Fellow Calgary Circus Performer, TriXtan and I have been training hard to put together an interesting, powerful and highly choreographed partner acrobatic act for our show. We are very lucky to have an amazing coach and some great help from fellow circus performers. You may have seen our public debut at the February Our Next Show, if not you’ll get a chance to see it at our upcoming show in support of the Tom Backer Cancer Center.
I think Jessie explained the day best when he said
“after the session they[our troupe] had planned with their photographer had fallen through, (which i can NOT stress enough I was incredibly happy to find out!) and they needed promo shots like NOW! We worked with Fire. We worked with glow props. And we worked on GRINDING her abs.”
We are so grateful that Jessie of Undiscovered Photography came to our rescue, and the photos speak for themselves.
Performers: TriXtan Court, Schuyler Snowdon and Myself, Carisa Hendrix
Amazing Photographer: Jessie Pozzolo
Editing by Colette Audy and Me!!
Getting to spend New Year Eve at a wonderfully fun event with some of my very favorite local entertainers was an incredibly lucky break. I had no idea till I arrived that the event had booked Mr Snowdon the amazing stilt walker, Visha Loo the insanely talented contortionist and Stephon Diachuk with his adorable juggling act.
Trixtan and I were also able to premiere our Acrobalance act after all the exhausting rehearsal. After reviewing the video of the performance 100 times i’m pleased to say it was very ok.
After a long day of rehearsal I’ve come home to work on my card manipulation skills. Nothing makes you feel like a nerd than drilling false shuffles and watching star trek but it is definatly my idea of a great Saturday night.
Thought I would feature the tutorials I’m using in case you’d like to follow along.
I was challenged to design a balloon owl for a friend of mine, challenge complete
Lately I’ve been taking my balloon artistry more seriously. I want to get into building more advanced sculptures and designs. As a way of practicing I’ve been having visitors to our apartment challenge me to design a new creation on the spot.
This video is of the incredible Adam Lobo, a fire eating student of mine that is just killing it. When I first created the Fire Eating DVD I never thought I would see anyone flourish like he and a few others have. I really can’t take credit for any of his skill, this is 100% pure star quality.
As usual, Christmas was crazy. For us entertainers, the holidays are never the normal sort of insanity the rest of the world experiences; with all the stress about gifts, family, and turkey dinners, no. Christmas season is about doing as many gigs as possible without losing one’s mind.
This year proved to be a lot more fun than I expected since I was asked to be part of a dinner theater production in Edmonton, Fridays and Saturdays for 4 weekends in December.
Our cast was a team of brilliant and talented variety arts performers and improvers. I can’t tell you how incredibly fun it was to play together in this show. I already miss my little circus family but there are rumors that the run might continue in 2013. Here’s hoping.
Here are 3 new stunts to inspire student. Tod Young send me a video of him doing some tricks after just a couple weeks of lessons and I was blow away. I wanted to put some new ideas out there to keep everyone on their toes.
A very fancy Costume Party Supporting Calgary Opera this Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 8:30pm I will be performing at the Hotel Arts (119 – 12th Avenue SW) in the 10th Anniversary Grave Gala which is 100% sold-out!!!
Viva Verdi! – and all things Italian, including this year’s theme for Calgary’s most outrageous Halloween party. They have me eating fire on a glass podium in the center of a pool, how cool is that?
Here’s what they say about the event:
“Venice is Sinking will transport you into the world of Venetian mystique with moonlit canals, swarthy gondoliers and carnival entertainers. You will no doubt encounter famous Italian artists, composers and explorers – as well as characters from the colourful underbelly of the famous European city.
Voted one of Calgary’s best parties of the year, Grave Gala has once again sold-out.”
One of my childhood friends and I will be there enjoying the night after my performance and I hope to see you there
Note: Fire torch teething refers to a fire eating stunt which involves using one’s teeth to grip a flaming torch and holding it upright in the mouth without the use of one’s hands. This stunt is considered both dangerous and incredibly difficult. The intense pain from the fire on one’s mouth and teeth plus the inability to breathe throughout the performance of the stunt make this an impressive feat.
The record stood at an impossible 1 minute 32.75 seconds and was achieved by Wendell Gray in Mumbai, India. In training to break his record, I had to work on the trick every day for over a month before flying to Italy in April of 2012 for the chance of a lifetime.
On April 12th in Rome, Italy in front of a live audience I freaked out when I became a Guinness World Record Holder after successfully holding a flaming torch in my mouth for an incredible 2 minutes and 1 second.
I am super excited to finally be able to share the news with friends after the show aired on Thursday.
Filmed in one of the most beautiful and scenic places in Alberta. For this shoot we trekked out with fire props, camera gear and safety equipment to get some nice shots on the very last day before snowfall.
It may have been chilly and a little scary to spin on the ledge of a cliff, but it was well worth the results. Enjoy the video.
This hoop dance video has inspired me time and time again and I wanted to share it with you guys. Mat Plendl is a brilliant performer and watching videos like this drives me to work harder on my own performances and also reminds me to be humble because there are still miles for me to grow. Thx Mat
This morning I stayed up to watch the sunrise. As I stood in the doorway with a fresh cup of coffee in hand, taking in the warm glow and the stillness, I was suddenly stuck by the sight of something unexpected.
I watched as a car drove up the street and stopped in the middle of the road a few houses down. A man stepped out of the vehicle and tossed a rolled newspaper onto the front steps of a house across the street, which was actually quite an impressive feat since the door was a good twenty feet away. Then the man then got back into his car and drove away out of sight.
This seemingly unremarkable moment may have gone unnoticed except that it had roused a curious thought in my mind “wow, newspapers are really dead”. Nothing spelled it out more than realizing paper routes must now be done by vehicle since only one house in three blocks was interested. I used to have a paper route myself and even the worst block would have four to five subscribers.
Our digital age and our digital tastes are changing so many aspects of our everyday lives, even as I write this I’m sitting on the step typing away at my laptop. I hope we take moments to ask questions about the impact of these changes.
Is it better to be served up the news as filtered by one media entity like a newspaper or to have access to all the opinions and information on the Web? I often wonder if the vast abundance of data allows us to pick and choose what we like and create any narrative that suits us.
As Albert Einstein put it “Information is not knowledge.”