Aloft Circus Arts
Aloft Circus Arts is a collective of aerialists constructing stories to be performed in the sky.
Aloft Circus Arts is a collective of earth-bound aerial and circus artists who have chosen to express themselves vertically as well as horizontally, and without regard to gravity. Aloft reveals more then just the splendor and danger inherent in our art; we construct accessible, purposeful stories drawing on the juxtaposition of artistic, emotional and physical extremes, and perform them between the ground and the sky.
Founded by Shayna Swanson in 2005, Aloft seeks to share its unique voice that embodies the innovation of the new circus movement, the daring of the traditional circus, and the joy and comedy of vaudeville. The result are productions that are powerful, dangerous, intense, hilarious and passionate; where spectacle lies not in special effects or elaborate sets, but in the intensity, difficulty, beauty and captivating nature of the performances. We look to have a direct emotional dialogue with our audience, and due to its accessible nature, everyone, regardless of education, age, culture or background can participate in it.
In 2006, Ms. Swanson opened the Aloft Loft, a training and teaching studio dedicated to the aerial and circus arts. Located just west of downtown Chicago, the studio boasts over 8,000 square feet of training and teaching space, making it the largest independently owned and operated circus training facility in the Midwest. The Aloft Loft provides adult neophytes the opportunity to explore aerial and circus disciplines in safe and challenging classes, and professionals with a training facility that meets their technical, developmental and creative needs.