A video has been doing the rounds on social media recently – receiving over 26,000 views so far – featuring a troupe of dancers using a climbing wall as an apparatus upon which to choreograph a dance routine. Isabel Rittberg is the founder, artistic director and a dancer within the group AscenDance – based in Boulder, Colorado in the United States.
A unique dance troupe from the American state of Colorado is here in Singapore to showcase their gravity-defying dance moves. AscenDance founder and artistic director, Isabel von Rittberg explained how it all began for her, while performer Gordon Graham spoke of the rigorous training that goes behind the sleek performance.
Climbing integrates technical prowess and physical conditioning. An arcing wall is the playground in which climbers chose to perform their medium upon. Isabel Von Rittberg (a dancer & climber by heart) envisioned a new use for the climbing medium that involved an arcing wall, but this one was constructed by a climber for a new form of self-expression, dance […]
Isabel von Rittberg, artistic director and innovator of The AscenDance Project grew up in Wuppertal, Germany. Inspired by Pina Bausch, one of the world’s foremost authorities on modern dance, Isabel began dancing at a young age. But dance didn’t entirely satisfy her need to express herself. Possessing the spirit of a dancer and the soul of a climber, Isabel was driven to create the AscenDance project, where she could integrate the two separate but complementary parts of herself […]
Maybe you know AscenDance from the television show America’s Got Talent. Or maybe from their 2009 appearance at Boulder’s Aerial Dance Festival. Or maybe you’re getting to know them as a new neighbor on Arapahoe Avenue. The AscenDance Project moves an art form into a sports arena by blending dance and climbing — the dancers cling to holds on a climbing wall while executing their choreography […]
Von Rittberg has already taken this performance modality well beyond “gimmick.” Instead she is in the midst of defining an art form, and all the vocabulary therein. She has, in fact, created a choreographer’s dream. Von Rittberg has not only invented an art form and a beginning vocabulary for it, but that art form requires incredibly strong performers to make it happen […]
Isabel von Rittberg is quite a young lady. She has created a dance group that combines Music/Rock Climbing/Dancing and all performed on a stage with real/artificial walls of rocks in Berkeley at Ashby Stage. I love her simple but elegant story, of how her group came about. The path to her group of rock climbing […]
he Ascendance Project is a group of seven dancers who challenge their choreography on vertical walls without the use of ropes! WHAT!!! Talk about taking dance to a whole new level. You know you’ve got talent when you can dance on vertical walls, have in-sync coordination and hold horizontal body positions off the wall […]