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Umbrella Festival Kickoff Parade and Opening Night - CONTEMPORARY CIRQUE
Mar 30, 2017 at 8:00 PM
Minors OK when accompanied by a parent or guardian
Kickoff Parade starts at 7:00 at 19th & Alberta with LoveBomb Go-Go!

Doors open at 7:00

$20 Advance
$30 at the Door
$40 Preferred Seating
$12 Youth (12 & under)

Opening night shines a light on the youthful artists and dance-infused style of the contemporary circus movement.

The line-up includes:
Portland's Rose-city Acro Devils
Aerial dancers Dream Frohe and
Naomi Ullian from Bellingham
Las Vegas cyr wheel maestro Chris Crescent
Portland aerialists Paulina Munoz & Omri Geva
The hand-balancer Daniel Patrick
Jasper de Tarr's RAKTOR
And the musical stylings of Portland's own Three for Silver.

Umbrellas graciously donated by ShedRain, Portland's quality umbrella manufacturer since 1947.
Only a few left!
Dream Frohe | 8:00 PM
Dream Frohe is an aerialist with a passion for thoughtful and dynamic movement. She approaches her art with presence and wonder and aspires to offer her audience a uniquely engaging experience. She has been performing Aerial Dance since 2007 and is a founding member of the Bellingham Circus Guild, where she currently teaches and trains. When not joyfully hoisting herself into improbable positions for the sake of honest expression, she appreciates good friends, good food and well placed foolishness. more >>>
Chris Crescent | 8:00 PM
Chris Crescent lives in Las Vegas and works as an entertainer at Cirque Montage by WonderWorld Entertainment and at All Wheel Sports, Inc.
He performs as a juggler, dancer, aerialist, cyr wheel specialist, actor and athlete and has appeared in numerous films and TV shows.
He's also an instructor at The Aerial Classroom in Los Angeles. more >>>
About: riots, seductions, lullabies, broken dolls, ballads, drunken rants, crow conversations, heartbeats and heartbreaks...
Band Interests: playing instruments we made up
Artists We Also Like: The Mills Brothers, Tom Waits, Man Man, The Two Man Gentlemen Band, Professor Longhair, Flying Lotus, Rasputina more >>>
Paulina Muñoz and Omri Geva come from separate backgrounds working with a variety of circuses and dance companies and have come together in the last year to create an aerial dance duo that displays extraordinary creativity and athleticism. more >>>
Naomi Ullian | 8:00 PM
A queer femme acrobat, dancer, and aerialist originally from the Carolinas, Naomi Ullian has studied dance and acrobatics across the United States and in Europe. She co-founded the Bromelia Aerial Dance Collective and Small Dangers Dance, and collaborates with a variety of folks in interdisciplinary ways to make funny and whole-hearted socially-engaged performance. Her skills in trapeze, fabric, inversions, and partner acrobatics have been honed in the professional training programs at the New England Center for Circus Arts, and she has taught at SHOW Circus Space in Easthampton, MA, and guest teaches at Aerial Space in Asheville, NC, and at Aerial Fit in Charleston, SC. She also maintains an herbal medicine practice and apothecary -- check it out at www.tinyponyapothecary.comAct Description: My newest solo work is a comedy-noir piece performed on the dance trapeze and based on the poem "One Art" by Elizabeth Bishop. The work merges acrobatics, circus, and dance in order to investigate the processes of losing, letting go, and hiccuping tears while laughing your guts out. Is it possible to be lonely while surrounded by a loving crew of your imaginary friends? Small Dangers Dance is looking to find out. . . more >>>
The hot new generation of acrobatic circus performance in the Pacific Northwest; combining gymnastics, cheer stunting, adagio, contortion, and dance in a thrilling mile-a-minute spectacle. With a membership sporting Portland’s hottest talent - Jon Dutch, Paulina Munoz, Alicia Doerrie, Scott Maxwell, Meg Russell, Amanda Maverick, Joesai Carr, and newcomer Anngela Burt - RAD can be seen at massive megaraves, vintage revues, and anywhere else people gather for big-time entertainment! more >>>
Daniel Patrick | 8:00 PM
Raktor allows a live audience to co-create immersive worlds. We bring improvisers, stand-up comedians and circus performers, to make hilarious epic stories you can literally walk inside. The livestream audience also become characters that become part of the story and help create strange surreal landscapes of imagination in virtual reality. more >>>
LoveBomb Go-Go | 8:00 PM
Clad in silver and white, LoveBomb Go-Go Marching Band of Portland, Oregon: Intergalactic freaks on a mission to mend, with music, the divisions of civilization; seeking universal equality and striving, even, to reestablish purposefulness for each and every life. If it wasn't already apparent, LoveBomb Go-Go is not your typical marching band. LBGG plays only original music drawn from many influences including Balkan brass bands, the second line street bands of New Orleans, DIY projects from all over the world, and the avant stylings of 60s and 70s American groups like Parliament Funkadelic and the Sun Ra Arkestra. They are now entering their second year, having in the space of one short year gone from street
performance to playing for 13,000 at the World Naked Bike Ride; from Monday night at Burgerville to warming up for Grammy Award winners Rebirth Brass Band; from out of the blue emerging to play Seattle’s popular Folklife and Bumbershoot festivals. They have entertained audiences on sidewalks, parade routes, in clubs and theaters — from the Voodoo Doughnut street corner to the Crystal Ballroom, LoveBomb Go-Go Marching Band ignites the love.

“Portland's LoveBomb Go-Go hijacked the crowd...the best thing to happen to you all day.”- Gregory Franklin, Seattle Weekly more >>>