is a juggler and performer from Germany. Her striking performance
style and high-level club juggling technique has found international
recognition in the juggling scene. Anni’s acts are shaped by
conceptual ideas in which she takes juggling out of its traditional
role and uses it as a means of expression. Since her graduation from
the Academy for Circus and Performance Art, she’s performed her work
in theaters, at festivals, and in gala and variety shows around the
Her newest act, “Nimmerland,” which was showcased at the European
Juggling Convention Gala Show 2017, is an atmospheric piece which
features an extraordinary combination of club juggling with some
Today, more than ever, Anni is happy to be part of an open-minded
juggling scene, which fosters international encounters and exchanges.
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. This is his 3rd HJF.
HJF was his first juggling festival and was also where he first
juggled 3-poi on stage. He will be debuting his new stage act this
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.”
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.
Erin Stephens combines her juggling prowess with a feminine finesse that
creates an enchanting experience for any audience. Erin is
especially glad to be returning to Humboldt for the 12th
Annual Humboldt Juggling Festival. It has been a festival that has
shaped her as a juggler, and she looks forward to being back in the
supportive and inspiring community. She is also excited to be
returning to the juggling festival scene after taking a couple years off
due to injuries. Erin currently resides in Durango, CO,
performs with The Salt Fire Circus, and teaches up and coming young
violinist Jefferson Freire is an international circus performer
and has participated in several juggling festivals in South America.
He is now in the United States participating in festivals and making
contacts. He was accepted at the Community Music Center School and in
the Clown Conservatory at The San Francisco Circus Center, where he
has been studying and growing professionally!!!
Haley Jo is a self-taught hula-hoop extraordinaire. She has
been hooping for eight years and continues to captivate audiences with
her breathtaking and charming performances. In the time she has spent
dancing and performing, she has primarily worked with non-profits to
raise money for local causes throughout Humboldt County. Whether using
one hula-hoop or four, Haley Jo’s skill and poise will leave you
has been dancing and performing since the age of 2 years old. She has
years of background in ballet, jazz, modern, tumbling, yoga,
contortion and aerial fabric. She has taught yoga, tumbling, and
contortion to people of all ages. Currently, she is Head Aerial
Teacher at “California Dance Company.” She has performed locally for
private events, parties, and festivals… including being an ongoing
performer with “Redding Fire Festival.” She thinks “Humboldt
Juggling Festival” is “really fun and totally awesome!”
learned to juggle in his youth, but it wasn’t until he discovered the
Humboldt Circus community and Humboldt Juggling Society that
his passion for the craft was awoken. He filled every available moment
between classes developing his skills, passing clubs with his friends of
The Poetic Motion Machine, and taking every opportunity he could to get in
front of an audience. He eventually shifted his college studies toward
Dance, the closest thing he could find to a degree in the juggling arts.
Holding two team juggling medals from the International Juggling
Association, he currently lives in the SF Bay Area, working full time as
an entertainer, and developing his vision for The Throw Zone, an
educational hub for the juggling arts.
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, FireDrums.
Happening May 31st - June 4th, 2018.
He hopes to see lots of friendly HJF faces in this year’s Fire
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THE FIREWALKING CENTER - http://www.thefirewalkingcenter.com
Kyle was born and raised in California. He learned to juggle at the
age of 14. His years have been spent improving, performing, and teaching
juggling. He has been featured on the list of "Top 40 Jugglers Of The
Year" three times, voted "Most Inspirational Juggler" by his peers on two
occasions, and is certified by the International Jugglers' Association to
teach children to juggle.
Richard Hartnell is among the
most distinguished American contact jugglers.
From the fundamentals to the far reaches, Richard has a grasp of contact
juggling technique that repeatedly brings him to stages worldwide. In
2008, Richard was a co-founder of the Bellingham Circus Guild in northwest
Washington State. In 2009, he relocated to the Vulcan, a collective of
movement artists in Oakland, California, to perform full-time. He is
currently on an ongoing tour around the world, both solo and as a member
of various troupes.
"...one of my favorites at the European Juggling Convention"
"...in the very top percent of contact jugglers, skill wise"
Trish The Dish
Tricia Riel..."Trish The Dish" has
been involved in creative pursuits of all kinds since her first big role
as a snowflake at age 5. She has a Bachelor's degree from the Visual &
Performing Arts School at Syracuse University in NY, a Masters Degree in
Acting and Theatre Arts from Humboldt State University in CA, training in
Dell Arte’, modern dance, tap, drumming, & more. For over 15 years, she
worked as an on-camera Acting Coach at "Kids on Camera.” Trish spent years
in the performance art scene in San Francisco (working with “Contraband” &
“The Wise Fool Puppet Intervention.”) She is a SAG/AFTRA Actor and has
worked on numerous films (Acting, as a Voice-Over Talent, Dialect
Coaching, and as an Assistant Director on features). Trish trained in
Trapeze & Trampoline at “The San Francisco Circus Center,” enjoys Stage
Combat, & has taught Partner Acrobatics at HSU, at “Om Shala Yoga Studio,”
and at other locations. Trish is quite the “organizational talent.”
She is the General Manager at Om Shala Yoga Studio & has been The
Public Show Coordinator & Local Donations Coordinator for “The Humboldt
Juggling Festival” for a # of years. She has been a
physical coach at "Circus Smirkus" in Vermont, directed the Circus Camp at
“Island Gymnastics” on Martha’s Vineyard, and has taught Physical Comedy,
Hat Tricks, & Acrobatics at Wavy Gravy’s “Camp WinnaRainbow.” She has
also headed numerous theatrically based after school programs in Northern
California, Rhode Island, & in the SF Bay Area. Trish “The Dish” juggles,
intermittently works as a clown, does contact improvisation, and speaks
German (as well as some Spanish). She is the author of the wildly
successful “Zephrum Gates” series (young adult fiction inspired by the
Harry Potter books). She has an amazing cat, a performing dog, and she
can write while she sleeps. She
also has a trapeze in her living room. Wooga Wooga!
A’okay & Nanny Nature
Bede and Denise (A’okay & Nanny 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. These 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.”