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25 Years Celebration~Parallel Exit 2/26/21

You’re invited to a double birthday party.

Next Friday, on Parallel Exit’s Artistic Director Mark Lonergan’s birthday, Parallel Exit celebrates 25 years.

On Friday, February 26th, at 7:00 pm, we celebrate a quarter-century of work, with laughter, performances, and interviews with some of your favorite Parallel Exit artists

I have photographed many of this company’s wonderful shows and I can say that they are ‘brilliant’. Both the director and the company bring so much joy and laughter to the audience. You will not be disappointed if you attend this Celebration!

GO HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION/TICKETS

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“The Artist Will Be With You In A Moment” – An Interview with Joel Jeske

Since many shows have been CANCELLED in the past weeks I have decided to rerun some of the interviews I did that are with the performers/directors involved in these shows. Today is the funny man Joel Jeske who created with Parallel Exit director Mark LonerganThe Artist Will Be With You In a Moment“. It was open for several performances BUT I didn’t get to see it! The reviews are ‘great’ so I am thinking it will be mounted again in the not-too-distant future! In the meantime here is Mr. Jeske talking about his show.

“The commanding performance artist Joel Jeske during his uproarious, clever and thoughtful self-created and self-written show, The Artist Will Be With You in a Moment. Relying on his dazzling clowning, his winning presence, and plentiful audience participation, it’s 70 delightful, breezy and theatrical minutes.” 

Keep your eyes open for more information at Parallel Exit‘s website!

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Vaudevisuals interview with Joel Jeske

I sat down with Joel Jeske and ask questions about his life performing with a few different circus shows and now what he was doing on his own one-man show.

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“The Artist Will Be With You in A Moment”

a new immersive solo comedy experience from Parallel Exit

March 7- 29th, 2020 at Jeffrey and Paula Gural Theatre at the A.R.T. Theaters, 502 West 53rd St., NYC

Tickets on Sale at ParallelExit.com

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Vaudevisuals interview with Mark Lonergan – Director of Big Apple Circus

Vaudevisuals’ Karen Jenson interviews Big Apple Circus director Mark Lonergan.

Sitting in the tent at Lincoln Center was especially nice with the crew setting up.

For more information/tickets!

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Parallel Exit – “The Final Reel”

The Final Reel is inspired by the iconic films Sherlock Jr and The Purple Rose of Cairo. An eccentric historian discovers the holy grail of silent films: the final reel of a forgotten classic thought to be lost to history. As he presents the film for the first time in a hundred years, his bumbling assistant accidentally steps into the movie and falls in love with the heroine. The two-love birds step back into the modern world and the heroine is left to make a fateful decision – one that changes every night of performance with the help of the audience.

Concept by Mike Dobson, Joel JeskeMark Lonerganand Scott McCord

Directed by Mark Lonergan

Scenic and lighting design by Maruti Evans

Costumes by Oana Botez

Projections by Daniel Vatsky

Original Musical Score by Ben Model

Stage Manager: Angela Perez

Performed by Darien Crago, Shereen Hickman, Harold Moeller, Scott McCordand Peter Michael Marino.

It was a delightful, comical and well-produced show! Produced in association with City Tech TheaterWorks. Here are a few still photographs I was able to capture while really enjoying the show.

The show is over but hopefully it will come back to be performed again!

For more information on Parallel Exit performances go here!

For information on CityTech TheatreWorks go here!

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Vaudevisuals interview with Mark Lonergan & Joel Jeske – Big Apple Circus

Last week I visited the Big Apple Circus tent and interviewed Joel Jeske and Mark Lonergan. (Actually, Karen Jenson did the interview for Vaudevisuals. I did the video camera!)

Mark and Joel are very excited to be part of the BAC again! They have contributed to the 38th Season and now the 40th season. It is a wonderful show celebrating the uniqueness of The Big Apple Circus!

Here is a short video of The Wallendas performing at The Big Apple Circus! Amazing…

For more information/Schedule/Tickets go HERE!

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Check out Vaudevisuals – Review – April 2016

Vaudevisuals.comApril 2016 Vaudevisuals Posts

April was quite a month. The Clown Un_Mask series returned with a portrait of Matt Roper.

Vaudevisuals interview with Parallel Exit director Mark Lonergan with physical comedian Mark Gindick.

The book ‘Clowns’ by John Towsen and “Gimme a Thrill” by Noah Diamond.

Check out the links below if you missed them in April.

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L’HOMME CIRQUE – A SHORT VIDEO WITH DAVID DIMITRI.

THE CLOWN UN_MASK – MATT ROPER (AKA WILFREDO)

THE VAUDEVISUALS BOOKSHELF – CLOWNS – BY JOHN H. TOWSEN

THE VAUDEVISUALS BOOKSHELF – “GIMME A THRILL” BY NOAH DIAMOND

VAUDEVISUALS INTERVIEW WITH MARK GINDICK AND MARK LONERGAN – ‘CIRCO DE LA LUNA’

VAUDEVISUALS INTERVIEW WITH BILL BOWERS – “ALL OVER THE MAP”

VAUDEVISUALS BOOKSHELF – “UNFORGOTTEN NEW YORK” – DAVID BRUN-LAMBERT

VAUDEVISUALS INTERVIEW WITH BELLO – “BELLOMANIA”

Bello being interviewed by Jim R Moore

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Vaudevisuals interview with Mark Gindick and Mark Lonergan – ‘Circo de la Luna’

It’s not every day that a new circus comes to town. Especially an exotic, sensual and comedic one. That is Circo de la Luna!

Here is Mark Lonergan (director) and Mark Gindick (clown) talking about the upcoming show.

Produced by Amanda Topaz and starring Sonia Olla.

Featuring the following performers:

Ismael Fernandez

Sarah Sophie Flicker

Mark Gindick

Olga Karmansky

AJ Silver

Amanda Topaz

Anna Venizelos

 

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CLICK HERE FOR TICKET INFORMATION

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The many faces of Joel Jeske – A review….of sorts~

I have had the ultimate pleasure of photographing and videotaping  Joel Jeske in many shows and moods in many venues over the past several years. I will attempt to post here a collection of images and such to reflect his incredible talents and charm.

Currently, he appears in the Big Apple Circus show “The Grand Tour” at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

But wait…he does not only appear on the show but he also Wrote and Created the show with direction by Parallel Exit’s Mark Lonergan.

Also, the clown material for this show was created by Joel Jeske. He performs the material along with the delightful Brent McBeth.

(these are not chronological)

First. Here is my Clown Un_Mask shot of Joel.

Joel Jeske in the Clown Un_Mask series.

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Screen Shot 2015-12-01 at 10.11.54 PMNext is a still from a video I did of Joel talking about ‘what is funny‘ in Sept 2011.

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Joel Jeske at Dixon PlaceJoel Jeske performing at the New York Downtown Clown Review at Dixon Place in Sept. 2012.

Joel Jeske opens his piece – “I have seen over 16 midgets today and it’s only Monday” by yelling the title at the audience.

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Screen Shot 2015-12-01 at 10.14.12 PMJoel Jeske performing at the AMUSE BOUCHE Festival at The Brick in Sept. 2011

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Screen Shot 2015-12-01 at 10.09.32 PMParallel Exit’s “MOVE IT” show at Canal Park Playhouse in April 2013

Joel Jeske reads from his index cards all the qualities of his likes and dislikes.

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JOELCLOWNJESKEJoel is performing at the New York Downtown Clown Revue at Under St. Marks Place in 2011.

JOEL_Rm17bJESKE Joel Jeske performing in the hysterically funny and successful Parallel Exit show “Room 17b”.

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Screen Shot 2015-12-01 at 10.16.10 PMJoel Jeske and Mark Lonergan of Parallel Exit talk about their upcoming physical comedy workshop in this video.

March 2013 workshop video here.

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Screen Shot 2015-12-01 at 10.03.23 PMBrent McBeth and Joel Jeske in a scene from the current Big Apple Circus show “The Grand Tour”.

Screen Shot 2015-12-01 at 10.02.26 PM Joel Jeske and ringmaster John Kennedy Kane perform the ‘Red Nose Transplant’.

Screen Shot 2015-12-01 at 10.04.45 PMJoel Jeske looks quite disturbed in this fantastic version of musical chairs with audience members.

Brent McBeth is seen behind Joel directing the Big Apple Circus Band. Did Joel lose this contest?

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I expect to experience much more mirth and joy from Joel Jeske and hope to have to photograph it as well.

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Do yourself a favor and see Joel Jeske perform live at The Big Apple Circus. Now till Jan 10th, 2016

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Big Apple Circus – “The Grand Tour” @ Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

THE BIG APPLE  CIRCUS – “THE GRAND TOUR”.

Screen Shot 2015-10-23 at 12.46.30 PMAll Aboard the S.S. Big Apple Circus

2015.10.20_BAC.002The Opening Scene of the new Big Apple Circus Show “The Grand Tour”.

2015.10.20_BAC.304Ringmaster John Kennedy Kane delighted the audience and kept the show moving right along.

2015.10.20_BAC.346Chiara Anastasini was magical in her ability to keep all the hula hoops going.

2015.10.20_BAC.363Brent McBeth and Joel Jeske keep the audience laughing with their “Feeling Hot” routine.2015.10.20_BAC.375

2015.10.20_BAC.364Joel gets a face full of water thru the port hole door.2015.10.20_BAC.369Joel finds an innocent audience member and threatens him with a bucket of water.

2015.10.20_BAC.393Alexander Koblikov performs an amazing ball juggling act.

2015.10.20_BAC.415Alexander Koblikov drops all the balls at the end of his act.

2015.10.20_BAC.417A professional ‘class act’ all the way from beginning to end.

 2015.10.20_BAC.444Jenny Vidbel and Emily McGuire make a wonderful dog act with jumping and running dogs.

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2015.10.20_BAC.471Brent helps Jenny with the ‘jumprope’ for this amazing dog.

2015.10.20_BAC.476Dogs are the best!

2015.10.20_BAC.485The Energy Trio perform a muscularly amazing Handstand act.

2015.10.20_BAC.489The Energy Trio with their balance and strength showing here.

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2015.10.20_BAC.515John Kennedy Kane, Joel Jeske and Brent McBeth all contribute to the “Red Nose Transplant”.

2015.10.20_BAC.524Eric & Jayson Dominguez appear in a thick fog before they climb onto “The Wheel of Wonder”

2015.10.20_BAC.526The Wheel rotates as the two walk inside the circular open path.

2015.10.20_BAC.537Eric Dominguez walks on the outside of the circle blindfolded.

2015.10.20_BAC.550Brent McBeth reminds the audience what to ‘hashtag’ when they ‘tweet’ the show.

2015.10.20_BAC.128Jenny Vidbel and Emily McGuire perform a beautiful “Arabian Horses” act.

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2015.10.20_BAC.150A graceful bow by Jenny Vidbel’s horse was gorgeously performed.

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Joel Jeske and Brent McBeth were clowning the whole evening and singing and dancing as well.

2015.10.20_BAC.631The camel with Joel Jeske hanging onto the tail was part of a piece titled “Istanbul” that was performed with Brent McBeth.

2015.10.20_BAC.643The ZUMA ZUMA TROUPE performed a  wonderful balancing acrobatic act.

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2015.10.20_BAC.664The Zuma Zuma Troupe worked great together accomplishing great balancing.

2015.10.20_BAC.203Sergey Akimov performed an amazing “Aerial Straps” act flying up in the tent.

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2015.10.20_BAC.673Sergey Akimov performed with grace and strength throughout his act.

2015.10.20_BAC.719Joel Jeske with Brent McBeth performed an audience participation “Musical Chairs” that was hysterical.

2015.10.20_BAC.218After the others get disqualified it becomes a battle between Joel and this cute young girl.

2015.10.20_BAC.224Joel is infuriated that he didn’t win the chair!

2015.10.20_BAC.234The Dosov Troupe complete the show with their athletic ‘Teeterboard’ act.

2015.10.20_BAC.735Flying off the teeterboard into the air.

2015.10.20_BAC.744Flying off the teeterboard onto the seat.

2015.10.20_BAC.274 The cast leaves the circus ring after the ‘finale’ and says GOODBYE to the audience.

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“THE GRAND TOUR”

Written and Created by Joel Jeske

Directed by Mark Lonergan

Scenic and Lighting Designer: Maruti Evans

Sound Designer: Jean-Pierre Perreaux

Props Designer: Katie Fleming

Costume Designer: Oana Botez

Associate Director and Choreographer: Antoinette Dipietropolo

Props Master: Becca Bernard

Musical Director: Rob Slowik

Original Music and Arrangements: David Bandman, Peter Bufano, Jeffrey W. Holmes

Clown Material Created by Joel Jeske

Big Apple Circus Executive Director: Will Maitland Weiss

Big Apple Circus Artistic Director: Guillaume Dufresnoy

2015.10.20_BAC.286Artistic Director Guillaume Dufresnoy introduces the show at ‘Dress Rehearsal’.