The 10th annual open-air aerial festival returns to the open air

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Look skyward on August 7 to see the magic and wonder of aerial acrobatics and dance, as Open Space presents the 10th edition of its much-loved outdoor open-air aerial festival.

Performers for the show, at 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 7, will include internationally touring artists, local aerobaticists and aviation students from Vashon’s own UMO School of Physical Arts.

The lineup features gravity-defying acts by Cherie Carson of the UpSwing Aerial Dance Company and Terry Crane and Julane Hall of Acrobatic Conundrum.

The event also features island favorites from UMO Ensemble and UMO School. Since 1989, UMO Ensemble has toured the world, bringing Vashon-based art to communities around the world. Over the years, UMO has expanded from the original and tight-knit ensemble team to include a family of multidisciplinary associate artists. Island artists include Elizabeth Klob, Arlette Moody, Janet McAlpin, Martha Enson, Esther Edelman, Lynelle Sjoberg and David Godsey.

In addition to booming professionals, the festival will feature students from the UMO School of Physical Arts. Located at Open Space, the UMO school continues the tradition of physical theater by educating young people on the island in areas such as parkour, aerial and circus.

The day’s festivities begin with the music group Vashon Croaker, playing acoustic music influenced by jazz, Cajun music and klezmer music. This seasoned quartet includes Steve Meyer on bass, Kim Thal on violin, Eric Frith on guitar and banjo, and Andre Sapp on mandolin and guitar.

Admission is by donation, with a suggested donation of $ 15, but no one will be refused for lack of funds. Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket and the whole family, but please leave pets at home. Tours are welcome, but first visit OpenSpaceVashon.com to RSVP.


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