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Unicycle Festival in NY Sept 3-6...

The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus rides again in a one wheeled extravaganza as the producer of the NYC Unicycle Festival. This 4 day event which celebrates one wheeled riding and the related skills is one of the only events of its kind, and its certainly the largest in NY.  The main part of the festival takes place on idyllic Governor’s Island, a short and free ferry ride from the metropolis. HERE’S THE SCHEDULE Thursday, September 3, 2015 — One-Wheel Manhattan A long-distance ride up Manhattan’s West Side to get the festival rolling Friday, September 4, 2015 – Brooklyn Unicycle Day Featuring a 13-mile ride across Brooklyn followed by a show at Coney Island USA’s Shooting Gallery Annex Saturday, September 5, and Sunday, September 6, 2015  — Unicycle Governors Island Two full days of one-wheel activities, A great day for spectators, beginners and experts, featuring instruction, displays, demonstrations, and lots and lots of fun. All activities are free and open to the public. For more info visit...

Cirque du Soleil’s Kurios in Chicago (Aug 6-Sept 20)...

Cirque du Soleil’s 35th show: Kurios, Cabinet of Curiousities will come to Chicago’s United Center August 6-Sept 20, 2015. The show, which will be performed under a tent in the United Center’s Parking lot, will mark the first time in 4 years that Cirque has come to Chicago. Based on the idea of a nineteenth century curio cabinet (also known as a Cabinet of Wonder), the show transports the audience to a fantastical world where time seems to stop and just about anything can happen.  The curio cabinet is stocked with exotic and interesting performers who can do all sorts of things that will amaze, astound, and entertain the audience.  There’s a steampunk feel to the show The show premiered last year in Canada, and has been hailed as one of Cirque’s best shows. As with most Cirque du Soleil shows, the sets and costumes look amazing. And the acts that they have brought in are some of the best in the world, with over 100 performers from 21 different countries performing. The show is also one of the most prop and costume heavy shows in Cirque history, with over 426 props in the show and over 24 hours of laundry a week for the costume people to do. I’ll be seeing and reviewing the show next week. DISCOUNT LINK:  You can get 20% off of certain performances with a family pack discount. (Must buy 3 or more tickets) Use this link.   Find out more about the show on the Cirque du Soleil website. And here’s a video trailer from Xtra TV with an interview with the director...

Flea Circus in Chicago July 16-18...

Tiny Performers To Entertain in Chicago Parks ============================== SUMMARY: WHAT: Acme Miniature Flea Circus in the Chicago Park District WHERE: July 16 6:30 pm Paschen Park (1932 W. Lunt Street) WHERE: July 18 2:00 pm Pulaski Park (1419 W. Blackhawk Street) COST: FREE! (seating limited, please arrive early) MORE INFO: http://www.palaceofwonders.com MORE INFO: http://www.trainedfleas.com PUBLICITY PHOTOS: Press Images of the show ============================ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PLEASE LIST, POST, AND DISSEMINATE KILL DATE 7/19/2015 press contact: Adam G. Gertsacov adam@trainedfleas.com 646-543-5512 Tiny Performers To Entertain in Chicago Parks 7/7/2015 CHICAGO, IL: This summer, at least two of the performers in the Chicago Park District Night Out in the Park program will be rather difficult to see. That’s because they will be insects. Trained insects. Fleas, to be exact. The show, the Acme Miniature Flea Circus, is an authentic Victorian flea circus that features trained fleas Midge and Madge who perform spectacular circus stunts as seen before (and on top of) the crowned heads of Europe. Midge and Madge will entertain Chicagoans at two public parks this summer. The flea circus will be performed at Paschen Park (1932 W. Lunt) on Thursday, July 16 at 6:30 pm and at Pulaski Park (1419 W. Blackhawk St) on Saturday, July 18 at 2 pm. Admission is free, but seating is limited, so please arrive early for best seats. Details magazine called the show “One of the top alternative circuses in the country.” The New York Times said “The appeal is irresistible… Gertsacov is every bit the fantastical impresario, in his purple top hat and cash-register voice, introducing us to the wondrous insects itching...

Moby Dick at Lookingglass (Chicago)...

My son and I went to go see the Lookingglass production of Moby Dick.  It’s an adaptation of Herman Melville’s classic whale of a novel.  The show runs through August 28 at their downtown Chicago location. The show is beautifully done and realized.  This is the second Lookingglass show we’ve seen, and they do an amazing job of integrating circus skills into theatre.   This may be the finest wrought circus tragedy I’ve ever seen (and I mean this in a good way.)  (Although, I realize this is the second circus tragedy I’ve seen in less than a year in Chicago. Perhaps circus tragedy is a unique to Chicago genre?) SYNOPSIS FOR THOSE WHO FAILED 11NTH GRADE ENGLISH LITERATURE The show follows a narrator (who famously asks us to call him Ishmael) who feels called to the adventure that is whaling.He travels to Nantucket, whaling capital of the world, where he ends up falling in with a southeast asian harpooner named QueegQueeg, and then with the famed Captain Ahab.  Ahab is obsessed with revenging himself on a large white whale who (in a previous encounter) cost Ahab his leg. Ahab’s obsession to find and get the whale at all costs ends (predictably) with disaster, and Ishmael manages to be the lone survivor of 33 crewmen of their encounter with Moby by clinging to a buoyant coffin. The acting is all superb, and the physicality of the acting is simply wonderful.  Part of it is due to the inspired set design, which is a giant set of whale ribs that extend into the audience. The ribs become parts of the...

Gandini’s Cancelled at Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival...

This just in– due to visa problems (Chinese hacking), the Gandinis are unable to enter the country.  Their shows at the Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival have been cancelled. Bad news for fans of amazing juggling. But even the Gandini’s occasionally drop a ball. The Festival goes on! MORE INFO:...

Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival-June 17-21...

The Chicago Festival just sort of snuck up on me– I knew it was coming, I just thought it was next month. Well, next month has ARRIVED! The festival is happening THIS WEEKEND in Chicago, with over 30 different performances from 13 of the top circus performers from around the world. Here’s a list of the performances: http://chicagocircusfest.com/events/ (and if you’d prefer that in Calendar view): http://chicagocircusfest.com/events/week/2015-06-15/ And here’s a list of the master classes: http://chicagocircusfest.com/master-classes/ The featured performers/organizations are listed below. To find out more about the shows, or to purchase tickets, Click on the organization. There will also be a grand closing party at the Red Moon Theatre on Sunday June 21 at 9 pm.  Admission is free with your ticket stub to a festival show (booze is however, not.) To find out more about the festival, you can also visit their website:  http://chicagocircusfest.com/   SHOWS OF THE 2015 CHICAGO CONTEMPORARY CIRCUS FESTIVAL    American Youth Circus Organization Youth Circus Showcase “Youth Circus” means kids, teens, and young adults who practice or perform circus arts. This includes young people who are learning circus skills at home, at a circus school, through an organization, at camp, school, college, or in a professional circus setting. There are about 10,000 youth that we know of doing circus all around the USA—and hundreds of thousands of others around the world with the numbers growing.   Bindlestiff Family Circus Third Coast Cabaret This late night cabaret features circus artists from across the globe and across the spectrum of circus and variety skills. Two completely different lineups of world-class aerialists, jugglers, physical comedians, acrobats, and novelty acts will...

Larry Griswold, Comedy Diver

Larry Griswold was a comedy diver who was instrumental in the creation and development of the modern trampoline. Here he is on the Frank Sinatra show from 1951. If you’d like to find out more about Griswold, check out his Wikipedia...
recent from 16 Dody DiSanto Clown Intensive Apr 25-26 (DC Area)
Dody DiSanto Clown Intensive Apr 25-26 (DC Area) Weekend CLOWN Intensive  “A riotous inquiry . . . a playful encounter . . . a look at our laughable & lovable selves.” WHEN: April 25th 26th, 2015 Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm Sunday 11:00am – 6:00pm COST:  $200 (Deposit due with Registration: $50) WHERE: Class held at THE CENTER  4321 Wisconsin Avenue, NW  Washington DC 20016 [entrance is on Windom Place] In Clown, we embark on the wondrous journey to rediscover innocence and uncover the pleasure of play. The red nose is both a great liberator and a severe taskmaster. It summons transparency in the actor, while revealing us in all of our beautiful and complicated simplicity. A daring adventure in which we open our fragile hearts in search of fun. The honesty and openness we find in clown will inhabit all of our work. This course is open to individuals of all levels. For REGISTRATION and SIGN UP please visit: www.thisisthecenter.com ABOUT DODY DISANTO DODY DISANTO is a teacher, performer, director, movement specialist and massage therapist. She has nurtured a healthy practice in cross-fiber massage since 1992, while maintaining a vital career teaching theatre. Dody was trained in Paris, holding an esteemed position as a teaching protégé of the late Jacques Lecoq whose teachings she carries on at the Center for Movement Theatre. She is currently on the faculties of the Academy for Classical Acting for the Shakespeare Theatre at the George Washington University, The Catholic University of America, and has recently served as guest teacher for Cirque du Soleil and at the Yale School of...
recent from 14 Unicycle Festival in NY Sept 3-6
Unicycle Festival in NY Sept 3-6 The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus rides again in a one wheeled extravaganza as the producer of the NYC Unicycle Festival. This 4 day event which celebrates one wheeled riding and the related skills is one of the only events of its kind, and its certainly the largest in NY.  The main part of the festival takes place on idyllic Governor’s Island, a short and free ferry ride from the metropolis. HERE’S THE SCHEDULE Thursday, September 3, 2015 — One-Wheel Manhattan A long-distance ride up Manhattan’s West Side to get the festival rolling Friday, September 4, 2015 – Brooklyn Unicycle Day Featuring a 13-mile ride across Brooklyn followed by a show at Coney Island USA’s Shooting Gallery Annex Saturday, September 5, and Sunday, September 6, 2015  — Unicycle Governors Island Two full days of one-wheel activities, A great day for spectators, beginners and experts, featuring instruction, displays, demonstrations, and lots and lots of fun. All activities are free and open to the public. For more info visit...
recent from 8 A Radio History of British clowning
A Radio History of British clowning Fascinating radio program on the history of British clowning from the BBC. Better listen to it in a hurry though, because it’s only available for 2 more days (not sure if it will be available for purchase afterwards.) Host Tony Lidington (who created a one man show based on British music hall master clown Dan Leno)  traces the role of the clown in British humor, from the Great Grimaldi through stars of circus, pantomime and pierrots, to modern entertainers and even activists. Drawing on his own performances, BBC archive and contemporary experts, Tony traces the clown’s evolution from Shakespeare’s plays, whose rustic clowns and court fools could speak uncomfortable truths to those in power. He recreates the role of “the Great Grimaldi”, whose panto clown became the most popular entertainment of Regency London and defined the clown’s image for generations to come. Light is also cast on the popular 19th century travelling circuses, the enormous appeal of pantos and harlequinades and the successful careers – and often tragically short lives – of entertainers like Dan Leno, once hailed as “the funniest man in the world”. The days of organized leisure time for working people and the growth of the middle class produced new diversions and the era of mass entertainment. White-clad Pierrot troupes entertained visitors at seaside resorts and troops abroad as Britain descended into two World Wars. The tradition of physical theatre and anarchic comedy clowning continued in the latter half of the 20th century, with The Goon Show and characters like Professor Wallofski, created by Max Wall. Tony also explores the role of the clown today, still active in circus and panto and even in political...
recent from 7 Dody DiSanto Clown Intensive Apr 25-26 (DC Area)
Dody DiSanto Clown Intensive Apr 25-26 (DC Area) Weekend CLOWN Intensive  “A riotous inquiry . . . a playful encounter . . . a look at our laughable & lovable selves.” WHEN: April 25th 26th, 2015 Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm Sunday 11:00am – 6:00pm COST:  $200 (Deposit due with Registration: $50) WHERE: Class held at THE CENTER  4321 Wisconsin Avenue, NW  Washington DC 20016 [entrance is on Windom Place] In Clown, we embark on the wondrous journey to rediscover innocence and uncover the pleasure of play. The red nose is both a great liberator and a severe taskmaster. It summons transparency in the actor, while revealing us in all of our beautiful and complicated simplicity. A daring adventure in which we open our fragile hearts in search of fun. The honesty and openness we find in clown will inhabit all of our work. This course is open to individuals of all levels. For REGISTRATION and SIGN UP please visit: www.thisisthecenter.com ABOUT DODY DISANTO DODY DISANTO is a teacher, performer, director, movement specialist and massage therapist. She has nurtured a healthy practice in cross-fiber massage since 1992, while maintaining a vital career teaching theatre. Dody was trained in Paris, holding an esteemed position as a teaching protégé of the late Jacques Lecoq whose teachings she carries on at the Center for Movement Theatre. She is currently on the faculties of the Academy for Classical Acting for the Shakespeare Theatre at the George Washington University, The Catholic University of America, and has recently served as guest teacher for Cirque du Soleil and at the Yale School of...

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