Leading Lady : Constance Echo Palmer

Atlanta has a strong and growing creative economy. Everyday, we meet women who are on the ground working to break down barriers, build community, inspire, inform, and entertain the people of Atlanta through the arts.

For National Women’s History Month in March, C4 Atlanta will be curating a Leading Lady blog series celebrating the women in the creative economy of Greater Atlanta. Over the last several weeks, we have asked the public to nominate women in the creative sector who inspire and have positively impacted the Atlanta community through their contributions. 

We are proud to introduce the next Leading Lady for March 2017: Constance Echo Palmer

Constance Echo Palmer, local Atlanta aerial and dance artist. 

Where do you work and what do you do?
I manage and teach at The Space: A Movement Arts Studio in Atlanta. We offer aerial, dance, and yoga classes as well as host events and performances.

When and how did you first become interested in the arts? How long have you been in your line of work?
I began dancing as a child, mostly focusing on ballet. This evolved to aerial arts in my adult life and I haven’t looked back. I opened The Space in the spring of 2014!

 

What did you want to be or think you were going to be when you grew up?

Constance shows off her aerial skills on silks.

I was planning to be a doctor, I have a B.S. in Biology from Oglethorpe University. I still love science but I also love creating so I decided to take a year off after graduating to see where the arts would take me and here I am.

 

If you could have lunch with any woman from history who would it be and what would you want to talk about?
There is not just one, but I would love to have coffee with any of the woman of circuses golden age, like Lillian Leitzel, and ask them what it was like to travel the world and perform daring acts under the big top. Now days we have such amazing safety standards and professionals that continue to build state of the art apparatus and safety equipment, but back then these ladies were quite literally putting their lives on the line paving the way for us!

Who has been the biggest influence in your life?
Definitely my parents. My Mom is always up to chat when I’m alone cleaning the studio at 1 in the morning. I remember calling my Dad before opening the space and asking if he thought I was being foolish for putting everything on the line and taking out a lone to start the studio. He said to me “If you never swing, you’ll never hit anything.”

How is art a passion for you?
When something is the first thing you think about when you wake up, or keeps you up at night because you have ideas and want to work through them, you know its what you should be doing with your life.

Constance preps for a Corde Lisse act which involves acrobatics on a vertically hanging rope.

What are your thoughts on equality and the representation of women in the creative workforce?
I am fortunate to be in an industry that has, at least on the performance side of things, a very strong female presence and representation. Behind the scenes in tech and rigging its definitely the opposite and you have to work hard to earn the respect of peers.

What most excites you about the arts in Atlanta?
The Atlanta arts scene is so diverse with such a broad spectrum. There is so much visual and performance art here that there is always something to do, see, and be a part of. Its also super exciting that we have a huge number of female show producers in Atlanta, such as Sadie Hawkins who produces regular burlesque and variety shows in order to give performers an outlet!

What do you hope to contribute to the Atlanta arts community with the work you do?
The Space was designed to be a place to create, a place to educate, and a place to sustain circus. By providing hours of open studio time every day of the week I hope to have an environment for professional artists to come and practice as well as create works. We host events and shows at The Space that are open to the community to show Atlanta that circus is accessible and that everyone can be a part of it. We offer recreational classes for adults so that anyone can try circus and aerial arts! We also have training opportunities for youth and teens in order to help them develop into professionals.

Where can I learn more about your organization/business and work (websites, social media, etc.)?
Our website is www.TheSpaceATL.com and we are on all social media sites (facebook, twitter, tumblr, instagram, snapchat) as @TheSpaceATL – check it out because we have some shows coming up including our next Open Grip on April 15th which is a sort of open mic night for movement artists.