When I took two of my best friends to play up on a roof in East London.

Photos by Jon Green, set and ‘behind the scene’ photos by Thomas Forsyth.

Glastonbury Festival 2014

August 1, 2014

Despite the weather and extreme survival conditions, Glastonbury is always amazing.

This year, however, was particularly exciting as I got to perform not only ‘Atma’, but also 2 of my most recent hoop acts.

‘Black Out Days’ was specifically devised for the Circus Big Top and, although it was presented as work in progress, it received very positive feedback.

The greatest surprise of this year’s festival, however, was that I got asked to perform at the BBC Studio as part of their Friday Night Highlights, directly from the channel’s stage at the Park. This was an excellent and fun opportunity to show my ‘Great Gatsby’ inspired piece ‘Jazzy Daisy’, which went down a storm.

After all that excitement, keeping it up rehearsing and performing for almost 24 hours, after dragging your hoops all day around miles of muddy fields, what do you do when at Glasto?

I don’t know about you, but I go and dance my heart out until sunrise, at the jaws of a gigantic, fire spitting and laser shooting spider. That is why I love it so much in the field: it never stops feeding you its magic insanity.

 

 

This time last year, I was around on the Southbank a lot, performing in Circus Maximus, as part of the Udderbelly Festival. Screen Shot Circus Maximus It was such a fun and intense month! My dear and awesome friend Jon Green came down to film me during the first Heat of the competition. So this is my ‘Atma’, 3 years later.

The Hypnotic Honies of Hula

January 20, 2014

Together with the lovely Jessie Rose, I created a new glow hoop piece that we performed at the Bloomsbury Big Top as part of a series of Christmas shows, produced by Sorcha Ra, last December 2013.

This is a 1920’s, Great Gatsby inspired piece, set to a modern, fast paced and fun electro-swing soundtrack.  Any type of audience will be dazzled by the charm and skills of these super cute ‘Flapper Girls’, dancing and spinning up to 8 fantastically bright LED hoops.

Photos taken by Jon Green and Jenny Dale. Costumes by Andie Scott.

The Act, Dubai

December 10, 2013

After becoming a regular performer at The Box, London, I had the pleasure to go and spin my hoops at its Dubai partner club, The Act – the highest theatre venue in the world.

Located on the 42nd and 43rd floor of the Shangri-la Hotel, The Act is a very refreshing antidote to Dubai’s sometimes dry entertainment and nightclub scenes.

It was certainly a fantastic experience being part of one of the most exciting shows in the Middle East.

The Jarvis Party

September 23, 2013

Jarvis Cocker LOVES hua hoops – FACT.

After jamming with him at the Village Underground in 2009, as part of his 3-day ‘Exhibition of himself’, I had the absolute pleasure to perform for the very wonderful Jarvis Cocker’s 50th birthday party.

Jarvis personally asked me to perform to Krafterk’s classic ‘Ruckzuck’, which was a great fun challenge, with the track’s dramatic changes in tempo.

After my show, Too many DJs kept us all dancing like crazy until the early hours.

What a great night, thank you very much Jarvis, you are a real gentleman.

Circus Maximus UK

July 31, 2013

May 2013, I was selected to perform in the first Heat of Circus Maximus, the UK’s first ever circus competition, being staged as part of the Udderbelly’s summer festival, and produced in collaboration with the Circus Space, London.

In preparation for the event, we were all invited to take part in the official photo shoot with the amazing Matilda Temperley.

The Evening Standard also came down to Hoxton square to shoot the future contestants and announce their names in a special feature.

A week later, some of the UK’s finest circus talents and I made our way into the iconic Purple Cow, on the Southbank, to start rehearsals for the first Heat of Circus Maximus.

Much to my surprise, I had already been there for a while…

 I was lucky to share the stage with another 5 exceptionally talented performers, who were an absolute pleasure to work with.
Introducing the acts and keeping the audience entertained was Christopher Green, a great host and performer, who was both hilarious and charming throughout the shows.

First on to the stage was Sam Goodburn, who performed a dynamic juggling and unicycling act. “Goodburn is the only person ever to become both British Freestyle Unicycle and British Young Juggler of the Year”.

Second on was a revamped, reworked version of my ‘Atma’ hula hoop act, that got very good reviews from the general press.

“Hula hoop might seem a bit simple, however this act was amazing and had it all: style, musicality, tricks and dazzling movement. Pavone has a beautiful talent and with the hula hoops lighting up it is also a very pretty display” (www.backstagepass.biz)

“A mesmerizing hula hoop artist, whose fluidity, grace and seductive cool dazzled the audience” (www.lastminutetheatretickets.com)

 

“Silvia Pavone managed to create a swirling light show and perform tricks that made the hoops appear stationary, even as they rotated around her arms. It was a good few seconds before I realised they were spinning” (www.ayoungertheatre.com)

“Watch out! Here comes Hula Hoop Girlie, channelling Siouxsie Sioux’s haircut and scowl!” (www.thepublicreviews.com)

Jonathan Finch was up next with his impressive hand balancing act. “It was a very poetic performance, like an acrobatic ballet.”

The 4th act was Alcina Mendes or Maria the Cleaner, whose act was an infusion between clown, physical theatre and trapeze.

The final act of the night was Gemma Creasey on the aerial hoop. “Creasey is very talented, flying effortlessly through the air above the audience”.

The audience were given the power to decide who should go through to the finals of Circus Maximus and have a chance to win £5000 and the opportunity to create a new show with the Udderbelly.
Much to my surprise, I won all 4 nights of my Heat and got through to the finals.
Together with the other finalists from the following 4 Heats (Ben Brown, Thomas Ball, Louis and Beren and Collectif and Then), we created an ensemble show, directed by Struan Leslie, Head of Movement at the Royal Shakespeare Company.
This was a delightful process where the pleasure of creating circus-theatre always prevailed the competitive element of the event. Everyone was always friendly and supportive throughout the rehearsal peiod and the actual shows. A jury of experts was finally given the power to choose the winner of the first Circus Maximus UK… Louis and Beren won the £5000 to make their show, but we all were winners really, for many different reasons.
Many thanks to all of you, wonderful performers who made it such a fun exerience, and to Circus Space and the Udderbelly for making it happen.

An even bigger, even better Circus Big Top was my home for a week at Glastonbury Festival 2013.

Once again, it was an absolute pleasure to share the stage with so many incredibly talented performers, coming from all over the world.

In fact, thanks also to what was probably the warmest English summer in years, this was definitely the best Glastonbury of my life.. for now! A million thanks to Jade and Shaun Dunbar for making it happen. You guys rock!

In celebration of the 15th Petronas Malaysia Formula 1 Grand Prix, a series of galas, parties, competitions and fashion shows were held in Kuala Lumpur for the Mercedes – Benz Stylo Fashion Grand Prix 2013.

The most prestigious and glamorous of these events was the Mercedes – Benz STYLO Fashion Awards night, themed “The Voodoo Ball”, where I was invited to perform, together with model – dancer Sydney Jo Jackson, pole dancer and fire performer Sasha Kavaleva and stilt walkers Michael O’Donnell and Nixie from Gravity Live.
With many of Malaysia’s society figures attending,  the Mercedes-Benz STYLO Fashion Awards night celebrates the best in the local fashion scene through awards in various categories.
Jovian Mandagie was chosen as this year’s Designer of the Year. His amazing designs were inspired by the mythical creature Medusa.

Stylo also presented its first ever public showcase at the Petronas Twin Towers @live concert.

It was the 3rd time that the Twin Towers @live concert was held in Malaysia and all 3 times it was organized in conjunction with the Formula One race happening at Sepang International Circuit.

This was a massive, 2 – days, public concert, that attracted more than 30.000 people and had an international line – up of artists coming from both east and west.

I had the great pleasure to entertain the crowd with my glow hula hoops, as part of an act that was directed by choreographer Pat Ibrahim, to the soundtrack of DJ Mario Schizo.

On the same night, artists such as South Korean boy band, U-KISS, and American pop star, Demi Lovato, were among the acts that took the stage at the free public show that went on from 5pm to 2am, despite the rain started to pour down during the night.

It was such a buzz performing for thousands of people on such a gorgeous stage! And an absolute pleasure working with all the team from London and the lovely staff from Kuala Lumpur, who welcomed and made us feel at home every day. This included talented make up artists, like Lin Chong, who did a wonderful job of my white cyborg character.

Thanks to Sydney Jo Jackson and STYLO international for making this happen. I am very much looking forward to the next one!

Stay tuned and find more lovely pics on my Flickr page.

‘Gynoid’ Photoshoot

January 1, 2013

In ‘Gynoid’ I’m exploring movement and manipulation, as well as the relation between the machine and the human body, through hula hoops.

How is our body affected by the props and tools, that we use every day? If our body is the main tool, the machine, what can influence and radically transform its appearance and purpose?

All photos were taken by Jonathan Green, at Mowlem Studios, London. The following shot got us a feature on Hooping.org, the online hub for the worldwide hooping community.

You can watch the trailer for ‘Gynoid’ on my Vimeo page here.

Many thanks to Jonathan Green and Damian Pajak for doing such a great job and making it a  really good fun experience too.

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