Back in spring I received a message on Instagram. It was a strange one, from a Circus Acrobat from Umeå! Well, you could say it peaked my interest, so I responded with, "what is this all about then?".
The acrobat was Annsofie Svensson, and we started a bit of back and forward, me trying to grasp what it was she really does, and what we needed to do to make it happen.
The idea was to capture Annsofie as she is on a long piece of silk, hanging from a tree, putting together choreographed moves through the air, with an Åre back-drop.
Organising the shoot was easier said that done, matching schedules and finding a suitable tree or mounting point. In the end it was decided we would need a slack-line between two trees, from which we could hang the aerial silk.
I called Jonas Höglund, who in turn put me in touch with Adrien Montcoudiol. It was fixed, but we literally had two hours to fix the final location, set the slack-line, and shoot the photographs. In the time was really tight and we only really had fifteen minutes to shoot when ideally we would of wanted a whole afternoon.
Annsofie has been training for hard for most of her life, with interests in dance, pole-vault, pair acrobatics and now aerial acrobatics. She is for the main part self-taught, and has overcome serious injuries to her neck.
She came across aerial silks at an acrobatics event in Uppsala in late 2016. She had been wanting to try it for some time, and in early 2017 she found a place in Umeå where she could start practising. She purchased her own silks, and when spring arrived she started to train outside, so she could get more height to develop her skills. During this period two other women joined Annsofie, and now they teach aerial silks, aerial sling, aerial hammock and dance trapeze one to two times a week in Umeå.
Here we are setting up.
Recently she has started working with choreography in both silks and trapeze, and she is looking forward to this summer when she will have her first public performances.
She is literally reaching for the sky!