New York – Sexy juggling: Biting the Big Apple

Why do people come to New York? For the culture. For the excitement. For work. To make your dreams come true. For the juggling. All the right reasons. Did someone say ‘juggling’? Let’s look at two recent ongoing shows that feature jugglers. Bindlestiff Family Cirkus “Cabaret” at The Cutting Room, and “Burlesque Night” at the Slipper Room. Bindlestiff Family Circus …

“Volta” a Cirque du Soleil production

Volta is the latest touring show by Cirque du Soleil. It is the next logical step in the evolution of new circus, so much so that the word ‘circus’ itself is almost obsolete. Further and further in the past are the animal acts, the sawdust, the clowns, the ringmaster, and the legendary acts, wire walkers, flyers, and sharpshooters. Now it’s …

Andy Sapora plays the Met

Which gig is the most significant gig? A successful one-man show on Broadway? A movie first stunt roll with residuals? An ongoing stage performer with a long-term theater run like The Flying Karamazov Brothers? Or a premier player in a significant Metropolitan Opera production in New York? Andy Sapora has done them all except for the first two. The IJA …

Interview with Gamal Garcia

Gamal Garcia of the “Tunizianis” circus family is the featured juggler in this year’s Big Apple Circus – 40th Anniversary show. He combines traditional fast – paced South American style showmanship with elements of developing juggling sensibilities to create an entertaining solid showcase with original ingredients. (see full play by play description in the Big Apple Circus review). eJuggle – You …

Big Apple Circus- 40th Anniversary Edition

 This year’s edition of BAC includes a featured toss juggler (Gamal Garcia Tuniziani), a rola bola artist (Jan Damm), and a Risley act (The Anastasini Brothers), so there is plenty of juggling for everyone. Other acts include flying trapeze (Flying Tunizianis Troupe), high-wire (The Wallendas), trained horses and dogs (Jenny Vidbel), clowns (Grandma [Barry Lubin] and Mr. Joel Jeske), contortion …

The IJA 70th Festival, 2017, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Cedar Rapids is a pleasant little town in Iowa with a convention center and a river. The weather was friendly and the jugglers experienced little or no hostility from the natives. The town is centrally located on the US map, three hours by car from Chicago, four hours from Omaha, Kansas City, and St. Louis, so yes, far from anything …

Kurios – a review

“Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities,” a new Cirque du Soleil production written and directed by Michel Laprise premiered in Montreal on April 24th 2014. It is currently playing in New York City (on Randell’s Island), and will proceed on November 27th to Miami, Dallas, Houston, Winnipeg, Portland, and Vancouver; then on to Central and South America, followed by Europe and Asia. …

Toruk by Cirque du Soleil

The new touring Cirque du Soleil production Toruk-First Flight takes place in the world of Avatar, the 2009 3-d film directed by James Cameron who also attended the New York premiere. Is it amazing and is there any juggling in it? Yes and no. The movie put you in the planet Pandora by making you wear 3-d glasses. In Toruk …

Cirque du Soleil’s Paramour, on Broadway

Cirque du Soleil’s first ever Broadway theater production is Paramour and it’s everything you hoped for. They really went bananas. Now let’s get something clear: this is not a circus, it’s a Broadway play, a musical comedy, to be exact. But it has a lot of circus in it, including a solo juggler, Kyle Driggs. It actually has more circus …