I’m not really a Valentine girl but if that’s an excuse to play with hoops and Bertil Nilsson, then I’m well up for it! This photo was picked by Tumblr for their Radar, awesome teamwork!

Photographed by Bertil Nilsson for the National Centre for Circus Arts.

Back in my home town in Italy for a few days, I hooked up with old school friend and photographer Riccardo Lancia.

We drove around town, our main goal being catching up, after years of not seeing each other.

It was a beautiful, crisp winter morning and so we ended up dropping some layers off to play outside.

What came out was a totally impromptu and absolutely fun shoot – a proof that good friendships are hard to die, even with years of distance in between.

All photographs by Riccardo Lancia. You can find more lovely shots on my Flickr.

Over the Christmas period I collaborated with the amazing Bertil Nilsson to create some images for the National Centre for Circus Arts.

The theme for the photo shoot was the ‘5 Gold Rings of Christmas’ and consequently, there was a lot of spinning involved.

 

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.
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