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Our most popular show of the year....the magic of aerial dance under the stars, with never before seen aerial apparatus! Don't miss it!

Art In the Dark is coming August 22-25 (@ 8:30pm each night)!!! 

Art in the Dark is A-WOL Dance Collective's signature summer show and our fans tells us it's their favorite of our season. Why? It is an absolutely one-of-a-kind magical show set in an outdoor theater in a grove of pine trees. Performers are suspended from the treetops in a display of stunning feats of aerial dance while you sit under the stars on a warm summer night, enjoying our show in a gorgeous natural setting. 

(Set in the Mary S. Young State Park in West Linn, OR, it looks a little bit like this....)

Photo courtesy of Beth Olson Creative
Photo courtesy of Beth Olson Creative

Always pushing our artistic boundaries, and those of aerial dance, this summer's show will feature brand new custom-made apparatus that are specially made for this very show. We've worked with local metalsmiths to commission a one-of-a-kind pieces, like the mysterious Chandelier. Art In the Dark will feature this apparatus and more--new chairs! flying poles!--as part of this summer's creative endeavors.  

We invite you to join us; help us create our original presentation, this summer's edition of Art In the Dark...."One Shy of Ten: The Intangible Dimension!" 

Intriguing, eerie, and mysterious: A-WOL leads audiences down a path into the absurd, the unbelievable, and the incredible. Reminiscent of a black and white, science-fiction, fantasy television show in the 60’s, this year's Art in the Dark production weaves together 4 story-lines each rich with perfect balance of mystery, suspense, and quirkiness to delight audiences of all ages! 

Think you've got it all figured out?  Watch out (and up!) for the twists on the trapeze, flips on the fabric, pivots on the poles, swings on the chandelier, and careening of the chairs…. 

You may be left second-guessing what is real and what is not! A-WOL's Art in the Dark annual performance is a fantastical, illuminated, full-length, production set in a unique and rare outdoor theater style setting. 

Please help us FLY so we can continue bringing you AERIAL WITHOUT LIMITS. 

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Transforming a park into a theater-in-the-round is no small feat! Setting up a complete outdoor theater experience is an expensive endeavor, but worth it because our fans LOVE this show and our audience is growing every year.

We rig from trees and hang apparatus which takes a qualified professional, not to mention a burly scissor lift that can navigate the terrain, to get our rigger 40 feet up into the treetops. Safe rigging requires yards and yards of strong metal cables, crimps to hold it in place, and carabiners galore.

We spend many hours of labor building stages and risers for seating. Four beautiful stages give us ample room to perform, and with seating on all sides of the stages, there is not a bad view in the "house". Our stages and risers are brought in piece by piece and assembled on site.

And where would we be without lights?! A nighttime show requires quality lighting, for ambience, and to enjoy the visual spectacle that is aerial. There is no cutting costs on this front, and we are fortunate to work with one of the best lighting designers on the West Coast.

Then there are costumes...this year's vintage-inspired theme will require new costuming. We reuse what we can from prior shows and do much of the design and sewing ourselves, but incurring some expense on this front is inevitable. And with 16 performers, this gets pricey fast!

No matter what, the show must go on! A-WOL has successfully been producing original shows for 10 years and has mastered the art of creating a high quality aerial show on a modest budget. We are committed to keeping our ticket prices affordable so everyone can experience the magic and beauty of Art In the Dark and we have expanded our seating this year due to sellouts at last year's show. Unfortunately, ticket sales alone do NOT cover the entire cost of production. We are actively pursuing funding on other fronts and working with vendors to keep our budget as lean and mean as possible, but we need your help!

We are confident our show will sell out, as it has in past years. Our single biggest threat is that we will not raise enough funds to pay our dancers what their time and energy is worth. There is no cutting corners in providing you, the audience, with a premium experience. But when all is said and done, dancers only get compensated for a small fraction of the time, talent, and energy they put into our shows. Without fair pay, it is difficult to attract and retain world class aerialists.

FAQ

  • August 22-25. Doors open at 7:30, show starts at 8:30.

    Art In the Dark takes place in beautiful Mary S. Young Park, 128 acres of forest and trails, in West Linn OR (about 20 minutes south of Portland).

    Shuttle service availably by Cascadia Cruiser party bus from our North Portland Warehouse Theater to West Linn and back. Bus leaves promptly at 7.

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