March of the Moko Jumbies

As I write this, parrots squawk and chatter, soca and reggae music emanate the radios of passing automobiles, voices converse in an English heavily seasoned with phrases and inflections from India, Africa, and the nearby South American mainland. We've just spent the day searching for the grave of a relative in the south of Trinidad, celebrating the Hindu New Year in it's heavily East-Indian center, and strolling the Sunday-quiet streets of its northern capital, Port of Spain. Yesterday and the day before we spent hours in a concretewalled courtyard peopled by exceedingly tall children, marveling at astounding feats of long-legged dancing, and watching children as young as Decorated with Abir, brightly colored pigment, by Phagwah three years learn to balance revelers in central Trinidad. on stilts which more than double their own size. The Keylemanjahro School of Arts and Culture is the long-time labor of love of Phillip "Dragon" de Souza, a warm and generous man who has been teaching children to stilt walk for twenty-nine years, earning accolades and awards in carnival after carnival, sending some of his prodigy off to work in circuses in Latin America and Europe, but more importantly, keeping them off the streets and out of trouble in one of Port of Spain's more troubled suburbs. This year he took a hundred and fifty stilt walkers to carnival; next year, he tells us, he'd like to make it a thousand. He'll be sixty, and celebrating three decades as a Moko Jumbie-maker. I am awe-struck as I watch him swirl around his workshop, glueing shoes to stilts, making repairs and responding to requests to go taller from ten-year-olds who already dance on eight foot stilts. In case you missed it last month, it was the gorgeous images and stories of German photographer Peter Falke that inspired us to go looking for the Moko Jumbies here in Trinidad. Needless to say, we were even more inspired by the real thing. Though they pale in comparison to Mr. Falke's, we've posted a few photos from our afternoons there, as well as a snippet of video. We look forward to sharing stories and a few new dance moves with our own crop of stilt walkers, and stilt walkersto-be, back at home in a few short weeks (now days, actually, which is the way newsletter writing goes, sometimes) when we start up with camps and classes

Glen "Dragon" deSouza mounting shoes on stilts

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March of the Moko Jumbies again. Wishing you a happy Spring, jump, spin, and long-legged limbo! Mars and Jacob

Let the Wild Rumpus Begin Again !!!
Our Circus Camp season officially begins in TWO DAYS with a one-day camp here in Mazo. There's still room for you! Come one, come all! Our week-long spring break camp in Madison is FULL! We were able to offer partial scholarships for three of the camp participants from the Goodman Community Center's new circus arts scholarship fund that you helped us create! THANK YOU! Now we'd like to firm things up for summer; we look forward to our five-week "home" season of cooperative and focused exploration on trapezes, stilts, and tightwire, and with masks and juggling props and physical comedy here in Mazomanie (there's really no place else like it), and we hope you'll be joining us! Camp ii is nearly full! Still lots of room in camps i and iii! If you're a Rumpus Alumnus (or have other prior circus-type skills) and you're ten or over and know that you love this stuff, you may wish to consider our two-week advanced camp, where we will delve into German Wheel and Aerial Silks and take our comedic performing, stilt walking and stilt acrobatic skills to new heights. This link will take you directly to our circus camps page for all the dates and info about our camps in Mazomanie. Later in the summer, we'll also offer three weeks of camp through the Wisconsin Youth Company on the far west side of Madison. For more info about these camps , contact Jason Anderson, at the Wisconsin Youth Company directly.

How about a little stilt limbo or Aerial artistry at Easter?
Easter weekend is fairly full of circus fare for us this year.... As soon as our Spring Break camp ends with a grand circus finale (3 p.m. @ the Goodman Center, come cheer!), we're off to join Cycropia Aerial Dance in presenting three high-flying performances of Ascendo! a brand-new compilation of original aerial dance, on Apr. 6 and 7. Also on Apr. 7, the Wild Rumpus stilt walkers will be leading the way around the capitol square as part of Capitol Kids' Easter Hat Parade (let me know if you've got stilts of your own and would like to join us!). And if you're tired of being short, or earthbound, or are looking for some

Movement Improvisation and Image-Making with David Lakein

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March of the Moko Jumbies

lighthearted exploration, then maybe it's time for YOU to give some of this stuff a try! We'll be offering stilt walking, juggling and clowning workshops in mid-April, scheduling new aerial classes for early summer, and cooking up other delightful opportunities to get moving as spring rolls along.

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Dancers, singers, actors, performers, puppeteers, and curious humans of all stripes: If you're craving a day or a weekend of exploring your moving self and your improvising being, consider joining us on April 21, 22 and/or 23. David Lakein is an exciting and inquisitive interdisciplinary artist whose work swirls around the borders between dance, theater, cabaret, installation and performance art. We will divide our time between the cozy Mazo studio and some glorious environments nearby. Have a look at the workshop flier and registration form to learn more. David will also be teaching a 2-hour contact improvisation class on Monday evening, Apr. 23. Our current schedule page has all the details. It will be a great long-weekend of movement and presence.

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