In June 1996, I was at a planning
meeting for a Burning Man fundraiser, and a discussion came up about being
able to have a rigger hang someone from their ankle...I don't know why,
but I immediately had a vision for an aerial performance involving a giant
spider web! I quickly wrote the script and handed it to the organizers.
As they said, "you know, we can fill your spot if you don't finish," and
"are you sure you can do this?". I built a 17 foot spiderweb, learned nautical
splicing techniques, organized the music, went to circus school for a day
to feel what it was like to be upside down and purchase equipment, choreographed
my part of the piece, and worked with the rigger. All while choreographing
6 performers and myself in a fear ritual that was the second half of the
performance. This performance was the representation of the freedom I was
feeling from my discovery. I had found myself and nothing was going to
stop me from my dreams anymore! "Psyche in Fairyland" was a success.