A revamped version of my ‘Black Out Days’ LED hula hoop act, performed with latest technology smart LED hula hoops at Jackson’s Lane Theatre, London, 2015.

Filmed by Mark Morreau and Thomas Forsyth. Music by Phantogram.

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.

 

 

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.

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!

‘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.

Is it possible to fit eight hula hoopers, with 50 hoops each, in one of the world’s oldest, poshest department stores? Hell yeah!

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.

A big thank you to the Circus Space for making this happen. More fun photos of the night are on my Flickr page.

Glastonbury Festival 2011

August 9, 2011

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.

Zombie with hula hoops

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.