SoCon Championship games halftime show to feature Asheville Aerial Arts

Here’s the press release from SoCon organizers:

Location: Asheville, NC
Venue: U.S. Cellular Center,
Date: Monday, March 10, 2014
Time: Women’s Game 5pm Halftime approx. 5:45pm / Men’s Game 9pm Halftime approx. 9:45pm
Tickets: U.S. Cellular Center Box Office or Ticketmaster.com $18 for single session or $42 for VIP single session

For the first time since hosting the Southeastern Basketball Conference, a local performance troupe, Asheville Aerial Arts, has been contracted to perform at both the women’s and men’s championship game halftime show. The show will feature 4 silks artists and two trapeze artists performing a graceful, yet thrilling act to composer Armand Amar’s “City of Birth”. The troupe has been impressed with the renovations to the U.S. Cellular Center since their performance there with Moogfest in 2012, however, the renovations presented challenges 60 feet up. Artistic Director, Christine Aiken stated “We were forced to modify our standard rigging and develop a new rigging plan to compensate for the changes that affected us in the renovation. Fortunately, we are accustomed to assessing and reformatting rigging on the spot. The performance will be visually stunning, despite the challenges.”

Asheville Aerial Arts is proud to be working with SoCon to show the talent, athleticism, artistry and diversity Asheville has to offer. They are respectful of the commitment of the athletes, coaches and staff to their sport and are excited to share their own passion for aerial arts with the fans and families of these teams.

The troupe, founded by Artistic Director, Christine Aiken, debuted in 2007 at the Patron Party “Frost” for the Asheville Arts Council’s White Ball. Beginning immediately, their growing popularity soared amongst organizations and individuals hiring the troupe for public and private performances, as well as inspiring performers interested in joining the company. The first aerial company in Western North Carolina, this professional entertainment organization continues to awe and inspire audiences in the Southeast and beyond.


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