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12 May 2008 @ 10:26 am
Hi everybody!
Hope you are well today.

I have a tale to tell.
So, I used to be a "hardcore busker" (I suppose, technically I still am), but in the last couple of years I have been working mainly the festival circut and of course, the corporate circut instead (ie. "getting soft").

This year, I decided I was being lazy and booked a trip to Italy to gain some international street experience (international festivals are not an accurate expression of the street vibe, I've been told). I chose the North of Italy for a few reasons:

1. I have family there if I get screwed (and I speak the language in case I get in trouble)
2. It IS the self-proclaimed home of street performing, after all!

I only booked a month because I had no idea what I was getting into, as well, I have already been booked up for festivals at the end of May and did not want to back out of them. In retrospect, despite the fun time, I am glad I wisely chose to come home.

What can I say about Italy? Obviously, as the rumors say, Europeans are SO much more respectful and enthusiastic about street performing. They treat it like the art it is. However, there are a few things to look out for. I'll break it up into "general busker information" and "Italy-specific information".

General Busker Information

-Permits: Always, always ALWAYS get a permit, especially if you have an act like a circle show or do site animation which is challenging to exit stage left in. It also covers your ass when you get approached by the police (if that happens--and believe me, it happens). I managed to perform without a license in Verona, but that was due to luck and also due to point number 2. You may have to wait a few days for your permit to clear, so budget that time.

-Don't ever trust government offices or city informational websites for your street performing information: talk directly to other performers. They will give you the heads up on the depth of police involvement in monitoring performers (whether or not you are likely to be checked for a permit or shut down). And while you are at it, tip them, too. Good karma goes a long way!

-Be friendly and respectful towards the "competition". Remember, you are on their turf, and they are probably worried about you sitting on their pitch or taking it over. Avoid turf wars (if you can, they still happen because, let's face it, some people are jerks and look for a fight) by telling people right off the bat you are just passin' through and ask them for ideas on where good pitches are. Sometimes they will mislead you (see above "jerk comment") but overall people are generally friendly and willing to help out a stranger.

-Represent your country! People love it and it makes you feel good. Also remember, as you are representing your country, you are also representing your country's street performers. Other performers should be encouraged to come and visit, so be inviting.

-This may sound like an obvious one, but if you are like me and like to live dangerously you may not do this: for the love of God, bring enough money to get you out of trouble if you land in some hot-water. I wanted to light a fire under my ass, and thus, did not bring any money with me. It was fun and adventurous, but there were times I was seriously worried, and I was kind of stuck in a crappy city for a few days longer than anticipated because I was not making enough to get out. It was scary for a while, but luckily a good day got me out.

Italy-Specific Information

-Stay away from Venice!!!
In the last year, they have cracked down on street performers and run a tight ship. As of earlier this year, mimes, living statues and circle shows have been abolished due to ridiculous reasons. The only performers allowed to work are musicians and puppet shows. In respect to the first point I made, don't trust governments: I managed to get a license to perform my acts (living statue and mime) without them telling me I am not allowed to perform! Being shut down was fun times.

-Verona = Love. Awesome city, awesome people and great vibe. You can get away with doing a circle show in the main piazza in front of the arena. I did, it was fun. Of all the major cities I hit, Verona was the nicest to work and the most laid-back.

-The season in Italy begins a month early: April 25th kicks off the festival season. There is a LOT of work between then and autumn. Don't be afraid to hit up festivals and ask for busking rights. Generally, they are thrilled to have "international" performers at their wine festival, or polenta festival, etc. Just make sure you have a translator on-hand to help out with the details!

-Don't be assertive/aggressive with regards to money. Unlike in N.America where I find performers have to educate their audiences in how to respond to street performing, Europeans know the score. Any mention to money on signage, or reminding the audience to pay up will result in people feeling offended and leaving your show. Even hat speeches need to be worded a bit delicately.

That's about all I can think of for now. If you got through reading all of this, you are rewarded with pictures!Collapse )

Hope you found this informative, and let me know if you yourself have traveled to Italy, and if so, what your experiences were like!

(x-posted to cirque_enciel and others)
05 March 2008 @ 07:39 am
Calling all costume enthusiasts! On March 22nd & 23rd, The Great Boston Burlesque Exposition and Vintage Fashion Fair will be taking place at The Hyatt Regency Hotel (575 Memorial Dr., Cambridge, MA) and you should join in the fun at our Historic Costume Exhibit, Classes, and Dealer's Room!

Costume Exhibit: Dita Von Teese, Satan's Angel, The Wall o' Pasties, and more!Collapse )
On display throughout The Vintage Fashion Fair, the Costume Exhibit is included with your admission. Please make sure to take the time to admire this unique collection.

It’s not enough to just look at costumes! We’ve got classes on making, improving, saving, and even buying costumes.

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The Expo is a great place to show off your favorite creations and learn how to make more. There will also be plenty of vendors to browse through for ready-made costumes and the perfect accessories. Plus, you get the bonus karma of having made Cambridge a better-dressed place, if only for a weekend.

March 21-23, 2008
Hyatt Regency Cambridge
575 Memorial Dr.
Cambridge, MA
For tickets and more information, please see our website

01 February 2008 @ 04:17 pm
Cross posting everywhere

Unicycle for sale - Melbourne, Australia.

20" Juggleart Unicycle - $100
(as seen here http://www.juggleart.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=206&cPath=160)
It's a great unicycle, but I just don't ride it and it's taking up room.

Pickup is from Fitzroy North, right near the 86 tram line. If you definitely can't pick something up, we can arrange postage and costs then
If you're interested, either message me here or my email is selftitled@sarahphillips.com.au

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16 May 2007 @ 07:07 pm
A great opportunity for kids living in Toronto, Canada!

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Info found at the Centre of Gravity.


x-posted around.

Beautiful Fire dancing and Juggling equipment, Torches, Dube Juggling Clubs, a Diabolo and more!! Go check it out everyone! I wanted to give my favorite circus communities the first crack at our stuff, so go take advantage of it!!!

Click Here or on the Picture to check it out!!

You should really go look!! Our business is going on a hiatus soon, and so we are trying to sell what we have now for cheaper then usual. It IS worth your while!! Slightly X-posted, but we really just want to get the word out about this great equipment for fellow Circus geeks that will be gone really soon!

Best wishes,
Current Mood: bouncybouncy
Thank you everyone who came to my sale! It was a huge success!

I still have a few things I'd like to sell, so here's the list. If you are interested, drop me a line and I can send pictures or set up an appointment to pick up stuff.

I've listed prices but all are open for bargaining!!!

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If you are interested, or want pics, please email: morninghood at yahoo dot com


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12 December 2006 @ 09:11 am
Sunday, Dec 17
1pm - 6pm
morninghood at yahoo dot com
for the address!

Need props, costumes, or last minute Holiday Gifts?

And, help me raise money so I can go to Circus School!!!

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14 October 2006 @ 01:25 am
Hi, I am looking for at least 4 male actors to be in a pantomime staged for a student film in New York. I will be filming on October 25th and 26th during the day. If anyone is interested or knows anyone who might be interested, or if you want more details, please send me a message as soon as possible. Or email me at n_omar07@yahoo.com
Thank You.
04 October 2006 @ 02:18 am
For those who love Contemporary art...
... this is society of fans and visitors of Contemporary art museum - KIASMA, situated in the center of Helsinki. Everybody who's interesting in the modern and contemporary arts in common are also welcomed! Working languages: Finnish and English.