Featured performers include:
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Comedian Greg Hahn
A favorite on the nationally syndicated Bob and Tom Radio Show, Greg has also appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central, CBS, ABC, FOX, MTV and CMT.
Greg Hahn has parlayed his absurdly energetic, all-out style of physical humor, one liners and crowd work into a performance of immediate pandemonium and continuous laughs. His unique stylings have led to numerous television, corporate and theater appearances throughout the US and Canada.
The Risley Brothers, from Cirque du Soleil
George and Miles are 8th generation circus performers. Together they perform the act known as “Icarian Games”. Icarian is an acrobatic act of juggling people with your feet and is one of the rarest and oldest arts in the circus world. The Risley Brothers have performed their act on America’s Got Talent, The Late Show, NBA Halftime shows, Cirque productions and in Las Vegas.
Nick Hodge, from Cirque du Soleil
Nick Hodge is a Cyr Wheel coach and performer who has worked nationally and internationally. Nick has performed for audiences of 1-20,000, contributed to the IRV Cyr Wheel Competition Catalogue, and is recognized by companies such as Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Eloize, and The 7 Fingers. Nick has headlined Spiegelworld’s show Opium at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand, Troupe Vertigo and many Symphony orchestras, and the San Antonio Spurs’ NYE 2020 half-time show. Nick is also an accomplished Cyr Wheel competitor. He has won national titles, competed at the IRV Wheel Gymnastics World Championships, and currently acts as the Cyr Wheel Ambassador for Team USA.
Unicycle Duo – Marie-Lee Guilbert and Philippe Belanger
Marie-Lee Guilbert and Philippe Belanger have been performing their unicycle duo act together for the last 12 years. In 2012 they started their journey with Cirque Du Soleil’s show Kooza, on the European tour for 3 years. They then moved to the production Paramour on Broadway, also from Cirque Du Soleil from 2016-2017. Then quickly they were needed on the touring show Volta from Cirque Du Soleil, on the American tour, where you may have seen them in Chicago in 2018. They remained in Volta until the pandemic hit. Ever since the return of entertainment after the pandemic, they joined the cast of Absinthe by Spiegelworld, known as one of the most successful shows on the strip.
Ballroom Dancers – Alex Tecza & Kato Lindholm
Alex Tecza spent 30 years of his career as a competitive ballroom dancer and teacher. His achievements include titles of Professional, US National, and World finalist; World Masters runner-up; and winner of over 30 championships in American Smooth, International Standard, and Showdance divisions. In his effort to grow as an artist, Alex continues to expand his dance and performance vocabulary into other forms and techniques. He collaborated with other dancers, musicians, visual artists, and filmmakers to create performance art that melds all types of media with dance. His collaboration works were presented in several venues and festivals, including Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, the Ailey Citigroup Theater, Ruth Page Center for the Arts, and many others. Aside from competing and performing, Alex is also a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique. He maintains his private practice as well as teaches ballroom classes at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and co-coaches Illini Dancesport team at the University of Illinois. He also holds a fellow level of teaching certification with the US Terpsichore Association.
Kato Lindholm is a ballroom dancer who has competed in all five styles of ballroom dancing during his career. He is a four-time Swedish National Champion, a US National and World professional ballroom finalist in American Smooth Division, and winner of over thirty professional titles. He has co-choreographed and performed as a special guest performer in several Krannert Center for the Performing Arts productions, including “Tangos for Jupiter” for Krannert Center’s 50th Anniversary. Kato is a fellow with the United States Terpsichore Association. He is the coach of the Illini Dancesport Team at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
The Red Hot Band
This uber-talented compilation of local artists is woven throughout the show and definitely something you do not want to miss.