One stage. 10 world-renowned performers. 600 audience members, their minds blown. Let yours be one. Juggle This! draws spectators from around the world to witness the performing art of juggling. From comedy to “What the…? How…?” you will not be disappointed. You have never seen a show like this.
The line up will feature acts from all over the world and your very own backyard, New York City. You can purchase tickets online or at the door.
Michael is a third-generation San Franciscan, Michael’s creative efforts began early. In high school, he was a published poet and won the school acting award. In the early ‘70′s, Michael was intrigued with the art of clowning, and was handpicked from over 2,000 applicants to attend Clown College. Upon graduation, he landed a job as a clown with the Ringling Brothers Circus.
After several years of circus life on the road, he returned to San Francisco and began to create his act. He established a fast-growing word-of-mouth reputation. He stayed on the streets for three years, receiving various offers to perform (“All you need in show business are two or three hundred good breaks,” says Michael), and next branched out to perform at conventions, fundraiser’s, corporate events, benefits, schools, and local nightclubs.
Spotted by a talent agent in 1979, he was hired to perform on HBO’s The Young Comedian’s Show, his first major television appearance. Next came Broadway Follies. Said a New York Times critic of Michael’s performance, “I was as close as I have ever been to rolling in an aisle with laughter.” Sugar Babies followed, and soon his notices brought him to the attention of Saturday Night Live’s producers, resulting in six guest appearances on the show.
Michael has been featured on The Dick Cavett Show, The Tonight Show, Merv Griffin, 20/20, and Night of 100 Stars, among others. A Command Performance at the Ford Theatre found him in the company of Liza Minnelli, Ben Vereen, and Natalia Makarova. He has been honored by his peers with a Drama Desk Nomination and a Theatre World Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical for his performance in Sugar Babies.
Citing Jack Benny, Fred Allen, and Charlie Chaplin as his greatest comedic influences, Michael best appreciates humor that he can perform for any audience, a type of “new vaudeville.” “I love it when I do a show and there are kids and grandparents laughing at the same joke,” he says, “It is a type of humor that doesn’t age.” Audiences certainly agree.
Jacob D’Eustachio is a graduate of the prestigious École de Cirque de Quebec as well as the first person to apprentice with Kris Kremo. Over the past three years, Jacob has performed as a juggler and clown in 7 countries on 4 continents. However, this autumn, he began feeling the need to improve, explore, and create something new. He subsequently relocated to Montreal where has been working on a new act with direction from juggler Samuel Roy and experimental dance and theater director Peter James. He is happy to premiere this act at Juggle This.
Justin picked up the yoyo during the fad in the 90′s. He quickly got serious, competing in state, regional, national, and world-level contests. In 2003, Justin traveled with Team Yomega to Japan for the Bandai Hyper-Yoyo Tour performing in Tokyo and Osaka at comic book conventions. My primary focus these days is moving the yoyo into new performance realms – winning it as an art form in the public’s mind.
Erik Åberg lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. His work in juggling is focused on historical research, researching new techniques and new props. He has designed equipment for Renegade Juggling in California and is currently engaged in a research combining origami concepts with wooden sculptures. He also teaches and writes about circus history with an emphasis on juggling and has spent years searching for traces of the greatest, most important, and forgotten juggler Paul Cinquevalli.
Susan Voyticky and Matt Greenfield
Matthew Greenfield was a gymnast for many years before being trained by Cirque du Soleil. Having worked for Cirque Mechanics and 7 Doigts, he continues to grow as an artist and develop new skills. He enjoys using the tools developed in gymnastics and transforming them into an art form.
Susan Voyticky trained at Ecole Jacques Lecoq and The Circus Space. When Susan returned to the US, she work in numerous companies including Circo Zero, the New Pickles Circus, and Universoul Circus. Susan continues to enjoy many opportunities to expand her abilities and combine her previous experiences to create fabulously innovative movement theater. She can often be found sharing her love of the aerial arts at Circus Warehouse in NYC. http://www.voyticky.com
Kelsey Strauch is a juggler, acrobat, movement artist, yogi, and teacher. She has performed on streets and stages all over the world and has been featured in national magazines, commercials, and recently, Netflix’s original programing, House of Cards. Kelsey lives in Brooklyn and wish to share the art of play, balance, and conditioning through teaching and performance.
Isaac Rockafellow arrived in New York last July bright eyed and bushy-tailed, all the way from Idahohiowa. In the past, he has performed in the International Juggling Association Stage Championships and at the United States Olympic Wrestling Trials. Next year, he will study the evolution of Ukrainian circus after the fall of the Soviet Union on a Fulbright grant.
Imri Rom is a 7 year old diabolo phenomena who began his juggling passion at the age of 4 when he saw someone doing flower stick. He started to practice even though none of his friends or family have ever juggled. A year ago he was the surprising act of the international juggling convention in Israel, performing in front of 1500 people. He has moved to New York City last summer and has already been seen by thousands of people while busking in Washington square park, his neighborhood playground.
AJ Silver/ Angelo Iodice started his career as a rodeo trick rider. While on the rodeo trail, he perfected the art of trick roping and created a high energy act that also includes bullwhip artistry, comedy and the boleadoras from Argentina. AJ’s western variety act has been featured in European cabarets and circuses as well as international TV, prestigious corporate events, nightclubs and symphony halls. www.trickropingact.com
Mitch is a multi-faceted showman specializing in Cyr Wheel, Fire Arts and Juggling. A born entertainer, he has entertained crowds at shows all across the United States, with the highlights including the Flow Show, PEX Summerfest, Bindlestiff Open Stage and with the great Gowanus Circus. In addition to performing, Mitch is a gifted teacher, repeatedly asked to run festival workshops at Firedrum, Wildfire, The Floasis and Burning Man. He also runs a Youtube tutorial series teaching Cyr Wheel and Contact Staff.
Mitch graduated with a BS from Brooklyn College in Computer SCI. After transitioning from the digital space to the circus space, Mitch is embarking on the next step in his life, and sharing his gift of showmanship with the world.