November 11 through November 20 saw Bill Forchion, Sara Deull, and Keith
Kaplin take part in Stage 2 of the U.S. State Departments Cultural
Exchange in the Arts (Circus) to Turkmenistan. The three circus experts
facilitated workshops in Physical theater, Aerials, Juggling, Balance
skills and Acrobatics at the Turkmenistan Institute of Culture, Circus
Department and Turkmenistan State Circus. The three also gave
presentations at the U.S. Embassy American Corners in Dashoguz,
Turkmenabad and Mary. Forchion, Deull, and Kaplin made presentations at
Specialized Art schools in Turkmenabad and Dashoguz and were honored
with performances by Students and Professors of the schools. Stage 1 of the U.S. - Turkmenistan Cultural Exchange took place May 28 - June 6, 2017 and included Bill Forchion, Sara Deull and Billy Higgins. Link to the U.S. Embassy page.
Bill will be performing his one man kids show, Billosophy: for kids at the Hanover Fallfest, Hanover, NH on Friday Sept. 29, 2017 4pm. The performance will take place at the Storrs Pond Recreation Area in Hanover, NH.
Our epic week in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan has come to an end. We said "See you down the road" to Sara yesterday after our only rest day. We did manage a few tourist type things on our rest day including a trip to the Altyn Asyr bazzaar (an enormous market on the outskirts of Ashgabat), lunch in a yurt with a drink of fermented camels milk, a visit to a museum of Turkmen history and exploration of the ruins of Nissa. Billy and I facilitated our final workshop of phase 1 at the Institute of Culture this morning (Monday June 5). The students and staff eagerly took in what we had to offer and asked for more. The Artistic Director of the Circus Dept. has not been shy in asking that we return for no less than a month next time. We then performed in a special Circus presentation at the Turkmen State Circus, which included introductions by the Minister of Culture and U.S. Ambassador to Turkmenistan, Allan Mustard. After the performance the Director of the Turkmen State Circus also asked that we return to work with his performers. He stated that the work we did was already evident in the ring. We finished our day with a U.S. Embassy social network 'live chat' via Line app. Our circus cultural exchange to Turkmenistan has been a truly amazing journey. I have seen a part of the world I had not imagined. I have been introduced to a culture I was only vaguely aware of. I met people that changed my life. And I did manage to take a few photos and some video footage. I will put together a presentation about this adventure to share with all who are interested. This adventure was far too amazing not to share.
Awkward Bill (Bill Forchion) will be the Ringmaster for two performances Saturday May 13, 2017 2pm & 4pm at the Lawn on D in Boston, MA. The circus fun performances will include a cast of acrobats and jugglers from Vermont's Nimble Arts troupe. It destined to be good fun on the Lawn on D.
Bill Forchion to facilitate 2 workshops April 23 at NECCA
Mar 10, 2017
Bill Forchion will facilitate two workshops at the New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA) spring workshop weekend Sunday, April 23, 2017. The first workshop: "Mask making 101: Face Casting" will have Bill paired with Kali Quinn to pass on the skill and technique of making a face cast for use in the mask making process. Students will leave the workshop with the face casts they have made. For the second workshop Bill will be teaming up with Billy Higgins for "Creating space for creative genius". Creating space for creative genius is a workshop designed to access new ways to tap into the creative genius in all of us. Workshop participants will leave with practical tools and technique for the creative process. Refining and attuning our ability
to create with genius is a trainable skill set, moving the seeds of
creative work that makes an impact from lucky phenomenon into regular
practice. For more information on the workshops check out the NECCA website.