A retrospective of Cindy”s career, this DVD features solo and collaborative work. Her journey from a teenage juggler in New York to her gold-medal performance at the IJA and her touring worldwide. Includes work with Lazer Vaudeville, Lukaluka, IJA medalists Darn, Good and Funny, and Pickle Family Circus. Bonus footage includes “Poetry in Motion”, the EJC in Denmark, and a trailer for the upcoming film “Women Who Juggle”.
Runtime: 1 hour 45 minutes
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A Juggling Journey 2 is a one-woman touring production showcasing the skills and artistry of Cindy Marvell, the first woman to win the International Jugglers” Association Championship. Marvell, who also graduated from Oberlin College with honors in English, combines poetry – including that of the namesake 17th-Century poet Andrew Marvell – with story and song to create a mesmerizing view of the juggler”s art. Marvell is accompanied in the recollections of her journey from Ireland to Saudi Arabia by various balls, clubs, rings, diabolos, devil sticks, daggers, spinning plates, twirling ribbons, original music, costumes, sets, and audience volunteers. The spectacle enlightens and entertains as she is “both graceful and flawless” (Broadway.com), The New York Times goes as far as to say she “juggles like a poet” – perhaps better. Marvell is co-founder of the Boulder Circus Center and has toured with Lazer Vaudeville from Singapore to Off Broadway.
Runtime: 50 minutes
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This is original music you will recognize from Lazer Vaudeville shows from composer Jesse Manno.
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Cindy Marvell and Tamara Fielding examine tragedy, triumph, and the sweetest things in life through a young girl”s unexpected immersion in shadow puppetry. An inventive, character-driven story with endlessly imaginative action, Shadow Princess: An Indonesian Story is the sort of book that changes how readers look at the world as well as their place in it. With knowledge of geography, mythology, and the ancient art of Indonesian “Wayang Kulit” shadow puppet theatre, the authors transcend our timeless search for human connections to a place where mystical wonderments offer limitless possibilities.
On the Indonesian island of Sumatra, alongside talking animals and forest spirits, Tumbuh lives a typical Indonesian life until one day things change. Her grandmother whispers ancient Javanese myths of kings and queens and ogres centered on Wayang Kulit puppet plays, and Tumbuh’s father retells the tale of how a tiny snail, named Siput, outwits the clever Chevrotain mouse deer, Kancil. Both come into play when a tsunami strikes and Tumbuh loses her entire family to the sea, and she suddenly knows that retelling their story may be the only way to free her parents from captivity and to save Sumatra’s rain forests. The Dalang, a shadow puppet master, shares a floating box with the stranded girl as she goes to meet the reclusive Banda Aceh Dalang, whose power she’s convinced dovetails with her own. Over the course of the book’s forty three chapters, Tumbuh and her friends have run-ins with countless rebels and marauders. Until she learns to perform the Indian version of a traditional Wayang Kulit saga, she’ll have no control over the final act—and the show must go on. Through the stories of Wayang Kulit puppet plays, readers learn about responsibility, loyalty, camaraderie, and what it means to be brave.