IJA Festival Shows


Get ready for a phenomenal week of shows and entertainment at IJA Festival 2018 in Springfield, Massachusetts! The IJA festival is excited to be welcoming these Special Guest performers, as well as many others, at the Welcome Show and the Cascade of Stars. All of the shows below will be held at the Springfield Symphony Hall.

Cascade of Stars

The Cascade of Stars is a highlight of the IJA festival. This Saturday evening performance will feature top notch juggling and circus talent from around the world. This will be the final theater show of the festival and is an event not to be missed! Get ready for a fabulous night of family entertainment.

Saturday, July 21 – 8:00pm
$40 Adults / $20 Children 

Wes Peden

Cascade of Stars – Wes Peden designs juggling to perform in space stations and parking lots. He has performed in over 25 countries including Japan, Israel, Australia, and Iceland. His energetic, complex, and playful juggling style has won him awards from the International Juggling Association and the festival Cirque de Demain.

Kyle Johnson


Cascade of Stars – Kyle has developed his juggling style from the influence of the worldwide juggling community through online video. Kyle works to integrate traditional juggling, contact juggling, and movement to make his juggling unique.

Guillaume Karpowicz


Cascade of Stars – Guillaume Karpowicz (born 26 May 1993) is a French diaboloist living in Stockholm, Sweden. He became the first person to flash 6 diabolos low in 2016, and he set the world record for 5 diabolos high in 2017 with a run of 76 catches. He is the only person who has qualified both 5 diabolos high and 5 diabolos low. Guillaume is featured in The Planet Diabolo Project DVD collection, which includes a video of him and Tony Frebourg setting a world record for diabolo passing, with 8 diabolos..

Erin Stephens


Cascade of Stars – Erin Stephens is a small town mountain girl from California, who spends her time organizing juggling events around the world and performing along the way as she does so.

She is the founder and director of the IJA Regional Competitions and recently formed her new company, Tricky Chicks. She is also a social media consultant for juggling and circus companies and is currently writing her first book, titled “Something Extraordinary”.



Cascade of Stars – For nearly 20 years, Pich has explored the world of object manipulation with balls, hoops, & batons. From his research, he has created cabaret numbers, popular children’s science shows, manipulation conferences, and living art installations. He is the instigator of the collective Piryokopi which created the 8 hands manipulation show “très très très”. Pich uses the term ‘graphic manipulation’ to describe the method that has gradually come to dominate his approach to juggling and manipulation. Pich regularly teaches graphic manipulation with geometrical objects at all levels, from circus schools (Academie Fratellini, Paris) to novice workshops around the world (Japan, Mexico, Europe). www.maniballe.net

Welcome Show

Start the festival off right with the delightfully entertaining IJA Festival Welcome Show! Featuring high quality talent and humor from American and international performers. Tickets to this festival are included in full festival passes, or can be purchased separately. Springfield locals are invited to join us in kicking off the 71st IJA Festival.

Tuesday, July 17 – 8:00pm
$35 Adults / $17 Children 

Fly By Night


Welcome Show Emcees – American comedians Stephen King and Ryan Dekoe have been performing their on-the-edge brand of “Dangerous Comedy” since 1990. This odd and hilarious duo combine a bizarre mix of stand up comedy, juggling, sideshow antics, and “other various skills and proficiencies,” into one extremely popular and unforgettable show.

Salih Mahammed


Welcome Show – Salih Mahammed is a Circus performer from Ethiopia based in Baltimore, MD, USA. He has more than 17 years of performing experience. He started performing internationally in 2007. He performed around Europe with the Circus Mother Africa tour from 2007 – ­2008. He has also performed with Circus Ferrel in 2009­ – 2010, a cruise ship with Mien Schiff in 2010, and in Cirque Dreams in the USA from 2011­ – 2015.

Kathryn Carr


Welcome Show – Kathryn Carr is a professional entertainer, juggler of hats, clubs, and contact with over 10 years experience.

Christian Kloc


Welcome Show – Christian Kloc started juggling at six years old and thrives on the thoughtful movement that keeps objects aloft and lively ideas taken down for the record. He grew up in Maryland, but paid frequent visits to his mom’s native New York City. Christian’s childhood trips to the Big Apple taught him how to tear into a fresh loaf of bread, how to put on a show and how to stand on the subway. He also saw how people — in an unfathomable blend of attitudes, appearances and talents — breathe life into a city. Christian graduated from the University of Maryland in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in journalism, after which he immediately started working as a chef (no one is linear!). Aboard the fojol bros. Ethiopian food truck, in the kitchen at Restaurant Nora, and at the helm of Society Fair’s pastry program, Christian honed his palate, creativity and adaptability, skills that continue to serve him well as a full-time circus arts performer and educator.

Michael Karas


Welcome Show – Michael Karas has been an IJA member since 2003 and a professional juggler since 2007. Living in New York City, he is best known for his comedic and often musically-driven juggling routines and has toured the country both as a solo artist and with his trio Playing By Air. He won a Bronze medal at the IJA in 2006 (thanks to the Electoral College) and has been too scared to compete since. He does have a few other IJA awards, including some first place awards at the Individual Prop Competition and the only ever winner of the short-lived “Jazz and Juggle” Competition.

Wes Peden

Welcome Show – Wes Peden designs juggling to perform in space stations and parking lots. He has performed in over 25 countries including Japan, Israel, Australia, and Iceland. His energetic, complex, and playful juggling style has won him awards from the International Juggling Association and the festival Cirque de Demain.

Florence Huet

Florence Huet – Florence has been juggling with hoops since 2007. She attended the Regional Center of Circus Arts in Lomme (France) as well as Kyiv Municipal Academy of Circus & Variety Arts (Ukraine). Since she completed her training in juggling and dance, she has been working on composing juggling with a unique style. Since 2015, she has toured with Compagnie Jérôme Thomas and created her 2 solos acts, Dakatine and Sweet. Florence juggles cotton candy and icebergs when her hoops get tired. (Photo by Einar Kling Odencrants)

Benjamin Domask


Welcome Show – Benjamin Domask is a Performing and Teaching Artist living in Minnesota, USA and working all around the world.

Michael Trautman


Juniors Champs Emcee – Michael Trautman has been performing his one-man shows around the world since 1977. He has appeared in the New York International Festival of Clown Theater, Festival D’Ete, Just For Laughs Festival, and at The Kennedy Center. He was featured on WOW! The Most Awesome Acts On Earth, The Statler Brothers Show, CCTV in Beijing, China, and Le Plus Grande Cabaret du Monde. In 1999-2000, Michael was the star clown in the national tour of OOPS! The Big Apple Circus Stage Show. www.MichaelTrautman.com