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Vaudevisuals interview with Jos Houben – The Art of Laughter

Several years ago I had the pleasure to interview Jos Houben. A very funny man indeed!

He was appearing at the time in a Beckett play directed by Peter Brook at the Baryshnikov Arts Center. We did the interview in his dressing room and he talked about Beckett, Peter Brook, his show and his teaching of slapstick, theatre, and physical comedy. A great interview posted below!

On Oct 27th thru Nov 19th, he is appearing at Theatre for a New Audience doing his delightfully funny show “The Art of Laughter”.

Run! Don’t walk to get tickets to this production. He is sharing the bill with another very funny physical comedian Marcello Magni in the duet show titledMarcel“. (a duet with Jos.)

Click here for more information about the current show of Jos Houben and Mario Magni

“Jos Houben and Marcello Magni are two towering figures representing some of the highest form of physical theatre and clowning existing today. They are splendidly brilliant.
– David Shiner, Lucille Lortel Winner for his work in OLD HATS with Bill Irwin.

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Check out Vaudevisuals.com – A 2016 Review every day!

Vaudevisuals.comWarm up to a cup of Vaudevisuals every morning! 

In case you missed some of the postings this year I will be doing a monthly review starting today for the next 11 days.

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January 2016 – Vaudevisuals Postings

FLASHBACK – ‘BOUFFON GLASS MENAJOREE” AT THE BRICK

THE REGARD OF FLIGHT – BILL IRWIN

VENTRILOQUIST/JUGGLER/ENTERTAINER SENOR WENCES

THE VAUDEVISUALS BOOKSHELF – “NIGHTMARE ALLEY”

MAD JENNY AND THE SOCIETY BAND’S ‘LOVE UND GREED’

THE VAUDEVISUALS BOOKSHELF – “REBIRTH OF THE COOL.”

‘SILENT FANTASIES’ – A CLOWN SHOW

CAPTURING CLOWNS – DANCE MAGAZINE ARTICLE APRIL 1983

THE VAUDEVISUALS BOOKSHELF – GROUCHO MARX: THE COMEDY OF EXISTENCE

VAUDEVISUALS INTERVIEW WITH FRANK BOYD – “THE HOLLER SESSIONS”

Hidden in Plain Sight – Vaudevisuals Bookshelf

ELLA EWING – THE MISSOURI GIANTESS

Grove Press – New American Theater – Vaudevisuals Bookshelf

THE MINERALOGY OF OBJECTS

2ND ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF AMERICAN CIRCUS

VAUDEVISUALS INTERVIEW WITH DAVID CARLYON

SUPERHUMAN: WORLD’S SMALLEST PEOPLE

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Tomorrow I will list the February postings with links.

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“Circus Kid” – A video interview with director Lorenzo Pisoni

A new documentary film directed by Lorenzo Pisoni.

CIRCUS KID

After watching the film at DocNYC I had to find out more about this wonderful, heartfelt documentary that Larry Pisoni’s son Lorenzo made about his experiences growing up in The Pickle Family Circus. In the lobby, I approached Lorenzo and ask if he would be up for a video interview?

Here it is. A wonderful talk about the film, his show Humor Abuse and his life during the making of his ‘first director’ experience.

Lorenzo Pisoni with his parents at The Pickle Family Circus

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Click HERE to see the trailer for “Circus Kid”

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Photographs from IN/SIGHTS – Clown/Actor Bill Irwin

“When you’re onstage, part of you wants to be off as fast as possible. And once you’re offstage, everything is in anticipation of the next time you’re on.”

Bill Irwin

Studio photographs of Bill Irwin taken Nov. 1986 by Jim R. Moore

Published in the book IN/SIGHTS – Moore Photographs

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Here are some additional links to some great resources on Bill Irwin and his brilliant clown work!

Great Performances film “Bill Irwin Clown Prince”.

Bill Irwin’s website

Bill Irwin in Vanity Fair Magazine

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In/SIGHTS – Big Apple Circus Clowns – Jeff Gordon

Jeff Gordon

“GORDOON”

Jeff Gordon was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (USA), in 1954. A former All-American Springboard Champion diver, he graduated from Clown College in 1979 and spent the following year somersaulting over elephants at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. In 1981, he joined the Big Apple Circus, where he worked on the ring crew. He also appeared as a plant in the audience for the Big Apple Circus’s trio of clowns, Carlo Pellegrini (Carlo), Michael Christensen (Mr. Stubbs), and Barry Lubin (Grandma).

Jeff’s first experience as a clown had come as part of the Ringling show, but he felt much more comfortable in the intimate, one-ring European format of the Big Apple Circus. So, in 1983, he became a full-fledged member of the Big Apple Circus’s Clown Alley as “Gordoon,” a newly created clown persona. Mr. Stubbs, Gordoon, and Grandma would be, for the following five years, the iconic clown trio of the Big Apple Circus.

In 1989, in a quixotic attempt to run away from the circus and join a home, Jeff found himself on Broadway, playing The Dean in Bill Irwin’s Largely New York, a role he subsequently played on tour. By 1991-92, however, he was back at the Big Apple Circus, performing in Greetings from Coney Island and, 1992-93, Going Places, a show in which he was the lead character.

Jeff subsequently performed in Asia, appeared with Bill Irwin in the Seattle Rep’s production of Molière’s Scapin, and was for several years “Le Clown Gordoon” at the French Pavillion at Walt Disney World’s Epcot Center. He then moved to San Francisco, where he became involved with the successful Teatro ZinZanni. In 2000-01, Gordoon was again back at the Big Apple Circus, where he starred inClown Around Town with Tom Dougherty.

Jeff later participated in the Tianjin International Comedy Festival in China (2001) and toured with Circus Vidbel in 2004. He has worked extensively in Asia and the United States, and In 2007-2008, he was featured with Zany Umbrella Circus in Amman, at the Jordan’s Children Museum. In addition, Jeff has done many Artist-in-Residencies in the Pittsburgh area, where he now lives.

Thanks to Circopedia for this Bio of Jeff Gordon. A great resource for all things CIRCUS!

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The Regard of Flight – Bill Irwin, Doug Skinner and Michael O’Connor

Now that Bill Irwin has joined forces with David Shiner again to present OLD HATS I thought it right to ‘look back’ at Bill’s earlier success. “The Regard of Flight“. The show was performed in many venues before going to Lincoln Center. An earlier version of the show was performed at the Baltimore Theater Festival titled “Murdoch” which I saw.
Bill Irwin was brilliant in choosing Doug Skinner and Michael O’Connor to share the stage with him in this show. They were great!
Doug Skinner provided ‘original music’ and Michael O’Connor was hysterical as ‘the critic’ lurching to the stage with comments and questions throughout the show. Wonderful comic timing together made this show a treat for any audience!
For those of you that did not see Bill Irwin, Doug Skinner and Michael O’Connor in “The Regard of Flight”…A wonderfully brilliant show!

“It should be said that Mr. Irwin is a contemporary American performance artist whose name belongs alongside those of Buster Keaton and Marcel Marceau.”
Mel Gussow NY Times
The New York Times Review

Bill Irwin and David Shiner are currently performing their new show “OLD HATS” at the Signature Theater.
“one of the funniest shows of the past few years” the New York Post,
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More information and tickets can be had here.

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Capturing Clowns – Dance Magazine article April 1983

Not to get reminiscent about the past but here is an article published in Dance Magazine in April 1983.

Titled “Capturing Clowns”.  Featuring my photographs of performing artists.

Dance Magazine April 1983

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Most of my work at the time was done in studios since I was working a ‘night shift’ job at a photo lab and had access to rental studios.

The first picture above is a studio photograph of MacArthur ‘Genius Grant’ award winner Michael Moschen. Juggler/Inventor/director.

Second is ventriloquist/actor David Strassman taken with his friend ‘Chuck Wood’. David has created some brilliant videos and inventions in the ventriloquist genre.

The third picture is one of the first photographs taken of Big Apple Circus founders Paul Binder and Michael Christensen upon their return to New York from traveling thru European circus juggling as a duo.

Portrait photographer Gordon Munro took the photograph of me with the flower.

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2nd Annual Celebration of American Circus – Presented at the Big Apple Circus Big Top

In 2014 American Circus Awards were created by Circus Now and The Big Apple Circus to spotlight particular achievements in the circus arts, while drawing attention to the creativity, diversity, and public relevance of circus to American cultural expression. Honorees are nominated by the Celebration Planning Committee and voted on by a select panel composed of various leaders in the circus arts sector.

HONOREES

Community Impact Award – Cirkus Smirkus

This award is given annually to a circus artist or organization that has succecced in harnessing and demonstrating the power of circus arts for community engagement and social good, and in bringing diverse audiences together through quality programming.

Elevating Circus Award – Dominique Jando

This award is given annually to an individual or an organization who has made a lasting contribution to increasing public awareness about the beauty, artistry, creative potential of the circus arts through their body of work, with particular attention paid to interdisciplinary collaboration or expression.

Evolving Circus  Award – Bill Irwin

This award is given annually to an individual whose personal and/or professional contributions have made a significant and permanent impact on the circus field in America, with specific consideration of how the recipient’s work has influenced the perception of the circus arts by the American public and the arts and entertainment industry.

Lifetime Achievement Award – Hovey Burgess

This award is given to an individual artist, troupe, or company whose overall contributions to the field and community are substantial, undeniable and significant.

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Adam Woolley - Circus Now Managing DirectorCircus Now Managing Director Adam Woolley makes Opening Remarks about Circus in America.

Guillaume Dufresnoy - Artistic Director of Big Apple CircusBig Apple Circus Artistic Director Guillaume Dufresnoy makes Opening Remarks about Circus in America.

Thom Wall - Master of CeremoniesThom Wall entertained the crowd as he MC’d the show.

Preston Scott of Smithsonian Folklife FestivalProgram Director for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival Preston Scott presents the Community Impact Award.

Ed LeClair - Executive Director of Circus SmirkusCircus Smirkus Executive Director Ed LeClair talks about the role of the circus in American Culture.

Circus Smirkus founder Rob MerminCircus Smirkus founder Rob Mermin gives the audience a great list of reasons for the circus.

2016.01.05_CircusAwds.115Community Impact Award was given to Circus Smirkus.

Sawyer Oubre and Liam Gundach do a diabolo duetSawyer Oubre and Liam Gundlach perform a ‘diabolo duet’.

Duncan Wall introduces the Elevating Circus Award.Author of “Ordinary Acrobat’ Duncan Wall presents the Elevating Circus Award.

2016.01.05_CircusAwds.163Dominique Jando received the Elevating Circus Award and talks about how important ‘skill’ is in circus discipline.

2016.01.05_CircusAwds.174Brent McBeth, Duncan Wall, Dominique Jando, and Joel Jeske.

 

Anna and Emily Venizelos perform a contortion duet.Anna and Emily Venizelos perform a magnificent contortion duet.

David Shiner presents the Evolving Circus Award.David Shiner presents the Evolving Circus Award.

2016.01.05_CircusAwds.256Bill Irwin accepts the Evolving Circus Award with his “Old Hat’s” partner David Shiner to his right.

2016.01.05_CircusAwds.264Before leaving the ring David Shiner and Bill Irwin compete with some hat tricks.

2016.01.05_CircusAwds.274Bill tries to ‘up one’ on David’s hat trick,

2016.01.05_CircusAwds.290NEA Heritage Fellowship Award winner Dolly Jacobs presents the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Hovey Burgess receives the Lifetime Achievement AwardHovey Burgess was wheeled in (having incurred a fall a few days ago)  to accept the Lifetime Achievement Award.

2016.01.05_CircusAwds.328Hovey Burgess was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award with Dolly Jacobs presenting.

Serge Akinmov performs the aerial straps.

2016.01.05_CircusAwds.391Big Apple Circus’ “The Grand Tour’ performer Serge Akimov performs the aerial straps.

2016.01.05_CircusAwds.056Master of Modern Vaudeville Thom Wall makes closing remarks.

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Celebration Planning Committee

Mary Jane Brock (Chair)

Jonathan Cerullo (Director)

Adam Woolley (Managing Director, Circus Now)

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Upcoming performances by Circus Now at Skirball Center.

Big Apple Circus’ The Grand Tour show at Lincoln Center.

The Celebration of American Circus was directed by Jonathan S. Cerullo

 

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2013 – Highlights of the Year

Below is a list of ‘Highlights’ from the 2013 posts.

The categories are all here. Vaudevisuals Interviews, Clown UnMask, Performance documentation, Silent Movies etc.

November 2013 marked the 4th Year Anniversary of Vaudevisuals.com. Looking forward to what 2014 will bring!

 

Tammy Faye Starlite @ Joe’s Pub

 Circus Panel Discussion – From Egypt to Eloise @ La Maison Francaise.

Vaudevisuals Interview with Glen Heroy – Talking about Santa

Vaudevisuals Interview with Phoebe Legere

Vaudevisuals Interview with storyteller Slash Coleman

1922 Max Fleischer Animation – Koko Bubbles

Vaudevisuals Interview with Ryan Landry – The Gold Dust Orphans

 Vaudevisuals Interview with Bushwick Starr Artistic Director – Noel Allain

 ‘tinydangerousfun’ at Cloud City

 Vaudevisuals Interview with Jeff Wirth – Interactive Acting

 Scandinavian Clown group ‘Member of our Limbs’ performs at Amuse Bouche

 ‘The Sister Rosettas’ perform at IRT Theater

 Vaudevisuals interview with Celebration Barn board member Fritz Grobe

 Vaudevisuals interview with Hilary Chaplain

 Vaudevisuals interview with actor Jeremy Crutchley and director Geoffrey Hyland

 Vaudevisuals interview with Josh Luxenberg – Co-founder of The Tank

Vaudevisuals Interview with Steven Samuels – ‘Magnetic Field Theater Company’

Kinematik Dance Company performs at The Fringe Festival

Vaudevisuals Interview with Lone Wolf Tribe Artistic Director Kevin Augustine

Vaudevisuals interview with Svea Schnider – Kinematik Dance Company

Vaudevisuals interview with ‘La Piara’ – Mexico City based Clown Troupe

Vaudevisuals Interview with Ben Model – Ernie Kovacs DVD Curator

Alfred Hitchcock’s films BLACKMAIL and EASY VIRTUE.

Vaudevisuals Interview with Clay McCleod Chapman

Charlie Chaplin’s first silent film “Making a Living”.

“Juggle This” – Miller Theater @ Columbia University

Vaudevisuals Interview with Gregg Mozgala – Apothetae Theater Company

“Strange for Hire” at Times Scare with Todd Robbins

Kawana Trio – Foot Jugglers circa 1919.

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Tom Murrin Performance Awards @ Dixon Place

The Clown Un_Mask – Didi Sanchezco from Mexico

Vaudevisuals interview with Rob Drummond – Bullet Catch @ 59E59 Theaters

PS122 ‘Avant-Garde-Arama’ at Abrons Arts Center

Pierre Etaix films @ Film Forum

Vaudephone – Michael Townsend Wright performing ‘Smith and Dale’.

Vaudevisuals interview with Kendall Cornell – Oil of Ole’.

The Clown Un_Mask – Avner the Eccentric

Vaudevisuals interview with Armitage Shanks

Bill Irwin and David Shiner in “Old Hats” at Signature Theater

Marcel Marceau teaches at City Center – June 1999

Vaudevisuals interview with performance group ANIMALS.

Vaudevisuals interview with magician Albert Cadabra

PS 122 – COIL FESTIVAL – The Curator’s Piece -Video excerpt

Vaudevisuals interview with Nancy Giles

Peggy Shaw solo performance at Dixon Place – “RUFF”…

The Big Apple Circus _ LEGENDARIUM _ Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

Big Apple Circus at Lincoln Center

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HAPPY NEW YEAR

 

 

 

 

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Bill Irwin and David Shiner in “Old Hats” at the Signature Theater.

Check out these two’brilliant’clowns and their first appearance together in quite some time

David Shiner and Bill Irwin in “OLD HATS”

Directed by Tina Landau
Music by and Featuring Nellie McKay

2003-04 Playwright-in-Residence Bill Irwin reunites with fellow clown David Shiner for a new work combining their inimitable magic, slapstick, and hilarity. Using music, technology, and movement, plus other tricks up their sleeves, Irwin and Shiner create another wild and remarkable outing of theatre for a new generation of audiences. Signature is proud to present this dynamic duo’s first collaboration since the smash Broadway hit FOOL MOON.

“Ebullient and Charming” NY TIMES
“One of the funniest shows of the past few years” NY POST
“Leaves the audience buzzing with joy!” Time Out

Tickets here.

For additional information go to: Broadway.com
Bill Irwin photographed by Jim Moore
Photograph of Bill Irwin by Jim Moore in his studio circa 1982