Photographer: Robert Gilbert Hair and Make Up: Karine Denoncourt

Irina Naumenko, Photographer: Robert Gilbert
Hair and Make Up: Karine Denoncourt

As part of our ongoing webinar series, we invite you to join us Sunday, December 7 at 4pm PST / 7pm EST for Taking the Leap: Lessons from Professional Performers on Going Pro, the first of a collection of conversations with circus professionals about the realities of their jobs and lives.




During Taking the Leap, Mick Holsbeke, Krin Haglund, and Matt Roben, three professionals with varying experiences, will share their stories of how they went about the difficult business of “going pro” and living from their art. We’ll hear stories from a variety of paths, then open the floor to questions from listeners.

We’d like to seed a discussion on how Americans can attain the resources, skills, and knowledge necessary to pursue their professional goals inside America and abroad, and to surface relevant questions and conversation topics for exploration in further webinars.

Mick Holsbeke is a clown with a ferocious appetite for the ridiculous! His unique perspective on clowning, exuberant physical acting, and circus expertise was developed at the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts in Seattle, and further deepened in the professional program at the prestigious École Nationale de Cirque de Montréal. In addition  to being recipient of the Comedy Prize from the Festival Sol y Circo in Germany, and the Prix du Cirque Eloize and Prix Telemondis from the Festival Mondiale du Cirque de Demain, Mick has also performed with international companies such as the 7 Fingers, G.O.P. Variete Shows, Circle of Eleven, Palazzo Colombino of Freiburg, Circus Monti in Switzerland, and is currently working with Cirque Plume in France, for their newest creation “Tempus Fugit?”

After graduating from high school in 1995, Matt Roben moved to Montreal where he attended the National Circus School for 2 years. Since then he has performed almost non-stop, in the US and around the world, as an acrobat, clown, and acrobatic bicycle specialist. Since 2008 Matt has been working with the Midnight Circus performing his acrobatic bike routine and a 30′ handstand at their Halloween Spooktacular presented by the City of Chicago in Daley Plaza, a free show for everyone. He is also a regular cast member of their Circus in the Parks tour. Matt has worked with CircEsteem coaching children in the circus arts and using his performing skills to benefit children in Chicago-land hospitals. He is currently the Executive Director of the Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival.

Krin Haglund is a master of comedy, aerial silks, object manipulation and, a true virtuoso, she is the first woman to perform on the Cyr wheel. This Montreal-based multidisciplinary circus performer, and now director, has worked with many of today’s hottest circus companies including 7 Fingers, Cirque Éloize, Cirque du Soleil, and La Clique-now, La Soiree. Krin’s one-woman show, “The Rendez-Vous,” received critical praise at the 2014 Montréal Complètement Cirque. “CirquePROM,” her other new creation, was a hit the 2014 St Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival. With her company, The Radiant, Krin directs world-class circus acts committed to exploring the intersection of character, comedy and acrobatics. As an original cast member of Cirque Éloize “Rain,” directed by Daniele Finzi Pasca, Krin won acclaim as “Rain’s deft comedienne.” With the 7 Fingers shows “La Vie” and “Loft,” Krin sang and performed trapeze on five continents. She also coached Cyr wheel for the off-Broadway hit “Traces.” Krin graduated from Smith College and trained at San Francisco’s Circus Center and Clown Conservatory. Her creation work is supported by Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and TOHU – Cité des Arts du Cirque.

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