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Boundless: Dancing On Air

Tangent has a new documentary in the works!

BOUNDLESS ~ Dancing on Air is a film about Bandaloop: a pioneering dance troupe that combines rock climbing and choreography to create gravity-defying public spectacles on the sides of buildings and mountains around the world.  

The dancers have some serious superhero moves: they dangle from the tops of skyscrapers, leap 30 feet in a single bound, and spin like pinwheels in midair. For 20 years they’ve been creating communal experiences that revitalize urban spaces and draw attention to fragile natural landscapes.  From glass towers in India, to the alpine peaks of Italy, to Seattle’s Space Needle– their free public shows have the power to introduce new audiences to modern dance and spark the imagination of people from all walks of life.

A longer trailer is in the works but here’s a 2-minute look at Bandaloop in action:


The troupe has been featured in the press on countless occasions, but no one has ever produced a long-form documentary about their work. Bandaloop’s creative director has granted Tangent Productions behind-the-scenes access as the troupe tours the world performing their latest and most complex show to date.  We’ll journey with them to urban locations in the U.S. and abroad, and eventually, to a grand finale in Yosemite National Park.  Along the way our cameras will reveal the emotional and physical challenges that the aerialists must overcome every time they put on a show.

Tangent will also be on hand as Bandaloop trains a diverse group of Oakland teenagers to dance on the walls.  We’ll explore how learning to “fly” helps these kids build confidence; changing the way they view themselves and their destinies.

But the truth is that you don’t have to swing from a skyscraper to be moved by Bandaloop. The sensation of flying is palpable even for audiences on the ground. The performances are compelling enough to grab the attention of old and young– and even the 13-year old skateboarder who would never otherwise be interested in dance. Bandaloop performances have the power to pull our eyes away from text messages and make us take notice of the surrounding community. That building that you pass every day on the way to work will never look the same once you’ve seen dancers twirl across its facade. Whether you are bounding off the building or standing on the sidewalk, every show has the power to shift your perspective and fill you with a profound sense of freedom.

Filming is underway but we are still in need of funding.  Films about dance are a hard sell to television networks these days, even when the dancing takes place 1,000 feet off the ground. As a result, it looks like we may have to go the independent route, which might just be a blessing in disguise (a theatrical release would be so much better).  If you know of any potential funding sources for this film, please let us know!  A full film treatment is available for prospective investors and distributors.

Thanks!   – Lisa