Did you know that one of the founders of research on dance trapeze, the legendary Susan Murphy, performed in our 2020 Circus Spectacular?
Besides studying low flying dance trapeze with Terry Sendgraff in Berkeley, CA, Susan holds a Master’s Degree in Modern dance and is a Certified Movement Analyst through the Laban Institute of Movement Studies in NYC. Susan also founded the
Photo by Michelle Frehsee
Due to Covid-19 all classes, workshops and events are on hold.
Susan Murphy was one of the 2020 recipients of the Governor of Georgia’s Individual Award in the Arts and Humanities. An honor and a surprise!
The video above starts at Susan’s Award and last about 8 minutes. Enjoy and share!
Welcome to The Marsh Studio where Susan Murphy and Don Carson together have created an Authentic Aerial Theater and Training Center like no other. Performances, Retreat Workshops and Personal One -on-One Training Classes are offered. Weekly exercise classes with gentle movement therapy are also offered.
Located just outside of historic Darien, GA on the beautiful coastal marshlands. A quick hour and fifteen minutes from the Jacksonville International airport and just fifty-five minutes from the Savannah International airport. The Brunswick, GA regional airport that is serviced by Delta airlines is a quick 25 minute drive.
And the winner is…
“A Long Friendship”
performed by April Skelton and Susan Murphy
with cinematography by Don Carson
About this piece:
April and Susan give tribute to their friendship with the myriad of perspectives their video/dance portrays. With their solos they reflect the personal choices of expressive gesture within the same choreographic template. Interspersed with shots of their individuality are shared moments they created, from above and below, the apparatus and the dancers. And throughout, they give kinetic voice to the richness and depth, through time and space, of their love.
Shot at the Marsh Studio, Darien, Georgia (themarshstudio.com)
Dancers: Susan Murphy (themarshstudio.com) and April Skelton (tworopesandabar.com)
Cinematography: Don Carson
Special thanks: Tina Ridley
Music: “My Piano Night,” Federico Albanese; “Optimist,” Zoe Keating; “Said and Done,” Nils Frahm
Editing: April Skelton
Photo exhibit seen in the studio by Don Carson. To see more of his work, visitdoncarsonphoto.com.
Congratulations to these two dancers and their collaborators. They have delivered a truly wonderful piece of art. Not only is it emotive and thoughtful, but it is beautifully captured and makes full use of the unique Inanimate 48 format by capturing aerial dance from non-traditional angles and using smart editing to convey the relationships between two friends. We hope you enjoy this work as much as we did.
These are from our students and professionals that have attended workshops and retreats at Marsh Studio.
Throughout Susan’s workshop, I had moments of extreme peace and serenity as though everything else had melted away. Letting myself dive into the emotions we were trying to convey through movement took away all fears and inhibitions about performing. That has taught me to simply move in that moment.
Thanks for the wonderful entertainment. It was such a fun show for the kids and adults alike. It was my grandkids first live performance and they loved it. I’m so glad we brought them. I was afraid they wouldn’t be able to sit still, but the audience participation level was perfectly on par to keep their attention. Our friend, Diane, is now as excited about finding you and your beautiful studio as us. She likened it to The Field of Dreams, “build and they shall come.” I hope your studio continues to bring audiences to your delight and their amazement.
“Susan can turn a stale space into a whole new learning environment. I was stuck and Susan allowed me to unfold and nurture my true movement. Working with Susan reminded me that the roots of movement begin inside and work their way out to the limbs. This was a great accompaniment to my aerial training and taking the next step in creating my own choreography.”
Alissa Lynn Feller
New England Center for Circus Arts