A’okay & Nani Nature
Bede and Denise (A’okay & Nani Nature)
combine their experience in leading educational programs for
schools, science centers, and summer camps with their talent for
teaching creative play. This is how they create the magic of
“Circus Nature.” Circus Nature’s mission is to promote healing and
teaching with cooperative play.
Their blend of storytelling with role-play, their enlightening
performances, and their ability to inspire new games from free play
has delighted participants and audiences of all ages. They offer
entertaining programs at schools, camps, community events, parties,
and festivals. T
hese two fantastically whimsical artists bring the
circus and toys from their home in the mountains above Willow Creek,
California. They perform everywhere people play together & inspire all
to be “A’okay.”
is a high-energy juggling and acrobatic act performed by slapstick
stuntmen Mark Wilder and VonJon. Juggling almost anything they can get
their hands on, the comic duo climbs up a free-standing ladder, onto a
ten-foot-tall unicycle, or on top of each other's shoulders.
Something Ridiculous are wildly entertaining… and as you might
Frank Olivier developed his unique off-beat brand of humor in San
Francisco… starting off on the streets entertaining tourists, and
quickly moving into the Bay Area's numerous comedy clubs. He has
shared the bill with Dana Carvey, Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, and
He performed his act in NYC at the Broadway touring hit show 'Sugar
Babies' (a variety and burlesque musical, starring Mickey Rooney and
Olivier numerous television appearances have included The Tonight
Show, HBO's 'Just for Laughs', Comic Strip Live, and shows for PBS,
HBO, BBC, Disney and more. He also headlines in Las Vegas, at comedy
and theater festivals, and performs countless corporate shows.
Frank is well known for his grace in handling volunteers onstage, and
has brought up such luminaries as Henry Kissinger, Bill Murray, Sandra
Day O'Connor, Kid Rock, Clarence Thomas, Jim Belushi, George Shultz,
and hundreds of CEOs. He'll handle your people with the same ease and
humor, and have everyone cheering the new "stars."
Chris Garcia, aka Draco Diabolo, is
an SF Bay Area born juggler who initially started practicing juggling
in high school under the guidance of Matt Hall. While he practices
various forms of juggling, his favorite prop is the diabolo. His love
and dedication for juggling has lead him to teach workshops and
perform at numerous juggling festivals on the west coast, even running
the Santa Cruz JuggleFest when in college. He is delighted to be
returning to Humboldt this year for yet another great festival.
Chris was recently attacked by 3 guys in San Jose & JUST had surgery
for his face & jaw last week. He will likely have shoulder surgery
very soon as well. We will be collecting funds to help with his
medical bills throughout the HJF weekend (passing the hat at
the intermission of our Big Public Show & auctioning off LIVE ART to
contribute to his medical bills on Sunday in HSU’s West Gym). We
encourage everyone to give generously (both in applause & dollars).
You can also contribute by going directly to his medical fundraising
you for supporting one of our kindest & most talented Artists!
Iman Lizarazu was born in a small village in the Basque region
of France, where her family has lived for over 800 years.
Iman’s early years were spent in both the Basque Country in the
southwest of France and in Moscow, where her father worked with the
Bolshoi Ballet. She first performed on stage at age six as the Mouse
in the Nutcracker. Here she began her training in classical ballet,
and received a strong foundation in ballet and choreography. During
these years, Iman was most often at the Moscow Circus training gym,
learning circus arts from a bygone era.
As a teen in Dresden, Germany, she studied at the Circus School and
continued honing her juggling skills. Iman tested into Die Technische
Hochschule Dresden without attending formal high school. There she
majored in Medizin Technik, (but didn’t enjoy seeing blood), so
switched her major to Physics and Math. After two years, she went to
Moscow and studied at the Lomonosov University. Iman went on to earn a
PhD in Astrophysics with Honors from the Max Plank Institute in Munich
in 1995. When she graduated, the faculty mused "the fresh wind had
left the institute, when Iman completed her PhD."
Iman has been active in Clowns Without Borders since its inception in
1993, when she volunteered in refugee camps in Kosovo, Bosnia. In ’93,
she also went to St. Petersburg and Georgia to perform in orphanages
as well as teach. Her other Clowns Without Borders work includes
performing and teaching in Cuba in ’97, ’98, and ’99 and teaching and
helping to establish the first circus school on the east coast of
Africa in Nairobi. She also worked with Doctors Without Borders in
hospitals in Somalia in 2009. She was performing and teaching in Haiti
in 2010, and performing in California state prisons in 2012.
Iman is co-owner and co-creator of Renegade Juggling, where she and
her partner have made juggling equipment for 25 years.
Iman studied at the School of Mime with Marcel Marceau, and with
Masters Julie Goell and Avner the Eccentric.
is a 21-year old poi juggler from Eugene, Oregon. He manages his
business, “Techris…Things On Strings,” and also is the head
coordinator of "The Prop Gathering" in Oregon.
HJF was his first juggling festival and was also where he first
juggled 3-poi on stage.
Produced by Eli March and Scramble James,
Circus Luminescence performs
juggling, and comedy in a glow-in-the-dark wonderland of infinite
imagination. Circus Luminescence's show is full of hilarity, epic
combo tricks, acrobatics, juggling and a sense of play!
Dr. Bonkers aka Eli March is a professional
juggler based out of Portland Oregon. Known for his fluid style,
originality, and clean execution, he has become a highly regarded
teacher and performer at Juggling and Flow Festivals up and down the
West Coast. His past troupe, “Poetic Motion Machine,” won the silver
medal in 2010 for Teams at the “International Juggling Competition.”
He produces and directs the theatrical LED and Black-light phenomenon
known as “Circus Luminescence.”
holds two medals in the world championships of juggling & is returning
to HJF as a performer & workshop organizer. Jer's performances
feature thrilling stunts, big laughs, and fantastic displays of
dexterity and balance. He utilizes his many inspiring talents to
perform professionally at corporate events, private parties, and