July 30, 2019 | Sheila Cowley
Free Circus at the Creative Pinellas Gallery
This weekend, we welcome Acrobotic to the Gallery at Creative Pinellas.
Acrobotic is a futuristic circus inspired by St. Petersburg’s thriving acro-yoga community. Choreographed by Nicole Hays, the show features partner acrobatics, contact improvisation and her spectacular “Spinning Sphere” act.
You’ll experience duets, a three-woman trio and the intricate movement of this five-person ensemble, featuring Nicole Hays, A.J. Vaughan, Sarah Stuve, Rachel Sobiech and Mark Myers. Original music is composed by A.J. Vaughan.
Before the show, you can view Nicole’s fine art bodypainting prints, created in collaboration with local photographers Michael Sheehan and James Henderson. Her inventive work on skin will make you question what you’re seeing.
Nicole is a full-time performer and artist with her company, The Curiositorium, LLC. With A.J. Vaughan, she’s been involved in writing, directing and performing in the original circus productions, Tank and Tilly’s Clockwork Cabaret and Lumiere, a three-part circus series featuring aerialists, acrobats and circus dance.
A.J. Vaughan is a versatile viola player, composer and actor who’s been rehearsing Acrobotic in between 15-hour shoots on the set of the upcoming TV series, The Right Stuff, based on Tom Wolfe’s account of the first U.S. astronauts, filming now in Tampa and Orlando.
Nicole is also an award-winning face and body artist focusing on avant-garde, whimsical and fantasy designs. She was one of the top four painters in the reality TV series, Skin Wars. And last year, she received an Individual Artist grant from the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance to publish The Art of Body Experience, a fine art coffee table book that showcases her body painting work in a range of St. Pete settings, through the photography of Michael Sheehan.
Nicole earned a degree in Entrepreneurship in Applied Technology at USF. She sees herself as a serial entrepreneur creating jobs and opportunities for visual and performance artists.
Acrobotic is her latest exploration.
Thanks to a grant from Creative Pinellas, the ensemble were able to purchase futuristic costumes and will be performing in the beautiful Gallery at Creative Pinellas on Saturday, August 3 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, August 4 at 3 p.m.
It’s a free show. You can RSVP here.
photos by Tom Kramer