Paper Doll Militia’s innovative approach to choreography and poignant use of theatricality have gained the company the reputation of being pioneers in original aerial theatre. Their pieces seamlessly weave dynamic physicality, aerial arts, and visual theatre. They emphasize the mixture of modern and vintage mediums as well as invented aerial apparatus to create their signature aesthetic; dreamy, whimsical, and dark.
Company History: The company was formed in Santa Fe, NM in 2007 producing it’s first and sold out show, Rara Avis. The company then toured their show Tin Can Cabaret to New York and Portland, Maine. And in 2008 the company moved to San Francisco. Rooting itself in the San Francisco Bay area they held Artist in Residency positions at both Athletic Playground and Kinetic Arts Center and produced Their Secret Steps and This Twisted Tale as well as reproducing Tin Can Cabaret in 2010 to a sold out audience. This Twisted Tale went on to show in 3 US cities and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where it received rave reviews. “The artists show immense skill….Wonderfully poetic, . . . delicate and beautiful…[an] overwhelming production.” Veronika Kallus, Three Weeks ****
The company now produces a regular event called Open Grip in Edinburgh Scotland inspiring new and innovative aerial acts, the company also works as choreographers and aerial consultants in projects in India, Egypt, Croatia, the UK and the US. The company continues to perform and teach around the world most recent notable performances include: Moisture Festival, Seattle; Fog Fest, San Francisco. Upcoming performances in United States’ first ever Contemporary Circus Festival, Chicago; Manipulate Festival, Edinburgh; and Dance Canvas, Atlanta.