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luchadores del rope

Badass aerial acrobats go head-to-head in the Aloft punk circus church for a new kind of Sunday mass.  Pageantry, might, and athleticism come to a crescendo with live musical accompaniment.

The spirit of this event is sheer conviviality and is all about collective effervescence. It is not so much about competition or warfare, but rather about the camaraderie. It's really daring one another and being super jazzed when each other is able to throw a trick or really nail musicality or just bring a certain quality to the apparatus that is utterly inspiring. There is no quantifiable way to "win" or "battle" - just demonstrate and cheer like heck throughout the whole process. 

All levels of rope artists welcome to apply!  Show us what you've got! 


Matches of different styles and levels included and shall lead up to the heavyweight prize fight: self-proclaimed world champion Emiliano Ron vs. bonafide USA champion Terry Crane.  Referee is the veritable queen of the rope and punk high-priestess of Aloft, Shayna Swanson.

The application fee is $25 and goes directly towards making Moment possible (venue rentals, equipment rentals, website hosting, program printing, etc.). Those selected from the submissions to perform during Luchadores del Rope will receive festival passes and discounts on masterclasses.  Travel and lodging is not included.  


Submissions are reviewed by a panel of professionals high-level aerial acrobats, as well as organizers, Nacho Ricci and Sarah Bebe Holmes. 

By submitting videos you consent to those videos being used (with appropriate credit back to the artist) in promotional materials for Moment, including web and social media.

Deadline to apply is Monday, January 30th.  


taking place Sunday, March 12, 2017

(applications will not be considered final until payment is received)
Circus, contemporary circus, Chicago circus, workshops, masterclasses, workshop, masterclass, Nacho Ricci, Igancio Ricci, rope, cuerda, rope battle, Cirque demain


Nacho Ricci (Nacho Rope) is one of the most important figures of the rope. He is a dreamer, a lover of impossible things. After finishing “La Arena” circus school in Argentina he moved to Barcelona, a point reference of rope.

He is well known for bringing rope back to contemporary circus festivals, like Cirque de Demain, where his act “Here, now” was the first rope solo to be presented in more than ten years.

At present Nacho travels around the world teaching rope and performing his new act “Part of me”, an exquisite solo with a brilliant technique that reminds us the importance of following one’s passion.


He is co-organizer of the Barcelona Rope Meeting, one of the largest gatherings of rope artists in the world.  


More information about Barcelona Rope Meeting

Guest reviewers for Luchadores del Rope, more coming soon!

Sarah Bebe Holmes' aerial style is characterized by quality of movement, emotional narrative content, and original innovative choreography.  Notable performance credits include: Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival, Manipulate Visual Theatre Festival, National Mallakhamb Championship (Mumbai, India), Treasure Island Music Festival (San Francisco), and Derry City of Culture (Ireland).  


Sarah also co-founded Structural Integrity Project (SIP), an international aerial film project that challenged the concepts of what an aerial production could be; the SIP filmed aerial in unexpected rural and industrial locations, including aerial silks on a banyan tree outside an abandoned palace in Lebanon, aerial chain suspended from stationary cranes in Edinburgh, and the underside of the onramp to the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco.  In 2010-2011 Sarah toured as aerialist and puppeteer with London-based threesixty Entertainment's 1300-seat pavilion production of Peter Pan. Sarah played Luce in This Twisted Tale, (U.S. Tour and Edinburgh Fringe Festival).  Sarah is a choreographer and director for circus and aerial theatre productions including Sharashif (Beirut Lebanon), Two and a Half Sisters (Zagreb, Croatia), SnowQueen (Zagreb, Croatia)  and RISE (Edinburgh Scotland).

She is co-founder and artist director of Paper Doll Militia, a premiere aerial company in the USA that includes a strong educational mission including teacher trainings and intensive retreats. 

More information on Paper Doll Militia


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