photo by Barbara Gentile
photo by Eraj Asadi
photo by Eraj Asadi
Courtney is a professional dancer, performer and choreographer. She earned her BFA at the Fordham/Ailey School. Courtney has performed with STREB, Diavolo, Buglisi Dance Theater , Battleworks, Kazuko Hirabayashi, Pascal Rioult, Martha Graham, and the Ailey school.
Courtney's choreographic productions merge modern dance, cyr wheel, acrobatics and video projections. Her choreography has been presented at Highways Performance Space, BEAT Festival, Galapagos, STREB, Hoop Convergence, Cornish College, Ailey, STREB, and around Israel.
Courtney's experimental dance films have been screened at Sao Carlos Film Festival, F e d a m e of Mexico, Move the Frame Festival of Brazil, Dance Video Festival of Burgundy, Frameworks, Dance Magazine/ Dance TV, Northwest Film Forum, Big Screen Project, MUBI.com, Napoli Danza Film Festival, The STREB Motion in Media Film Festival, and the Coolidge Corner Theater.
Courtney is a movement instructor of Cyr Wheel, traveling rings, GYROKINESIS ®, GYROTONIC ®, and the Horton Technique.
Harold's circus arts career began when he applied and was accepted to the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Clown college. Upon graduation he toured with Blue Unit for two years after which he earned his MFA in Acting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Harold's performing career spans from Off Broadway, cruislines to various tours. It was while touring on the Britney Spears CIRCUS tour as a clown, juggler, and unicycler, he was introduced to the beautiful circus discipline of the Cyr Wheel.
Performing Cyr Wheel has taken him over seas and he continues to perform as a "multi talent" for special events with the Big Apple Circus TO GO programs and Ringling Bros. Whether its on the cyr wheel, spinning lasso, juggling, clowning, or unicycling, Harold can be seen around NYC in variety arts Shows and with various circus troupes as well as teaching circus arts with circus in residency programs in schools!
Michael graduated from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, CAP 21 where he majored in musical theater. Michael has performed in regional theaters across America including Goodspeed Opera House, Weston Playhouse, Shawnee Playhouse, and Lancaster Opera House. In 2010 he co-founded the experimental theater group, Loom Ensemble, which works to create collaborative devised work uniting spoken text, song, and dance to tell their stories. Michael was recently featured in Loom's piece entitled "Erosion: a Fable," performed at LaMama theater in NYC as part of their 50th year Anniversary Performance Series.
As for Cyr Wheel, Michael saw some clips on Youtube one day, decided to buy one, and then trained with fellow cyr wheel friends until he figured it out. In 2012 he and three others formed the circus troop, Svindelic, a varied-skill performance group with emphasis on Cyr Wheel Performance. He has taught Cyr Wheel at Streb in Brooklyn NY, and continues to teach with Svindelic in downtown Manhattan.
photo by Harry Pocius
photo by Harry Pocius
Randy is a (hula) hooper, custom hoop crafter and fire performer. He earned his degree from UC Berkeley in a completely unrelated field. Randy has performed with the hoop in music videos, at numerous events and festivals, and in The BEX's productions of "HELLO!" and "HELLO!100." He has performed internationally with fire, including multiple times with the Burning Man Fire Conclave.
Randy's obsession with the hoop naturally led him to the "big hoop" or Cyr Wheel. The wheel mesmerized him from the moment he first saw a video of it online. After many months of fruitless searching for instruction or information in New York City, he ordered a wheel from Montreal and began the long arduous journey of teaching himself. He has performed with The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, the CBS Morning Show, Lola Star's Dreamland Roller Disco, and more at venues including The Queens Theatre, The Irondale Center, The Bardavon Opera House and NYC's World Financial Center Winter Garden. He is a certified (USA Wheel Gymnastics Federation) Level 1 Cyr Wheel Coach and has taught at Streb, Circus Warehouse, Brooklyn AirSpace, and Kazuko Hirabayashi Dance Theater.
He placed second in the 2016 U.S. National Wheel Gymnastics competition and will represent Team USA competing in the 2016 Wheel Gymnastics World Championships.
Now with Svindelic, Randy hopes to continue spreading his love of this unique art form through performance and instruction.
* Courtney Giannone appears in collaboration as a member of Team Spinnovaton.