For the first time ever, Juggle This! is partnering up with Bryant Park to bring you the Welcome Show.
Come out for some sun and fun. This year, there is a four-hour open juggling session in Bryant Park followed by a free show on the eastern lawn! It’s pretty awesome. The show will be one hour of awesomeness, with live music and six blow-your-mind acts! Line up could change. June 5th, 4:00pm – 5:00pm.
Stephanie Monseu has been cracking whips, cracking jokes, cracking wise, and proving generally useful around the NYC circus and variety scene since 1994. As a solo performer, and as co-founder of the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, she’s toured the world as an MC, ringmistress, aerial stunt artist, stilt walker, sideshow marvel and prop manipulator. In her spare time she nerds out with 19th century literature and loves to run up big hills.
Unusual manipulations, hardcore technique, and subtle humor make up the work of this Montreal-based artist. He’s been juggling for 26 years, performed in 14 countries, and been a guest teacher at the premier circus schools of Sweden, Finland, Denmark, and Canada.
Michael Karas is an international award-winning juggler based in New York City. Most recently, he became the first juggler in history to win the Apollo Theater’s coveted “Amateur Night” competition not once, but twice! He also recently set a world record for juggling with his ears, a unique skill you’re unlikely to see anywhere else. Michael has toured the world with his three person company Playing By Air on Celebrity and Holland America cruise lines and even had the honor of performing at the White House’s Halloween event for veterans in 2010. His off-Broadway show, “Perfect Catch: A Throw-mantic Comedy”, earned a Critic’s Pick award from Backstage.com. You may also have seen him off-Broadway cracking jokes with The Flying Karamazov Brothers in 2011. Discover more of Michael’s creative juggling at www.michaelkaras.net.
Robin is a juggler currently living in New York City. He began his juggling career in September 2005, when he visited the CWRU juggling club on a whim. He learned the 3 ball cascade in only in 30 minutes. Since then, he has made juggling his life’s passion.
Ten year old funnyman and juggler Bennett Santora, known for his innovative and amusing ball juggling acts, will delight the audience with a series of amazing multiplex kick-up tricks. Bennett’s precise origins and how he became such a good juggler is the subject of intense debate among fans. According to rumor, Bennett was created by a group of mad scientists who were intent on taking over the world by installing jugglers in key leadership positions. Experts who have studied the matter assert that he was designed to be witty, intelligent, charming and to use his super-natural juggling ability to take over the world military industrial complex for the purpose of converting all weapons production to production of juggling props. Others believe he is an exiled prince from a distant planet populated only by circus folk. Many questions remain. At present he is an entertainer and 4th grader. He lives in New York City.
Kyle Petersen is a professional juggler and unicyclist based in New York City. His work has been featured on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Colbert Report, The Today Show, Celebrity Apprentice and the Delta SkyMall catalogue. Kyle is starting his 8th season as the in-house juggler and entertainer for The Brooklyn Cyclones, a minor league baseball team in Coney Island. www.brooklynjuggler.com
Team Circus is a New York City based, multi-talented Acrobatic Duo with the unique distinction of being the first acrobatic duo EVER to win at the historic Apollo Theatre. Team Circus specialize in bringing a modern edge to traditional circus arts and have performed onstage at many electronic festivals alongside chart topping, billboard acts such as Moby, Steve Aoki and Pharell Williams.