Episode 53 - Elayne Kramer, 8th generation circus artist and star of Big Apple Circus

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On this week's episode Josh and Lyndsay talk about new bans on the use of wild animals in circuses and dissect the 2017/2018 Broadway musical lineup. They also sit down for an interview with the contortionist and handstand artist Elayne Kramer. Elayne is an eight generation circus performer and previous winner at the Monte Carlo circus festival; she's also one of the stars of the new Big Apple Circus show and we make sure to ask her what her take is on the new version of the company. If you enjoy today's episode, please rate us on iTunes and share the show with a friend or family member. Have a great week and Thanksgiving!

  • [10:39] Growing up in Argentina and the US in a circus family
  • [14:14] Learning contortion and handstands starting at age 4
  • [21:02] Competing in the Monte Carlo circus festival
  • [32:50] Adapting her act for different genres of circus (classical vs contemporary)
  • [38:45] The differences between the old and new Big Apple Circus
  • [44:00] Elayne's most painful trick

Episode 52- Shana Kennedy, founder of Circadium and the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts

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On this week's episode Josh and Lyndsay recount their time at Bindlestiff Open Variety Night, discuss the New York Times review of Big Apple Circus and a talk about the future of the entertainment sector by TPG founder Jim Coulter (TPG owns a majority stake in Cirque Du Soleil). They also traveled to Philadelphia to interview Shana Kennedy the founder of Circadium and the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts. Circadium is the first advanced training circus program to offer a vocational degree in circus arts in the U.S. If you enjoy today's episode, please rate the show on iTunes and share it with your friends. Have a great week!
 

  • [10:03] Growing up in suburban Massachussettes
  • [13:30] Traveling to circus school in Bristol, England
  • [19:35] Moving back to Philadelphia and starting Air Play
  • [25:31] The beginning of Circadium
  • [26:20] A day in the life of a Circadium student
  • [44:14] What's going on with circus in America these days?
  • [46:15] Circadium's upcoming auditions

Episode 51 - Mark Lonergan, circus and physical theater director

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On this week's episode, Josh and Lyndsay recount their experience at the newly revived Big Apple Circus, the 6th annual New York Boylesque Festival, and a recent performance by the dance troupe Pilobolus at the Queens Theater. They also sit down for an interview with Mark Lonergan, the founder of the three-time Drama Desk nominated physical theater company Parallel Exit. Mark also directed Big Apple Circus the past two seasons and Circus Smirkus this year. We talk about the differences between directing theater and circus, and compare the old Big Apple to the new one. If you enjoy today's episode, please rate us on iTunes and share the podcast with a friend. Have a great week!
 

  • [13:30] Growing up in "English Canada"
  • [19:08] Mark on moving to New York City for the first time
  • [21:41] The growth of Parallel Exit
  • [29:32] The first time Mark directed the Big Apple Circus
  • [34:40] On creative directing Circus Smirkus
  • [44:25] What the new Big Apple Circus is like

Episode 50 - Olivia Porter, Australian juggling sensation

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On this week's episode, Josh and Lyndsay talk about new circus related laws in New York State, their recent virtual reality shoot in Montreal with Valerie Doucet, how to get tickets to the upcoming Harry Potter show on Broadway, and discuss the new Broadway musical The Bands Visit. They also sit down for an interview with the Australian juggler, Olivia Porter. They discuss her time growing up and working in the Brisbane circus scene, touring in America with Circus Oz, contemporary juggling and how to create new material and techniques, and Olivia's upcoming projects. If you enjoy today's episode please rate us on iTunes and share the podcast with your friends. Have a great week!

  • [11:06] Growing up in Brisbane
  • [23:01] Leaving Brisbane thanks to the Adelaide Fringe
  • [24:10] Touring with Circus Oz and her first time in the U.S.
  • [34:57] Olivia on creating new shows, tricks, and material
  • [40:10] What happens when you drop while juggling?

Episode 49 - Amy Saunders aka Miss Behave, of the Miss Behave Game Show!

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On this week's episode Josh and Lyndsay chat about an amazing new dance piece from Justin Peck and the NYC Ballet, the magic show In & Of Itself, and Hideaway's recent performance at the Future of Storytelling Festival. They also call up the hilarious Amy Saunders to talk about her career as a comedian and sword swallower as well as her new show in Las Vegas, The Miss Behave Game Show. If you enjoy today's episode, please rate us on iTunes and share the podcast with your friends. Have a great week!
 

  • [13:10] Coming of age in London and the nightclub scene
  • [17:03] Learning how to swallow swords (or rulers)
  • [24:52] Amy set's world records on TV
  • [30:48] Going to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for the first time
  • [33:33] Amy on doing street shows
  • [39:31] The formation of La Clique (also known as La Soirree)
  • [47:47] The story of Miss Behave Game Show and what it's all about!

Episode 48 - Christine Van Loo, 7 time National Champion acrobatic gymnast and circus performer

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On this week's episode Josh and Lyndsay recount their trip across the U.S. while working on a new show with Keone and Mari Madrid, update you on exciting news with Miss Behave Game Show, review Cirque Du Soleil's KA and discuss the closing of the CDS New York theatrical division. Josh and Lyndsay also call up Olympic athlete of the year, 7 time National Champion acrobatic gymnast, circus performer, entrepreneur and motivational speaker Christine Van Loo. They discuss her career, the transition between athletics and circus, working in special events, and running a circus school abroad. If you enjoy today's episode please share it with your friends and rate us on iTunes. Have a great week!
 

  • [14:51] How Christine got into acrobatic gymnastics (sports acro)
  • [23:11] The transition between athletics and performing
  • [27:54] Training circus for the first time and making a promo video
  • [33:59] Creating circus for television (NBC) and musical concerts (Paul McCartney, Britney Spears)
  • [39:15] Starting Airborne Arts in Costa Rica and getting into motivational speaking

 

Episode 47 - Trav SD, circus and variety journalist and historian

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On this week's episode Josh and Lyndsay talk about a new circus school opening in Philadelphia next month, a New York Times article about the premiere Russian state circus school, and sit down for an interview with Trav SD. Trav is revered circus and variety critic, journalist, performer and playwright. We talk a lot in the episode about the history of circus and vaudeville and Trav's storied career. If you enjoy the episode, please share it with your amigos and rate us on iTunes. Have a great week!

  • [07:36] - Growing up in RI and falling for theatre
  • [15:22 ] - Working for Tony Bennett and Big Apple Circus
  • [20:20] - Writing career takes off
  • [23:10] - Defining Vaudeville
  • [25:51] - On writing No Applause - Just Throw Money and Travalanche
  • [29:25] - Trav on "When did the circus become un-American"
  • [46:35] - Trav's new show in development

Episode 46 - Randy Weiner, producer of Sleep No More and The Box

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On this week's episode, Josh and Lyndsay share more great news from Miss Behave Game Show, unrest with Big Apple Circus and Lincoln Center, and tease the upcoming Future of Storytelling Festival in NYC. They also sit down for an interview with theater producer and entrepreneur Randy Weiner. To name just a few, Randy's productions include the Donkey Show, The Box, Sleep No More, Queen of The Night, Seeing You and Cirque Du Soleil's Amaluna. If you enjoy the episode please share it with your friends and rate us on iTunes. Have a great week!

  • [12:10] - Growing up in New York City in the 70s
  • [20:33] - How Randy met his wife Diane Paulus in high school
  • [26:52] - Randy's first hit, a hip hop musical called Club XII
  • [37:57] - Back to NYC with the Donkey Show
  • [43:51] - Origins of The Box
  • [49:39] - Bringing Sleep No More to NYC
  • [54:23] - Josh & Lyndsay's Queen of the Night bad date story
  • [1:02:24] - Randy's creation process