'AntiGravity' To Perform at Obama's Neighborhood Inaugural Ball in Washington, D.C.
On Tuesday, January 20, 2009, the acclaimed aerial performance troupe AntiGravity will appear as one of the featured performances in the first-ever "Neighborhood Inaugural Ball," hosted by President Barack Obama.
Starting at 8 p.m. (ET), live coverage of the event will be nationally televised on the ABC special "The Neighborhood Ball: An Inauguration Celebration," anchored by Charles Gibson, Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos. The premiere event of inauguration evening, the ball will include the President and First Lady's first dance of the night, President Obama's initial speech of the evening, and performances and appearances by many of the nation's top recording artists and stars, including two performances from the internationally celebrated AntiGravity troupe at 9:15 p.m. and 9:55 p.m.
For more than 15 years, AntiGravity has astounded audiences around the world with its high-energy theatrics and astonishing aerial performances. Its troupe of international champion athletes defy more than the laws of physics - merging athletics and aesthetics into a breathtaking and shocking live-performance art form.
Since AntiGravity was founded in 1990, this native New York City company has performed in more than 500 different high-level international productions in 22 countries, employing hundreds of athletes (including Olympic and X Games athletes), while maintaining its core roster of acrobats, urban dancers and specialty artists known as Team AntiGravity.
Versatile and always on the cutting edge, AntiGravity's resume spans numerous Tony Award-winning Broadway shows (Nine, Swing!, The Rocky Horror Show), concert productions, prestigious all-star sporting events and television specials, as well as many commercial advertisements. As pioneers in their field, from the Metropolitan Opera House to the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Games, from the Grammy Awards and MTV's Video Musical Awards to Fashion Week in Milan, AntiGravity continues to expand its cutting edge style into uncharted territory.
Created and directed by Christopher Harrison, AntiGravity has been commissioned to perform by some of the world's greatest history makers and trend setters including Sean "Diddy" Combs, Richard Branson, George Lucas, Steven Forbes, Bill Gates, Hal Prince, George Soros, Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, Paul Newman, Marc Jacobs, Giorgio Armani, Heidi Klum, Daddy Yankee, Franco Zeffirelli, Franco Dragone and Gwen Stefani.
Most recently, AntiGravity made its first foray into the health and fitness world with the creation of the popular and highly successful AntiGravity YogaTM program, a fitness regimen designed to increase one's overall health and physical agility while having fun and creating beauty.
By combining AntiGravity aerial performance elements with additional techniques from dance, Pilates and calisthenics, AntiGravity has created a comprehensive yoga workout designed to allow people to get into in shape while realigning from the compression of gravity.
AntiGravity Yoga is currently available at CRUNCH Fitness Centers in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami and San Francisco. www.antigravityyoga.com.