And there's juggling sensation Ty Tojo, generating big buzz aound the big tops. Love that name ...
BTW: A video tease on Big Apple's website, which denied me its charm while rating circus websites, is now up and running on my PC-lame computer, a slate of winning images from years past, and it WOWS ... Queens, I'm coming! AMTRAK, hold that sleeper for me! ...
Oscars for Hula Hoops? Zapasny to produce. Dateline, Moscow, remember Moscow, center of circus art? Without the lush funding they once received, yet those fiercely determined Russians are rebounding, now with their own festivals. Latest to lure the greats to Bolshevik Boards: World Festival of Circus Art "IDOL," to be powered by the brothers Zapasny, purpose being to land major media coverage of the sort that rarely if ever visits your typical circus festival ...
Say they to Planet Circus magazine, "Unfortunately, all the festivals are mainly oriented towards professional circus producers and performers." But they are pulling in judges from outside same old-same old, to cast fresh faces on the beef. Thirty acts from some 20 countries will be per-auditioned and invited to appear. Festival now in progress, until Oct. 20. I'll be looking for it on C-Span ... Monte Carlo, rigorous regrets here, has never done much to land major TV coverage outside the little realm. In the beginning, American TV took a few looks, gave a little time, then vanished.
The Brothers Zapashny: Seeking Populist Attention to Circus Arts.
Photo from Planet Circus
Photo from Planet Circus
Guesses Brit author and give-em-more-than-puff critic Douglas McPherson, whose country is among the ignored or indifferent:
"Tragic, too, that Monaco has never been broadcast by the BBC, either. I treasure my certificate, signed by Princess Stephanie, confirming that I participated in the first World Circus Day . So, to the Brothers Zapasnny, I send provisional Kudos.
"Even more impressive was the interpretation given to Aaron Copland’s Hoedown from Rodeo by
Western artist LoopRawlins. This routine, choreographed by the legendary Angelo Iodice, fit the music to a T. The familiar frontier melodies of Rodeo were ideal for rope spinning and whip cracking and Rawlins had the crowd on its feet with his charisma and showmanship" ... Don took tactful issue with aud-partipate-or-die clown Ambrose Martos (filling in for David Larible, originally named here in error), wondering if Martos' act might have been effective in less time. Speaking for myself here, to pep up these languorous audience-in-the-act interludes, I'd suggest, musically speaking, something from the Spike Jones cannon
Stencelling in from Paris, and that would be Paris over There, not down Longhorn way, is Al, as in Al Stencell, man of the midway from rides to rings ... He's keyboarding across his wife Shirley's new iPad, and what a tickled iPadder is he. Listen here to our visiting Hemingway ...
"These little theatre-circus-burlesque shows are a delight. Last Thursday we saw the Le Maxi Monster Music Show at the Alhambra theatre. it closed this week but has been there all summer nod what. Delight. Freak show meets hip orchestra!!" I'm wondering, Al, was that "monster" thing produced by one of the Feldlings?
Out for my Monster Morning Walk, thank you. More maybe later ... Later: All day, a packed crowd in here, one of my biggest ever.. Yeah, I do have fun three dotting away ... and you're a great three-dot crowd!