Global Stilt Congress is an annual gathering hosted by The Carpetbag Brigade. It serves as an arena for stilt-oriented performers and practitioners to come together, exchange skills, develop craft, and strengthen our community and network. During Global Stilt Congress invited teachers and directors share their techniques, compositional strategies and life experiences through classes, lectures, and a culminating site specific performance project.
A mobile endeavor Global Stilt Congress occurs in different locations for each manifestation. It is two weeks in length with the first week focused on technique sharing and the second week focused on creative process.
Global Stilt Congress II was held at Arcosanti Arizona: an urban laboratory in the Northern Arizona desert, built by Italian-American architect, Paolo Soleri.
GSC II had four focal pathways participates were guided to explore in week one: Aerial Stilts – Examining stilts as extensions of line in aerial work by spinning, swinging and flying with Allesandra Ogren from Wise Fool New Mexico. Afro Caribbean Stilts - Engaging the music, dance and stilt traditions of West Africa and the Carribean with Ali Sylvester and Najja Codrington of the Brooklyn Jumbies and Nadia Hagen of Flam Chen. Butoh Stilts – Transcending technique to awaken presence in character and intention by exploring the intermediate world between the ground and standing with Christopher Mankowski of The Carpetbag Brigade. Contact Stilts – Developing relational flow and harvesting improvisational exploration by mixing the vocabulary of acrostilts and contact improvisation with Jay Ruby and Helen Goodrum of The Carpetbag Brigade.
The Legislation shared the results of this process openly with the public in an evening of artistic exploration amidst the unique architecture of an experimental community in the desert.