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Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show – Quarantine Edition – June 1st, 2020

Host Keith Nelson opens the show with an introduction of the acts.

The Bindlestiff Open Stage introduced a ‘new’ camera angle.

Steve Langley performed a wonderful ‘bubble’ production act.

Steve created a ‘bubble’ merry-go-round with his equipment.

Pinkie Special performed a wild ‘hula-hoop’ act.

Bruke had his hands full with a delightfully agile hat juggling act.



Professor DR Schreober took us back in time with some fun period magic.

Larry Vee did the rolla-bolla, hula-hoop, spinning a ball and juggling another.



Stephanie Monseu encouraged the viewers to take the survey.

Chase Culp performed with musical cow bells and played them well.

Hovey Burgess talked about the ‘shot from canon’ act that was in the circus for so many years.

Marcus Monroe juggled illuminated and regular clubs and told some ‘one-liners.

Kyla performed a beautiful aerial act.

The Coronel Sisters from Peru had the most amazing balancing skills on the balls.


Tune in Next Monday for another Bindlestiff Open Stage show!

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Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show – Quarantine Edition – May 25th, 2020

Host Keith Nelson introduces the show and the evenings acts.

Jan Damm and his family performed a fun vaudeville act for the viewers.

Chris Delgado performed on the ‘wheel’ in the street before the camera.

Rich Potter performed with his hand puppet as he escaped from his closet quarantine.

Kira DiPietrantonio did contortion and juggled in the most amazing ways.

Lou Johnson manipulated the hoops in a very unique way.

Hovey Burgess answered a question about his love of the circus.

The Dutch juggler Niels Duinker showed the viewers his new home (barn) and juggled some rings, cups, balls, and cows.

Keith Nelson attempts to conquer another old vaudeville trick. He succeeds in doing half of it right!

Leonid the Magnificent paraded around the grounds hula-hooping and dancing up a storm.

Reggie Bugmuncher performed a classic sideshow “eye hooks” act by lifting up a fishbowl with hooks attached to her eyelids.

Candice Storley performed a lovely aerial act in the flying hoop.


The cast takes the Zoom curtain call online!

Keith wishes the Coney Island amusement ride WONDER WHEEL a 100th Birthday!

Tune in next week for another great show!

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Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show – Quarantine Edition – May 18th, 2020

Host Keith Nelson introduces the acts of tonight’s show.

Magic man Torkova performs two different amazing feats. One with multiplying candles and the second producing two bowls of oranges.

Erin Stephens performs a very skilled juggling set in a beautiful studio setting.

Patrick Garner performs a ‘tribute’ to Senior Wences ‘one-handed’ ventriloquism act

Stephanie Monseu models the ‘Top Chatter’ banner awarded to Angleo Iodice.

Presenting a show has many costs. To help defray these please see the above methods for donating to this cause. Bindlestiff Family Cirkus is a ‘not-for-profit’ 501(c)3 organization.

Fernanda Sumano performed a high energy hula-hoop act that allowed us to follow her through the house she was performing into the street and then the roof!

Wilfredo sang a lovely song for the viewers which included the ever-present “I”.

Keith Nelson introduces the ‘Ask Hovey’ segment of the show.

Circus historian/performer/author Hovey Burgess talks about the Hagenbeck & Wallace Circus train wreck of 1918.

Justin Weber performs his amazingly wonderful Yoyo act with colored light projections.

Keith Nelson catches all six spoons and keeps all 6 plates spinning!

Alisa Mae performs a ‘satirical’ aerial act with rolls of toilet paper.

Host Keith introduces the last act. The Kalvan Family!

The Kalvan Family had all the right moves and everyone had great skills!

The online Virtual curtain call for all the performers from the show. (and tech crew!)

Come back next Monday for another great Bindlestiff Open Stage Quarantine Edition Variety Show!


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Bindlestiff’s “brooklyn abridged” show at The Connelly Theater

Bindlestiff’s own Keith Nelson begins the wonderful show!

Ermiyas Muluken (from Ethopia) performs his amazing ‘ladder act’.

The multi-talented Cassady Rose Bonjo performed her ‘hula-hoop’ act.

Flying high above the stage was the remarkable Kenneth Stephen Neil.

Bringing the audience back to the sideshow Keith Nelson performs ‘blockhead’.

What goes into the head must come out. Keith removes the nail from his skull

Angela Buccinni and Yoni Kallal perform their wonderful acrobatic duo act.

Esther de Monteflores manipulates the cigar boxes with finese.

Cassady Rose Bonjo performs another of her many skills.

Esther de Monteflores performs a lovely and very unique slack wire act.

Ermiyas Muluken performs a ‘wild’ high rolla bolla act.

Curtain call for all the incredible performers at the ‘brooklyn abridged’ show.

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Composer/Music Director – Sxip Shirey

Audio Design – Kris Anton

Band – Sxip Shirey and Nathan Repasz

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Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue – Dixon Place – 9/10/2018

Always a great night of entertainment! Tonight was especially wonderful with a wide variety of acts

Hosting the show and driving everyone crazy with his ‘blockhead’ routine was Magic Brian.

TruDee (aka Deborah Lohse) performed a wonderful take off a famous conceptual artist with audience participation.

Cassandra Nemser performed with the magic rings beautifully while singing opera.

Angela Delfini performed an excerpt from her one-woman show.

Acro Artemis had amazing balancing skills (Aryn and Jeff Stilt)

Comedian/Character actor ‘Loud Larry’ (Christoper A. Nicola) was trying to sell cars to the audience.

Lauren Elizabeth worked magic with the illuminated baton.

Zero Boy worked the audience by having them give him ideas to improvise with.

UK based clown/teacher Jon Davison had the audience rolling with his surreal long arms.

Erin Blaire and Jan Manke performed beautiful moves on the trapeze.

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The Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue

1st Monday of every month at Dixon Place! A great show each time. Come and see one!

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Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Cabaret @The Cutting Room

Get ready!

2018 Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Cabaret at The Cutting Room,

May 23-27!

I have had the pleasure of photographing this company for years and I must say “They are great.”

The performers are amazing, professional and top of the line in their particular discipline.

A very special venue is The Cutting Room. Don’t miss your chance to see this show!

Tickets are $25.00 in advance, $35.00 at the door.  $25.00 at the door for those attending in clown makeup or circus costume

Tickets can be had here!

Chloe Somers Wall

Evan Ruggiero

The Great Kaplan

Mr. & Mrs. G – Crossbow stunts

Keith Nelson spinning the china bowls. (Photograph ©2018 Maike Schulz)

The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Cabaret features cast members Keith Nelson (vaudevillian juggler and sideshow marvel), Stephanie Monseu (emcee and instigator), The Great Kaplan (Eccentric man of magic, and purveyor of deadpan nonsense), Evan Ruggiero (triple threat, singer, actor, and one-legged tap dancer) and Chloe Somers Walier (delightfully daring aerial acrobat).  The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Band features Robert Cowie on keyboards and Eric Biondo on trumpet and beats.  The show is directed by Michelle Matlock, the originator of The Ladybug role in Cirque du Soleil’s “Ovo”.

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Big Apple Circus at Lincoln Center – 2017/18 Season

Ringmaster Tyron “Ty” McFarlan

 

Barry Lubin – Grandma

Joel Jeske – Clown

Jenny Vidbel and her horses.

Gamal Garcia Tuniziani – Juggler

The Flying Tunizianis Troupe – Trapeze

Jan Damm – Rolla Bolla

Wallenda Seven-Person Pyramid – Highwire


The show also featured Elayne Kramer/Contortionist and The Anastanini Brothers.

What a wonderful show this year! All the acts were amazing and the direction was brilliant! So happy to see The Big Apple Circus Back in town!

Today and tomorrow ONLY!

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Clowns Without Borders Benefit Showcase! 8/18 @8:00pm

You are cordially invited to the Clowns Without Borders Benefit Showcase!

The Muse Brooklyn and Clowns Without Borders come together for a night of fun, laughter, and celebration! At the Clowns Without Borders First Annual Benefit Showcase, witness the spectacular artistry and strength of The Muse acrobats, jugglers, and aerialists. Experience the silly, heartwarming charm of the CWB clowns. The show will also feature a hilarious solo performance by Hilary Chaplain, and a TEDtalk by Molly Levine about the importance of laughter in CWB relief work. The show is kid-friendly, but not exclusively kid-focused. Doors open at 7:30 pm.
 
Date and Time:
August 13 at 8 pm

 
Tickets on a sliding scale: $5-$25
You can reserve your tickets at https://themusebrooklyn.com/events/

 
Event Location: 
The Muse 
350 Moffat Street, Brooklyn, NY 11237
Between Knickerbocker and Irving
Wilson Avenue stop on the L train
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In places where resources are scarce, laughter can be abundant. Clowns Without Borders (CWB) brings small teams of professional artists to perform in refugee camps, conflict zones, and sites of a natural disaster.In 1993, a letter from Croatian refugees to Spanish clown Tortell Pontrona sparked engagement. “You know what we miss most? We miss laughter.” From there, CWB was born. Since then, it has grown to an international NGO, with chapters in 14 countries, reaching over 400,000 displaced children a year.

Our work takes us to the beaches of Lesvos, Greece, the hills of rural El Salvador, the deserts of South Sudan. Though the audience changes, the result is the same. An invitation to play is sometimes all that is needed to help recapture a sense of childhood. We are reminded time and time again, that we all laugh in the same language.

Like laughter, our impact ripples outward, energizing children and the adults who care for them. In a world often divided and stark, Clowns Without Borders proudly co-creates and collaborates cross-culturally.

Come learn about how laughter creates community and builds resilience.

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“Cuisine & Confessions” – Les 7 Doigts de la Main

“Cuisine & Confessions” – Les 7 Doigts de la Main

Energy and beauty bound together with food!

What a great evening of movement theater. Les 7 Doigts, the company behind the Tony Award-winning Pippin brings all their amazing skills and passion to the ‘Cuisine & Confessions’ show playing at NYU Skirball Center.

I was at the dress/photo shot and got some nice photographs of the company BUT nothing will take the place of seeing this show!

A Mouth-Watering Blend of Theater with a Pinch of Circus, Mixed with a Side of Cooking

Anna Kichtchenko warming up before the photo shoot.

Bringing an audience member on stage to share the food they are preparing on stage.

After serving the audience volunteer and serenading her with accordion music.

The cast celebrates after the audience member has eaten their food!

Dancing and acrobatics, juggling and cooking make this show a unique experience. 

Anna Kichtchenko gets lifted to the sky to perform her beautiful movements.

The company performs brilliantly together with choreography and gesture.

Anna Kichtchenko performs beautiful acrobatic moves while in the air.

Landed and safe on the stage with a ribbon twirling down on her.

The company posed for a group shot after the photo shoot.

(Not in order -Sidney Iking Bateman, Melvin Diggs, Mishannok Ferraro, Danica Gagnon-Plamondon, Anna Kichtchenko, Gabriela Parigi, Emile Pineault, Matias Plaul, Pablo Pramparo)

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Cuisine & Confessions is directed by Shana Carroll and Sébastien Soldevila and produced by NYU Skirball. It is part of the second annual Tilt Kids Festival, a cultural event for families presented by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF).

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Cuisine & Confessions will play seven performances, as follows: April 11 – 14 at 7:30 pm; April 15 at 2 and 8 pm; and April 16 at 3 pm. Tickets are $45 – $99 and may be purchased online at www.nyuskirball.org or in person at the NYU Skirball Center Box Office: Tuesday-Saturday, 12:00–6:00 P.M.

NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts is located at 566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Square, New York, New York 10012.

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Related videos for this show. 1. Promo show video 2. Performer talks about the company.

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ABOUT THE 7 FINGERS

The 7 Fingers (Les 7 Doigts), based in Montreal, was created in 2002 with the goal of making circus a transformative experience for audiences and nurturing new generations of circus artists. The company is made up of 200 artists, administrators, and technicians, and presents roughly 1,000 performances a year — both artistic collaborations and signature shows. The 7 Fingers strive to reach the universal, extraordinary, indefinable, visceral, and intimate worlds in each human being. The company’s credits include the New York productions of Traces, which ran for one year and is currently touring; the Tony Award-winning revival of Pippin; and direction of the immersive Queen of the Night, as well as two appearances on “America’s Got Talent” and direction of the first segment of the opening ceremony of Sotchi Olympics.

http://www.7doigts.com/

 

 

 

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Vaudevisuals interview – “Mother Africa”

Vaudevisuals interview with ‘Mother Africa’.

Mother Africa

Comedian Matt Roper interviews ‘Mother Africa’ vocalist backstage

Do you miss the Big Apple Circus? Well head on over to the New Victory Theater for this amazingly uplifting circus show from Africa.

Here is a visual sample of what to expect. I loved the show!

Stills from today’s show!

2016-12-08mothera_09Rola Bola act was incredible! His balancing skills were great.

Mother Africa at New VictoryThe cast was energetic and positive throughout the entire show!

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Here is the show description from The New Victory:

This holiday season, experience the joyous spirit abundant in MOTHER AFRICA: MY HOME, a circus spectacular set in Cape Town’s largest township, Khayelitsha. Daring acrobats, jubilant dancers and mind-bending contortionists fill the New Victory stage when the sensational Drama Desk-nominated Circus der Sinne (Mother Africa, New Vic 2013) returns to NYC with electrifying live music and feats of extraordinary strength and dazzling skill. With performers representing African nations from Tanzania, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe, to South Africa and Ivory Coast, this radiantly rhythmic production exudes a palpable zest for life that will have the whole family on the edge of their seats—or, better yet, dancing in the aisles!

“Exuberant, high-energy entertainment.”The New York Times

I suggest you go see this show. It really is life changing experience.

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For more information and/or tickets go HERE!

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