October 7, 2016
Hoop Cartel – Strictly for those who Spin
When I grow up, I want to be a wild child with layers on
Embrace of the Serpent
“She taught him that one cannot take pleasure without giving pleasure, and that every gesture, every caress, every touch, every glance, every last bit of the body has its secret, which brings happiness to the person who knows how to wake it.”
Choose your weapon
Photoshoot by the amazing Ayesha Hussain (http://ayeshashootspeople.tumblr.com/).
All these images are available in different sizes on my Flickr page.
August 13, 2015
When she transformed into a butterfly, the caterpillars spoke not of her beauty but of her weirdness.
They wanted her to change back into what she always had been…
But she had wings.
The hoops in these images are LED smart hoops by SpinFX. I can program them to change colours and patterns to any chosen music, which allows for endless possibilities to create bespoke acts and fit with specific requirements and special events. You can see more photos here.
July 10, 2015
I’m not sure if it was a coincidence or through word of mouth, but just before my multi-media performance on the John Bishop Show was released on the BBC, I was invited to hula hoop live on the Blue Peter show…
It was so last minute, everything literally happened within a few hours, and that included running from London to Manchester to live TV, whilst beating a tube strike, in true ninja style… BOOM, HOOP, BANG!
You bet I got a Blue Peter badge for that!
Many thanks to everyone at the BBC Bridge House Manchester, it was great fun!
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.
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.
December 5, 2012
“It is the unhappy marriage of physicality and mental instability that enables Box of Frogs to convey a visceral, memorable experience. While not a typically delightful tale, the generous range of performances ensures that the sheer joy of going to the circus is not abandoned.” From a review by Terri-Anne Teo for remotegoat.co.uk
In Autumn 2012, I continued the journey I started with Stumble danceCircus and toured the UK with the ensemble show ‘Box of Frogs’, directed by Mish Weaver.
We started at the Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London, which was an absolute pleasure and honour to be performing at.
The tour continued and we performed in:
Preston (Preston Guild Festival in Expo Tent)
Devon (The Landmark, Ilfracombe)
Stockton-on Tees (ARC, Stockton Arts Centre)
Leeds (The Carriageworks)
Scotland (Eastwood Park Theatre, Giffnock)
“Box of Frogs is a circus show with a difference. 5 acrobats and 2 musicians play with the audience’s expectations from their own perspective of mental ill-health and performance, against a back drop of filmic illusions.”
Based on an exploration of Mish Weaver’s personal experience of bipolar disorder, the performance illustrates her take on the feelings, thoughts and behavior that are part of the condition through the medium of circus itself..
Photos taken by Steve Eggleton.
Two lovely short films were made by people at www.thespace.org, as part of the Push Me Collection series, to illustrate how Stumble danceCircus pushed us, the performers, out of our comfort zone, to reach previously unattained goals in ‘Box of Frogs’.
February 6, 2012
In October 2011, I started working with Stumble danceCircus on a very different circus – theatre show, ‘Box of Frogs’. Under the direction of Mish Weaver, I joined another 4 circus performers and 2 musicians to explore Bipolar disorder and the connections between mental health and performance. After an extremely interesting and emotional first month of creation, we premiered the show at Jackson’s Lane Theatre, London. We will be bringing a newly developed version of the show back to the stage, in April 2012, so come and check it out: http://www.jacksonslane.org.uk/whats-on/event/2012/box-of-frogs
September 21, 2011
Balagan (literally ‘chaos’, in German), is a state of mind, a mood, a feeling of joy and pure energy.
Last August 2011, I joined forces with eight true musicians, a charismatic singer and other circus performers from all over the world to create a colourful sea of images and feelings – the Balagan show, directed by Sebastiano Toma.
The cast was made by incredibly talented and friendly people, including:
Alba, a gorgeous and superfunny contortionist.
Thomas Dürrfeld and Marie Seeger, as known as Fernando and Serafina, who did lovely ball and club juggling.
Momo Kohlschmidt, one of the most beautiful women I have ever met, who accompanied us with her sweet voice.
I loved spinning my hoops to the live music, a cheeky mix of classical, klezmer, tango and even punk music. The energy of all the musicians on stage added a real buzz to the joy I feel when performing.
All the artists involved in Balagan made this one of the best experiences I have had so far.
November 10, 2010
‘Italian acrobat Miss Peacock, turned her hula hoops into pure light with a jaw-dropping zombie routine to the tune of Thriller.’ C.J. Lazaretti
This past Halloween I devised a zombie hula hoop act to ‘The Thriller’, that I performed at Proud cabaret, London, as part of The Tassel Club.
October 30, 2010
In October 2010 I had the pleasure to work with Feeding the Fish to perform a pixel poi choreography at the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games, Delhi, India. We joined performers from all over the world to create a mesmerising laser show that was also the Gran Finale of the event.
We worked very hard, days and nights, to rehearse for the show, but the reaction of the 80,000 people in the stadium was an incredibly satisfying reward, as well as a great memory that will never die.
You can find more photos of this amazing event on my Flickr.
May 5, 2010
This photoshoot was done by Bertil Nilsson at the Circus Space, London, straight after the presentation of our solo pieces in May 2010. It was very interesting to work with Bertil as he encouraged movement rather than posing, which made the shoot a lot more dynamic and fun.
More photos from this shoot are on my Flickr.