Harrison AntiGravity® Hammock

THE PROCESS OF INVENTING THE HARRISON ANTIGRAVITY® HAMMOCK:

After traveling to the tropics for a performance with Team AntiGravity, Harrison was inspired by a gazebo of eight hammocks. He and his team began playing on them, exploring movement. Two months later, they were rehearsing at the Metropolitan Opera House as acrobats for Franco Zeferilli’s production of Turandot. In an adjoining theatrical production at Lincoln Center a piece of fabric was being used like a rope to climb; a soft Spanish Web of sorts and Harrison was captivated. Inspired, he bought a piece of fabric to hang in at the gym to try it out. Harrison and his fellow Team AntiGravity athletes were not aerialists at that time and didn’t know the first thing about climbing. The fabric they bought was all-wrong. After a challenging hour or so of trying to figure out how to climb it rope style, Harrison recalled the tropical playtime experience on the gazebo and rigged the other end to the top to form a hammock. He jumped up into it and got the visceral physicist inside him to start experimenting. Enveloped inside, Harrison immediately felt at home and within moments a movement vocabulary emerged; the AntiGravity yoga Hammock was born and the roots of a new aerial art form and aerial yoga were planted. The year was 1999. Initially he created moves that took place high up in the air looped off of one point. He had the company immediately incorporate it successfully into their shows. The aerial yoga hammock and the movement vocabulary continued to grow and expand with many incarnations. Harrison discovered that the apparatus allowed people to move freely in all directions of space, including upside down and that the benefits of this were immense. It allowed Team AntiGravity to heal their backs from compression tweaks. He put one in his home off of two points and began adapting moves that used both the hammock and the floor. Moves from yoga, pilates and calesthenics enhanced the aerial art moves. By lowering it to the same height as a gymnastics uneven bar and a ballet-barre he was able to incorporate many more elements. The benefits his own body were so great that Harrison decided to introduce the two-point, lower version as a company warm-up at his new training and rehearsal studio, The AntiGravity Skyloft in Midtown Manhattan.

AERIAL CREATIONS:
Inspired by the new foray into the air, Harrison purchased motors and pulleys and began designing other original apparatus for their studio. AntiGravity expanded to become America’s Premier Aerial Performance Company as they literally found new wings. It was there that Harrison invented a dancing bungee system, the aerial chandelier, the aerial cube and other devices for the body to navigate through the air --- and, together with his team, the movement vocabularies for them. He and his team continue to explore and discover new apparatus (both ground and aerial) for the sake of both performance and fitness at the AntiGravity Lab in NYC and at the AntiGravity National Training Center in Orlando, FL.
Harrison AntiGravity® Hammock