The Jarvis Party

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.

Glastonbury Festival 2013

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!

Mercedes – Benz Stylo Fashion Grand Prix 2013, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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.

The most prestigious and glamorous of these events was the Mercedes – Benz STYLO Fashion Awards night, themed “The Voodoo Ball”, where I was invited to perform, together with model – dancer Sydney Jo Jackson, pole dancer and fire performer Sasha Kavaleva and stilt walkers Michael O’Donnell and Nixie from Gravity Live.
With many of Malaysia’s society figures attending,  the Mercedes-Benz STYLO Fashion Awards night celebrates the best in the local fashion scene through awards in various categories.
Jovian Mandagie was chosen as this year’s Designer of the Year. His amazing designs were inspired by the mythical creature Medusa.

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.

‘Gynoid’ Photoshoot

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.

‘Box of Frogs’ Tour 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)

Bristol (Circomedia)

Devon (The Landmark, Ilfracombe)

Stockton-on Tees (ARC, Stockton Arts Centre)

Manchester (Contact)

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’.

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‘OnOffice’ Magazine Feature

Anywhere can be an office.

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In September 2012, I collaborated with the talented Andrew Meredith, on a feature for OnOffice Magazine.

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OnOffice is a design magazine about workplace design, whether it is architecture, interiors or furniture. Every month they dedicate a piece to the more unusual workplaces and the people who use them. Whether a sky diving instructor or mountaineer shot in their given environment… The November issue portrayed a professional hula hoop dancer training at home, in her warehouse in North London.
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It was lovely and really good fun working with Andrew. I was also very pleased to be picked for an article that might make people think and consider how others go about their somewhat unorthodox jobs.
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Hoop manipulators

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/45277185″>Hoop Isolation – Lab : Time Experiments</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/greenjon”>Jonathan Green</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>

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.

Gynoid

Here is a brand new teaser for my new glow hoop act ‘Gynoid’.

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?

Many thanks to Thomas Forsyth for editing this video.

‘Box of Frogs’

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

Hula Hooping Bon Bons at Fortnum & Mason

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.