Nimble Arts is a lot of things, all from the brains and hearts of Elsie and Serenity, identical twin aerial performers and circus teachers and all around creative instigators. Our company offers a variety of creative performance options for outdoor and indoor entertainment - community event, fundraiser, private party, corporate celebration or theater shows. We also share our art through workshops for teachers and practitioners, and build select equipment. We're passionate about community and sustaining the natural world that gives us breath. We're also pretty down to earth, so check out this simple website, and then reach out to us for more info. We'll be spending our time outdoors and researching our next creative project rather than glitzing up this website.
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We're ready to travel again - vaccinated, boosted and planning for workshops and gigs in 2022. Let us know if you want some teacher training for aerials, inversions, safety line holding, or just a content workshop for students, or a gig with our top notch (and vaxed) troupe of performers.
Check out this 4 part film series with Juno Singles Project. Serenity was Creative Instigator and Producer for all 4 films and is deeply grateful to Zon Eastes and the Juno Singles Project for the opportunity.
**Response to Suite for an Imaginary Country, featuring artist Serenity Smith Forchion a three part solo aerial dance in trees giving voice to and view into the vital treescape that gives us the air that we breathe.
**Response to Juno Variations, featuring artist Jan Damm in a Buster Keaton-esque reflection on isolation, exploration and risk.
**Response to Vermont Seasons, featuring artists Ariele Ebacher, Brooke Locke, and Rachel Rees on tight wire, circus pole and aerial rope.
**Response to Struggle for Optimism, featuring artist Serenity Smith Forchion in an acrobatic and aerial dance exploring the journey from loss to recovery.
Nimble Arts founders Elsie and Serenity are actively part of the new American Circus Alliance, a service and advocacy organization dedicated to circus performance and production in the United States. American Circus Alliance Membership is open now!
PERFORMANCES. WORKSHOPS/CLASSES. AERIAL EQUIPMENT.
ELEVATING CIRCUS ARTS.
Nimble Arts specializes in creating entertainment for theaters and events which are flexible for distanced entertainment. We can set up inside a large hall or gymnasium as well as a traditional theater, so let's brainstorm ways to make your audience comfortable and excited. If you are looking for a full theatrical stage show, or stunning acts for your special event, a ringmaster to enliven your auction or a customized production for your community event, we can help you! Acts for Booking
Fee support is available through the New England States Touring (NEST) program of the New England Foundation for the Arts. Visit www.nefa.org for more information.
See a time lapse video of us setting up our freestanding aerial rig which can go on stage or outdoors and pretty much anywhere!
Nimble Arts freestanding aerial rig
I LOVED the performances. . . so classy, funny, artistic, and just the right mix and timing for each act. Vicky Pittman, Colonial Theatre, Director of Education & Community Engagement
Elsie and Serenity offer in-depth trainings in a variety of aerial and circus arts with a specialization in teacher trainings for aerial and acrobatic coaches. We also offer creative support for development of new works. And yes, we offer online options so join us from anywhere in the world. Book a private lesson now, connect as a group from your studio for staff development, and check out any upcoming workshops. We are developing a limited travel roster for summer 2022 so inquire if you'd like one of our workshops at your studio. And we're developing a completely new workshop - dancing in trees!Workshops
You are hands down the best aerial coach I have ever had the opportunity to work with. A. Funk, Montreal
We say our equipment is 'by aerialists, for aerialists' and it has been tested out by top artists around the world. We build custom trapezes, aerial fabric/silks, aerial hammock/slings, and the rigging needed to use them out of the box. We don't have a shopping cart online because we want you to start by asking any questions so we can help you get exactly what you want. Buy Equipment
Nimble Arts was founded by identical twin aerialists Elsie Smith & Serenity Smith Forchion to create inventive works of theatrical circus. Their own performing resumes include duo swinging trapeze with Cirque du Soleil, aerials and acrobatics with Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey, the Pickle Family Circus and many other traditional through contemporary style circuses around the world including guest performance at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival,. They are Bronze Medal winners at the Albacete Circus Festival, and received a Special Award at the invitational Wuqiao Circus Festival in China for their unique spinning duo trapeze act. Their Nimble Arts ensemble includes performers formerly with Cirque Eloize, Circa, Big Apple Circus, Pilobolus and others. Elsie & Serenity received the Vermont Governor's Walter Cerf Excellence in the Arts Award and the American Circus Educators Excellence in Education Award. In 2007, Elsie & Serenity founded the New England Center for Circus Arts now the leading circus school in the United States.