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

Episode 33- Adam Kuchler, juggler and clown

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Happy 2017! On this week's podcast, Josh and Lyndsay sit down for an interview with the renowned juggler and clown Adam Kuchler. They talk about growing up in Wisconsin, joining the road with Ringling, working with Les Sept Doigts, act creation, and virtual reality. Also on this episode, Josh and Lyndsay talk about their successful Kickstarter campaign, Ottavio Gesmundo's new book "The Grand Gypsy," and about the shows they've seen recently. If you enjoy the podcast please share it with your friends and rate us on iTunes. Have a good week!

  • [09:58] Growing up in Wisconsin
  • [13:10] On the road with Circus Smirkus
  • [22:48] Adam's time with Ringling and Barnum & Bailey
  • [43:25] Audition for Les Sept Doigt's 'La Vie'
  • [52:57] Dream job with Circus Flora
  • [57:01] Creating virtual reality circus experiences

Episode 32- Lorenzo Pisoni, circus performer and actor

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On this week's episode Josh and Lyndsay sit down with actor, clown, and acrobat Lorenzo Pisoni. Lorenzo's had an incredible performing career starting at age two with the Pickle Family Circus and which includes starring roles in Cirque Du Soleil, on Broadway, and everything in between. Josh and Lyndsay also talk about dramaturgical writing in circus, their new 360 VR circus video with Adam Kuchler, and their Kickstarter campaign. If you enjoy the episode please rate us on iTunes and share it with your mom!

  • [12:15] Growing up with Pickle Family Circus
  • [22:00] Lorenzo goes to college
  • [26:13] Joining the cast of Cirque Du Soleil's Mystere
  • [36:01] Lorezno on taking up acting
  • [43:33] Creating physical comedy for the play "The Explorers' Club"
  • [48:35 ] Differences performing in plays versus circuses
  • [1:03:01] Lorenzo's documentary Circus Kid

Episode 31- Barry Lubin aka Grandma the clown

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On this week's episode, Josh and Lyndsay phone up Barry Lubin to talk about his career as the famed Grandma clown. You have may have seen Barry perform in Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus or during his 25 year run at the Big Apple Circus. They discuss the differences between performing arenas and tents, the importance of comedic failure, and how Barry creates material. Josh and Lyndsay also talk about more Paramour news, a Bindlestiff Cirkus casting call, and update you on their virtual reality circus Kickstarter campaign. If you enjoy the podcast, please rate us on iTunes and share it with your friends!

  • [10:35] Growing up in Atlantic City
  • [13:50] Barry goes to clown college
  • [20:44] How Barry created Grandma
  • [25:28] Barry's formative experience at the Monte Carlo Circus Festival
  • [29:37] Grandma joins the Big Apple Circus
  • [40:40] The differences between clowning in arenas and tents
  • [53:42] Barry's bucket list

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Episode 30- A New Virtual Reality Circus

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On this week's episode, Josh and Lyndsay talk about their crowd-funding campaign for Hideaway Circus's new virtual reality experience. They discuss virtual reality technology and the different ways that it can enhance circus and dance. Josh and Lyndsay also chat about the week's circus news including Cirque Du Soleil's Paramour, a new project by the Sleep No More producers, and Hamilton's new record. If you enjoy the episode, please share it with your friends and family. Have a great week!

Episode 29- Ryan Shinji Murray, acrobat in Cirque Du Soleil's Kurios

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On this week's episode, Josh and Lyndsay sit down with Ryan Shinji Murray, an acrobat currently on tour with Cirque Du Soleil's production Kurios. They spoke with Ryan about his journey to becoming a circus performer, what its what like to create an act on new apparatus built by CDS, and his perspective on learning new tricks and technique. Josh and Lyndsay also talk about Lorenzo Pisoni's new documentary Circus Kid and what they got in the mail this week. If you enjoy the show, please rate us on iTunes and share it with your friends.

  • [10:40] Ryan on growing up in Washington D.C.
  • [17:45] Ryan starts chair stacking and learning circus skills
  • [29:10] Starting a performing career (at House of Yes)
  • [31:42] Joining Cirque Eloise's ID
  • [38:25] Creating the Acronet act at Cirque Du Soleil
  • [46:50] Ryan on how to learn new tricks
  • [53:20] A day in the life of a CDS performer

Episode 28- Goodbye New York, Hello Bret Pfister (circus artist and director)

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On Episode 28, Josh and Lyndsay recount the closing SLUMBER in Brooklyn, what's next for the show, and interview circus artist and director, Bret Pfister. We talk with Bret about his career as an aerialist and comedian, experience directing, and some surprising and unusual things about the circus industry. If you enjoy the episode, please rate us on iTunes and have a great week!

  • [08:28] Bret's introduction to the Vermont circus scene
  • [16:00] Studying at the National Circus School in Montreal
  • [23:45] Moving to Europe
  • [30:03] Joining the cast of La Soirree
  • [37:37] Bret starts talking on stage
  • [46:30] On directing circus shows at Codarts
  • [52:43] Gender norms in circus
  • [59:10] Bret on tattoos