physical body, and the physical body—its connective tissues—is represented by a tangled network of aerial silks: Long layers of colourful fabric rigged from high ceilings. The aerialists climb the suspended fabric and perform tricks: they contort, drop and spin.

Sanford says she hopes audiences "will be inspired by our landscape of emotional aerial acrobatics."

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