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Basketball Unicycles

Unicycle Basketball act part of high-energy variety show

Emcee, Hostess & Roastess, High Marriage Minister Priestess

Miss Astrid did a 2009 summer tour of the burlesque clubs of London and there made her West End debut at the Leicester Square Theatre. Other recent activities include hosting the 7th annual New York Burlesque Festival and co-emceeing the Burlesque Hall of Fame weekend in Las Vegas for the 4th year in a row. What made this years Burlesque Hall of Fame extra special? Miss Astrid was asked to officiate a intimate wedding in front of a crowd of 850. It was more like a Dean Martin roast, but if that is the type of wedding you and yours are looking for Miss Astrid is now a fully ordained minister by the Universal Life Church. Or need a host? Let Miss Astrid spit-shine event until it gleams like shiny, shiny, shiny boots of leather.

Miss Astrid has been called “the true weimar fraulein” by Mel Gordon, author of Voluptuous Panic with “Enough attitude to sink the Bismark”, according to the San Jose Mercury News. Arguably, the best emcee in the US, she is known for her deadpan delivery, impeccable timing and razor sharp wit.

The creator of The Va Va Voom Room 1997-present performer with the very first neo burlesque troupe, The Velvet Hammer Burlesque, 1996-present. You have read and heard about her via NPR, BBC, Time Magazine, and the New York Times. Besides having the first bicoastal burlesque show ever in NYC and San Francisco, Miss Astrid and The Va Va Voom Room have performed all over the US and Europe.

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BONGARBIZ at BizBash

Michael Bongar grabbed a packed house of planners and vendors for his lecture, 10 Cost-Saving Ideas for Presenting Entertainment, on the trade show floor at the BizBash New York Expo this Fall. Here are these ideas:

(1) DO YOU NEED HELP OR CAN YOU DO IT BY YOURSELF?
(2) EARLY BIRD CATCHES THE BEST ELVES.
(3) THINK FIRST, ASK QUESTIONS LATER.
(4) COMMUNICATE. COMMUNICATE. COMMUNICATE. (Did I mention you should communicate?)
(5) LESS IS MORE.
(6) CREATE A REALISTIC WORKING BUDGET (and let all your peeps know what it is)
(7) HOW MANY PSYCHICS DO I NEED? (8) WHO THE HECK NEEDS INSURANCE? (You do! And we have it!)
(9) SURPRISE ‘EM.
(10) HAVE FUN. (We don’t charge extra for that either).

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Haitian Drum Virtuoso

Gaston Jean-Baptiste, known as “Bonga”, is a musical virtuoso who has been performing and studying traditional Haitian drum, dance and song since the age of seven. He began playing drums in his family’s peristil in his hometown of Croix-des-Mission in La Plaine, an area of Haiti known for culture and history.

As a core member of the seminal Haitian roots bands, Boukman Eksperyans and Foulà, Bonga was invited to the U.S. in the ’90s when musicians were becoming a strong voice for the Haitian people. Since then, Bonga has continued to play solo and in ensemble and at numerous worldwide venues. He is a featured performer with Grace Jones, Dan Zanes and Urban Tap, to mention a few. His drums opened the NY premiere of the Rolling Stones “Voodoo Lounge” tour and he is prominently featured on recordings by Wyclef Jean and Salif Keita.

Support Bonga’s efforts in Haiti

Chunyan Zhou

Astonishing Acrobatics and Artistry

This astounding artist Chunyan Zhou, known by his nickname Ho, is the artistic director now of his own Chinese circus after appearing for almost a decade for Cirque du Soleil. Growing up in Wu Qiao, considered the Chinese hometown for acrobats, Ho considers his acrobatic training rooted in 5000 years of Chinese culture, and 3000 years of acrobatics history.

Based now in Las Vegas, Ho’s troupe presents not only amazing feats of acrobatic artistry, he also orchestrates a captivating duel of Martial Arts segment; Chinese Poles, where 6 acrobats literally run up the sides of 14 ft poles; Chinese Yo-Yo and Hat Juggling; Hoop Diving Charivari, a kind of tumbling ballet of speed and agility; Utter control and flexibility in contortion balancing, a lighted candelabra with feet; Aerial Silks and finally Chair Balancing, pictured here. A Chinese tradition of Circus, lead by Ho, is a cultural WOW-inspiring masterpiece, either produced as full show, or in segments through the evening, to fit into special programming.

The Woman Who Makes You Go Wau!

Tanya Gagne is not just one of the world’s foremost aerial artists, but she is as charmant and lovely on the ground as she is in the air.

Tanya is one half of the world-renowned duo The Wau Wau Sisters, joined by her other half and “sister” Adrienne Truscott. Hysterically comical whether performing as rock stars or gitar-twangin’ Nashville belles, these anti-gravity iron pixies are small stage stars for many a reason.

But Tanya is also a solo performer, pulling out all the stops as Feather and Lady Electra.

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Tanya also works with Teen Spirit Animal Squad, a multimedia band-performance group, and Hula Hoop Wars, a performance battle with hooping diva Miss Saturn.

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For corporate and group events, Tanya can perform solo or as part of an ensemble with other trapeze artists. She can tailor her performance to your event and is a master of costuming, theatrical expression and comic or dramatic timing.

What is so magical about Tanya is the dazzling combination of her sheer athletic mastery and her amazing ability to communicate with the audience at hand. She can have your audience in stitches or tears by the end of her performance, but either way, your employees’ and friends’ chins will drop down to the basement when witness these soaring routines of somersault after somersault and contortion after contortion.

Tanya can also teach trapeze lessons for beginner to advanced levels on various aerial apparatuses from silks (long silky pieces of fabric) to the lyra (an aerial hoop) to static trapeze (similar to a Tweety bird swing). This is completely appropriate even to those who have never had even one lesson, and makes for a fun and unforgettable experience.

For more information about Tanya Gagne, contact BONGARBIZ at info@bongarbiz.com or (914) 734-1177.

What? Questions on Taxes?

H & R Block exec’s and the public were stopped in their tracks by dancers and our Letter-ologists, creating a Human Street Dancing Logo. These talented dancers, who work with Pilobolus and Fuerza Bruta among others, create custom dance and public performance pieces that are stunning, exciting and unique.

Michael Bongar 30x squared

He stands in front of a wall of photos of himself as a clown, done by artist Roni Horn, at an exhibit at the Whitney Museum.

Glorious Golden Anniversary

… For a British business group celebrating at the Pierre Hotel, a 50th rah-rah inspired these beautiful gold costumes and fanciful figures.

At Your Service, Sherlock

For the New York City premiere of SHERLOCK HOLMES, four dapper British actors in authentic Victorian coats braved 5 degree breezes to escort the movie and press viewing gang into the Metropolitan Club

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