While Mumbai has been privy to numerous music and dance festivals, this weekend it will see a festival of a different kind. Sitara studios known for its high ceilings and spacious complex will be converted into a playground as an aerial movement festival – Airplay - will take place. Participants will not only learn hip-hop and tutting from the Terence Lewis Dance Academy, but can also work with aerial silk ropes, try their hand at slack-lining, wall-climbing and Capoeira. "As the name suggests, Airplay is a fitness and dance festival centred around aerial dancing and acrobatics. In keeping with the anti-gravity theme, there will also be an artificial rock climbing wall, slack-lines, flying harnesses and martial arts like Capoeira that involve significant movement off the ground. Food, beverages and music will be especially curated around the theme of fitness. So don't expect samosas, burgers or Kenny G," says Shubhangi Swarup, festival organiser. Further, there is no age limit or health restrictions for participants , so anyone can take part.
"The number of people interested in aerial silk exceeds the number of aerial silk instructors in town, plus there is a scarcity of spaces to learn this form," explains Shruti Jasani, a senior aerial dance teacher. Aerial acts have gained popularity due to Bollywood and dance reality shows. "Everyone who is a dance enthusiast is keen to explore it, considering aerial silk is one of the simplest to learn and relatively easy to perform. The purpose of such a festival is to primarily create a community of likeminded people who want to explore fitness oriented activities through a dance/adventure medium," says Avishkar Tendle, managing director Natura, an organiser.
WHEN & WHERE: May 17 and 18, 12 noon - 10 pm, Sitara Studio, Dadar, bookmyevent.com - Rs 670 per session