Sunday, November 28, 2010

Flown to Calgary for a Big Party

We had a fabulous time in Calgary performing at the spacious convention center.  These photos turned out absolutely spectacular.  Thank you to Fuze Entertainment for hiring us for this one.  It was really fun!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Jake West in "Break the Cycle"

This was an amazing show and process to be a part of.  It all came together so well - the stars definitely aligned for this run.  This is perhaps the most artistic video I have ever made.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

To Hell and Back video highlights.


Michaelangelo Wu of Hybrid Movement was so kind as to edit a video of highlights from "to Hell and Back: the phantasmagoric adventures of Ms. Helen Beck".

Here it is, in all it's creepiness...

To Hell and Back - In The House Festival Halloween 2010 from Hybrid Movement on Vimeo.


Photos and Response from the Haunted House!

This year's Haunted House was a smash hit...

"Best Halloween ever!"
"Completely blown away!"
"Top notch Halloween entertainment!"

Chris, in collaboration with Luciterra,
In the Spirit of last year's event, this was not your average scare-fest. A full hour of tales from different cultures, multimedia entertainment and over 27 performers, this was a sumptuous celebration of Halloween tradition - exploring the darker side of beauty through exceptional performances and the lens of international culture.
Jonel, The Devil in a Red Dress
Alex Danard as Helen Beck

I really love the idea and tradition of Halloween - an evening for us to acknowledge the reality and mystery of death and the unknown. Over the course of history, this has been reinterpreted in many different forms, but now it is mostly a night of sugar, cheap costumes and debauchery. Myriam Steinberg (artistic director of the In the House Festival) and I have committed to providing an evening of entertainment in the spirit of Halloween, with a few contemporary twists.

Over the last two weeks, glowing responses from various bloggers, performers and audience members have poured in. Click below for more pictures and a few reviews.


Sunday, November 21, 2010

A Cosmic Performing Experience

Please click the read more to see a few fabulous photos of our amazing 3 day run of "Break the Cycle".  It was cosmic.  The Dean of Fine Arts at UVic said it was the best student produced show he has seen in his 3 decades of experience.  Keep your eye on these emerging west coast circus artists: Cameron Fraser, Lucky DeSouza, and Alia Kube.  We are the future of west coast circus artistry.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

"Break the Cycle" Opens Tomorrow!

                      Come see "Break the Cycle" - Nov. 17, 18, 19.  4:45 @ the Phoenix Theater, Victoria
It has been an absolute pleasure to work with this cast.  Cameron Fraser, the creator and director is a gifted circus artist and leader who will no doubt be one to watch for years to come.  Expect some slick video out of this 3 day run.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Performing for Custom House

A great local success story.  This company, Custom House, started on a street corner in Victoria and has grown to international success.  It was a really fun evening in the very shmancy Old English Inn.  

The event coordinator, Jacquelyn Parker, was a joy to work with.  She says:

“Jake was quick to help us out on short notice for a corporate function.  Aside from being very flexible (literally!) and accommodating to our requests, he was very talented at a number of juggling styles and was able to get our guests involved.  Thanks for a terrific performance and a great evening!”