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.”
Andrew Sackman has been active in the Humboldt Circus community
and with Humboldt Juggling Society in helping to co-coordinate past
Humboldt Juggling Festivals.
Andrew has a diverse array of talents, with some seriously sweet
This dizzying one man show mixes juggling, flesh defying stunts, and
grown-up slapstick delivered in an inimitable comedic style.
Based in Phoenix, Arizona, Brent Fiasco travels the country entertaining and
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!
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.
Circus of the Elements is a dance collective from Humboldt county
that uses multi-dimensional performance styles with fire and light.
The dances include poi, staff, hula hoops, fans, boogangs, wings, and
other creative tools. We foster the integration of arts and community
through education and dance.
Circus of the Elements participates in local fundraising and
community awareness projects for groups like Trinidad Art Nights, Arts
Arcata, Benbow Music and Arts Festival,
Fairy Festival, and much more. They are committed to continually
helping and performing in their community! Circus of the Elements
supports the arts community and performs at Trinidad Art Nights every
first Friday from May-October.Circus of the Elements is a Dream Maker
Project of the Ink People,check us out on social media, like Facebook
Produced by Eli March and Scramble
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.”
Lance & Brian
Lance and Brian are from Portland Oregon. Lance’s Primary prop is Poi
and Brian’s is Flower Stick’s.
Brian taught Lance a bunch
about prop manipulation when they first met and now they have been
juggling together for over 5 years.
was born in 1980 in a lighthouse in Rhode Island. His father was a
United States Coast Guard engineer and his mother was a championship
rodeo horsewoman. Although he didn’t realize it at the time, his
uncommon family instilled in Curtis a sense of possibility and
discipline; a belief that anything can be mastered with practice; a
recognition of the importance of joy in work.
However, as a natural
redhead, Curt’s path was altered by his delicate complexion and
coke-bottle glasses. Throughout his early years, Curt learned to
survive the schoolyard with a quick wit and charming personality.
These traits were a constant as his family moved across the country,
as his father was transferred from port to port. As he grew older,
Curt discovered the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and was
immediately taken by the TV personality’s presence and kindness on the
Curt’s journey as variety artist took off when the Coast Guard
transferred his father’s post to Portland, Oregon – home of the Reed
College juggling club. Under the tutelage of juggling greats Rhys
Thomas, David Lichtenstein, and Charlie Brown, Curt quickly learned
the performance trade and began shaping his infectious personality for
While his early shows took place in coffee shops and street corners
along the Pacific Northwest, his resume now includes performances for
a dozen Fortune 500 companies, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC,
the New Victory Theatre on Broadway in New York City, as well as
colleges and universities across North America.
Curtis also holds a Guinness world record for the yoyo, has won a
bronze medal at the International Jugglers’ Association stage
championships, and has shared the stage with entertainment titans like
the Beastie Boys, Peter Sagal, and Second City Improv – just to name a
Curt’s new school comedy juggling performances range from five to
ninety-five minutes long, and highlight Curt’s mastery of balance,
timing, and peculiar combination tricks. He is also recognized as a
talented emcee and comedy writer, and often consults with variety acts
across the planet.
When he’s not traveling with his show, Curt lives in Portland, Oregon
with two acrobats and a grey cat named Houdini. He believes that life
is about sharing experiences with others, that the world can be a
better place through laughter, and that nothing beats warm socks fresh
out of the dryer on a rainy day.
Dubelevay "Double V Circus"
A pinch of slapstick, a dash of juggling, and two scoops of comedy is a
recipe fit for the dynamic duo, Dubelevay! Specializing in the art
of imagination, Raygun and Sirk pull amazing ideas from their box of
tricks, leaving the on-lookers in wonder, question, and awe.
or "HollyBlar" has always had a
passion for all types of performance art and loves to bring together
unique blends of character and skill in her acts. She has been juggling
since the age of 14, when she caught the highly contagious "juggle bug,"
an affliction for which her family was known to have a particular genetic
weakness. A former organizer of the festival, Holly is thrilled to
return to the HJF stage and as always would like to give a shout out to
all current and former Humboldt Circus monkeys! A huge thanks in
particular to the present day HJF organizers who work so hard to keep this
festival going and thriving year after year.
Expert juggler and fire performer.
Kevin is known worldwide as a dynamic entertainer. With
sharp juggling knives, and sharper wit, he blends comedy, juggling,
circus, magic, and fire, along with upbeat energy and a positive message.
The result is unique, inspiring, and memorable.
Co-founder of Club Motion Juggling, Kevin is proud to
announce the new online instructional project The
Ency-Club-Pedia, now available online.
Created with HJF Circus Alumni, The Johnston Brothers.
Winner of several international juggling awards and medals including;
2x Winner of The Humboldt Juggling Festival’s Judy Finneli Award.
As director of The
he is an accomplished motivational speaker and fire-walking instructor as
well. In 2011, he became a partner in the Flow
the nation’s leading Flow Arts festival producers. They
have now grown to 7 annual flow arts and juggling events all over the
Kevin was recently promoted to General Manager of the
country’s longest running fire and Flow Arts Festival, Fire
Happening May 3th - June 2nd, 2019.
He hopes to see lots of friendly HJF faces in this year’s Fire
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