As noted yesterday, the acrobats of Project Bandaloop are in downtown St. Paul for the Flint Hills Children’s Festival. At noon, two dancers descended from the roof of the Lawson building and danced on the walls to “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)”, with quite a crowd gathered on the little park between St. Peter and the Landmark down below.
It was a rather slow and leisurely dance, which gave it a sense of happening outside the pull of gravity; they swung far out over the street on their ropes, dangled unhurriedly over the pavement, and caught each other gracefully in the air. The whole dance took less than five minutes, but it seemed to stop time as well as gravity; the perfect performance for a sunny summer day on the park.
They’ll be at it again the rest of the week; check the Bandaloop or Ordway sites for exact times and locations. If you’re downtown for the festival (which I hope to tour tomorrow during lunch, sadly unencumbered by the kids, who are still in school), or at the Science Museum or Children’s Museum, it’s certainly worth a walk in the summer air to catch them. Tomorrow I’ll be bringing a camera with a longer lens–today I had just my trusty Yashica Electro and the camera phone, which aren’t quite the right tools for this show.
And while on the topic of picking the right camera for the adventure: don’t forget about the Dad’s Eye View photo contest! Grab your copy of the book or download the iPhone app, and post a picture of it in action somewhere in the Twin Cities!