digital preSS kit
janoah...anygoodjokes? juggles several tasks simultaneously: performing & teaching! During this (optionally interactive) performance YOU learn to juggle while you watch. In moments between acts, Janoah engagingly guides the audience through the essentials: throwing, catching and messy-ing up!
Precarious unicycling, shimmering puppetry, jaw-dropping juggling, mesmerizing motions, meticulously prepared hot beverages … Janoah tosses together art forms to tell a tale of learning & labor, emerging ecstatically from a haphazard pile of props.
And (of course!) what circus would be complete without popcorn & banana peels?
Janoah Bailin (janoah...anygoodjokes?) creates and performs energetic, stimulating and educational shows for family audiences with his unique blend of circus, puppetry, story and dance. He grew up juggling with the Suspenders Juggling Troupe in Falmouth (MA) then traveled New England with the Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour. He graduated in 2014 from College of the Atlantic, focusing in performance and movement. Janoah now coaches the Gym Dandies Children’s Circus of Scarborough, and has also taught for Payomet Performing Arts in Truro MA and the Children's Circus of Middletown CT. In 2016 he helped found the Living Room Dance Collective in Portland (ME), a space devoted to contemporary movement and performance. Janoah has trained contemporary dance through the Lion’s Jaw, Bates Dance and Fresh Festivals. In the summer of 2019 he toured SpinS, a full-length solo circus-puppetry performance, across the Canadian Fringe Festival circuit, including Montreal, Winnipeg, Edmonton and Vancouver. SpinS won "Best Variety" at the 2019 London Fringe Festival. Janoah premiered meSSeS, a second full-length show in which the audience learns to juggle during the performance, in May of 2019 with funding from the Maine Arts Commission (MAC) and NEFA. He has brought the show to BarnFest in New York City, the Festival of Us, You, We & Them at the Dance Complex in Boston, the School for Contemporary Dance and Thought in North Hampton, the Redfern Arts Center in Keene, SPACE Gallery in Portland, and the Cincinnati, St. Louis, Indianapolis and Elgin Fringe Festivals (where the show won "Spirit of the Fringe"). Janoah has been awarded numerous grants from NEFA and MAC, including the 2020 MAC Fellowship in the Performing Arts and the 2021 NEFA Public Art Learning Fund. He also performs for New England festivals and parades, leaving behind a wake of tumbled juggling props.
"Captivating as Janoah's performance was, I also loved watching the audience during the three interactive components. Each time the house lights came up for another scarf juggling lesson, the audience progressively engaged more with each other, strayed and intermingled further from their seats, and reveled in the collective chaos of hundreds of floating scarves."
- Ian Bannon, Executive Director, Mayo Street Arts
janoah "performs some very original gags and spectacular feats of balancing, but it is in … allowing for some of his stunts to go wrong that his humor shines"
- Wendy Carson, Plays With John and Wendy