as i have said many a time, the “growth” of krampuslauf philadelphia has never meant bigger crowds, or more merchandising, or anything like that. growth of community, even a community that only comes together at a certain time of year, and does not stay within the confines of philadelphia or philadelphia people — that’s good growth. growing skillsets — that’s good growth.
one day last spring, my buddy jhon sanders of many mouths one stomach showed me this:
and i fell in love. turns out jhon was going to a stilt conference where the jumbies would also be attending. wheels started turning for me — ever since stilts WERE first sighted at krampuslauf philly in 2012…
i thought, we, you know, needed more.
i wanted to meet these brooklyn jumbies. size acceptance is a big soapbox for me and a big man on stilts…
while i thought about how to get the jumbies involved in philly, i was also signing the kids up for camp at the philadelphia school of circus arts. there, i found an administrator and stilt walker — tanaya thomas — who was going to the SAME conference as jhon and the jumbies, and SHE wanted the jumbies to come do a workshop at PSCA… and i had a partner.
we went and chatted with founding jumbie ali sylvester in brooklyn.
tanaya and i went on ed feldman’s show on g-town radio.
and then we had the workshop itself, which was magical.
after the workshop, tanaya and i revisited g-town radio, and brought along with us someone who had attended the workshop and who tended to monopolize the microphone…
until i gave her a lipstick. she put so much lipstick on she more or less welded her mouth shut, so that helped.
will there be stilts at krampuslauf again? who knows. i hear that 70 inches of snow are expected in philadelphia this winter.