Applause America

S1 E28 | FULL EPISODE

Jewish Internet Radio; Orlando Aerial Arts; Fishtank Theater

Jewish radio reaches younger generation on the internet in St. Louis; a tiny theater draws a big crowd in Kansas City.

AIRED: August 29, 2015 | 0:28:10
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
TRANSCRIPT

>> "APPLAUSE AMERICA" -- SHARING ARTS AND CULTURE FROM COAST TO

COAST.

THIS WEEK -- RADIO REACHES THE YOUNGER

GENERATION AND DELIVERS CULTURE.

>> IT MIGHT BE NOT EVEN THAT MUCH DIFFERENT THAN SOMEONE WHO

FEELS VERY CONNECTED TO ANY RELIGION THAT THEY'RE PART OF,

BUT I HAPPEN TO BE JEWISH.

HOST: KIDS FIND FOCUS IN HIP HOP.

>> WE REACH YOUNG PEOPLE, AND NOT SO YOUNG PEOPLE, THROUGH

CULTURES THAT THEY ARE CONNECTED TO.

HOST: A TINY THEATER DRAWS A BIG CROWD.

>> OF THIS BLOCK, IS IT INSPIRING?

AH, MAN, WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

HOST: AND THE ARTISTS OF THE SILK SOAR OVER HEAD.

>> IT TAKES THE BEST OF WHAT YOU DO ON THE GROUND AND YOU IN THE

AIR AND COMBINE MANY DIFFERENT ELEMENTS THAT MAKE IT AN ART

FORM ALL TO ITSELF.

HOST: IT'S ALL AHEAD ON THIS EDITION OF "APPLAUSE AMERICA."

>> SUPPORT FOR APPLAUSE AMERICA IS MADE POSSIBLE BY GRANTS FROM

A THE JOHN P. MURPHY FOUNDATION, THE KULAS FOUNDATION,

THE OHIO ARTS COUNCIL, THE DOMINION FOUNDATION,

AND BY CUYAHOGA COUNTY RESIDENTS, THROUGH CUYAHOGA ARTS

AND CULTURE.

>> THIS IS APPLAUSE AMERICA, SHARING ARTS AND CULTURE FROM

COAST TO COAST.

FIRST UP, WE MEET ST. LOUIS MUSICIAN RICK RECHT, THE CREATOR

OF JEWISH ROCK RADIO.

THIS 24-HOUR INTERNET STATION, FEATURING AN INTERNATIONAL

PLAYLIST OF JEWISH ARTISTS, AIMS TO HEIGHTEN A SENSE OF IDENTITY

AND PRIDE AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE.

JOIN US AS WE TAKE A LISTEN.

>> JEWISH ROCK IS THE FIRST HIGH-CALIBER 24/7 INTERNET

JEWISH ROCK RADIO STATION.

WE PLAY MUSIC FROM AMERICA, ISRAEL, AND REALLY ARTISTS FROM

ALL OVER THE WORLD.

BUT IN ADDITION TO THAT WE PLAY A VARIETY OF PROGRAMS ABOUT

ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN THE JEWISH WORLD FOR YOUTH AND YOUNG

ADULTS IN PARTICULAR.

IT'S VERY HARD TO LEARN ABOUT ALL THE COOL THINGS THAT WE'RE

DOING IN THE JEWISH WORLD WITHOUT A MASS COMMUNICATION

CHANNEL.

AND THAT'S WHY WE CREATED JEWISH ROCK RADIO.

THE IDEA OF JEWISH ROCK RADIO IS TO MEET PEOPLE WHERE THEY'RE AT.

SO WE'RE NOT TRYING TO DEFINE JUDAISM OR TO DEFINE WHERE

PEOPLE SHOULD BE OR WHAT THEY SHOULD DO, WE'RE JUST TRYING TO

PROVIDE A RESOURCE FOR THEM TO FEEL JEWISH AND TO FEEL MORE

EXCITED ABOUT BEING JEWISH AND TO LEARN MORE ABOUT WAYS AND

PROGRAMS THAT THEY CAN GET INVOLVED IN SO THAT THEY CAN

EXPERIENCE JUDAISM MORE DEEPLY.

♪ >> I'VE BEEN PLAYING JEWISH

MUSIC FOR MAYBE FIVE OR SIX YEARS, AND I REALIZE THAT I

WANTED TO HAVE A GLOBAL IMPACT IN THE JEWISH WORLD, AND THERE'S

ONLY SO MUCH THAT I CAN DO BY TOURING 150 DAYS A YEAR WITH MY

GUITAR AS AN ARTIST AND EDUCATOR.

>> ♪ >> AND WHILE I WAS DOING THAT I

STARTED LOOKING OVER AT THE CHRISTIAN WORLD, BECAUSE YOU

KNOW WITH ANY BUSINESS OF ANY VISION YOU WANT TO LOOK FOR

ANALOGUES, YOU WANT TO SEE A MODEL, YOU WANT TO SEE WHO'S

DOING IT WELL, AND THEN YOU WANT TO COPY IT.

[LAUGHTER] >> AND I SAW WHAT THE CHRISTIAN

WORLD IS DOING, AND THEY'RE JUST AMAZING AT HARNESSING MUSIC,

MEDIA, AND TECHNOLOGY TO STRENGTHEN CHRISTIAN IDENTITY.

AND I SAID YOU KNOW SOMETHING, WE NEED TO DO THIS.

AND THAT'S WHY I STARTED JEWISH ROCK RADIO.

I FELT THAT WE REALLY NEED A COMMUNICATION CHANNEL WHERE WE

USE MUSIC AS A WAY TO BRING IN THE EYES AND EARS, AND THEN WE

SHARE WITH THEM MESSAGING ABOUT THE JEWISH WORLD.

THE WAY WE PICK OUT OUR MUSIC IS WE HAVE A YOUTH ADVISORY BOARD,

WE HAVE YOUNG ADULTS AND YOUTH WHO LISTEN TO THE MUSIC THAT'S

SUBMITTED AND THEY PICK OUT THEIR FAVORITE.

>> ♪ I WILL REACH

I WILL INSPIRE A NEW STANDARD

CELEBRATE ♪

>> THE MUSIC THAT I COMPOSE IN THE JEWISH WORLD IS A

COMBINATION OF MUSIC THAT'S ORIGINAL LYRICS AND EVERYTHING,

ALL ORIGINAL MELODIES ET.

CETERA, AND ALSO SOMETIMES I'LL SET A LITURGY TO A NEW MELODY.

THE IDEA IS REALLY ULTIMATELY TO HELP PEOPLE THINK ABOUT OUR

HISTORY, OUR VALUE SYSTEM, OUR FUTURE, IN A WAY THAT'S RELEVANT

TO THEIR LIVES SO THAT IT CONTINUES TO BE MEANINGFUL TO

THEM.

BEING JEWISH TO ME IS REALLY A -- IT'S ABOUT UNDERSTANDING A

SET OF VALUES.

IT MIGHT NOT EVEN BE THAT MUCH DIFFERENT FROM SOMEONE THAT

FEELS VERY CONNECTED TO ANY RELIGION THAT THEY'RE PART OF.

BUT I HAPPEN TO BE JEWISH, AND I FEEL REALLY CONNECTED TO THE

WORDS AND THE THOUGHTS OF OUR ANCESTORS AND THE PRESENT TENSE

OF OUR CULTURE.

IT MEANS A LOT TO ME, I GREW UP THIS WAY, I LOVE IT, AND I WANT

TO BE A PART OF IT.

I WANT TO HELP CHANGE IT IN A POSITIVE WAY SO THAT MY

CHILDREN, AND MY CHILDREN'S CHILDREN WILL HAVE A REASON TO

BE JEWISH.

>> ♪ >> I TOUR AROUND TO JEWISH CAMPS

AND SYNAGOGUES AND ALL KINDS OF JEWISH INSTITUTIONS THROUGHOUT

THE YEAR, AND I'VE HAD AN AMAZING OPPORTUNITY, IN A BIRD'S

EYE VIEW IN A SENSE, TO EXPERIENCE ALL DIFFERENT AREAS

OF JEWISH LIFE, AND TO TALK WITH LITERALLY THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE

AND SEE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE ON THE GROUND AND TO SEE

WHAT'S INSPIRING THEM, WHAT'S EXCITING THEM ABOUT JEWISH LIFE,

AND ALSO WHAT'S NOT INSPIRING THEM, AND WHERE THEY'RE FINDING

THEIR IDENTITIES.

AND THEY ARE GETTING THEIR IDENTITIES, WHEN WE'RE TALKING

ABOUT YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS IN PARTICULAR, BUT FAMILIES ARE

GETTING THEIR IDEA -- IDENTITIES THROUGH MUSIC AND

MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGY, THEY'RE COMMUNICATING AND SHARING IN

THIS WAY.

AND IT IS SOMETHING THAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT TO ME THAT

JUDAISM STAYS, AND IT'S ALWAYS SOMETHING THAT'S RELEVANT AND

MEANINGFUL FOR PEOPLE.

AND IN ORDER FOR US TO DO THIS, AS THE JEWISH COMMUNITY, WE NEED

TO ENGAGE IN THESE TYPES OF COMMUNICATION SO THAT JEWS CAN

EXPERIENCE JEWISH LIFE THROUGH THE WAYS THAT THEY EXPERIENCE

THEIR SECULAR LIVES.

THAT THERE SHOULDN'T BE EXCUSES ATTACHED TO THE JEWISH WORLD,

THAT WE SHOULD HAVE JEWISH MUSIC, AND WE SHOULD HAVE JEWISH

RADIO, AND WE SHOULD HAVE JEWISH TV.

ULTIMATELY, THE GOAL IS THAT PEOPLE FEEL A CONNECTION NOT

WITH MY MUSIC BUT WITH EACH OTHER AND WITH THEMSELVES.

AND WHEN I SEE THAT HAPPEN, WHEN THEY FEEL MORE PROUD, MORE

CONNECTED TO BEING JEWISH AFTERWARDS, MISSION

ACCOMPLISHED.

>> ♪ HALLELUJAH HALLELUJAH

HALLELUJAH HALLELUJA

HALLELUJAH HALLELUJAH

HALLELUJAH ♪ HOST: FOR MORE, VISIT

RICKRECHT.COM.

AND NOW, HERE'S A LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK IN ARTS

HISTORY -- HOST: NEXT, WE DROP BY A

D.C.-BASED NON-PROFIT SEEKING TO TRANSFORM THE LIVES OF YOUNG

PEOPLE THROUGH HIP-HOP.

THE PROGRAM "WORDS, BEATS, & LIFE" HELPS PARTICIPANTS CHANNEL

THEIR CREATIVITY WHILE LEARNING ABOUT THEMSELVES.

WE SPEAK WITH THE FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR ABOUT THIS INSPIRING

INITIATIVE.

MUTAFA: IN FOUNDING WORDS, BEATS & LIFE, MYSELF AND 3 OTHER FOLKS

GOT TOGETHER, AND WE WANTED TO CREATE SOMETHING THAT WAS

DIFFERENT, SOMETHING THAT COULD ACTUALLY HAVE AN IMPACT THAT WAS

LASTING AND MEANINGFUL.

♪ >> I'M THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF

WORDS, BEATS & LIFE, WHICH IS A HIP-HOP NONPROFIT CREATED 13

YEARS AGO, UH, WHEN I GRADUATED FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND.

WE CHOSE HIP-HOP BECAUSE HIP-HOP HAS THE INHERENT ABILITY TO

EMPOWER AN ARTIST TO BE TRANSFORMED THROUGH COMMUNITY.

>> WHEN YOU HAVE, YOU KNOW, THE LIGHT COMING THROUGH ON SOMEONE.

>> AND I FEEL LIKE ONE OF THE THINGS I LOVE THE MOST ABOUT THE

USE OF HIP-HOP AS A YOUTH-DEVELOPMENT AND

COMMUNITY-TRANSFORMATION TOOL IS THE IDEA THAT INHERENT IN ALL OF

ITS PRACTICES IS THAT IF YOU ARE A MASTER ARTIST, YOU HAVE A

RESPONSIBILITY TO TEACH SOMEONE ELSE.

>> DIRECTLY IN FRONT OF YOUR SUBJECT, IT'S ESSENTIALLY

CALLED, LIKE, FLAT LIGHTING, ALL RIGHT?

>> OUR MISSION AS AN ORGANIZATION IS TO TRANSFORM

INDIVIDUAL LIVES AND WHOLE COMMUNITIES THROUGH THE

TEACHING, CONVENING, AND PRESENTING OF THE CORE ELEMENTS

OF HIP-HOP.

SO THE AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM IS REALLY THE LARGEST PART OF THE

TEACHING.

♪ >> THE IDEA IS THAT WE REACH

YOUNG PEOPLE AND NOT-SO-YOUNG PEOPLE, UH, THROUGH CULTURE THAT

THEY ARE CONNECTED TO WHERE THE AHA MOMENT THAT A YOUNG PERSON

HAS OR THE CONNECTION THAT THEY HAVE WITH A MENTOR CAN BE ON A

SET OF TURNTABLES OR IN THE MIDDLE OF A B-BOY CIRCLE OR OUT

ON A WALL PAINTING A MURAL BEAUTIFYING THEIR COMMUNITY.

IT'S SO MUCH ABOUT EXPERIENCE AND VALUING THE EXPERIENCES AND

THE THINGS THAT YOUNG PEOPLE ADD.

IT'S ABOUT CULTIVATING A COMMUNITY OF LEADERS AND ARTISTS

WHO UNDERSTAND THEIR CONNECTION AND RESPONSIBILITY TO USE THEIR

SKILLS AND TALENTS TO TRANSFORM THEIR LIVES AND THE COMMUNITIES

IN WHICH THEY LIVE.

>> WE DO THINGS LIKE HOST B-BOY JAMS WHERE WE ENCOURAGE ALL THE

B-BOYS AND B-GIRLS IN THAT CLASS, THE BREAK DANCERS, UM, TO

COMPETE.

ALI: IT IS -- IT'S A GREAT PLACE TO EXPRESS YOURSELF, REALLY,

LIKE, TO LEARN.

YOU GAIN DISCIPLINE AND KNOWLEDGE.

MAN: YOU KNOW, NOT JUST BIG, YOU KNOW, WITH THE BEAT.

SHIN: WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE BASEMENT IS, WE HAVE 3, UH,

B-BOYS, UM, FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY AND THE GLOBE, UH, WHO

ARE COMING TO DO, UH, ONE INDIVIDUAL WORKSHOP, UM, EACH,

AND, UH, ALL THE B-BOYS OF, LIKE, ALL AGES AND FROM, UM,

ANYWHERE ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND.

ALI: IF YOU HAD KIDS, YOU WOULD WANT THEM TO BE A PART OF THIS,

LIKE, LEGACY, THE DREAM TO JUST, LIKE, FREELY HAVE ANOTHER WAY

OUT OF A TOUGH AREA, AND YOU CAN GET, LIKE, AMAZING EXPOSURE FROM

THIS.

SHIN: IT'S A VERY KIND OF, UH, INCLUSIVE AND SUPPORTIVE SPACE,

AND, UM, YOU KNOW, I JUST LOVE IT.

I LOVE BEING IN THIS.

HOST: FOR MORE, VISIT WBLINC.ORG.

HOST: IN THE UPCOMING SEGMENT, WE DROP BY THE SMALLEST THEATER

IN KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI, IT SEATS JUST 50 PEOPLE!

BUT THE QUALITY OF WHAT TRANSPIRES IN THIS TINY SPACE

KEEPS VISITORS COMING BACK FOR MORE TIME AFTER TIME.

>> ♪ MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU, MY DEAR

LET'S SMOKE DOPE AND DRINK BEER

♪ >> FLAP!

FOR GOD'S SAKE, YOU CALL THAT FLAPPING?

WE'RE BEING FILMED.

>> DEODAND.

D-E-O-D-A-N-D, DEODAND.

>> DEODAND.

THESE AREN'T WORDS, THEY'RE FRAGMENTS.

[STOMPING RHYTHM AND VOCAL MELODY]

>> DON'T SING IT.

JUST YELL IT.

>> GO!

GO!

GO!

GO!

GO!

HEIDI: THE MISSION OF THE FISHTANK IS TO DEVELOP NEW WORK

FROM CONCEPT TO CONCERT BY PROVIDING A LOW-RISK, LOW-COST

ENVIRONMENT THAT NURTURES THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW WORK AND

INSPIRES THEATRICAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP.

BUT NOW I JUST SAY IT'S A PLACE TO CREATE, EDIT, AND DEBUT

IDEAS.

OR I SAY IT'S A SMALL, BLACK BOX THEATRE IN THE CROSSROADS THAT

PRESENTS CONTEMPORARY EXPERIMENTAL LIVE THEATRE.

>> THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH ADDING SOMETHING NEW TO THE

HOLIDAYS!

BUT TRADITIONS LAST BECAUSE THEY'RE FUN AND SILLY AND JUST

PLAIN COMFORTING.

IT'S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR, DON!

>> I FEEL LIKE IT'S IMPORTANT TO USE THE WORD "EXPERIMENTAL"

BECAUSE THINGS DONE AT THE FISHTANK ARE UNTESTED.

THEY ARE RAW.

THEY ARE THE FIRST, EITHER READING, THE FIRST PRODUCTION,

YOU KNOW, THE FIRST TIME ALL OF THESE COMPONENTS ARE WORKING AT

THE SAME TIME.

AND WE'RE BRINGING IN AUDIENCE TO SEE, LIKE, OKAY, DO THEY

UNDERSTAND WHAT'S HAPPENING?

HOW DO THEY INTERPRET IT?

YOU KNOW, BECAUSE THEATRE'S FOR AN AUDIENCE.

YOU KNOW?

EVERYTHING'S FOR AN AUDIENCE.

RIGHT?

RANDY: RIGHT, INCLUDING A CERTAIN WINDOW ON WYANDOTTE

STREET.

THANKS TO HEIDI'S TRAINING AT COMMEDIA DELL'ARTE IN CALIFORNIA

AND ITS EMPHASIS ON BODILY EXPRESSION, THIS VERY SMALL

STAGE FRAMED THE FIRST FISHTANK PRODUCTION IN 2009 AND NUMEROUS

OTHERS SINCE.

HEIDI: IT'S KIND OF LIKE AN EXPERIENCE.

IT'S LIKE A THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE TO SIT IN THE STREET

AND WATCH A PLAY IN A WINDOW.

LIKE, THAT'S CRAZY.

AND IT -- AND MAKES ME A LITTLE NERVOUS.

ALL OF THE WINDOW PLAYS ARE SILENT.

I DO HAVE THE ABILITY TO MIC ACTORS WIRELESSLY AND HAVE SOUND

PROJECTED OUTSIDE, BUT FROM MY TRAINING IN PHYSICAL THEATRE, I

FIND THAT THE PHYSICAL VOCABULARY IS UNLIMITED, AND

ALSO, TO EXECUTE IT REALLY WELL, YOU HAVE TO WORK AT IT.

AND I LIKE WORKING.

I LIKE WORKING THAT HARD.

[INDISTINCT CHATTER] >> THE WINDOW IS AN OPPORTUNITY

FOR ME TO HAVE A THREE-DIMENSIONAL CANVAS IN

WHICH I USE BODIES AND SPACE AS ONE WOULD USE PAINT OR A WORD.

RANDY: IF THE GROUND FLOOR IS ALL ABOUT THE FISHTANK, THE

SECOND STORY AND IS BUILDING OWNED BY DAVID FORD MIGHT NOW BE

CALLED THE AQUARIUM.

WHAT BEGAN LIFE AS A YOGA STUDIO IS NOW POISED TO PLAY A MAJOR

ROLE IN MAKING HEIDI'S OPERATION MORE EFFICIENT AND ECONOMICALLY

VIABLE.

HEIDI: THIS ROOM, ESPECIALLY, THERE'S MANY DIFFERENT THEATRE

COMPANIES THAT NEED A REHEARSAL HALL, AND THIS IS A REHEARSAL

HALL.

THIS HAS A MIRROR.

IT WILL HAVE A PIANO.

IT HAS A BATHROOM AND A SHOWER AND A BEDROOM.

[UPBEAT MUSIC] HEIDI: AND YOU'RE RIGHT AROUND

THE CORNER FROM YJ'S, AND YOU'RE RIGHT DOWN THE STREET FROM THE

KAUFFMAN PERFORMING ARTS CENTER.

AND YOU'RE, LIKE, IN THE EPICENTER OF, LIKE, ALL THE

CREATIVE PEOPLE IN TOWN.

LIKE, IF THIS BLOCK ISN'T INSPIRING, OH, MAN, WHAT ARE YOU

DOING?

RANDY: THIS NEW AND IMPROVED PHYSICAL PLANT ALSO INCLUDES

SOME OFFICE SPACE, WHICH HEIDI REFERS TO TO AS HER WHITE ROOM.

SHE SHARES IT WITH PEREGRINE HONIG, WHOSE BIRDIES SHOP IS

ALSO JUST AROUND THE CORNER AND WHOSE DOG BEIGNET HAS NEVER MET

A CAMERA HE DIDN'T LIKE.

IT'S TO HEAR THAT HEIDI RETREATS TO ASSEMBLE THE PIECES OF A PLAY

SHE'S BUILDING WITH STUDENTS FROM A CLASS AT UMKC CALLED

THEATRE INTENSIVE.

LIKE LAST FALL'S "DEATH BY SHAKESPEARE," THE CLASS IS GIVEN

A GENRE AND FOUR WEEKS TO CREATE A SHOW WITHIN IT.

THIS SEMESTER, IT'S THE AMERICAN MUSICAL.

HEIDI: I WENT TO COLLEGE TO BE AN ATHLETE, AND SO, LIKE, MY

APPROACH TO THEATRE IS VERY ATHLETIC AND TEAM-MINDED.

IT'S LIKE, WE HAVE A LEADER, AND WE ALL KNOW THE PLAY, AND WE ALL

PRACTICE THE PLAY, YOU KNOW?

BUT GAME TIME, JUST BE ON YOUR TOES.

SOME PEOPLE THINK YOU HAVE TO DIG AND MANUFACTURE AND THAT.

BUT IT'S JUST LIKE -- JUST BE IN THE MOMENT.

JUST BE READY.

TRAIN YOUR BODY TO GET THERE QUICKER AND FASTER SO THAT YOU

CAN REACT AND RESPOND.

LIKE, I DON'T LIKE WHEN THINGS ARE SO PRESCRIBED AND SO, LIKE,

"I'M AN ACTOR, AND I'M DOING MY ACTOR VOICE."

AND I'M LIKE, "AH!

NOBODY WANTS TO SEE THAT."

LIKE, WE WANT TO SEE CONVERSATIONS

THIS IS MY GRANDMOTHER.

HEIDI: AND WE WANT TO SEE INSPIRED STORYTELLING.

>> YOU SAID THIS WOULD BE SAFE!

>> WELL, IT IS SAFE!

>> LOOK AT THE TOWER'S BASE.

WE PILED UP DRY LEAVES.

>> DRY LEAVES?

>> THERE WILL BE A SLIGHT DELAY.

RANDY: AMONG OTHER THINGS, THE STEADY GROWTH OF KANSAS CITY'S

FRINGE FESTIVAL IN RECENT SUMMERS HAS SPAWNED A SURGE OF

NEW PLAYS AND PEOPLE EXCITED ABOUT SEEING THEM.

THAT IN TURN MEANS MORE PLACES IN WHICH TO DEVELOP AND PERFORM

THEM, EVEN IF THEY'RE ONLY 800 SQUARE FEET.

HEIDI: IT'S A THEATRE LAB WHERE WE DO THEATRE EXPERIMENTS.

I HAVE WHAT I NEED TO MAKE THIS PLAY LOOK AND FEEL LIKE A PLAY

YOU WOULD SEE AT A LARGER, ESTABLISHED VENUE WITH A 40-YEAR

HISTORY.

I HAVE THOSE THINGS.

>> OH, THAT'S JUST THE TRUTH OF THE BODY, NOT THE TRUTH OF THE

SPIRIT.

HEIDI: I DON'T HAVE NOR STRIVE TO HAVE MORE THAN I CAN MANAGE.

WITH JUST ONE PERSON STEERING THE SHIP, I THINK THIS IS --

THIS IS WHAT I CAN MANAGE.

[WHISTLE BLOWS] HEIDI: ONE DAY, I WILL GET A JOB

WHERE SOMEONE OFFERS ME A SALARY BECAUSE OF WHAT I DID WITH A

TINY ROOM IN THIS BUILDING AND WHAT I CREATED AND HOW I MADE IT

SUSTAINABLE AND PRODUCTIVE AND RELEVANT.

[BOTH] I HAVE A DREAM FOR CHRISTMAS

TIME.

I'LL SPEND MY TIME WITH YOU.

HOST: ON OUR NEXT EDITION -- I CREATE MY OWN OBJECTS AND TELL

MY STORY.

>> IT JUST GOT BETTER AND BETTER.

WHAT IT IS TODAY IS 17 YEARS OLD.

>> THE MATERIALS TAKE WHERE THINGS WILL GO AT OVERALL LOOK

WILL BE.

MORE OF A COLLABORATION.

HOST: IT IS COMING UP ON THE NEXT EDITION OF "APPLAUSE

AMERICA."

HOST: FOR OUR FINAL SEGMENT, WE MEET THE ARTISTS OF THE SILK --

AERIAL ARTISTS, WHO SWING HIGH OVER HEAD IN SEEMINGLY

EFFORTLESS, UNDOUBTEDLY GRACEFUL MOVEMENTS.

SURELY, THEY DON'T SUFFER FROM A FEAR OF HEIGHTS -- OR DO THEY?

WE FIND OUT NEXT.

>> ♪ >> AERIAL ARTISTRY REALLY IS

DANCING IN THE AIR.

IT REALLY COMBINES MANY DIFFERENT THINGS -- STRENGTH,

FLEXIBILITY, BUT REALLY YOU HAVE A LOT OF FREEDOM TO DANCE ON THE

GROUND, TAKE IT INTO THE AIR, IT'S A FEELING LIKE NO OTHER.

>> ♪ >> AERIAL ARTS AS AN ART HAS

REALLY MORPHED THROUGH THE YEARS.

YOU REALLY ONLY KNEW IT BY BARNUM & BAILEY, SO YOU'D SEE

THE ICONIC VISION OF THE FLYING TRAPEZE, AND THEN CIRQUE DE

SOLEIL ENTERED AND REALLY CHANGED THE ART FORM.

AND NOW IT'S REALLY BECOME MAINSTREAM, YOU USED TO SEND

YOUR KIDS TO DANCE CLASSES, AND NOW AERIAL ARTS IS AN OPTION,

AND IT REALLY, LIKE I SAID, TAKES THE BEST OF WHAT YOU DO ON

THE GROUND AND YOU GO IN THE AIR AND COMBINE MANY DIFFERENT

ELEMENTS THAT MAKES IT AN ART FORM ALL TO ITSELF.

>> FROM A YOUNG AGE I KNEW I WANTED TO BE A PERFORMER.

AND I REMEMBER I HAD A SWING SET OUTSIDE, AND MY DAD TOOK A TWO

BY FOUR AND MADE A BALANCE BEAM AND I WAS INSPIRED BY THIS

FLYING CAT AND THIS TIGHTROPE ARTIST FROM JUMBO CIRCUS, AND I

WANTED TO BE A LILY.

FROM THERE, THERE WAS NOT REALLY CIRCUS ARTS AVAILABLE TO ME, SO

MY PARENTS PUT ME IN DANCE, AND I FOUND MY PASSION.

I REALLY HAD DREAMS OF GOING OUT ON THE HIGH SEAS.

MY FAMILY, WE ALWAYS WENT ON CRUISES FOR VACATIONS, AND WHILE

I WAS CRUISING WHEN I WAS YOUNGER I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO

MEET SOME OF THE DANCERS, AND IT WAS REALLY INSPIRED BY THEIR

SHOWS IN PARTICULAR.

IN MY CAREER I GOT TO USE EVERY ART FORM THAT I LEARNED IN

DANCE, BUT I GOT TO SEE THE WORLD, AND GOT TO GRACE MANY,

MANY BEAUTIFUL STAGES.

MY TRANSITION FROM MY CAREER FROM BEING A DANCER TO AN AERIAL

ARTIST WAS PRETTY SIMPLE.

THE FEELING OF FIRST TAKING FLIGHT, IT WAS MAGICAL.

I LOVED IT, I WAS HOOKED INSTANTLY.

I DON'T WANT TO SAY IT WAS AN ADRENALINE RUSH, BECAUSE I'M

PRETTY GROUNDED AS A PERSON, BUT IT WAS --

IT HAD A DIFFERENT FEELING ARTISTICALLY.

IT'S ONE OF THE BEAUTIFUL THINGS OF BEING A FREELANCE ARTIST, IS

YOU GET TO CREATE A WORK OF ART THAT YOU THEN GET TO SHARE WITH

DIFFERENT TYPES OF PEOPLE AND GET TO TOUCH DIFFERENT LIVES,

AND GET TO HEAR TO THE OOHS AND AAHS AND GASPS OF WHAT MAKES

AERIAL ART SPECIAL.

♪ >> AS MY CAREER HAS TRANSITIONED FROM DANCER TO ONLY

PERFORMING ARTIST TO NOW OWNING A STUDIO AND BEING A MENTOR TO

FUTURE ARTISTS, IT'S BEEN AN AMAZING JOURNEY.

I STEP INTO THE STUDIO AND I SEE PEOPLE SO EAGER TO LEARN.

WE HAVE A FEW DIFFERENT TYPES OF STUDENTS THAT WE DO WORK WITH.

WE HAVE THE PEOPLE THAT JUST COME IN AND WANT SOMETHING

DIFFERENT, THEY WANT TO GET FIT, AND THEN WE HAVE THE ASPIRING

ARTIST WHO I DEFINITELY RECOGNIZE MYSELF IN.

I SEE THE SAME BURNING PASSION THAT THEY GO "I WANT TO DO

THIS," AND I GO, "OKAY, ALRIGHT, LET'S MAKE YOUR DREAM A

REALITY."

IT'S THE ENERGY, AND THE YES, I WANT YOU TO PRETEND THAT THERE'S

NOT EVEN A CEILING, THAT YOU'RE LOOKING UP, AND MAYBE THAT YOUR

PIECE IS SET SOMEWHERE THAT YOU'RE OUTDOORS, AND THERE'S

BEAUTIFUL WHITE CLOUDS AROUND YOU.

SO DON'T THINK THAT YOU'RE IN A STUDIO.

IT COULD BE A THEATER, WHEREVER IT'S GOING TO HELP YOU

COMMUNICATE, SO UP YOU GO.

STUDENT: FOR ME, IT'S MY THING, LIKE OTHER PEOPLE IT'S THE

RELEASE OF YOUR EMOTIONS, AND LIKE KIND OF THAT ONE MOMENT IN

YOUR LIFE WHERE YOU CAN KIND OF LET EVERYTHING GO, SO WHEN I'M

UP THERE, IT'S JUST LIKE LETTING THAT STUFF GO AND IT'S LIKE WHEN

YOU'RE UP THERE EVERYTHING ELSE DISAPPEARS AND YOU'RE JUST IN

THE AIR.

>> AND UP AND OVER.

BREATHE OUT.

READY?

AND, EYES UP!

STUDENT: I STARTED HERE ABOUT THREE YEARS AGO, AND I

ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT, I JUST FELL IN LOVE WITH IT IMMEDIATELY.

I HAD THE BEST TIME, SO I JOINED, AND I DO LOTS OF CLASSES

NOW, AND I ABSOLUTELY ENJOY EVERY MINUTE OF IT.

>> IN SOME WAYS YOU JUST BECOME PART OF YOUR OWN WORLD, IT'S

JUST YOU, AND THE SILK.

IT'S TERRIFYING SOMETIMES, BUT MOSTLY EXHILARATING, IT'S JUST

AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE.

>> FEEL A LONG LINE BETWEEN YOUR FINGERTIP, AND YOUR TOE.

WHEN YOU LET GO AT THE BACK I WANT YOU TO THINK UP AND OVER,

AND BREATHE OUT.

NOT BAD.

WITH AERIAL ARTS YOU HAVE THE STRENGTH YOU HAVE TO HAVE, YOU

NEED FLEXIBILITY, BUT I LIKE TO FIND THE ARTIST WITHIN THAT

INDIVIDUAL PERSON, WHAT MAKES THEM SPECIAL, HOW ARE THEY GOING

TO BE THE NEXT GENERATION OF ARTISTS THAT ARE GOING TO GO OUT

THERE AND THRIVE AND ENTERTAIN EVERYONE OUT THERE.

IF YOU CAN GO UP BY YOUR BODY, REALLY EXTEND DOWN, OUT, REACH

WITH YOUR FINGERTIPS, COME BACK OVER TAKE YOUR GLANCE AROUND

YOUR SHOULDER, TOSS.

YOU PUT ME ON STAGE, AND IT IS WHERE MY HEART IS.

PERFORMING FOR ME, IS AS SIMPLE AS BREATHING.

IT'S BEEN MY PASSION SINCE I WAS A CHILD.

>> GOING INTO THE AIR AND PERFORMING, EVERY TIME I LOVE

THE OPPORTUNITY, IT TRULY IS WHO I AM, AND I COULDN'T IMAGINE

DOING ANYTHING ELSE.

HOST: FOR MORE VISIT ORLANDOAERIALARTS.COM.

HOST: FOR MORE ARTS AND CULTURE, VISIT APPLAUSE.IDEASTREAM.ORG

ALSO, TUNE IN THURSDAY NIGHTS AT 7:30 FOR THE LATEST ABOUT THE

NORTHEAST OHIO ARTS SCENE, ON WVIZ'S EMMY-AWARD-WINNNING

PROGRAM "APPLAUSE."

AND EACH MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY AT 2:00 AND 10:00 P.M., LISTEN

FOR THE LATEST ARTS AND CULTURE STORIES FROM OUR AREA, ON THE

SOUND OF APPLAUSE ON 90.3, WCPN, IDEASTREAM.

THAT WRAPS IT UP FOR THIS EDITION OF "APPLAUSE AMERICA."

THANK YOU FOR WATCHING.

♪ >> SUPPORT FOR APPLAUSE AMERICA

IS MADE POSSIBLE BY GRANTS FROM THE JOHN P. MURPHY FOUNDATION,

THE KULAS FOUNDATION, AND CUYAHOGA ARTS AND CULTURE.

STREAM APPLAUSE AMERICA ON

  • ios
  • apple_tv
  • android
  • roku
  • firetv