stilt workshop with the brooklyn jumbies

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…

hi, helen
hi, helen

 

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…

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was empowering.

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.

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we went and chatted with founding jumbie ali sylvester in brooklyn.

 

tanaya and i went on ed feldman’s show on g-town radio.

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and then we had the workshop itself, which was magical.

copyright jill saull 2014. all rights reserved.
copyright jill saull 2014. all rights reserved.

 

 

copyright jill saull 2014. all rights reserved.
copyright jill saull 2014. all rights reserved.

 

 

copyright jill saull 2014. all rights reserved.
copyright jill saull 2014. all rights reserved.

 

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…

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until i gave her a lipstick. she put so much lipstick on she more or less welded her mouth shut, so that helped.

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will there be stilts at krampuslauf again? who knows. i hear that 70 inches of snow are expected in philadelphia this winter.