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'Alive The Show' blurs lines between audience and performer, yoga and dance

Aspen Shakti Alive the Show
Kaya Williams
Aspen Public Radio
Dancers onstage lead the audience in a series of movements during "Alive: The Show" at The Arts Campus at Willits. Aspen Shakti’s nightlife-oriented experience combines “yogic principles” with DJ sets and colorful lights at TACAW.

Inside the venue at The Arts Campus at Willits on Jan. 11, “Alive: The Show” looked and felt like a nightclub, with a DJ on stage and colorful lights and tables on the side where people could stop for a drink.

Though most of the attendees at last week’s show wore stretchy yoga attire, no one would look out of place in a sparkly top and tight jeans, either. People can wear whatever makes them feel comfortable in the environment, and that includes “going out clothes” that would fit in just as well at a club in downtown Aspen.

The difference between “Alive: The Show” and, say, a standard DJ set at The Belly Up, is that the participants on the dance floor were completely in alignment with the dancers on the stage, mirroring the movements much like people in a yoga class might match the movements and breaths of their instructor.

The show, an offering from the yoga studio Aspen Shakti, is even inspired by the popular Shakti class “The Body Alive,” and expands on the “Alive: The Show” trial run that took place at the studio in downtown Aspen in late September.

Aspen Shakti founder and owner Jayne Gottlieb said in an interview at the Shakti studio last week that the “Alive: The Show” experience blurs the lines between audience and artist.

“It's a very yogic principle that there is no separation, that we all can feel the magical aliveness, the flow of energy in our bodies,” she said.

“Flow” is a founding principle of the experience, according to Gottlieb, and it was evident in how she led dancers through synchronized movements at TACAW last week.

“We're guiding people into their bodies to feel what we call ‘alive’ or define ‘alive’ as the uncensored flow of energy in the body,” she said.

Gottlieb says the goal of “Alive: The Show” is accessibility, especially for people who might not otherwise sign up for a yoga class, and inclusion, too, represented in the cohort of dancers she calls “Flygirls.”

“The Flygirls and their expression and our different ages and our different bodies really, I hope, serve the idea and the concept that this is for everyone, and that our bodies change and the way we move them and express ourselves changes over time,” she said. “It's about feeling good in your body about moving and breathing and being together as a community.”

“Alive: The Show” returns to TACAW for another iteration on February 8th.



Kaya Williams is the Edlis Neeson Arts and Culture Reporter at Aspen Public Radio, covering the vibrant creative and cultural scene in Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley. She studied journalism and history at Boston University, where she also worked for WBUR, WGBH, The Boston Globe and her beloved college newspaper, The Daily Free Press. Williams joins the team after a stint at The Aspen Times, where she reported on Snowmass Village, education, mental health, food, the ski industry, arts and culture and other general assignment stories.