The IJA festival will feature these Special Guest performers, as well as many others, at the Welcome Show on Tuesday and the Cascade of Stars on Saturday.
Cascade of Stars
Gena Shvartsman Cristiani
Cascade of Stars – Gena Shvartsman was born in Russia on March 2, 1983, and immigrated to the United States in 1991. Her father, Eugene Shvartsman, taught her to juggle when she was almost six years old. Gena is a fourth generation circus performer. Gena is our 2017 Award of Excellence Winner, has put together a special performance, and will be conducting a free workshop for the 70th Anniversary of the IJA Festival!
Cascade of Stars – Paul Ponce’s act has been a hit in practically any type of venue around the world, from New York to Tokyo, Melbourne to Monte Carlo, Berlin to Los Angeles. One success after another has led this 6th generation performer to a magnificent career starting at age 7, and leading him to perform at some of the most prestigious stages around the world. A high energy act loved by all and seen by millions around the globe.
Cascade of Stars – Jay Gilligan has performed in 30 different countries, touring solo work and collaborating with companies such as The Gandini Juggling Project, Cie Jérôme Thomas, Les 7 doigts de la main, Cirkus Cirkör, and Cirque du Soleil. He is the head teacher of juggling at the Dans och Cirkushögskolan in Stockholm, Sweden, and has recently published a book about contemporary juggling titled “5 Catches.” www.fourthshape.com
Cascade of Stars – Erik Åberg explores new juggling and the connection between circus and other artistic fields. He has researched how to translate origami paper models to wood and then explored patterns of repeating, mirroring and connecting wooden cubes to form larger structures, that could be manipulated and combined. The collective name for the sculptures is ”Ghostcube” and his film with the same title has been viewed on youtube over one million times. www.erikaberg.com
Cascade of Stars – Kevin Axtell‘s fire shows are an artistic and athletic blend of juggling, music, dance, and emotion. Kevin will be presenting an act that is a dynamic combination of fire juggling, spinning, and magic. Dramatic, precise, engaging, and original, Kevin is a winner of multiple international awards and medals, including 2x winner of the Judy Finneli award for most inspiring juggler.
Known around the world as a FireDancing master. Kevin is also a globally recognized firewalking teacher and is currently serving as the General Manager for the FireDrums Festival, the country’s premier fire and flow arts festival.
Cascade of Stars – Alexis Levillon is a diabolo artist who specializes in the ‘vertax’ technique. Vertax, also known as ‘excalibur’, is the way to play the diabolo vertically. Alexis was the first the play more then one diabolo in this technique. Furthermore he developed the way to play one diabolo horizontally and one diabolo vertically in the same string. this is called ‘Galexis’, after Alexis.
In May 2016, he went to Taiwan to the MHD school. He shared his knowledge and learned the Taiwanese body movement. During this journey, Alexis improved his skills and discovered new horizons.