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Mr. Amazings Circus Corner – Every Wed. @4pm

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!

Here is the link to view the show!

Password: Circus123

 

Enjoy the show!

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Vaudevisuals interview with Angela Delfini

“Angela Delfini Explains It All For You”

Met with Angela Delfini and her director John Towsen at rehearsal today in Williamsburg. Had a great time. John Towsen was kind enough to do the interview. Great hearing all about the show and it’s beginnings along with some history of Angela’s schooling.

Stage manager – Andrea Rossi

Lighting designer – Miguel Suero

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The NY Clown Theatre Festival 2018

September 3 – 23, 2018

The NY Clown Theatre Festival returns to celebrate 12 years in Brooklyn!

The NY Clown Theatre Festival is New York’s preeminent biennial, international Clown Theatre festival since its inception in 2006.

TICKETS HERE!

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More interviews coming soon!

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Circus Clown Comedy Performing Arts Photography Women

“My Heart is in your Shoe” – A clown play directed by Yury Belov

To Commemorate the Birthday of Yury Belov I present this remembrance of his first NY show!

“My Heart is in your Shoe” – The Clown Conspiracy

yurib.3The cast, crew of show and family members of Yury Belov.

yurib.1John Grimaldi(Left kneeling), Joe Killian(Green shirt), Tanya Belov(Center), Jan Greenfield, and Fred Yockers (Front Right kneeling)

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We landed in the USA at the end of March of 1981 and our Show “My Heart is in your Shue” was premiered in October of 1981! YES, WOW!!!! What a joy that was! What a wonderful and talented and generous people Yury and had a pleasure to work with!

Big Thanks to John Towsen and Hovey Burgess for their Friendship, Jim R. Moore for his great Photo, and of course The Theatre for the New City! That was Yury Belov’s first Directing job in the USA! And that was my a very first acting experience on the American stage with American actors! Thanks to our Lucky Stars and to everyone who believed in us!

Tanya Belov

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tanyajoe.1Tanya and Joe with the great ‘plate routine’

fred.1The unique clowning of Fred Yockers.

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I met Yury in Hoboken at the circus school there. I suggested that he contact some NYC clowns, including Karen Gersch.
When Yury started classes at If Every Fool, John Towsen’s studio, Yury asked me to help out and how could I not? The classes were interesting and enlightening! Yury would sometimes reproach me, saying “John. Too much Stanislavsky. Clown!”
When Yury wanted to have a show in NYC, I asked Chrystal Field at Theater for the New City (where I had recently done a one-man show, “Swimming in the Sky – A Fool’s Travels”) if she would be interested in Yury’s show and she was!
Once the show was booked, I called someone I knew a little at the Village Voice and touted Yury’s story, which came out under the title “The Clown who came in from the Cold.” We had full houses for the first run of the show. Better than the houses for my one-man show!
Rehearsals for the show, “My Heart is in Your Shoes” were exciting and expanded my understanding of clowning and performing! Performing with Tanya was a joy and I must mention our wonderful Stage Manager, Jeff Gordon, who went on to fame and glory in the Big Apple Circus!
PS: The bubbles in that cast photo were my idea. Some others in the cast thought that was too clichéd! Ah, the power of bubbles!
JOHN GRIMALDI
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jim- great photos..seeing what you’ve archived is quite impressive..feeling I should connect into my inner clown a little more often..please keep me informed of any interesting clowning that comes your way..with regard to Yuri. I remember quite vividly meeting Yuri in the studios of if every fool..he was quite the misfit, all over the place with some very revolutionary visions of how clowning should meld with our everyday lives..I always thought Tanya (his wife) was the real genius behind the so-called genius..I had the pleasure of doing a duo with her..our creative minds really connected when we had the chance to explore our concept of clown..she was very grounded where Yuri was very kinetic and sometimes scattered..in the beginning, Yuri ask me to assemble a group of clowns that was talented enough to execute his ideas..I remember John Grimaldi first turning onto Yuri and he I think brought him into the confines of “if every fool”..the rehearsals were very chaotic, expressive and totally a surprise..but without the talented group that was assembled Yuri would have never been able to get “my heart is in your shoes” off the ground..I hope I’ve helped you out..it’s amazing to me after all these years clowning is still part of the road we travel by..Jim, I can’t comment on the photo because I don’t see it on your blog you sent me..please keep in touch and I’m hoping we’ll see one another real soon.. a happy new year..be well..god bless.

.Jan Greenfield

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY YURY! We Always will Remember YOU!

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Circus Clown Comedy Juggling Magic Magic Music Performing Arts Photography Pranks Puppetry Quick Change Artists The New Victory Theatre Women

“BelloMania” at The New Victory Theatre – April 2016

BELLOMANIA

For his 3rd year in a row success, Bello Noch presents his new production BelloMania.

Featuring  Michael Karas, Dinny McGuire, Annaliese Nock, Shawn Roth

2016.04.30.BelloShow_013Show Host Dinny McGuire kept the show moving along with charm and finesse.

2016.04.30.BelloShow_022Bello starts the show off with a ‘big head’ balloon stunt.

2016.04.30.BelloShow_042He followed that will a lovely ‘chair production’ routine followed by this skillfully accomplished hand balancing act.

2016.04.30.BelloShow_051His daughterAnnaliese Nock did a beautiful split on the tightwire.

2016.04.30.BelloShow_056Bello proceeded to walk on the tightwire and not only sit but STAND (not pictured here)on the chair on the wire.

2016.04.30.BelloShow_064Michael Karas performed a skillful and creative juggling act with rings. balls and a puppet!

2016.04.30.BelloShow_081Annaliese performed many stunning aerial feats and with this beautiful projection, it looked heavenly.

2016.04.30.BelloShow_089The show had many wonderful moments. Bello talked to the audience about the pride he has for his circus family.

2016.04.30.BelloShow_102The audience had to look up when Bello began to climb ‘the sway pole’. 

2016.04.30.BelloShow_126High above the audience on the sway pole with his hair touching the New Victory Theatre’s ceiling.

2016.04.30.BelloShow_120A real ‘comic daredevil’ for sure. Time Magazine calls him “America’s Best Clown”.

2016.04.30.BelloShow_141Curtain call for the cast of BelloMania at The New Victory Theatre. Great fun!

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OPPORTUNITY NOCKS, INC – Producer

JENNIFER NOCKS – Writer and Director

DAVID MILLER – Set Design

GUIDO NAUS – Musical Director

KAY TORRALVA AND WRIIC’S COSTUME ARTS – Costume Design

STEVE CURTIS – Safety Officer & Technical Director

KARIM MUASHER – Audio Visual

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For more information on Bello Nock and his work go here.

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Cabaret Clown Comedy Juggling Mask Music Performing Arts Photography Physical Theater Women

‘Silent Fantasies’ – A Clown show with Mark Stolzenberg and Vivian Belmont

This is a flyer created for the clown show “Silent Fantasies”. Created and performed by Mark Stolzenberg and Vivian Belmont.

The show had a good promo. Vivian Belmont billed herself as “a mime from France” and Mark Stolzenberg billed himself as “a clown from Brooklyn”.

I did the photograph in a studio on a cyclorama. The background was entirely white, so it was easy to use as a ‘graphic’.

Silent Fantasies show flyer.

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Clown Comedy LaMaMa etc Performing Arts Photography

“Four Clowns” – at LaMama May 23rd thru June 1st, 2014

FOUR CLOWNS is a physical, musical and emotional journey into what it means to be human.

It was a hysterical, surreal evening of humor, comedy, pathos and lots of clown antics.

the cast included the following:

Alexis Jones as SAD CLOWN
Kevin Klein as MISCHIEVOUS CLOWN
*Raymond Lee as ANGRY CLOWN
*Amir Levi as NERVOUS CLOWN

with a wonderful live piano accompanist Amir Khosrowpour.

Here is a quote from the press release:

The company of three men and one woman, accompanied by a solo piano maestro, have been praised for their vitality, prowess and laser-like wit.  Their 70-minute romp–partly scripted, largely improvised–takes the audience through the phases of every person’s life, illuminating our mundane earthly suffering with grisly glee.  The clowns are one woman,Alexis Jones, as the sad one, and three men: Kevin Klein as the mischievous one,Raymond Lee as the angry one and Amir Levi as the nervous one.  They execute twelve scenes showing life’s defining moments through a clown’s eyes. Their lives and deaths are staged in three chapters–childhood, adolescence, and adulthood–with a musical number preceding each chapter.  We see how their archetypes are formed in their childhood, how they learn to live with them in adolescence and how they end up ultimately causing their deaths in adulthood. Subjects include: parental abuse, peer pressure, domestic violence, child molestation, depression and drug abuse.”

Here are some photographs from the evening an evening of laughter and wit.

A posed shot of the cast from Four Clowns at LaMamaA staged shot of the cast and pianist.

A musical number where the cast sings a song.One of several musical numbers where the cast sings an original song.

2014.05.23_4Clwns_067Kevin Klein tweaks the gut of Raymond Lee.

Four Clowns at LaMama.Alexis Jones(l) and Raymond Lee(r) getting a big hug from Kevin Klein.

Raymond Lee shows Alexis Jones a brighter future.Raymond Lee shows Alexis Jones a brighter future.

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2014.05.23_4Clwns_246Amir Levi lays prone as audience volunteer Four Clowns marketing director Sara Waugh helps Kevin Klein (r) and Raymond Lee(l) take care of some rather sensitive issues.

Alexis Jones pleas with the audience for hope.Alexis Jones pleas with the audience for hope.

2014.05.23__4Clwns_411At the finale of the show all the clowns remove their noses and drop them into the truck.

2014.05.23__4Clwns_414Four Clowns cast takes curtain call.

2014.05.23__4Clwns_416Live music always makes a show wonderful with piano accompanist Amir Khosrowpour.

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The show has lighting design by Donny Jackson, costume design by Cat Elrod, make-up design by Amy Kubiak and props design by Natalie Miller. 

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For more information about FOUR CLOWNS and their upcoming performances go here!

Great Review by David Lally HERE!

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Clown Performing Arts Photography Physical Theater The Brick

“Members of Our Limbs” performing at Amuse Bouche – @ BRICK

They are Back! Direct from Finland…

Members of our Limb from Finland

3 extraordinary performers who constitute “KALLO COLLECTIVE“.

Thom Monckton, Jenni Kallo, and Sampo Kurppa

Last time they performed at The NY Clown Theatre Festival I was so impressed with their unique physical comedy.

For 2 more night only! Thursday 9/19  and Friday 9/20 @ 8pm.

For more information go here!

Jenni Kallo blends in to the scenery.Jenni Kallo blends in to the scenery.

Kallo Collective perform at The Brick.Sampo Kurppa samples the new brewed coffee as Thom Monckton looks on impatiently.

Kallo Collective performing at BRICKSampo tries to squeeze a kiss out of Jenni’s face over after a few drinks. Hysterical fun!

2013.09.18._MembersLimb.154Thom and Sampo try and remove Jenni limp body from the stage. Flowers in vases adorn the down stage area.

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They shower the audience with flowers only to have the audience throw them back..Wonderfully funny show!

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Promoted by Finnish Circus Information Center, Arts Promotion Center Finland and City of Helsinki Cultural Office.

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Clown Performing Arts The Tank Vaudevisuals Interview Video

Vaudevisuals Interview with Mexico City based clown company – La Piara

Visiting NY with their show GUERRA, La Piara speak about their clown company and their show GUERRA. Currently running at THE TANK in NYC. The company is: Artus Chavez, Fernando Cordova, and Madeleine Serra.
In this interview are Artus Chavez and Fernando Cordova.

For more information on the company:
https://www.facebook.com/lapiarateatro

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Clown Performing Arts Photography The Clown Un_Mask Variety Arts

The Clown Un_Mask – Maja Bieler – Sweden/France

Maja Bieler is the performing partner for Jenny Sargent in “Under the Skiff” currently running at the Red Room, NYC

Making her home in Paris, France but originating from Sweden, Maja Bieler uses a delightful Swedish jibberish in the show.

They met while studying at international theatre school Jacques Lecoq in Paris, France.

Maja Bieler waits for her number to be called in line at the immigration office.

Maja Bieler in Brooklyn as her portrait is taken for the Clown Un_Mask series.

For ticket information for “Under the Skiff” go here!

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“Smoke & Fire” Deborah Kaufman and Nina Levine – 2012 NY Clown Theatre Festival

A Double Bill

with

‘Leave Nothing but Footprints”

performed and created by Deborah Kaufman

&

“The Quitter…Now with Added Flavor”

performed and created by Nina Levine

(From the 2012 NY Clown Theatre Festival Brochure)

Cookie, seeking to fulfill a lifelong dream of scouting, challenges herself in the wilderness. Is a badge within her reach, or will she be undone by the Great Outdoors?

Deborah Kaufmann has delighted audiences worldwide with original physical comedy and puppetry, most recently in Warsaw and Lisbon. She celebrates over 25 years of foolishness with Big Apple Circus Clown Care®, where she oversees the artistic development of BAC-CC clowns. She teaches Pochinko-inspired mask-to-clown and as “clown midwife” she helps others develop new material.

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A devoted smoker reaches her moment of truth: extinguish the habit! Is being a quitter for life attainable, or will she be undone by the Great Addiction?

Nina Levine creates, performs, directs, writes about, and teaches clown. Based in New York, she has appeared in numerous venues here and abroad. Nina’s acts reflect her traditional theatrical background in combination with training in physical comedy and music. In addition to her body of solo work, she is a founding member of the award-winning clown trio Those in the Nose.

Nina tries to get hypnotized to quit smoking.

Neither hypnotics nor patches seem to remedy the smoking addiction.

Deborah Kaufman gives Nina a ‘helping hand’ with her over whelming problem.

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For information on Deborah Kaufman:

http://tooshorttofallover.com

For Information on Nina Levine: