Jon and I have another week together in Costa Rica. We're using this time to re-start the LOOPING VIDEO PROJECT! (Ta-daaaaa!)
This project started years ago when Jon, Dan, Tea-Faerie, and I were all here in Costa Rica. We spent the time visioning various useful community resources, including looping videos and a poi community map of the world.
In 2010 a group of us even videotaped a bunch of loops. The project has been passed around and put on the back-burner many times for various reaons, including troubles with the website. We think looping videos will be useful in at least a couple ways:
1) When embedded along with full-length tutorials, a looping video player will help people see and practice the final pattern, steps towards the final pattern, and variations of the final pattern. (Imagine a looping-video playlist player, which can stay looping on any lead-up as long as you want, and any variation!)
2) When used as amimated-looping-thumbnails, the looping videos will provide a simple and effective way to explain any pattern (no more, what the heck is a swooshy-uppy-thing?)
Below I've embeded some loops. My question to you: Do you think this can be useful? In the next couple days I will be adding loops to tutorials wherever possible.
Every year Spark Circus takes games and toys and playfulness to refugee children in Thailand. Many of my favourite poi spinners and good friends have participated! Join me in making sure they have another great year!
My friend Annika is involved with an awesome social circus project called The Rickshaw Circus, part of The Afghan Mobile Mini circus for Children (MMCC). The general aim is to support circus arts as a therapeutic tool and to work with children and youth affected by war, natural disasters and other forms of trauma. They teach juggling, poi spinning, clowning, acrobatics, contact juggling, dancing and theatre, next to other educational programs. The MMCC has worked successfully for over ten years now in Afghanistan, but they are facing major problems in their funding now, as the troops pull out of Afghanistan. That's where we come in! Want to join us in supporting them? If so, visit their website to learn more and go to their Indiegogo campaign to offer them some support!
We're pleased as poi pickles to announce the new playpoi.com! Read more for info about the upgrades, including a new navigation system, video lightboxes, facebook comments, the disqus comment system, community forums, and a Frequently Asked Questions section!
Meet our good friend and Cirque du Soleil veteran Srikanta Barefoot! He's an amazing performer, artistic director, and teacher from Santa Cruz, CA.
We highly endorse his workshops, so if you're thinking about doing one, do. (this is especially true if you're hoping to develop yourself as a performer). Ad without further ado, we give you... Srikanta!
Bali Poi Retreat: Join us forpoi and yoga in Bali with Nick and G as the poi teachers and Banyan and Adrian as our Yoga teachers. This retreat will be a balance of poi and yoga, so it's for those who know they love yoga.
Costa Rica Retreat: or come and be part of our poi and yoga retreat in Costa Rica with Nick and Chris Rovo as the poi teachers and Banyan as our yoga teacher. This retreat will be a balance of poi, more poi, yoga, beaches, and maybe some surprise hooping opportunities :)
In a few months we will also announce summer and fall retreats, probably closer to Europe. Happy playing :)