The Artist Athlete Podcast

The Artist Athlete Podcast

This podcast is dedicated to CIRCUS. Aerialist, Shannon McKenna interviews guests from acrobats in Cirque du Soleil to circus therapists and everyone in between. Learn the backstage lives of those who flip, twist, sparkle, and shine under the big top. Shannon McKenna is an internationally recognized circus performer and coach. For the past decade, she has been a freelance artist: giving workshops and classes across 7 countries and working on and back stage for both traditional and contemporary circus shows in the US, Portugal, Germany, and Australia. She holds a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a concentration on post-modern physical theater (how’s that for a mouthful?). She founded The Artist Athlete in 2018 as a means to produce educational materials for aerial artists and a podcast in which she interviews experts in the circus industry about their careers. If you’re reading this, you’re probably listening to it. Thank you! She currently lives in Atlanta, GA USA, but gravitates towards whichever circus community is the warmest. Find her online: www.theartistathlete.com Facebook: The Artist Athlete Instagram: @the_artist_athlete... Show More

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June 28, 2020 60 min
Welcome BACK to part 2 of my interview with Gypsy Snider, contemporary circus director for The 7 Fingers. On this week's episode, we talk about the pandemic, the importance of time travel, and the artist as activist.   Online: https://7doigts.com/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/the7fingers/  

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Gypsy Snider is a widely recognized co-founder and artistic director of the widely recognized contemporary circus company Les 7 doigts de la main, aka the 7 fingers. In the first part of our interview, she breaks down her process of creating and choreographing, and explains the importance of letting something evolve.

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Ess is a non-binary contortionist who uses their art to explore the line between what is beautiful and what is grotesque. This interview features an in-depth conversation about disability studies, representation, privilege, and puns!   Website: www.strangewonderfulcreature.com 
Instagram: www.instagram.com/strangewonderfulcreature/   Please won’t you be a Patreon?: http://www.patreon.com/theartistathlete

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At 36 years old, Cirque du Soleil's Luzia hired Rachel Hunt, former gymnast turned circus artist turned physio turned teacher, to be the backup for the pole solo in Cirque du Soleil's Luzia. Hear her story!

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Jack Marsh, the artistic director of Saint Louis's Circus Flora and executive producer for The Big Apple Circus talks about how he ran away FROM the circus only to return as an adult. He gives insight into what it's like to run a one ring circus and what Circus Flora is doing during this time. Check out circus flora: www.circusflora.org  

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Thom Wall has been recognized as one of the greatest and most innovative jugglers of our time. On this hot mess of an interview, he discusses his research based approach to finding new skills and tricks, his practical approaches to marketing and creation, and even rectifies some misconceptions about some jugglers in ancient Egypt. 

 

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Crista Marie Jackson has a resume to die for- from being the aerial double in Zendaya to rehearsal work with Beyonce to associate artistic director for Cirque du Soleil. In her interview, she talks about the importance of getting ready to get lucky, how to work inservice of a greater project, and her creative U-turns.

 

Follow her on her website:

https://cristamariejackson.wixsite.com/actor 

Instagram: @crista_marie 

 

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Lisa Fa'alafi is a mastermind artist who knew that her art and artists that looked like her were not given a chance, so she created Hot Brown Honey, a cabaret show that explores the experience of First Nation women and femmes. The show became a smash hit internationally. On this episode, Lisa breaks down the importance of representing all cultures and histories on stage, and what it means to make work as an artist of color.  

 

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Laura Stokes and her artistic partner, Cohdi Harrell, got their big break when their full-length show, Smoke and Mirrors, won top awards at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. But what did it take to get them there? Shannon and Laura swear up a storm in this interview (don't worry, it's been censored- except on my website, http://www.theartistathlete.com/podcasts) and talk about what it's like to perform a personal crea...

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Aerial dancer, site artist, and activist Jo Kreiter explains how she runs a dance company that gives voice to marginalized communities- through site specific aerial dance. In this interview she talks about how she runs her company, Flyaway Productions, and strategies she has developed through her ingenuity and creativity to create a meaningful body of work.

 

LINKS:

Jo's Production Company, Flyaway Productions:

https://flyawayp...

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Eric Bates is considered one of the best cigar box jugglers in the world... what's a cigar box juggler you ask? Don't worry Eric will explain. In addition, he talks about how he creates new tricks, ideas, and creates work with his company Barcode Circus Company

Find Eric Bates Online:

https://www.ericbates.com/ 

Watch him juggle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yynLur7aRo0&list=PLWzY6UKVFOfd_cPxlYjKCAk-p1R4U

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Lauren Joy Herley is one of the great enigma's of this generation of contemporary circus artists. Strong yet supple, fierce and feminine, she has toured the world with some of the top companies. In this interview, she talks about her journey, as well as how she maintains her ambitious drive. 

Visit her online: http://www.laurenjoyherley.com

Instagram @herleylaurenjoy

 

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Ever seen an acrobat in a wheel onstage, and think, "huh, that looks like a giant hamster wheel"? Well, apparently, even when you're a professional, you think the same thing. But there is so much more to this discipline and one of the top in the sport explains it all!

 

SHOW NOTE LINKS

Links to World Championship and WheelFEST. , July 13-19 New York/Jersey City  

www.chicagowheeljam.com 

www.usawheelgymnastics.com

 

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Christine Van Loo is here to challenge your limiting beliefs. She is a 7 Time National Champion, an accomplished aerialist, a teacher, and most recently a keynote speaker. In this episode, she tells stories from her past that helped her examine her own beliefs and launched her to success.

www.christinevanloo.com

Instagram: christinevanloo

 

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Jonathan Morin did more than join Cirque du Soleil, he took 6 years and created an entire apparatus that only he can perform and worked as a soloist for them. he did more than give an amazing interview, he took Artist Athlete listeners to circus CHURCH. For all of those who want to live your dreams, whether circus or otherwise, Jonathan’s story is for you.


Online: http://www.2-zen-o.com/
Instagram: jonathanmorinartist

 

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Gena began in the circus as a fifth generation performer. She learned the art of juggling and by the age of thirteen was occupying the center ring at Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey. But Gena's avenue for creative expression expanded from just wearing a costume to designing and fabricating them. In this interview Gena shares tips and tricks of the trade for a glamorous circus costume.

See her work: http://www.genasdesign.c...

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Womack and Bowman is the assemblage of two of today’s most prolific aerial artists coming together to perform, experiment, collaborate and sometimes even do podcasts! In this interview they reveal how they got their start, how they know when something doesn't work, and all the ways they share their passion for aerial arts with the world!

Website: www.womackandbowman.com
Insta: @womackandbowman

 

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Get ready for a deep dive into flexibility training friends, fans, and enemies! Movement coach and performer, Micah Walters, shares his secrets and his approach to helping students improve flexibility. We also discuss mental blocks and the importance of being your own coach.

Follow Micah on Instagram: @micah.walters.movement
Online: http://www.micahwaltersmovement.com

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Cirque du Sole...

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Shannon heads to Cirque du Soleil headquarters in Montreal to interview Stacy about her job as a casting director for one of the largest entertainment companies in the world.

 

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Lewie West is a self described "generalist specialist" who uses breakdancing, traditional gymnastics, and circus arts to find a new way to approach moving. 

Find him on instagram: @north_by_lew_west

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