If you’re reading this, then it’s probably safe to assume that you enjoy light shows. But when you hear the words “light” and “show,” the first thing that probably comes to your mind is gloving. Right?
I’m here to show you that orbiters can give mind blowing light shows, too. The orbit revolution is underway, and I’m going to highlight a few of the top orbiters and the styles they excel at.
1 Stalls and Impacts
Although impacting is typically a gloving term, a few orbiters have incorporated stalls and impacts into their shows. Most people think that the orbit needs to spin the entire time, but really, it catches the audience off guard when the spinning object comes to an abrupt halt. Although a new concept, orbiters have started incorporating impacting into our shows. Below, [ST] Orion gives us a little taste of what he’s been working on. His impact concepts are some of the best in the game.
Orbiters enjoy working the grid like glovers and other flow artists. No move demonstrates an orbiter’s mastery over the concept as elegantly as pivoting. With so many possibilities, more and more orbiters are now incorporating them into their shows. Few orbiters, however, pivot as effortlessly as [ST] Tokken. What sets him apart is how he uses pivots to tell a story to the music.
3 Conjuring/Color Changes
Most orbiters turn on their lights and just go. Few have taken the time to mix conjuring and color changes into their shows seamlessly. Conjuring is changing your lights on the fly by clicking the light’s buttons mid-show. When I cI try to add emotion and trickery to my show by hiding the lights around my body. While not many orbiters are known for this style, conjuring with an orbit will definitely melt face.
You probably saw orbiters doing wraps at the last event you went to. It’s a simple concept and it’s easy to execute, but there are some truly mind blowing possibilities. A wrap is nothing more than wrapping the orbit around your arm or body and unwrapping it. Several orbiters have worked to get their wrap game on point, but [ST] Prophet might just be the best. When he starts a wrap sequence, onlookers can do nothing but stare in awe.
5 Body Work
The orbiting style that amazes me the most is the body work that has emerged from the orbiters in Hawaii. Simply put, body work is anytime the actual orbit is in contact with one’s body. Despite the simplicity of the concept, few have gotten very comfortable with it, and even fewer have put in the time to make it look as smooth and buttery as [ST] Mallo. His fluid motions are both mesmerizing and baffling even to fellow orbiters.
To be quite honest, it was not easy narrowing this list down to just five concepts. Orbiters are constantly pushing the limits. New concepts are always emerging, and each day the community grows larger.
If you enjoyed these videos, come visit our awesome Facebook group over at Starlight! I highly recommend getting an orbit and trying out orbiting for yourself. You’ll be surprised how much you end up enjoying it. Next time you see one of us at a show, come say hi and we’ll trade!
One of the first orbit sponsors. Friends call me Oldman Orbit because I've been doing it longer than anyone else. I really enjoy the interactions I have with people before and after a light show, almost more than the show itself :)