Episode 41 - Peter Bufano, circus composer and clown

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On this week's episode, Josh and Lyndsay recount their evening at the final performance of Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey Circus, a new magic show at Atlantic Theater, and some casting news from Big Apple Circus. They also sit down with the very talented circus composer and clown Peter Bufano to talk about his career and writing music for the circus. Peter even takes a part one of his latest tracks and explains how he wrote it. If you enjoy the episode, please rate us on iTunes and share the podcast with your friends!

[16:00] - Growing up in New England

[19:10] - Torn between being a musician and a clown

[27:21] - Auditioning for Ringling Bros

[32:18] - Differences between composing for circus and for film

[38:48] - Peter on finding his sounds and styles

[45:18] - Peter Song Explodes 'The Romantic'

[58:33] - Reflecting on the end of Ringling Bros

Peter's latest Cirkestra album online and on Spotify. Peter's podcast online and on iTunes.

Episode 40 - Lea Toran Jenner, circus artist and YouTube vlogger

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On this week's episode, Josh and Lyndsay talk about the final performances of Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus, their latest updates on the virtual reality Kickstarter campaign, lessons circus artists can take from playwright collectives, and finally Josh interviews circus artist and vlogger, Lea Toran Jenner. Lea and her partner are currently performing a duo cyr wheel act at the Moulin Rouge, she previously won a bronze medal at the Cirque De Demain Festival in Paris, and she creates daily Youtube videos about her day to day life. If you enjoy the episode please share it with your friends and rate us on iTunes. Have a great week!

  • [12:07] Discovering a passion for circus
  • [14:20] Switching disciplines in circus school
  • [17:22] Finding work after the Paris festival
  • [23:00] Working at the Moulin Rouge
  • [26:01] Going to film school during the day
  • [32:31] The #1 question all circus performers get asked

David Lewis Hammarstom's new book on the history of Ringling

Tickets to the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus: Cardboard and Ducktape Spectacular

Episode 39 - Elsie Smith, co-founder of the New England Center for Circus Arts

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On this week's episode, Josh and Lyndsay talk about Cuisine and Confessions, Circus 1903, a compelling theory about Disney and Ringling Brothers, and sit down for an interview with the co-founder of the New England Center for Circus Arts, Elsie Smith. They also talk about Elsie's time in San Francisco, being on tour with Saltimbanco, and of course the journey of creating America's longest running professional circus training program. If you enjoy the episode please like us on Facebook and rate the podcast on iTunes. Have a great week! 

  • [16:12] Growing up 'in the middle of nowhere'
  • [25:45] Heading to San Francisco, the Pickles, and SF Circus Center
  • [29:36] On tour with Cirque Du Soleil's Saltimbanco
  • [35:00] Moving to Vermont and starting Nimble Arts
  • [38:50] Growing NECCA and their new professional training program
  • [46:07] NECCA's current fundraising campaign
  • [51:14] On creating new acts and new apparatuses

Did Disney Kill the Circus? 

New England Center for Circus Arts Indiegogo Campaign

Episode 38 - The Adelaide Fringe in review and an interview with Lauren Eisinger, Australian circus producer

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On this week's episode, Josh and Lyndsay sit down with Sydney based circus producer and creator Lauren Eisinger. They talk about their experiences at the Adelaide Fringe, the differences between circus in Australia and the United States, and various challenges of independently producing. Also on the episode, Josh and Lyndsay talk about news with Big Apple Circus and have a secret discount for the upcoming 7 Finger's show Cuisine and Confessions playing in NYC this April. If you enjoy the show, please rate us on iTunes and share it with a friend. Have a great week!

  • [22:00] Lauren's background in producing
  • [26:02] The Adelaide Fringe and five years of experience
  • [30:45] Redefining the term 'Classical Circus'
  • [36:21] Funding for circus in Australia 
  • [38:00] Performing animals in Australian circus
  • [46:38] Cutting through the noise among 1,200 shows at the Fringe
  • [55:30] Youth education in circus 

Episode 37- A Mini Episode from Australia

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On this week's episode, Josh and Lyndsay talk about the shows they've seen at the Adelaide Fringe Festival and government funding for circus in the U.S. versus Australia. Enjoy this week's mini episode! If you do, please share it with your friends and rate us on iTunes. Have a great week!

Episode 36- Ross Mollison, circus producer and impresario of Spiegelworld

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On this week's episode Josh and Lyndsay sit down with circus and theater producer Ross Mollison. Ross founded the production company Spiegelworld and has produced hit shows including Slava Snow Show, Puppetry of the Penis, and his current production, Absinthe at Caesars Palace. Josh and Lyndsay also talk about Superbowl LI and the results of the Big Apple Circus auction. If you enjoy the episode please rate us on iTunes and share it with your friends!

  • [5:55] Ross's childhood in Melbourne
  • [15:35] On producing a tented version of the musical Cats
  • [19:52] Ross on Slava Snow Show and PoP
  • [34:33] Spiegelworld gets it start at the South Street Seaport
  • [38:20] Putting up a tent in Times Square
  • [41:07] Ross on Vegas Nocturne
  • [49:06] Josh, Lyndsay, and Ross discuss the current state of circus

Episode 35- Ringling's Closure and an interview with Ottavio and Naomi Gesmundo

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On this week's episode, Josh and Lyndsay discuss the closing announcement of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, the bankruptcy auction of Big Apple Circus, SLUMBER's upcoming run at the Adelaide Fringe, and their new VR circus experience. They also sit down for an interview with Ottavio and Naomi Gesmundo aka Mr. and Mrs. G. Ottavio and Naomi perform a breathtaking crossbow stunt act and have worked all over the world with many circuses, on Broadway, and in Las Vegas casinos. They also discuss Ottavio's new book "The Grand Gypsy" which chronicles the six generations of Italian circus performers. If you enjoy the episode please rate us on iTunes and share the podcast with your friends and family. Have a great week!

  • [24:58] Growing up in a circus family
  • [33:01] Meeting one another on the Dutch production of Aida
  • [41:32] Moving from NYC to Las Vegas
  • [43:15] How Ottavio and Naomi learned to shoot crossbows
  • [50:20] Ottavio and Naomi on the importance of their yoga practice
  • [1:01:05] Ottavio on "The Grand Gypsy"
  • [1:10:38] On Ringling and the future of circus

Episode 34- A new show from Hideaway Circus and an interview with Sebastian Kann, circus dramaturg

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On this week's episode Josh and Lyndsay reveal their next show... hint hint it has to do with partying. They also sit down with one of Josh's closest friends, Sebastian Kann who is a writer, aerialist, and circus dramaturg currently studying in Holland. They chat about Sebastian's thesis on circus composition and movement as well as some of the conversations had about contemporary circus in academic environments. Josh and Lyndsay also chat about Atlantic Theater Company's latest show and new books they're reading. If you like the episode, please share it with your friends and rate us on iTunes. Have a great week!

  • [09:50] Sebastian and Josh meet as kids
  • [13:07] Sebastian on Smirkus and ENC
  • [24:10] Moving to Europe and getting injured
  • [32:15] Graduate school for circus dramaturgy
  • [36:44] Sebstian's first thesis and early lectures
  • [42:25] The relevance of story within circus