Even if you haven’t heard the name Blue Lapis Light, if you’ve been in Austin for a few years you’ve probably seen us. Often when I describe BLL as a site-specific aerial dance company, I get a bit of a blank stare. But when I say we dance off of buildings, the most common response is, “Oh! Are you those crazy people who were on the Intel building downtown?” The answer is yes. Although the collaborators involved prefer to see themselves as inspired and determined, rather than crazy.
Blue Lapis Light’s mission is to create transcendent works of beauty that are offered, without religious denomination, as prayers for the planet. We do this through transforming urban environments into inspired works of art, creating works that connect our audiences to a sense of wonder, possibility, and hope. Founded by long time Austin-based artist Sally Jacques in 2005, our works are mostly large-scale productions, taking place in non-traditional public environments. You may have happened upon one of our past performances at the Seaholm Power Plant, J.J. Pickle and Homer Thornberry Federal Buildings, Hyatt Hotel, Radisson Hotel, Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum or on the shores of Lady Bird Lake.
Everyone in the company is excited to be back on the Long Center City Terrace with our new production, Heaven~Earth~One. There are few other spaces in Austin that beg to be dangled from as much as the ring on the City Terrace. This year we have a new apparatus to play with- ziplines! So don’t forget to look up when you’re in the crowd.
-Lauren Paterson, Managing Director
Blue Lapis Light
Editor’s Note: Blue Lapis Light’s Heaven~Earth~One runs Sept 9-19th on the Long Center City Terrace. For tickets, click here.