Moment of Circus – Tickets – Beat Kitchen – Chicago, IL – March 10th, 2017

Moment of Circus

Moment of Circus

'Remember' by Guillermo Leon, '1,2' by Natalie Abell and Yuri Lane, Yuri Lane of BeatBox Harmonia, DJ Sound Culture

Fri, March 10, 2017

Doors: 10:00 pm / Show: 10:30 pm

$13.00 - $15.00

This event is 21 and over

'Remember' by Guillermo Leon
'Remember' by Guillermo Leon
Crossing the boundaries between object theater, innovative juggling and eccentric character "Remember" is a solo show where a manipulator of everyday objects and situations is confronted face to face with his memories. It is as deep as it is absurd. It is not a normal circus show, there is no triple backflips on trampolines or amazing contortion acts. It is an invitation to step into the mind of this character. His Loneliness, his craziness, his happiness, his mind.

Guillermo Leon is an energetic circus artist. With a background of sports and theater, Guillermo found in circus, and especially in juggling, a great way to mix his artistic and creative ideas with his physical training. He has been traveling, performing, learning and teaching across the globe for more than 10 years. Highlights include emceeing the 39th European Juggling Convention gala, residences at Tadah Artist Habitat in Antalya, Turkey and at Zip Zap Social Circus in Cape Town, South Africa, presenting with his company Drop It Like Its Hot at Montréal Complèment 2016, and being an organizing member of Poortgebouw Open Stage.
'1,2' by Natalie Abell and Yuri Lane
'1,2' by Natalie Abell and Yuri Lane
A premiere collaboration between a hand-balancer/acrobat and a beatboxer. A call-and-response cypher where the mediums vary but the impact is maximal.

Explosive power, finesse, and thoughtful expansion of boundaries exemplify Natalie Abell’s artistic work and life philosophy. As a natural mover she was swinging from a bar before she could walk. Soon after she became a nationally competitive gymnast, and in her free time created acrobatic shows in her front yard that would literally stop traffic. She’s a multifaceted, award winning athlete and performance artist with a background in gymnastics and singing. Natalie is proud to be a nerd and a patent holding inventor and engineer.

Natalie is a Chicago based circus artist. She specializes in rope, acrobatics, hand balancing and hula hooping. Her pension to innovate is driven by her desire to expand the human experience. This same desire draws her so passionately to teaching and helping others find and build strength. Natalie's circus practice has been a volatile ignition of all of her passions with one spark.

Yuri Lane was born on a small island in Holland. His parents, a painter and a violinist, soon moved to San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district to ride the 70's counter-culture current. Raised in the Haight, Yuri learned rhythm by osmosis and began to breathe beats.

In the 80's, Yuri started breakdancing and teaching moves at middle school parties. He discovered his true passion in a sixth grade math class where Yuri made sounds to compensate for his lack of skill in arithmetic. When his teacher ordered him to "turn off the radio," Yuri knew that he was on to something.

Yuri spent his teenage years on stage at theaters like San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater and Berkeley Repertory Theater while attending high school at the San Francisco School of the Arts. After finishing a theater degree at the Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts, Yuri returned to San Francisco to pursue mime, improvisation and alternative theatrical forms. During the dot-com boom, Yuri found himself as "the geek" in several local and national commercials as well as in TV episodes.

As San Francisco's boom went bust, Yuri returned to theater and began developing his one-man human beatbox musical, Soundtrack City. Yuri created Soundtrack City by performing one scene at a time at clubs, bars, coffee shops, and small theaters of San Francisco. The full-length production of Soundtrack City debuted in November 2001, with runs in San Francisco and New York in 2002 and a run in Chicago in 2005.Soundtrack City chronicled the transformation of urban neighborhoods during gentrification.

With his partner Sharif Ezzat and his wife Rachel Havrelock, Yuri created "the coolly extraordinary" From Tel Aviv to Ramallah, a hip-hop play that tackles the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. From Tel Aviv to Ramallah steers clear of ideology in order to show the daily lives of young people during the Second Intifada. From Tel Aviv to Ramallah had its world premiere at Theater J in Washington DC in 2003, where it was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for best new play. The show enjoyed runs in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Baltimore and Atlanta. It toured across the US at theaters, campuses, and peace events. International venues include Helsinki, London and Jerusalem.

Beatbox Harmonica is Yuri's extraordinary talent, which the world began to experience with the birth of YouTube. In fall 2007, his beatbox harmonica video became the number one video on YouTube. This led to live beatbox performances at Google parties around the world, several commercials and the formation of a YouTube community bound by beatbox.

When the economic crash led to a slowdown in sponsored appearances, Yuri began work on MeTube, a personal journey through the world of YouTube celebrity that confronts issues of authenticity, originality, and self-image through beatbox and live video performance. MeTube premiered at the Chicago Humanities Festival in spring 2010. Yuri hopes to touch just a fraction of his 15 million (but who's counting) YouTube fans with a live show in realtime.
Yuri Lane of BeatBox Harmonia
Yuri Lane of BeatBox Harmonia
Yuri Lane was born on a small island in Holland. His parents, a painter and a violinist, soon moved to San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district to ride the 70's counter-culture current. Raised in the Haight, Yuri learned rhythm by osmosis and began to breathe beats.

In the 80's, Yuri started breakdancing and teaching moves at middle school parties. He discovered his true passion in a sixth grade math class where Yuri made sounds to compensate for his lack of skill in arithmetic. When his teacher ordered him to "turn off the radio," Yuri knew that he was on to something.

Yuri spent his teenage years on stage at theaters like San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater and Berkeley Repertory Theater while attending high school at the San Francisco School of the Arts. After finishing a theater degree at the Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts, Yuri returned to San Francisco to pursue mime, improvisation and alternative theatrical forms. During the dot-com boom, Yuri found himself as "the geek" in several local and national commercials as well as in TV episodes.

As San Francisco's boom went bust, Yuri returned to theater and began developing his one-man human beatbox musical, Soundtrack City. Yuri created Soundtrack City by performing one scene at a time at clubs, bars, coffee shops, and small theaters of San Francisco. The full-length production of Soundtrack City debuted in November 2001, with runs in San Francisco and New York in 2002 and a run in Chicago in 2005.Soundtrack City chronicled the transformation of urban neighborhoods during gentrification.

With his partner Sharif Ezzat and his wife Rachel Havrelock, Yuri created "the coolly extraordinary" From Tel Aviv to Ramallah, a hip-hop play that tackles the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. From Tel Aviv to Ramallah steers clear of ideology in order to show the daily lives of young people during the Second Intifada. From Tel Aviv to Ramallah had its world premiere at Theater J in Washington DC in 2003, where it was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for best new play. The show enjoyed runs in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Baltimore and Atlanta. It toured across the US at theaters, campuses, and peace events. International venues include Helsinki, London and Jerusalem.

Beatbox Harmonica is Yuri's extraordinary talent, which the world began to experience with the birth of YouTube. In fall 2007, his beatbox harmonica video became the number one video on YouTube. This led to live beatbox performances at Google parties around the world, several commercials and the formation of a YouTube community bound by beatbox.

When the economic crash led to a slowdown in sponsored appearances, Yuri began work on MeTube, a personal journey through the world of YouTube celebrity that confronts issues of authenticity, originality, and self-image through beatbox and live video performance. MeTube premiered at the Chicago Humanities Festival in spring 2010. Yuri hopes to touch just a fraction of his 15 million (but who's counting) YouTube fans with a live show in realtime.
DJ Sound Culture
DJ Sound Culture
Born and raised in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood DJ Sound Culture has always had a great affinity for world cultures and deep music. His passion for both has to a large extent laid the path in front of him for most of his life. In the dj booth DJ Sound Culture is somewhat of an ethno-musicologist or rhythmic cultural chemist of sorts, exploring the world’s sounds and finding the threads that tie us all together globally. From Bhangra to Balkan Beat, African Soukous to Latin House, he knows how to navigate your auditory senses. His live mixes are both dynamic and seamlessly cohesive, whether you’re a world music enthusiast or dance floor regular, he keeps things interesting.

Accolades include: Twice featured DJ at World Music Festival Chicago – the longest running world music festival in the country, featured world music DJ at Folk and Roots Festival Chicago 2011, featured DJ at Nomadic World Music Festival 2010, Voted favorite DJ by CHIRemezcla representing Chicago’s cutting edge latin music scene for the national En Tu Cuidad MySpace Latino campaign.
Venue Information:
Beat Kitchen
2100 West Belmont Avenue
Chicago, IL, 60618
http://www.beatkitchen.com/

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