Inspired by essays from award-winning author Janisse Ray’s “Wild Spectacle” and poetry from Mary Oliver, Wendall Berry, and others, the show’s directors have guided the performance company to reflect on what Place means to them. “This show is a love letter to the varied landscapes of our home,” says Ann Woodruff, Canopy’s Executive Director, as well as the Repertory Company’s Co-Director. The performance will transport the audience from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Georgia Coast, creating an immersive experience through a live soundscape and the use of projection. “It was important to fully immerse our audience to take them on this journey with us,” Woodruff continues. “Collaborating with local musician Libbaloops and local painter Laura Floyd, we created original music and artwork for the show together.”

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Canopy Studio and the Marsh Studio present “A Sense of Place,” an aerial dance celebration of the landscapes of Georgia and our deep-rooted connection to nature, on June 1st at 4:00 PM. “A Sense of Place” is a production by the Repertory Company, an aerial dance troupe of 23 members presenting original acts on dance trapeze, rope, traveling rings, cloud swing, straps, twisted fabrics, and more!

Tickets are available online, or email/call Susam Murphy for more information.

Just out a new article about Susan Murphy in Golden Isles Magazine. Click on the image and this will open up in a new tab for you.

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Canopy Studio Repertory Company and special guests presented ’20,’ a celebration of 20 years of aerial dance in Athens through numerological exploration. Past Repertory Company members, including Canopy’s founder, Susan Murphy and Don Carson joined the Repertory Company on stage for the 20th Anniversary of Canopy Studio. 

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Susan Murphy

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Susan Murphy holds a Master’s degree in modern dance from Mills College in Oakland, CA, and is a Certified Movement Analyst from the Laban Institute for Movement Studies in New York City. She taught modern dance and aerial dance at the U. of GA from 1999-2002. In 2002, Susan and her husband Don Carson envisioned and built Canopy Studio, a community aerial arts center in Athens, GA. Susan served as Executive Director of Canopy until she moved to the Georgia coast in 2009, where she and Don have built The Marsh Studio. She has performed at Lincoln Center and the Skirball Center of the Performing Arts in New York City, Aerial Dance Festival in Boulder, Colorado, and the New England Center of Circus Arts.

The Marsh Studio no longer holds classes, retreats, or performances until this pandemic has played out. For now, I have found a new creative outlet during this time of relative isolation. The constrictions of the pandemic for aerial dance retreats and performances have emboldened me to explore another art form. Using vintage stained glass pieces, my sister and I have created original suspended stained glass art pieces and mobiles. Each piece is one-of-a-kind. They are crafted using a diamond ring saw, the edges smoothed with a diamond grinder. The colors embedded in the glass resemble watercolor paintings radiating light. The driftwood and shells are collected off of the coast of Georgia. My husband, Don Carson, engineered safe and elegant methods of rigging the pieces so they can be hung. I am excited to share this new endeavor with you and hope I can warm and light your space with floating glass art and mobiles. 

Please email me () or call/text (706 424 1957) to see more photos or come by The Marsh Studio to see them hanging on my studio/porch.