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Chris & Elaina Steele – Captain & Maybelle

Read more Insights : Artist Insight: Chris & Elaina Steele - Captain & Maybelle 1: What is your name and stage name or company if you have one? We are Chris & Elaina Steele, and we perform as “Captain & Maybelle”. 2: What is your skill, craft, profession, or industry that you are in… In your own words? We are contemporary sideshow entertainers that perform world record breaking stunts! Our skills include including sword swallowing, fire breathing, The Human Blockhead and more! 3: What got you interested in, or involved with circus? Fascination! 4: What is the biggest challenge you faced in your professional career so far? Chris: My biggest challenge has been learning how to carry the crowd, talk to the audience. I knew I had the actual skill , or stunt, accomplished, but it was more important for me to be a polished, witty entertainer. I am now incredibly comfortable and confident on the microphone. 5: What is one fond memory you have of the circus? Seeing grind shows on the traveling midways when I was a kid. 6: Where do you see your professional career going, where would you like to end up? We feel like we’re living the dream now, but we can’t wait to live on the road, traveling everywhere! 7: If you could change one thing about your field in the circus in the present, present or future … What would it be? Cell phone use! It’s not industry specific, but it is a common and accepted occurrence now. Put [...]

Kevin Radigue

Read more Insights : Artist Insight: Kevin Radigue 1: What is your name and stage name or company if you have one? My name is Kevin Radigue 2: What is your skill, craft, profession, or industry that you are in… In your own words? Professional Freestyle Skater, Juggler, Acrobat, Freerunner, Fire Performer. 3: What got you interested in, or involved with circus? Got my first contract with Ringling Bros Circus because of my skills in Freestyle Ice Skating, and still working in circus today because I love the lifestyle. 4: What is the biggest challenge you faced in your professional career so far? Go on stage in front thousands and thousands of people for the first time. 5: What is one fond memory you have of the circus? Meeting so many people from all over the world, making new friendships. 6: Where do you see your professional career going, where would you like to end up? Performing for the biggest companies in this world, like Cirque du Soleil, etc... 7: If you could change one thing about your field in the circus in the present, present or future … What would it be? Trying to incorporate new extreme sports in circus world. 8: What is the one best piece of advice you can give to someone starting off in this field? Never back down, never give up, look up, and smile ! 9: If someone wanted to learn more about you or what you do, where should they go? Search Kevin Radigue professional circus performer on YouTube and [...]

Montana DeBor Street Light Circus

Read more Insights : Artist Insight: Montana DeBor Street Light Circus 1: What is your name and stage name or company if you have one? My name is Montana DeBor and I'm a co-founder of Street Light Circus. 2: What is your skill, craft, profession, or industry that you are in… In your own words? I'm a circus artist. I perform mostly on Spanish Web and rope. I run Street Light Circus with three other co-founders. 3: What got you interested in, or involved with circus? I was a gymnast when I was younger and fell in love with circus while I was in college. I went to school originally for business but switched to studying illustration to pursue my love of art. During that transitional period I discovered my local circus community began training on rope and aerial fabric. I found it a perfect blend of art and athleticism. 4: What is the biggest challenge you faced in your professional career so far? Achieving fair pay for artistic creation; I find it's the hardest act of all. 5: What is one fond memory you have of the circus? I remember the colors as a child. I saw Ringling Bros. and the saturated red, crisp white of the tent always stayed with me. The color, dynamism and laughter drew me to circus. I'm grateful I get to experience that world from within now. 6: Where do you see your professional career going, where would you like to end up? I would love to teach and perform abroad. And [...]

Rocco the Acrobat GRAVITY Entertainment

Read more Insights : Artist Insight: Rocco the Acrobat GRAVITY Entertainment 1: What is your name and stage name or company if you have one? Rocco. Rocco the Acrobat (DBA), GRAVITY Entertainment (DBA) 2: What is your skill, craft, profession, or industry that you are in… In your own words? I call myself a professional acrobat first, but I do most circus props at a professional level, including object manipulation such as juggling, equilibristics such as rolla bolla and unicycling, and partner work, including hand to hand. 3: What got you interested in, or involved with circus? I had just finished a little over 9 years of service in the U.S. military and after demobilizing I met some people doing low level partner acrobatics similar to what is now a huge fad called acroyoga. It interested me enough to try other things including pole acrobatics. I wasn't very good yet but I managed to cobble together my first shows, which were largely fire shows, but also a 9 minute solo show without fire. It was terrible, but the local news covered me and gave me footage. I used that footage to make my first promo reel. By some luck, a busking festival in Canada liked it enough to offer me a contract, probably because somebody bailed on them last minute. The catch was that they needed at least a 30 minute show. I wrote the whole show on the plane and in the hotel. To make sure I could remember it all I wrote notes on my arms and even on the back of my props, [...]

That’s What I do, I Circus and I Know Things Tee, Tyrion Lannister GOT, Unisex Circus TShirt

Buy on Amazon - Click Here Depending on size: Price: $22.50 - $29.50 (+ Shipping) Buy on Amazon - Click Here That's What I do, I Circus and I Know Things Tee, Tyrion Lannister GOT, Unisex Circus TShirt That's What I do, I Circus and I Know Things Tee, Tyrion Lannister GOT, Unisex Circus TShirt. Inspired by that lovable Tyrion Lannister from Game Of Thrones, this is the shirt that lets people know, that you do Circus and, you know things. Note: Proceeds from the sale of this shirt goes to help The Imperial OPA circus in Atlanta GA with operations. By buying this, you are helping circus people do circus things. This is a super-soft, baby-knit t-shirt looks great on both men and women – it fits like a well-loved favorite. Made from 100% cotton, except for heather colors, which contain polyester. 100% ring-spun cotton (heather colors contain polyester) Baby-knit jersey Shoulder-to-shoulder taping Cover stitched and hemmed sleeves Side-seamed Comes in many colors and sizes *See online at Amazon High Quality Sold threw Amazon Contact us for larger orders or customizing of message ( * Note: This shirt is sold / designed threw an affiliate of our http://epicpimp.com/ - you will see this store name on check out in Amazon) Here is that famous line... before making it more circus. :)

Vintage Retro 1970s Style Rainbow Circus Silhouette short sleeve t-shirt

Buy on Amazon - Click Here Depending on size: Price: $22.50 - $29.50 (+ Shipping) Buy on Amazon - Click Here Vintage Retro 1970s Style Rainbow Circus Silhouette short sleeve t-shirt The Vintage Retro 1970s Style Rainbow Circus Silhouette short sleeve t-shirt is brought to you by The Imperial OPA Circus in Atlanta GA. After printing costs, the proceeds goes to founding this circus organization and its creative mission. The Shirt features a vintage design and a silhouette of a juggling clown. The colors were taken from circus costumes. This is a super-soft, baby-knit t-shirt looks great on both men and women – it fits like a well-loved favorite. Made from 100% cotton, except for heather colors, which contain polyester. 100% ring-spun cotton (heather colors contain polyester) Baby-knit jersey Shoulder-to-shoulder taping Cover stitched and hemmed sleeves Side-seamed Comes in many colors and sizes *See online at Amazon High Quality Sold threw Amazon Contact us for larger orders or customizing of message ( * Note: This shirt is sold / designed threw an affiliate of our http://epicpimp.com/ - you will see this store name on check out in Amazon)

Circus and Inspirational Message Tee

Buy on Amazon - Click Here Depending on size: Price: $24.00 - $31.50 (+ Shipping) Buy on Amazon - Click Here Circus and Inspirational Message Tee The Circus and Inspirational Message Tee, brought to you by The Imperial OPA Circus in Atlanta GA. After printing costs, the proceeds from all sales goes to founding The Imperial OPA Circus and its creative mission. Its message: "The Circus, free admission to those who dream". This message means that the circus is about living your dreams, and if you dare to live them then the show is yours to partake in. This is a super-soft, baby-knit t-shirt looks great on both men and women – it fits like a well-loved favorite. Made from 100% cotton, except for heather colors, which contain polyester. 100% ring-spun cotton (heather colors contain polyester) Baby-knit jersey Shoulder-to-shoulder taping Cover stitched and hemmed sleeves Side-seamed Comes in many colors and sizes *See online at Amazon High Quality Sold threw Amazon Contact us for larger orders or customizing of message ( * Note: This shirt is sold / designed threw an affiliate of our http://epicpimp.com/ - you will see this store name on check out in Amazon)

Circus Arts 2017 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Circus Arts 2017 Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2017 Smithsonian Folklife Festival featuring Circus arts! The Imperial OPA Circus has been invited to be part of the 2017 Smithsonian Folklife Festival (SFF)! (Here is a link to the festival:  http://www.festival.si.edu/2017/circus-arts/smithsonian ). Marketing it 50th anniversary in 2017, The Smithsonian Folklife Festival will feature for the first time,  Circus Arts in America!  For 14 days over 1 million people will come to learn about Circus arts at the national Mall in Washington DC. The Imperial OPA Circus has been invited to be one of the 20 presenting companies to represent modern circus in America. This event can help shape the future of Circus Arts in America. This historic event in DC filled with free circus shows, circus classes for guests taught by professionals, and hearing tails of the Circus world, but their is more!  Their will be a workshop day with The National Endowment of the Arts (NEA). In this conversation with the NEA, together we will help establish what is needed to make Circus more robust across America and elevated to a national art! The Circus of Atlanta, The Imperial OPA We are also thrilled to announce that our founder and Ringmaster Tim Mack, will be a Ringmaster at this event along side legionary performers of circus. He will announcing acts on the Ralph Rinzler Stage. (*Side note Ralph Rinzler was a mandolin player, folksinger, and the co-founder of the annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival). This stage will host troops and performing artists threw-out the day for the length of the event. Beyond this, on Friday the 30th and Friday the 7th before the stage comes alive with performers,  Tim will be helping with the Naturalization [...]

Figure Drawing, Circus Bodies, Beer & Good Times

Figure Drawing, Circus Bodies, Beer & Good Times. Events Location: Thank you to the Georgia Beer Garden for Supporting the arts! Georgia Beer Garden www.georgiabeergarden.com   Figure Drawing, Circus Bodies, Beer & Good Times Hello Figure Drawing fans! The Imperial OPA circus in partnership with The Georgia Beer Garden is thrilled to announce a new endeavor! Figure Drawing, Circus Bodies, Beer & Good Times! YES! Artists and partners that work with The Imperial OPA Circus have agreed to pose for local artists to draw. Wednesday nights, on the second floor of the Georgia Beer Garden, members of our troop, performers we partner with, and other movement based performing artists will do their best to hold still (*Trust us, for movement based artists this is a challenge) for you to draw. We will "try" to follow this format: Doors open 15 minuets before 8pm 8:00-8:20 pm (18) One minute poses, 8:20-8:40 pm (9) Two minute poses, 8:40-9:00 pm (5) Four minute poses, 15 minute break (*Go get a beer downstairs at the bar!). 9:15-9:25 pm Ten minute pose. 9:25-9:40 pm Fifteen minute pose. 9:40-10:00 pm Twenty minute pose. Each week we will also do our best to bring in 2 performers, one male and one female. Its the performers/Models choice if they will pose in Costumes, with props, Semi Nude or Nude. We will when we are able to or it makes sense, bring in apparatus for them to work on like the Lyra or a pole. Admission is 10$ > Cash preferred (*Tho we can take cards at the upstairs door) - Performers do accept tips [...]

2017 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

2017 Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2017 Smithsonian Folklife Festival Some fantastic news!The Imperial OPA Circus has been invited to be part of the 2017 Smithsonian Folklife Festival (SFF)!(Here is a link to the festival:  http://www.festival.si.edu/2017/circus-arts/smithsonian ).Marketing it 50th anniversary in 2017, The Smithsonian Folklife Festival will feature for the first time,  Circus Arts in America!  For 14 days over 1 million people will come to learn about Circus arts at the national Mall in Washington DC. The Imperial OPA Circus has been invited to be one of the 20 presenting companies to represent modern circus in America. This event can help shape the future of Circus Arts in America.Beyond this historic event in DC filled with free circus shows by Atlanta performers, circus classes for guests taught by us, and connections, we will have a workshop day with The National Endowment of the Arts (NEA). In this conversation with the NEA, together we will help establish what is needed to make Circus more robust across America and elevated to a national art! Also, their is a good chance we can get connect with  people who wish to fund a larger Circus School in Atlanta, and funding for additional Circus productions here as well! All just amazing.To make this event happen  we need to raise the funds to make our way to DC. Our goal is to bring  bring 10 performers to DC for the 14 day run.To make this happen we are launching a indiegogo campaign.If you have a moment please go here to read about it: https://igg.me/at/imperialopa