Robert Abrams: What is your role in the show?
Karen Fuhrman: Artistic Director
RA: Have you collaborated with anyone to create your PIFA presentation?
KF: Always! My technical director, Aaron Verdery and I discuss different options based on creative impulses and messages, the of the turn of the century French theme, physics…and how to mesh the vision with constraints of gravity.
RA: Who have you collaborated with to create your PIFA presentation?
KF: Jay Wahl, Elieen Harris (both of Kimmel Center), Technical Director- Aaron Verdery, and all my dancer/aerialists …as the process develops, we collaborate through out!
RA: What has this collaboration allowed you to achieve that would not have been possible without it?
KF: Utilizing our best traits. We simply couldn't do it with out each other.
RA: In your art that you are presenting at PIFA, what is unexpected?
KF: My oh my. We are on the side of a 90 foot wall! We toy with different ideas of perspective. Bringing the audience to a world where gravity alters- or might not even exist at all.
RA: What is "new" about the art you are presenting at PIFA?
KF: Grounded Aerial is in equal parts a combination of theater, aerial and dance. I believe this is new. I usually say, "Come for the spectacle, stay for the story."
RA: What is the connection between your show at PIFA and Paris between 1910 and 1920?
KF: the transitory energy. Like a train station….or current day airport feeling… The new era of movement and excitement is the feeling that I focused on. Also-the music and costumes echo this theme.
RA: If audience members were seeing your PIFA show for the second time, what should they pay special attention to in order to enhance their appreciation of your art?
KF: only one night! April 7th!! 10:00 pm!!
RA: Does your art have an activist message?
KF: not an activist message- more just the message to be able to shift perspective…that ability makes it all more interesting…
RA: Do you work with schools or children?
KF: all types (adults and children) and any level.
RA: Please describe your educational work.
KF: elementary schools, universities, professional workshops, circus schools, dance conservatories, theater schools…and "non dancers"
RA: What else would you like people who are thinking about purchasing a ticket to your show to know about your art?
KF: About Insectinside the last week of April. See Groundedaerial.com
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