Expression in Circus Performance

I was editing footage of my double hammocks act to submit for a show, and I found a video of my last performance on that apparatus from about a year ago.  It was 3 weeks after I had been in a massive car accident that I was incredibly fortunate to walk away from, but still…

Circus as Art. Circus as Entertainment.

One of the recurring topics at the Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival in June was circus as its own art.  There is a movement to have circus classified as its own art form for funding applications, and to bring circus to university programs as its own course of study.  I fully support the expansion of circus…

Uncle Junior Benefit, Tourettes without Regrets, and SempreVerde

Collaboration pushes us outside of our comfort zone.  Here are some highlights from some 2015 projects so far. In late April, Angela Chu and I premiered our Aerial Globe Duet at Beyond, a benefit for the Uncle Junior Project.  This act is 2 years in the making! We first began designing the apparatus with our…

Safety in Circus

As circus rises to the mainstream, gracing all manner of venue from backyard birthdays to the grandest of stages, it is easy to lose sight of one of the core reasons that what we do is so interesting:  risk.  Do you remember the first time you saw a contortionist bend her back flat in half?…

Introducting La Maison Aurora

Every art form struggles with the gap between commercial and fine art.  Radio hits versus local indie music.  Music video back up dance versus concert dance.  Art for wall decor versus the art of museums and galleries.  The only form I have found that builds its economic foundation on both commercial and fine art is fashion.  A…