Blue Lapis Light Creates Mesmerizing Performances with Edge of Grace

The aerial show speaks to shared human experience and the power of compassion

By Holly Cowart
Photos by Earl Mcgehee
Blue Lapis Light

Every once in a blue moon, something special happens in the sky over Austin: Aerial dancers from Blue Lapis Light take to the city’s most iconic structures to create mesmerizing acts that blend organic movement with urban landscape.

Founded in 2005 by Artistic Director Sally Jacques, the nonprofit teaches aerial classes to all ages, works with outreach programs like Youth Taking Flight and hosts site-specific performances at historic and unique destinations, including the Seaholm Power Plant and the Long Center. However this year they’re staying close to home, welcoming guests to their three-acre property in South Austin for another exquisite production.

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Titled Edge of Grace, the troupe will synchronistically glide across multi-level scaffolding accompanied by light and sound, finding ways to connect throughout the difficult terrain. Offering moments of both awe and awareness, the movements transcend theater to form a timely message reflective of our shared human experience and the power of compassion. “Edge of Grace is about exploring spaces between edges, seeking a way to move in and around challenging surfaces,” explains Jacques. “Similarly to life, when unexpected and unfamiliar events occur, we find ways to navigate through them seeking spiritual guidance and support.”

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The shows will take place at 8 p.m. on October 13–17 and 20–24 at Blue Lapis Light Studio, with face masks required and limited seating of 175 guests per night. Proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test within 3 days of attendance will also be needed upon arrival.


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