Seattle is blessed with the wonderful School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts, SANCA. One of the many benefits of the availability of this kind of training and practice is the emergence of performance teams. Alyssa Hellrung and Ava Vermilya found each other there and worked to form an inter-generational team called Duo Avocado. This is the first time Moisture Festival has a chance to feature their talents in a show but it is not the first time that they are performing together. Among their credits are: SASS 2016, SASS 2017, SASS 2018 as well as the Amazon Family Picnic and Vuelta La Luna.
When asked about working and performing as partners with a distinct age gap (Ava was 10 years old when they started, she is now 13) they answered like this:
Alyssa: It’s maybe not something that I’ve learned but something that’s been solidified from working with Ava is that if you work with a kid who is emotionally mature and you treat them with respect like a peer, crazy awesome things can happen! Like I’m never yelling at her, we are a team. And that is really key. Even if you’re working inter-generationally, if you are working as a team, super cool stuff can happen, and I think that’s really important.
Ava: Working together we collaborate on what we think looks good and what we think needs to change, and I think it works a lot better because we both get to work together and give our input.
We at Moisture Festival are delighted to feature this duo this year and we look forward to many more years of seeing their work … and play.