DJ Owen (San Francisco)
If you spend time at Gothic clubs, you have probably seen Owen around. He has been a staple in the American Gothic Scene for decades from coast to coast. Currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area, his unique way of bringing joy to a dancefloor can be experienced regularly at multiple clubs, including Dark Shadows, Batcave, and Requiem, just to name a few. A love of, and devotion to, music has manifested in many forms over Owen’s lifetime. Aside form being a trained classical musician in his own right, Owen has spun professionally in such divergent musical genres as Swing, 80′s, Indie, and Lounge. Even in the Goth/Industrial realm, he is unusually diverse, spinning anything from Ethereal, to Aggrotech & EBM, to Deathrock, to 80′s & 90′s Industrial, and much more. He simply has a passion for music, itself, and sharing the feeling of experiencing its transcendence with others. This is why he is so eager to take and play as many requests as possible from the crowd. A club is a place to feel good. The Gothic Scene is something truly special. It is more than a place to go out; it is a genuine community. This is what draws many people it be part of it and this is why many of those people continue to be with it well after their peers in age have lost interest in going to clubs. When not behind the DJ tables, you will often find Owen loving this community. Chances are good he is probably dancing on the floor or conversing with everyone. His personal contributions include creating clubs and festivals, playing benefits whenever possible, and even constructing group trips and tours. When you see Owen around, say hello, make musical requests, and most of all, have a great time. After all, we’re among friends and the joy of music. That’s a good enough reason to celebrate any night!
DJ Carrion (Portland) – bio coming soon!
Night Flight Aerial
Gemma Adams & Stephanie Lopes
Gemma and Stephanie each have over tweleve years of experience in aerial and circus arts. Gemma and Stephanie began their aerial training together in 2002 with Lara Paxton, from Circus Contraption, and later with Sarah and Karen Steben. They have performed with Seattle’s aerial troupe The Aerialistas, as a duo and independently. In 2004, Gemma earned a certificate in Physical Theater and Circus Arts from Circomedia in Bristol, England. In 2008, Gemma and Stephanie founded Night Flight, a performance company and circus studio in Portland. OR.
MoNika Ell, Albanian and Cambodian mix athlete was born and raised in Portland Oregon, United States. His background consists of: aerial acrobatics, pole fitness, martial arts, gymnastics, modern dance, ballet, cross fit and rock climbing. At the age of 6 he started his athletic training in martial arts (WuShu) and later on went to study classical ballet along with a mix of dance styles at The University of Utah. Through out this time he also trained in aerial acrobatics for many years where it allowed him many opportunities as an artist to collaborate with different companies and artists around the world. Companies he had the privilege to collaborate with are: Lululemon Athletica, Nike, ADIDAS, Norwegian Cruise Line, Aerial Arts Academy, Intel and many more.
Jacki & Nicolo
Jacki and Nicolo are contemporary circus artists specializing in duo aerial straps. Their expressive and fluid style is influenced by their combined experience in contortion, hand balancing, physical theater and dance. After extensive solo careers, Jacki and Nicolo traveled together to Mongolia in 2011 to train with world-renown contortion and hand balancing coaches. While there, Nicolo and Jacki discovered a shared interest in yurts, handstand techniques and… each other. They began training duo straps together under the tutelage of Rui Ling and premiered their new work in 2013.
Kerri Jonquil has a long history of exploring various dance styles, and strives to seek out new ways to be physical. From falling in love with belly dancing at age 6, to directing her high school’s performing modern dance program, to performing in U of O dance department productions and touring locally with Dance Africa, to finally discovering aerial arts in 2011. She found aerial acrobatics to be brilliant combination of her dance background, gymnastics abilities, and love of climbing to the precarious precipice of the highest ledge. After completing a rigorous professional training program at the acclaimed New England Center for Circus Arts, she now works with in Portland, OR with Night Flight.
Shersten discovered trapeze studying aerial dance with Do Jump in Portland. In 2005 she went to the San Francisco Circus Center where she studied circus arts, including static trapeze, chinese acrobatics, silks, and aerial straps. She completed the Circus Center’s Professional Aerial Training Program in June 2008, and has since toured in the US and Europe. Shersten has taught at Do Jump, Long Lake Camp For The Arts, San Francisco Gymnastics, the San Francisco Circus Center and Night Flight.