Circus Festival Starts THIS WEEKEND (and thoughts on Modern Eccentric Dance)

Before we get to the meat of the post, Modern Eccentric Dance, we wanted to remind everyone
THE 7TH ANNUAL PICKLEWATER FREE CIRCUS FESTIVAL STARTS THIS SUNDAY!!!

Come one and all, big and small to the 2014 season of clowning, hula hoops, contortion, music, unicycles and acrobats and so much more at the Picklewater Free Circus Festival as Union Square Live presents a month of free Sunday shows.

June 15th with Coventry and Kaluza and the Sardine Family Circus

June 22th With Gennie and Audrey’s Dream Show, Clowns Not Bombs and the Sardine Family Circus

June 29th with The Sardine Family Circus and Guests

July 6th with Circus Bella and Guests

All that said, let’s talk about Eccentric Dance! When I think of Eccentric Dance, one of the key elements of theatrical clown, I think of Frank Bush, George Carl, Bill Irwin, but those are just my personal tastes. For a real run down on what eccentric dance is, you can’t do any better than Dancer/Choreographer/Legend Betsy Baytos’ website.

It’s a form that has always fascinated me, and something I have always wished I had more background in. That said, here are a couple of artists, one a choreographer director combo, and one a dancer working with EDM (electronic dance music) to do some really amazing/hilarious eccentric dance that both nods to the rubber legs moves of vaudeville and mixes in tons of modern, hip-hop and ethnic folk styles as well.

Check out the videos for DJ Snake’s “Turn Down For What” and this amazing piece choreographed to the song “Pumped up kicks” danced by Marquese Scott. The Dj Snake video literally made me cry from laughter, whereas Marquese Scott just does some amazing rubber leg and point work.

Leave your thoughts in the comments below, and please share any other eccentric dance clips modern or classic, that move you, and come see us the next 4 Sundays in a row at San Francisco’s Union Square for the Picklewater Free Circus Festival 2014!