While art in zero gravity is still a new concept, the GCTC team has hosted artists previously for Projekt Atol and Arts Catalyst (Projekt Atol's flight for Slovenian theatre director Dragan Zivadinov and Arts Catalyst's flight for French microgravity choreographer Kitsou Dubois) and they are welcoming of the ideas and interested in discussing them.
Zero gravity instructors, Volodya and Boris, take the group through a training session on parabolic flying: its mechanism and the effects on the body(see www.artscatalyst.org/htm/parabolic.htm).
The first parabola is always a surprise to those new to zero gravity and the speed of the flight is also surprising and extremely demanding on the body and the ability to undertake good projects.
One of the outcomes was our first parabolic 'zero gravity' flight, organised for choreographer Kitsou Dubois in September 2000 with the Yuri Gagarin Centre in Star City, Russia, in collaboration with Projekt Atol Flight Operations, Slovenia.
To train cosmonauts to perform experiments and investigations in real conditions of space flight - zero gravity - in Earth conditions, the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre in Russia uses a special flying laboratory on a parabolic trajectory.
The onset of zero gravity is sudden and the state of weightlessness is either exhilarating or alarming.
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