For those who loves numbers Steve Joshua Dyffort and Valerie Sealey are two of the Allstaff performers group, their show brings a number of passing with 11 sticks ... fiery. Guests of the world's fire-arts exhibitions, thy live and train at Katakomben in Berlin and recently with Stefan Sing and Frank Kraft manage. I met them at the Firebirds autumn camp in Hungary where….
Lucignolo: Hello Josh, hello Valerie, how did you start and how did you meet each other?
V: We started separately both with poi, Josh in the street and me as a hobby while completing studies. At the time we found the stick boring, then we were engaged for a show and to cover the required time needed to insert other elements. Since the dynamics of the stick were the ones most familiar to us we decided to start with. From that moment we never more separate from it. On Internet we learned other tricks to add to the routine and the passion exploded.
Josh: We met in the spring of 2003 in Senegal. Valerie from California was there for a doctorate in sociology, I was there coming from Germany…. Hitch-hiking. ... or at least that's the official version. In truth I found her in China, while cutting a tree, she jumped out and said, "Uh," I took it and drive to studying yoga, then became interested in dance, silk and contact-ball.
l.: Do you immediately began to play together?
J: Yes, but more important is that from the first night I slipped into her bed Aaahahahah! Write write it, and write also I like beautiful Italian women "mamamiaaaa"
l.: Ok wrote, as the experience to circus school in Beijing?
V.: In Thailand we met at the bus stop Satya, a Figi girl, when he saw we were carrying sticks thought we were the usual “4 trick spinners”. She studied "Fei-cha" in Beijing and chatting understood our passion for the contact and told us of an old master of this ancient art that for heart problems would soon stopped teaching body-rolling with the trident.
So…. Let's go! We studied 12 hours a day, but resisted. Before us few Westerners have been there for the fei-cha. Josh was deep in the training more then Chinese, the teacher had to calm him, for them it was bizarre considering that Europeans have the reputation of sweet feet. Two years later Antti Sunniala studied in the same school and with him then borned the Allstaffs (allstaffsperformers.com) and then with the retired Basti Berger.
-Josh and Valerie are among the first, addition to Stevie, eponymous speaker trick, to make the body-rolling baggage of Western contact with the stick (ed.)
J.: Fei-cha means flying trident and was used to fight bears. The Fei-Cha is on the list of the 100 games: "The period of greatest glory is for ancient China under the Han Dynasty 206 BC-220 AD with particular attention paid to the subjects of popular entertainment, by the definition of a hundred games, are similar to those noble "From" History of the Circus "A. Serena, B Mondadori 2008
l.: Josh when you started to travel?
J: I started with my mother craft since childhood. Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Egypt. At 19 I met God in the woods who told me to entertain the people of the world and so I went alone, at 20 to play with poi and busking having street show. Tired of running I stopped in Berlin and try to professionalize and to follow the total cleaning techniques.
l.: What gave Katakomben contribution to the development of techniques for throwing?
J.: We love the high technical level and Katakomben (katakomben-berlin.de) gave us a strong motivation that led us to expand and improve the technique. That space is good for growth, you are training in those rooms where you sleep in and when it's cold outside motivation grows. It is a space where artists of different disciplines come and go. l.: Thank you all and see you soon.
By Lucignolo Paopo Male