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Vaudevisuals interview with Thom Wall – Juggler

Thom Wall was coming to Brooklyn in between gigs and I got a chance to interview him. He is currently performing with Cirque du Soleil show ‘Totem‘.

Here is Thom’s personal site with video and more information.

And here is more of Thom performing his wonderful ‘vaudeville’ style juggling.

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Circus Fans – Come Celebrate World Circus Day ~ Washington DC

FROM SMITHSONIAN BLOG!

2017 FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL, CIRCUS ARTS, COMMUNITY, WORK LIFE

Happy World Circus Day! This year’s theme is collaboration and cooperation for the future of circus, making today an ideal opportunity to announce our Circus Arts program at the 2017 Folklife Festival. As part of our fiftieth anniversary celebrations, Circus Arts will take people behind the scenes of circus life to explore the culture and artistry of one of America’s most important and historic performance art traditions.

We are proud to present a program that celebrates the circus because it reflects the incredible diversity of people, history, and creative energy in our country and our world. Like the Folklife Festival, it provides a way for people from all over the world to share their arts, foods, languages, rituals, and other customs. For many Americans in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the circus brought glimpses of a wider world through dazzling sights, sounds, and stunts—a living antecedent of the internet.

After weathering a period of some decline, circus arts are now experiencing a grassroots revival focused on live human performance and creativity. Circus arts are bubbling up once again all over the country through new circus schools and community-based organizations created by veteran artists. Their collective stories and recollections comprise a very important part of the American experience.

 Our program will highlight the five major circus disciplines: acrobatics, aerial skills, equilibristics, object manipulation, and clowning. It will showcase the occupational culture of circus artists but will not involve exotic animals.

Artists and coaches, costume designers, makeup artists, musicians, lighting and sound technicians, prop and tent designers, riggers, poster artists, wagon builders, cooks, and many others whose collective work brings the circus to life will come together on the National Mall to share their experiences.

Focused on human physicality and performance finesse, the program will bring veteran and retired circus greats together with a new generation of artists who are now pushing the craft toward new directions and limits. We hope that circus artists from past, present, and future will enrich us all with their collective artistry and skills.

Join us to experience a flight on a trapeze—or the discovery of a hidden clown personality. Learn the basics of concentrated juggling and acrobatics—or what it takes to walk a high wire. Easy? Not exactly!

We look forward to sharing more information about this exciting program and about the traditions, artistry, and skills that keep the circus arts alive and engaging.

Sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date on this program, and join us in Washington, D.C., June 29 through July 4 and July 6 through 9, 2017, to celebrate the circus arts at the 2017 Folklife Festival. Together, let’s ensure a vibrant future for circus.

Preston Scott is the curator for the 2017 Circus Arts program and a resident of Sarasota, Florida—historical headquarters to many circus artists and organizations.

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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