This hoop isolation film is the result of a short period of research and development that was supported by the Circus Space and the funding from Lab:Time – experiments in circus. Francesca Martello and I wanted to explore the possibilities of circus, and specifically hoop manipulation, on film. We originally started our R&D together with Lynn Scott and Helen Orford, with the idea that the piece would be made for film and on location. However, when Jackson’s Lane theatre gave Lab:Time winners the opportunity to perform their work in progress in a mixed bill of freshly created performances, we reoriented our focus towards creating a stage performance. I hope that we will be able to keep developing this work further, both for film and the stage. Special thanks to Jon Aaron Green, director and producer and Ben Green, editor of the film.
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
In the run – up to Christmas 2010, I had the opportunity to work with some of the best hoopers in London (including Craig Reid, Jessie Rose and Tiina Tuomisto), performing as part of the ‘Big Give’ fundraising event at Fortnum and Mason, London.
Our performance area was on the ground floor of the shop, where they have the most amazing displays of sweets, chocolates, wine, tea, cakes and biscuits.. Basically, all the delicious things in life.
With the direction of Marawa the Amazing, we created a bespoke piece, specifically for the event, inspired by all the treats in the shop and taking advantage of the dramatic spiral staircase that they have.
Stephen Fry was the host of the night and we had a chance to hang out with him in the cellar of the shop, in between performances. He was very friendly and liked our hoops a lot!
The result was a very sparkly, brighter than bright hula hoop routine, which was pure fun to perform.
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.
This summer I got to live one of my dreams, as I got booked to perform in the Circus Big Top at Glastonbury Festival.
Despite the extreme, hardcore conditions, it was one of the best, most fun and exciting experiences in my life. The Circus Field was possibly one of the best areas on site, and I was lucky enough to camp, work and spend most of my time there.
Behind the Circus Big Top there was an amazing team of smiley, hard-working and talented people, coming together to keep the show going on day and night, for 4 days. Performing on a massive stage to such a varied audience was truly incredible.
To me, Glastonbury was like a joke, the best joke I’ve ever heard. I am very much looking forward to the next one.
Photos were taken by Jon Green, Andrew and Joey Allcock.
I was invited to perform ‘Atma’ as part of the NYE show organized by the Vanderborght family and Circus Marcel in Rumes, Belgium.
We worked together to create a show that combined exciting and mesmerising contemporary circus with some funny and poetic moments of traditional circus.
‘Atma’ was chosen as the final act of the show, which was very flattering, since the great talent of all the other artists.
All the people involved helped to create an incredible atmosphere that showed how passionate we all are about what we do. A million thanks to the very talented Amaury Vanderborght and his family and all the other friends and artists who made this happen.
More lovely photographs of the whole event are on my Flickr page.
In December 2010, I was selected to take part in the 2nd International Circus Festival at the Düsseldorf Airport. The talented performers came from all over the world to share a very unusual and exciting day at the German airport.
The whole departure hall in the terminal was used as the performing area, which provided an extraordinary and impressive backdrop as well as free entertainment for the transient audience.
We performed in front of a top-class jury of circus experts, including the Director of GOP Varieté Essen, who awarded prize money, engagements by GOP Varieté Essen and by Et Cetera Varieté Bochum as well as prizes in kind from Jack Wolfskin. Although we were measuring ourselves in a competition, the atmosphere was very friendly and all the artists were very supportive of each other.
‘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.
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.
In September 2010 I performed a duo act with Hoop LaLa for the Cadbury’s ‘Spots V. Stripes’ campaign in Birmingham. The squares of the city centre were painted purple, with plenty of fun games and funny characters all around. While warming up backstage, I could not resist trying on this fluffy costume and turning into a hula hoop monkey.