On Monday night I watched the wonderful Bindlestiff Open Stage Quarantine edition and was pleased to see the “Ask Hovey” segment (featuring circus historian/teacher/performer Hovey Burgess) where he talked about ‘Midgets’ and mentioned the Vaudevisuals Press book “Rose’s Royal Midgets and Other Little People of Vaudeville“. Here is the video excerpt from the show.
Clown Jango Edwards wins the Circus Circus Award for Best Trajectory
- The American artist, famous for his provocative style, is considered one of the benchmarks of the most contemporary language of clowns and has lived in Catalonia for almost 20 years.
- Due to the new restrictions due to the pandemic, the Night of the Circus is readapted and will be a television broadcast without an audience where the winners of the eleventh edition of the Zirkòlika de Circ Awards will be announced (Mercat de les Flors, Wednesday 23, 19.00 h)
- The clowns Pepa Plana and Noël Olivé, the juggler Totó, the young company Nom Provisional and the comics Toti Toronell and Pere Hosta, among others, will take part in the show Nit de Circ
The American clown Jango Edwards (Detroit, 1950) has won the Circus Zirkòlika Award for Best Trajectory for a long career that he has developed mainly in Europe and Catalonia. Considered one of the greatest references in the contemporary language of clowns and a representative of the so-called clown power, his humor between provocation and tenderness has always had a great impact on the public and critics. He has toured in theaters, circuses, and large venues in Europe, America, and Oceania, and for almost 20 years he has lived in Barcelona, one of the headquarters of the Nouveau Clown Institute, the clown school he has been promoting since 2009.
Although he is known as Jango Edwards, his real name is Stanley Ted Edwards. He performed for the first time in Barcelona at the Saló Diana in 1977, and since then he has established very close links with circus and theater professionals in Catalonia, as he has recently shown. At the age of 70, last September he organized the festival The man, the myth and the legend at the La Gleva theater in Barcelona , where he shared the stage with artists such as Pepa Plana, Tortell Poltrona, Roberto Oliván, Andreu Buenafuente and Mario Gas. Throughout his career he has created, among others, the shows Penzilpeeni Zircus , Nothing but the truth , Nightmirrors , and Garbage, which established him in the eighties as a reference artist and clown.
Circus Night readapts
On the other hand, and due to the new restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Circus Night gala is readapted and will be a television broadcast that will be broadcast next Wednesday the 23rd, from 19:00 hours. . It can be followed live on the social networks of the magazine Zirkòlika (YouTube and Facebook) and watched in full from 23.00ha through laxarxa.com and 14 other channels of the Local Television Network.
The winners of the eleventh edition will be announced in this broadcast. The show, without audience, will feature live music by the group Sakapatú and performances by clowns Pepa Plana and Nöel Olivé and comics Toti Toronell and Pere Hosta . In addition, there will be performances by Luis Niño ‘Totó’ (juggler), Martina Covone (aerial rope), company Nom Provisional (Chinese hanger) and Léa Legrand (balance ball). All the circus artists participating in this show directed by Xavier Erra were nominated or awarded at the last edition of the Zirkòlika Awards.
The awards are produced by the organization Zirkòlika , a project for the dissemination and communication of circus arts that has been published since 2004 as the only magazine specializing in circus in the whole of Spain and also maintains a portal of information on the Internet. The awards, which have the cooperation of the Government of Catalonia , the Barcelona City Council and Barcelona Provincial Council , was founded in 2010 to support the creation and recognition of the work of artists and companies Catalan circus.
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Circus and Changing Realities 2020 is a curated set of online panels (since March 2020), where we discuss the changing face of the global circus industry. We delve into best practices, improvements, and adaptations, and we do not shy away from asking challenging questions and touching on sensitive issues that concern the future of our community.
~ Circus Presenters and Producers on Planning for the future ~
To access this next event scheduled for Sept 7th, 2020 click here.
What approaches can we take at the moment? What do we know? How can we continue to build audiences, improve touring and sustainability for small companies, and increase sector diversity?
New York 8am, Montreal 8am, London 1pm, Paris 2pm, Melbourne 10pm
Anke Politz Managing Director and Artistic Director, Chameleon, Berlin
Ruth Wikler, Deputy Director of Programming, Circus Arts/ TOHU, Montreal
Linda Catalano Quiet Riot Unlimited (including Hot Brown Honey), Melbourne, Australia
Chaired by Antonella Casella
Date: Sept. 07, 2020
10:00 pm time zone:(UTC+10) Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Guam
For a list of all online panels (since March 2020) click here!
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Certainly one of the most interesting forms of popular entertainment America has experienced. Now – with the pandemic and final curtain call for Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus…what is next?
Here is a wonderful excerpt from the American Experience special titled “The Circus”.
This four-hour mini-series tells the story of one of the most popular and influential forms of entertainment in American history. Through the intertwined stories of several of the most innovative and influential impresarios of the late nineteenth century, this series reveals the circus was a uniquely American entertainment created by a rapidly expanding and industrializing nation; that it embraced and was made possible by Western imperialism; that its history was shaped by a tension between its unconventional entertainments and prevailing standards of respectability; and that its promise for ordinary people was the possibility for personal reinvention. For many Americans, the circus embodied the improbable and the impossible, the exotic, and the spectacular. Drawing upon a vast and richly visual archive and featuring a host of performers, historians, and aficionados, The Circus follows the rise and fall of the gigantic, traveling tented railroad circus and brings to life an era when Circus Day would shut down a town and its stars were among the most famous people in the country.
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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
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.
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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~ The Grand Gypsy ~
A Memoir by Ottavio Canestrelli with Ottavio Gesmundo
The Grand Gypsy is a memoir of life in the circus, filled with daring feats and tragic mishaps. It is the true story of a man who experienced historical events as he toured with his family through five continents and countless nations. Among these events are his harrowing experience fighting in World War I against the German Army in Italy, and the excavation of the Sphinx in Egypt.
Replete with over 150 rare, historic photographs, The Grand Gypsy is a chronicle of a circus dynasty from the late nineteenth century in Europe to the new millennium in the United States of America. Included are significant images that document an extensive tour through such exotic locations as Burma, Sumatra, New Guinea, Syria, and Mesopotamia during the early twentieth century, and numerous portraits and captured performances in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Hollywood, Las Vegas, and Sarasota, Florida.
“The Grand Gypsy is indeed fascinating and highly enjoyable reading, not only for anyone interested in circus history but also for any curious or adventurous mind.”
Dominique Jando – Editor, Circopedia.org
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“The story of Ottavio Canestrelli is unique and this book, rich with history and filled with humor, is fresh and memorable.” – “readers will definitely be interested in his remarkable story.”
The Booklife Prize by Publisher’s Weekly
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“The story of his travels, his acts and those of his talented family will enthrall any reader, and this is a most well-written and structured book”
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“The roster of names dropped along the way, along with an expansive collection of photographs from every period covered in the book, should provide a good deal of pleasure”.
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“The pictures in the book are astonishing. With its pictures and rich anecdotes, this is a treasure of a book.”
Judge, 25th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards
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Come One, Come All! every Wednesday, 4 pm EST, to Mr. Amazing’s Circus Corner! A special guest artist every week presented by America’s Ringmaster, Mr. Amazing, from Nyack’s only true circus, Amazing Grace CIRCUS!
Join the Circus Zoom Room this Wed, May 13, with your kids, grandkids, and friends! There’s always something surprising happening at Mr. Amazing’s Circus Corner!
This week the Circus Corner will be visited by Professor BILLY BONES and his PIRATE SCHOOL!
Enjoy the show!
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The beginning of May and the sun is shining and the weather is getting nicer here in New York. May 4th had many great surprises for the viewers!
Host Keith Nelson introduces the show to the viewers.
The Bindlestiff Open Stage is made possible by donations from the viewers like you.
Opening the show was The Great Dubini. (Greg Dubin). He swallowed several razor blades and then regurgitated them on a thread he also ate!
Zander Mowat juggled and balanced many household items amazingly!
Eva Lou Rhinelander juggled, did backbends, walk on a wire, and many other wonderful circus feats.
Michael Rosman painted this Chaplin portrait while it was upside down.
The beautiful and talented Rachel Karabenick performs on the trapeze.
Keith Nelson does so eccentric hat juggling.
Drew Brown performed an extremely delightful cane juggling act.
Gigi (Gina Allison) and the ever so talented dog Zeus did some really nice tricks.
Keith Nelson attempted the sideshow stunt Kendama-Blockhead once more!
David Cain performed numerous juggling stunts.
Make sure to visit the Dixon Place DP TV shows going on daily!
Make sure you donate to the Bindlestiff Open Stage to keep it happening!
Would you like to perform at the Open Stage? Email: Keith@bindlestiff.org
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During my 4 days documenting the Southern Sideshow Hootenanny in New Orleans in early March, I sat down with juggler Thom Wall (who performed at the Festival in the All-Star and Living Legends Show) and he talked about his niche publishing company Modern Vaudeville Press.
All the titles can be purchased at the website Modern Vaudeville Press
Juggling from Antiquity to the Middle Ages by Thom Wall
How to Become a Juggler by Rupert Ingalese
Body Talk – Basic Mime by Mano Diamond
More titles are in the works.
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March 6-8th, 2020 – New Orleans – Cafe Istanbul
A visual survey of the 6th Annual Southern Sideshow Hootenanny. Part 1 of 3.
Monsters of Schlock hosted the ‘Sideshow Innovators’ Show – Friday, March 6th, 2020.
Jezzibel performs the infamous ‘blockhead’ act with an ice pick.
Jezzibel performs a ‘spark’ spectacular finale.
Lunival Lousion performs a wonderful hula-hoop act.
Betsy Propane entertains the audience with her lovely voice while escaping from her straight jacket.
Jared Janssen charmingly performed juggled with ‘live food’.
Betsy Ritz caught a tongue on her mousetrap while kneeling on the floor.
Dante fooled the audience with his charming magic act.
Salem added a touch of the bizarre with the outfit and magical offerings.
Salem combined the ‘blockhead’ act with the seductive.
Chatty the Mime performed silently combining the chair with mimetic skills.
Nathan McScary dazed the audience with his single-handed knot tying tricks.
Emma D’Lemma performed many skills including walking on bottles.
Sweet Pepper Klopek has his tongue caught in a mousetrap set off by his partner
The Monsters of Schlock finish off the evening’s festivities. Sweet Pepper prepares to slam the cinderblock with a sledgehammer on his partner’s groin. But first a gentlemanly hand butt.
This is the first of 3 separate shows that I documented at The Southern Sideshow Hootenanny. Check back in the next few days for photographs of the other two shows. The All-Star and Living Legends Show (Sat night) – Troupe Night(Sunday show.)
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