A pioneer in vertical performance, BANDALOOP honors nature, community, and the human spirit through perspective-bending dance. Performing complex, compelling choreography suspended from climbing ropes, the company defies traditional definitions of dance and changes the audience’s perspective of gravity to amazing effect. Turning the dance floor on its side, BANDALOOP has performed the world over, activating public spaces and communities around the globe.
The company’s newest work, “Strings,” is an indoor vertical dance performance combined with an outdoor activation that premiered in Fall 2017 at The University of Washington’s Meany Hall in Seattle, who commissioned the work, and will celebrate its European premiere at MÜPA Budapest in 2019.
Featuring a dynamic original score by London-based composer, producer, DJ Gabriel Prokofiev, BANDALOOP Founder & Artistic Director Amelia Rudolph has created her most provocative work to date, utilizing the talents of her closest vertical dance collaborators.
The rope becomes a character within the piece, an emotional manifestation that seeks to represent the ways people anchor to, connect with, effect, restrain and release one another. Poignant and timely, “Strings” examines human connections within the current global political landscape of deep divides, exploring the human condition and the innate sensibilities we all share.
BANDALOOP honors nature, community, and the human spirit through perspective-bending dance. A pioneer in vertical performance, BANDALOOP seamlessly weaves dynamic physicality, intricate choreography, and the art of climbing to turn the dance floor on its side. Under the artistic direction of Amelia Rudolph, the work re-imagines dance, activates public spaces, and inspires wonder and imagination in audiences around the world.
BANDALOOP performs in theaters and museums, on skyscrapers, bridges, billboards and historical sites, in atriums and convention halls, in nature on cliffs, and on screen. Community is a pillar of the dance company’s work and they regularly offer courses for students and adults in Oakland, as well as lectures and corporate team building workshops worldwide.
Among BANDALOOP’s vertical dancefloors are the New York Stock Exchange, the LIC Building (Delhi), the Space Needle, IBM Headquarters Brazil, the National Museum (Singapore), the Campanile Tower at The Venetian Macau, UNESCO sites, Yosemite’s El Capitan, and the Sundial Bridge at Turtle Bay (California). The dance company headlines at festivals and grand openings celebrating new structures and public spaces, including the Virgin Galactic Spaceport, Los Angeles City Hall for the launch of Grand Park, the IFC Tower in Seoul, and Hermès Beverly Hills.
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