This Christmas brought me back to my roots as I got to spin fire every night with the amazing Grace Billings from Flame Oz, as part of the Cirque Lumiere Christmas parties – a circus extravaganza set in the beautiful Bloomsbury Big Top, London.
You may remember that Grace and I collaborated before, on the creation of ‘Teardrop’, an exquisite LED hula hoop act that combines dance and smart technology LED hoops.
This season we not only got to perform our hoop duo, but we also devised a sassy fire act that combines fire eating, fire ropes and lyco – HUGE FLAMES!
A lot of fun was had and I’m looking forward to fresh collaborations with Flame Oz in the new year. Thanks to the whole cast and crew in the Big Top, we made a lot of people happy!
A celebration of the intoxicating, wild feminine and the divine, creative power of Shakti.
‘Kali’ is a highly-skilled, sophisticated and sassy performance that combines dance and hula hooping with the latest, cutting-edge LED technology. Custom illuminating colours, patterns and graphics are delivered on stage in conjunction with seamless movements and choreography, to create an unforgettable, multi-dimensional visual experience. Drawing inspiration from Hindu mythology and African music, Silvia channels the Tantric Goddess of love and destruction in a fast-paced, psychedelic act that aims at inspiring women to embrace their inner wilderness and creative power.
Performed in ‘Club Briefs’, Underbelly Festival 2017, London.
Very special thanks to Briefs Factory, the Box London and the wonderful Koh Phangan. Photos above were taken from another exhilarating run of Club Briefs, at Kempinski Seychelles Resort, Mahe Island, October 2017.
The last few years of my career wrapped into a power shell.
Many thanks to Cirque Bijou, John Bishop, everyone at Blue Peter, Henley Festival and the Box, London.
Cut and edited by the amazing Thomas Johansson (thomas-johansson.com/).
Cover photograph by Simon Yin (simonyinphotography.com/)
Soundtrack: LCD Soundsystem.
One of my highlights of 2016 was having the opportunity to collaborate with another hula hoop warrior – actually, one of the very first hula hoopers I ever met, years ago – the amazing Grace Billings.
Within one month of long distance rehearsals, we created a powerful LED hoop duo for a run of Christmas shows at Bloomsbury Big Top, London, as part of ‘Cirque Extraordinaire’.
Teardrop is a highly-skilled, sophisticated and sassy performance that combines dance and hula hooping with the latest, cutting-edge LED technology. Custom illuminating colours, patterns and graphics are delivered on stage in conjunction with seamless movements and choreography, to create an unforgettable, multi-dimensional visual experience.
Shot and cut by Thomas Johansson
Soundtrack by Massive Attack.
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.