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The Marsh Studio Show November 5 2022

The Canopy Studio Repertory Company will return to Susan Murphy’s Marsh Studio for a fun-filled aerial show.

About this event


Canopy’s Rep Company is the Southeast’s oldest Aerial Dance Repertory Company, founded by Susan Murphy 20 years ago. After years of dreaming and hard work by Susan and Don, their friends, supporters, and early aerial dancers, the vision was manifested, and Canopy swung open the doors to the public in March 2002. From the very first show, through 20 years of dedication, love, and friendship, the Repertory Company has continued and now returns to the home studio of our “aerial parents.”

With this particular show, The Love and Friendship Tour, those who gave their hearts, made art and shared their joys and sorrows celebrate aerial dance as the vibrant art form it is today. This show is the result of 20 years of friendships and collaboration.

Like love and friendship, this show explores the joy and the trust, the quiet moments and the history that a person experiences with their chosen one. Audiences will be wowed by the talents of the performers on silks, lyra, circus bar, and dance trapeze. To witness this show is to see a person support another, guide their partner through gravity, catch a hand or foot, flip or drop, laugh and smile, and gaze with love at our closest friends. We welcome you to join us in this experience.

We are looking into our future, confident that we will continue to share this dream of Susan and Don’s for many years to come in Athens, at The Marsh Studio, and all over the Southeast.

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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Featured Work

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Susan Murphy

Featured Artist


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.