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OriginO Kids Concerts

Fireflight: CircusWest Meets The VSO

May 9, 2021 2:00 PM

Otto Tausk, conductor

Andrew Crust, associate conductor

Vern Griffiths, host, percussionist, conductor & composer

CircusWest

Jan Nunns, Artistic and Community Development Director  

Musical excerpts drawn from:

Vivaldi: Four Seasons - Spring

Bach: Suite No. 1 in G Major for Solo Cello - Prelude

Goddard: Lament for cello and marimba

Mozetich: Postcards from the Sky - 1st movement

Griffiths: Jack of Hearts

Vivaldi: Four Seasons - Winter

Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 8 - excerpts

Pärt: Fratres

Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 - Allegretto

Montgomery: Starburst

Walton: Façade – Polka

Sunday is Mother’s Day! After your family has treated Mom to a special breakfast or brunch, why not whisk her away to the circus? The VSO and CircusWest team up to take families to the “Big Top” at the Orpheum Theatre in a virtual way with this week’s OriginO Kids Concert, Sunday May 9th at 2:00PM.

About CircusWest

CircusWest was founded in 1984, in south Vancouver, as a small, non-profit circus school in a gym. Inspired by circus performances at the Vancouver Children’s Festival, this school was called the Vancouver Children’s Circus Society and it thrived. It filled a niche in the Vancouver circus community, and it grew. Having outgrown its little gym, it moved in 2003 to the PNE Garden Auditorium at Hastings Park in East Vancouver, and subsequently changed its name, becoming the CircusWest Performing Arts Society. This now reflects a much wider and more comprehensive organizational mandate that continues to grow, frequently offering new classes; expanding our community presence with workshops, outreach opportunities, and performances; constantly updating what we teach and how we teach it to better address our students’ needs. The story isn’t over yet. Stay tuned for the further adventures of CircusWest or, better yet, come be a part of them!

The cast of Fireflight – Supernatural Circus has been working together since 2017 in the development of original and compelling circus shows and performances with CircusWest.

Steph van Dyck - Hummingbird

Handstand Specialist, Dance Trapeze

Steph Van Dyck is a professional circus performer working with Underground Circus, Vancouver Circus School, Circus Lab, Neezar Productions and CircusWest. She is a contortion and hand balancing specialist performing throughout Canada, USA,& Australia. Initially trained as a dancer, she pivoted to circus to explore physical storytelling. Steph is also a professional film actress and Radio host/announcer.

Kasha Konaka - Salmon

Aerial Net, Contortion,  Aerial Hoop

Kasha Konaka is a Japanese-Canadian circus artist and contortionist based in Vancouver, Canada. Kasha specializes is contortion, hand balancing, aerial net & hoop. She has performed at many corporate events, weddings, and productions locally and throughout North America.

Kasha loves the beauty and otherworldly nature of contortion and moving her body in interesting ways. Kasha is also a producer & a performer of digital circus productions including Locked Upside Down and Pause. Shift. Rebound.

Sidonie Adamson - Mountain Lion

Cascorde, Aerial Hoop

Sidonie Adamson is an international aerialist and circus performer living and creating on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish peoples in Vancouver, BC. She has performed around the world in cabarets, touring shows, cruise ships and festivals including the Transform Cabaret Festival (2019) and the St John’s International Circus festival (2018/2019.) Sidonie specializes in aerial hoop, a unique to her apparatus called Cascordes, and also frequently dabbles in silks, unicycle and duo aerial acrobatics. This fall she is making her debut as a co-producer/director with the digital circus show Pause. Shift. Rebound.

Marley Skye - Kermode Spirit Bear

Main a Main, Spinning Staff

Marley Skye is a freelance Canadian circus artist who works with multiple circus companies in Canada and internationally including Cirque du Soleil Events. He also is a director of Circus3, a Vancouver based non-profit circus company, and is the founder of Acro Caribbean, and Sweet & Salty Burlesque.

Alison Wu - Eagle

Main a Main, Aerial Straps

Alison Wu is a graduate of CircusWest and has performed for local circus companies at community and corporate events throughout Western Canada. Alison specializes in aerial straps, main a main, and acrobatics. Alison is also studying to be a speech pathologist while continuing to follow her circus passions.

Jay Nunns - Director

CircusWest Artistic Director

Jay Nunns is the Artistic Director of CircusWest Performing Arts Society. As such, Jay has produced and directed CircusWest shows and original productions since 1993 for theatres and venues throughout western Canada.

He also created the Avatar Circus Project troupe which performed as part of the Vancouver Cultural Olympiad in 2008-2010. Subsequently, Jay developed CircusWest's professional circus arts division 'VERVE Inspired Circus' creating compelling circus productions for theatres, corporate & community events including Red Sail Circus, Cupid - A Love Story, and Fireflight - Supernatural Circus.

Jay is a trained broadcast journalist, filmmaker, actor, and experienced circus & theatre director/creator. He was an Artistic Director for Ailanthus Achievement Centre from 1997-2004 inspiring youth at risk through theatre and circus performance and was as a specialist instructor with Stratford Hall School from 2005-2017. Jay also acts as a creative consultant and director on theatre and film projects with his CoastStory Creative company.

Jay was a founding member and performer of CircusWest in 1985 when it was then known as Cirkids. You might say he ran away and joined the Circus and never looked back!

Vern Griffiths, Principal Percussion, conductor, composer and host

Percussionist Vern Griffiths is one of the prominent players in Vancouver’s musical community.  He joined the Vancouver Symphony as Principal Percussionist in 1997, and is also a member of the award-winning contemporary music group Standing Wave.  Vern has appeared as soloist with the VSO several times on various concert series, including the world premiere of Nicole Lizée’s percussion concerto “Perxploitation” at the 2019 New Music Festival.  He can be heard on recordings with the VSO, Standing Wave, CBC Radio Orchestra, Turning Point Ensemble, as well as soundtracks for Disney, Imax, Universal, ABC, PBS, EA Sports, Lionsgate, and Dreamworks.

Vern has appeared as soloist with the VSO, Victoria Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Edmonton Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony, and Toronto Symphony for dozens of performances of his kids show Wall to Wall Percussion.  He also made his VSO main stage conducting debut in 2019, leading a Magic Circle Mime show and the Holly Cole Christmas concert.

Originally from North Vancouver, Vern has degrees in Music and Commerce from UBC, and a Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music.  A committed educator, he has taught at UBC since 1997, and has directed the Percussion Ensemble since 2005.

Vern is very proud that the Principal Percussion chair is endowed by his friend and generous patron of the arts, Martha Lou Henley.

PROGRAM NOTES

The setting is a fantastical forest on the edge of the ocean. It is a land where all manner of fish, birds and beasts live in delicate balance, be they predator or prey. When a forest fire threatens their habitat, the hummingbird, the salmon, the bear, the eagle and the mountain lion must all work together to save their home. Through this performance, we realize that things may seem difficult, but if we work together, we can get through it and make our world a better place.

CircusWest was inspired by a hummingbird parable originating with South American Quechuan people. CircusWest adapted it to the BC Great Bear Rainforest and infused the story with circus, dance, and aerial artistry. The story has inspired many to take action to protect the environment and the necessity for community to protect their habitat.

Under the direction of Otto Tausk, Andrew Crust and Vern Griffiths, the members of the VSO provide the musical backdrop for five circus performers, each representing a different creature. You will witness a dazzling array of aerial acts on straps, rings, and trapeze, as well as balancing acts, contortionists, and feats of great strength and athleticism.  

The enchanting music includes highlights from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, a Bach Suite for solo cello, a Polka from the pen of William Walton, an Allegretto from Beethoven’s 7th symphony, plus family-friendly compositions by Shostakovich, Pärt, Jessie Montgomery, Marjan Mozetich, and the VSO members Marcus Goddard and Vern Griffiths.

Theconcerthall.ca is presented by Telus, Premiere Education Partner of the VSO.  

The sponsor of the VSO’s Kids Concerts is OriginO Organic Farms.

Series Performances

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Will's Jams with the VSO
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Compose Yourself!
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Carnival of the Animals
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Fireflight: CircusWest Meets The VSO
More series performances to be announced.
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OriginO Kids Concerts

Fireflight: CircusWest Meets The VSO

May 9, 2021 2:00 PM

Otto Tausk, conductor

Andrew Crust, associate conductor

Vern Griffiths, host, percussionist, conductor & composer

CircusWest

Jan Nunns, Artistic and Community Development Director  

Musical excerpts drawn from:

Vivaldi: Four Seasons - Spring

Bach: Suite No. 1 in G Major for Solo Cello - Prelude

Goddard: Lament for cello and marimba

Mozetich: Postcards from the Sky - 1st movement

Griffiths: Jack of Hearts

Vivaldi: Four Seasons - Winter

Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 8 - excerpts

Pärt: Fratres

Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 - Allegretto

Montgomery: Starburst

Walton: Façade – Polka

Sunday is Mother’s Day! After your family has treated Mom to a special breakfast or brunch, why not whisk her away to the circus? The VSO and CircusWest team up to take families to the “Big Top” at the Orpheum Theatre in a virtual way with this week’s OriginO Kids Concert, Sunday May 9th at 2:00PM.

About CircusWest

CircusWest was founded in 1984, in south Vancouver, as a small, non-profit circus school in a gym. Inspired by circus performances at the Vancouver Children’s Festival, this school was called the Vancouver Children’s Circus Society and it thrived. It filled a niche in the Vancouver circus community, and it grew. Having outgrown its little gym, it moved in 2003 to the PNE Garden Auditorium at Hastings Park in East Vancouver, and subsequently changed its name, becoming the CircusWest Performing Arts Society. This now reflects a much wider and more comprehensive organizational mandate that continues to grow, frequently offering new classes; expanding our community presence with workshops, outreach opportunities, and performances; constantly updating what we teach and how we teach it to better address our students’ needs. The story isn’t over yet. Stay tuned for the further adventures of CircusWest or, better yet, come be a part of them!

The cast of Fireflight – Supernatural Circus has been working together since 2017 in the development of original and compelling circus shows and performances with CircusWest.

Steph van Dyck - Hummingbird

Handstand Specialist, Dance Trapeze

Steph Van Dyck is a professional circus performer working with Underground Circus, Vancouver Circus School, Circus Lab, Neezar Productions and CircusWest. She is a contortion and hand balancing specialist performing throughout Canada, USA,& Australia. Initially trained as a dancer, she pivoted to circus to explore physical storytelling. Steph is also a professional film actress and Radio host/announcer.

Kasha Konaka - Salmon

Aerial Net, Contortion,  Aerial Hoop

Kasha Konaka is a Japanese-Canadian circus artist and contortionist based in Vancouver, Canada. Kasha specializes is contortion, hand balancing, aerial net & hoop. She has performed at many corporate events, weddings, and productions locally and throughout North America.

Kasha loves the beauty and otherworldly nature of contortion and moving her body in interesting ways. Kasha is also a producer & a performer of digital circus productions including Locked Upside Down and Pause. Shift. Rebound.

Sidonie Adamson - Mountain Lion

Cascorde, Aerial Hoop

Sidonie Adamson is an international aerialist and circus performer living and creating on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish peoples in Vancouver, BC. She has performed around the world in cabarets, touring shows, cruise ships and festivals including the Transform Cabaret Festival (2019) and the St John’s International Circus festival (2018/2019.) Sidonie specializes in aerial hoop, a unique to her apparatus called Cascordes, and also frequently dabbles in silks, unicycle and duo aerial acrobatics. This fall she is making her debut as a co-producer/director with the digital circus show Pause. Shift. Rebound.

Marley Skye - Kermode Spirit Bear

Main a Main, Spinning Staff

Marley Skye is a freelance Canadian circus artist who works with multiple circus companies in Canada and internationally including Cirque du Soleil Events. He also is a director of Circus3, a Vancouver based non-profit circus company, and is the founder of Acro Caribbean, and Sweet & Salty Burlesque.

Alison Wu - Eagle

Main a Main, Aerial Straps

Alison Wu is a graduate of CircusWest and has performed for local circus companies at community and corporate events throughout Western Canada. Alison specializes in aerial straps, main a main, and acrobatics. Alison is also studying to be a speech pathologist while continuing to follow her circus passions.

Jay Nunns - Director

CircusWest Artistic Director

Jay Nunns is the Artistic Director of CircusWest Performing Arts Society. As such, Jay has produced and directed CircusWest shows and original productions since 1993 for theatres and venues throughout western Canada.

He also created the Avatar Circus Project troupe which performed as part of the Vancouver Cultural Olympiad in 2008-2010. Subsequently, Jay developed CircusWest's professional circus arts division 'VERVE Inspired Circus' creating compelling circus productions for theatres, corporate & community events including Red Sail Circus, Cupid - A Love Story, and Fireflight - Supernatural Circus.

Jay is a trained broadcast journalist, filmmaker, actor, and experienced circus & theatre director/creator. He was an Artistic Director for Ailanthus Achievement Centre from 1997-2004 inspiring youth at risk through theatre and circus performance and was as a specialist instructor with Stratford Hall School from 2005-2017. Jay also acts as a creative consultant and director on theatre and film projects with his CoastStory Creative company.

Jay was a founding member and performer of CircusWest in 1985 when it was then known as Cirkids. You might say he ran away and joined the Circus and never looked back!

Vern Griffiths, Principal Percussion, conductor, composer and host

Percussionist Vern Griffiths is one of the prominent players in Vancouver’s musical community.  He joined the Vancouver Symphony as Principal Percussionist in 1997, and is also a member of the award-winning contemporary music group Standing Wave.  Vern has appeared as soloist with the VSO several times on various concert series, including the world premiere of Nicole Lizée’s percussion concerto “Perxploitation” at the 2019 New Music Festival.  He can be heard on recordings with the VSO, Standing Wave, CBC Radio Orchestra, Turning Point Ensemble, as well as soundtracks for Disney, Imax, Universal, ABC, PBS, EA Sports, Lionsgate, and Dreamworks.

Vern has appeared as soloist with the VSO, Victoria Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Edmonton Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony, and Toronto Symphony for dozens of performances of his kids show Wall to Wall Percussion.  He also made his VSO main stage conducting debut in 2019, leading a Magic Circle Mime show and the Holly Cole Christmas concert.

Originally from North Vancouver, Vern has degrees in Music and Commerce from UBC, and a Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music.  A committed educator, he has taught at UBC since 1997, and has directed the Percussion Ensemble since 2005.

Vern is very proud that the Principal Percussion chair is endowed by his friend and generous patron of the arts, Martha Lou Henley.

PROGRAM NOTES

The setting is a fantastical forest on the edge of the ocean. It is a land where all manner of fish, birds and beasts live in delicate balance, be they predator or prey. When a forest fire threatens their habitat, the hummingbird, the salmon, the bear, the eagle and the mountain lion must all work together to save their home. Through this performance, we realize that things may seem difficult, but if we work together, we can get through it and make our world a better place.

CircusWest was inspired by a hummingbird parable originating with South American Quechuan people. CircusWest adapted it to the BC Great Bear Rainforest and infused the story with circus, dance, and aerial artistry. The story has inspired many to take action to protect the environment and the necessity for community to protect their habitat.

Under the direction of Otto Tausk, Andrew Crust and Vern Griffiths, the members of the VSO provide the musical backdrop for five circus performers, each representing a different creature. You will witness a dazzling array of aerial acts on straps, rings, and trapeze, as well as balancing acts, contortionists, and feats of great strength and athleticism.  

The enchanting music includes highlights from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, a Bach Suite for solo cello, a Polka from the pen of William Walton, an Allegretto from Beethoven’s 7th symphony, plus family-friendly compositions by Shostakovich, Pärt, Jessie Montgomery, Marjan Mozetich, and the VSO members Marcus Goddard and Vern Griffiths.

Theconcerthall.ca is presented by Telus, Premiere Education Partner of the VSO.  

The sponsor of the VSO’s Kids Concerts is OriginO Organic Farms.

Series Performances

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Will's Jams with the VSO
This is some text inside of a div block.
Compose Yourself!
This is some text inside of a div block.
Carnival of the Animals
This is some text inside of a div block.
Fireflight: CircusWest Meets The VSO
More series performances to be announced.
Donate