[A book of essays can be a] constellation. Individual pieces shine like stars, but to see the whole project as a unified thing requires a mythology. You need faith to make out a shape around all those dots of light, to believe in the bear or the swan.
— Ben Greenman
Constellation Moving Company coalesced in 2009 as a project-based collective specializing in multi-disciplinary performance assemblages combining elements of aerial acrobatics, dance, music, text, and/or video. We strive to expand the creative potential of aerial work by exploring complex themes; activating the full range of our faculties with a mix of intellectual stimulation, emotional resonance, and physical dynamism. As we continue to clarify our objectives, moving forward, we'll be asking more and more: how can we use art in the service of social justice? How can we use art in the service of teaching and learning, informing and transforming? How can we use art to inspire and empower?
At bottom, it all comes down to making stuff together and sharing the stuff we make, as offerings to other potential makers and sharers. This sharing is at the heart of the function of art in making sense of the world, catalyzing creativity, expanding imagination, communicating and connecting. We're in an ongoing dialogue with everything that's been made, said or enacted before, and with everyone that we encounter now. We believe the most interesting things happen in the contact zones: between art forms, between areas of practice, between people.
Maia Ramnath, Co-Founder and Artistic Director.
In addition to creating and showing her own work with CMC, Maia has appeared as a freelance artist with various aerial and modern dance choreographers including Pat Catterson, Nadia Lesy, Elaine Shipman, the Merce Cunningham Repertory Understudy Group, Jill Sigman, Kevin O'Connor, Lisa Natoli, Cirquetacular Entertainment, and Cirque Boom. She has taught rope and silk at Circus Warehouse and The Sky Box, and history at NYU and Penn State.
Sato has worked with Mark Dendy, Igal Perry and others as a dancer in New York since 1993. She performs under the stage name "Cyberbutoh," incorporating theatrical entertainment with modern art (www.cyberbutoh.com). Her passions include: Aerial, Argentine Tango and Video/Film.
Scott learned static trapeze from Helene Turcotte and Elena Panova at San Francisco Circus Center. He has directed or co-directed three full-length productions for Constellation Moving Company, and is interested in exploring the dramaturgical and cinematic potential of circus movement.
Megan has had the good fortune to train under many stunning aerialists, primarily Susan Murphy, Elsie Smith and Serenity Smith Forchion. She has performed and taught extensively in the US and abroad, and her choreography is featured in the book Aerial Dance (Bernasconi and Smith, 2008). Megan currently teaches at the Circus Warehouse, and she is the co-founder of the aerial dance project Flight Collaborative. She is also an ecologist based at Columbia University researching forest dynamics in Indonesian Borneo.
I began to understand that for me, art was no longer about self-expression
but about creative engagement with the world.
— Ayad Akhtar