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Rope Masterclass at The Island, Bristol

Rope Masterclass with Alex Allan

LEVEL: Intermediate/Advanced – Participants should feel confident with a range of beats, flares and release manoeuvres.

DATE: 16 & 17th June 2018: 11am-2pm

PLACE: The Island, Bristol

PRICE: £100 (for 6 hours of Workshop)

RESERVATION: lrmurphymail@gmail.com (limited space)

This master class series has been designed to give participants a new perspective on the creation of contemporary rope work. Students will not only learn a new vocabulary of momentum-based skills but will learn them as part of larger phrases of choreography. In these workshops, skills will be explored as transitions and technique will be implemented to create a quality of movement that is fluid, seamless and powerful. C-shape pathways will also be used in these transitions and as a means moving efficiently up and down the rope in rotational movements.

In these workshops we will also focus on connecting to the floor. Students will learn original floor choreography and different ways of engaging with the rope on the ground created by Alex. Participants will also be given a variety of transitions onto and off of the rope resulting in a new insight into creating work that is not restricted to the air but can move organically between both the floor and the air.


From Sydney, Australia, Alex Allan is an internationally recognized aerial rope artist and coach. After completing a Bachelor of Communications (Theatre/Media) at CSU, Australia, he was accepted into San Francisco Circus Center’s – Professional Aerial Program. Since graduating, Alex has had the pleasure of working with companies such as Teatro Zin Zanni, Cirque Dreams, Acrobatic Conundrum, Zaccho Dance Theatre and Bad Mar Mar Dance Company as well as travelling the world teaching his rope technique.

As a coach, Alex places a strong emphasis on mastering technique and efficient movement pathways. With his knowledge of anatomy and kinesiology, Alex is able to work with his students to develop a deep understanding of integrated, full-bodied with the goal of performing skills with grace and ease.

Influenced by his diverse educational background, Alex thrives on the creation of new, unique forms of physical performance. Believing that the body has the power to convey that which words cannot, his work commonly explores themes of human existence in the modern world.


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