Bindlestiff’s Cirkus After School at Children’s Workshop

Bindlestiff’s Cirkus After School for students of Children’s Workshop in NYC begins on February 26 and runs through June. Instructors Polly Solomon and Jean-Tae Francis will lead students in exploration of balancing, acrobatics, juggling, stilt walking, and more in weekly sessions. For more information, or to inquire about bringing Bindlestiff’s Cirkus After School to your area, email

Polly Solomon has been teaching a wide range of circus arts to students of all ages in school, after-school, camp, theater, and studio settings throughout the New York tri-state area for ten years.  She has directed shows nationally for the American Youth Circus Organization including shows presented at the biannual American Youth Circus Festival, in the Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival and the Worldwide Circus Summit.   Polly helped train the leads for Broadway’s recent revival of Pippin the Musical, created Common Ground; a Circus Adaptation of Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman, is co-project founder of Urban Acrobatics: A Circus and Graffiti Spectacular! and producer of 360 Circus.  

Jean-Tae Francis began his circus path as a teen at Cirque du Soleil’s Cirque du Monde program at The Point Community Center in the Bronx under the mentorship of Amy Chen.  Since then, he’s performed and coached for the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus; Circus Mojo in Kentucky; Circus Pimparello in Germany; Cirkus Fabrikken in Denmark; and Circus Harmony in St. Louis, MO. 

Meet the Cabin Fever Cabaret Performers – Tony Kieraldo!


We are excited to welcome musical maestro Tony Kieraldo to the Cabin Fever Cabaret stage on Saturday night: Feb 17 at Helsinki Hudson in Hudson, NY!

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Tony Kieraldo is a pianist, composer, artist, accompanist and musical director. He’s performed for the Obamas at the White House, trained Chinese pianists in Shanghai, musically conducted a critically acclaimed opera, The Mother of Us All, and plays keys with the rock n’ roll group BASH & POP. He lives in Hudson, NY when he’s not on tour or musically directing for dance companies around the world.

Meet the Cabin Fever Cabaret Performers – Rosie Cheeks!


Say hello to Rosie Cheeks at the Cabin Fever Cabaret on Saturday night: Feb 17 at Helsinki Hudson in Hudson, NY!
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Rosie Cheeks is a burlesque performer, actress, go-go dancer, and pin-up model based in New York City. A trained dancer, Rosie performed in musical theater productions, touring nationally and internationally for many years. She began her burlesque career in 2012, and made her debut at Coney Island as a graduate of the New York School of Burlesque. In NYC she’s brought her dynamic, vivacious stylings to The Slipper Room NYC, Nurse Bettie, Dances of Vice and as a 2 year resident performer at Hotel Chantelle. She has also managed Dances of Vice events. Rosie is a featured performer at The Burlesque Show, a weekly production at the Borgata Casino in Atlantic City. She is a co-founder of Twirly Whirly Burly-Q, which tours the US.

Meet the Cabin Fever Cabaret Performers – Reggie Bügmüncher!


Welcome Reggie Bügmüncher to the Cabin Fever Cabaret stage on Saturday night: Feb 17 at Helsinki Hudson in Hudson, NY!
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Reggie Bügmüncher is bicoastal US sideshow performer based in Philadelphia, PA & Los Angeles, CA. She is half of Philadelphia’s The Olde City Sideshow, co-producer of The Southern Sideshow Hootenanny and has been performing in sideshow for over a decade. As a solo performer, she travels the country working everything from the midway to nightclubs acts and burlesque shows. Reggie is one of the few women in the world performing several unique acts such as the anatomical wonder act and riding a motorcycle in a high wire thrill show. She was voted Burlesque Bitch of the year 2014 by Burlesque Bitch Magazine and has been featured in stories by news outlets from Fox to NPR and in books and magazines on Tattoos and Sideshow. She has opened up for Primus, suspended for Jane’s Addiction, performed for Ripley’s Believe it or Not, the Philadelphia Art Museum, the Franklin Institute, and more. Come see her in action on Saturday night!

Meet the Cabin Fever Cabaret Performers – Ivory Fox!


We are delighted to have Ivory Fox joining us in the February 17 Cabin Fever Cabaret show at Helsinki Hudson in Hudson, NY!
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Ivory Fox is a NYC based performer. She loves cheese. She was seen last summer in the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus production of A Cardboard and Duct Tape Spectacular, and we’re so excited to have her onstage with us again!

London Physical Theatre School at l’Auguste Rendezvous Clown Festival in Montreal March 3-11

Lana Biba and Txema Perez of the London Physical Theatre School will present two workshops at the l’Auguste Rendezvous Clown Festival in Montreal, CA from March 3-11, 2018.
More information on their workshops here:
Puppetry through Mime:
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Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation supports Bindlestiff Family Cirkus!

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus’ Columbia County youth programs, including Bindlestiff’s Cirkus After School at the Hudson Department of Youth, the Hudson Juggling Club, and Bindlestiff’s Summer Cirkus August intensive, have received support in the amount of $2,500 from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation’s Hudson Schools Arts & Humanities Endowment Fund.

This means that, as always, youth from the Hudson City School district have free access to high quality out-of-school time programming. Bindlestiff’s Cirkus After School uses skills like juggling, stilt walking, tumbling, partner acrobatics, prop manipulation and physical comedy to help youth to become stronger learners, community members, and leaders by encouraging them to express themselves creatively, challenge themselves physically, and work inventively with others. Our projected outcomes are aligned with Social Circus theory, as recognized by the American Youth Circus Organization, which proposes application of instructional and cooperative techniques from the world of circus arts to help accelerate desired outcomes in youth development, therapeutic or community development settings.

The community is invited to “Winter Cirkus” at 4 pm on Monday, January 22, 2018 as students from Bindlestiff’s Cirkus After School program at Hudson Department of Youth show their individual skills and group creativity. This free show will feature group acrobatics, juggling, unicycling, stilt walking, and more surprises from the Big Top- as well as showcasing participants’ commitment, goal setting, and collaborative achievements. Students will also present a pre-show for  the professional cast of Bindlestiff Family Cirkus’ matinee performance at Helsinki Hudson on March 18, 2018. For more information about youth circus opportunities, email or call 518-828-7470.

Bindlestiff’s Columbia County partners include: The City of Hudson Department of Youth, Hudson Hall, Hudson City School District’s Afterschool Program, Operation Unite, the Morris Memorial, and Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood’s Hudson Out of School Time Collaborative. Our funders also include The Galvan Community Foundation, The Stewart’s Foundation, The Rhinestrom Hill Community Foundation, and the Hudson River Bank & Trust Foundation.

Force Majeure Vaudeville – Lady Weirdo Edition

They’re as strange as they want to be, they’ll never apologize for it, and they’ll be on the Cobra Club stage next Thursday, Jan. 25., for the annual Ladyweirdo edition of Force Majeure Vaudeville.

To be shamelessly bizarre is one of the last taboos for female-identified performers. And the vaudeville stage, with its novelty performers in rapid-fire sequence, is a place where the bizarre flourishes.

It’s going down Thurs. Jan. 25 at The Cobra Club, 6 Wyckoff Ave. in Bushwick (one block from the Jefferson L stop), 8:30 door, 9 pm show. This one is likely to sell out, so advance tix are recommended:

FEM APPEAL – scifi, horror, and pop culture “nerdlesque”
CRIMSON KITTY – female-female drag
AMAZING AMY – contorting senior citizen
MISTRESS B – erotic balloon sculpture
MISS SATURN – hula-hooping clown
EMOTIONS – “mutation”-style BrukUp dance
BETSY PROPANE – sideshow starlet
TANYA SOLOMON – magician and MC

Come out to support vaudeville and weird women!
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