Greg Kennedy, from Cirque Du Soleil to Inventor at Circadium

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Greg Kennedy–From Cirque du Soleil to Juggling Inventions in the Workshop & Beyond

As Circadium School of Contemporary Circus welcome its 3rd class of students in Philadelphia, it is a good time to check in with Greg Kennedy, co-founder of Circadium and The Philadelphia School of Circus Arts along with his wife Shana Kennedy. A former juggler in Cirque du Soleil’’s Totem, and currently touring several shows (Theorem, Spheres, Innovative Juggler, & Science, Engineering & Art) year round, Kennedy is a tour de force in juggling–known not just for being called the innovative juggler, but also for being a prop creator, a rare breed of juggler who gets real pleasure from creating then mastering their own apparatuses. Not content to be  restricted by the standard juggling devices, balls, rings and clubs, his engineering brain adds to the cannon of circus possibilities with inventions like the rhombi, the willow and the iconic and memorable cone. 

Kennedy not only invented the cone–he has logged over 3000 hours of practice on it. He knows this because he uses spreadsheets to log his juggling research. He is after all, an engineer, which is where it all started. He even did a Ted Talk about the topic of combining a passion for engineering with circus. He began as a technical juggler, but he started passing with a friend because it was social, and he says he didn’t start seriously training until high school and college, “and that’s where I kind of got my chops. When I was doing six clubs and nine balls and seven rings.” It was a good passion for someone in an engineering program to have, a way to stay connected to patterns and systems while at the same time stepping outside of the the theoretical in to action. ...

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Kim Campbell

Kim Campbell has written about circus for CircusTalk.News, Spectacle magazine, Circus Now, Circus Promoters and was a resident for Circus Stories, Le Cirque Vu Par with En Piste in 2015 at the Montreal Completement Cirque Festival. They are the former editor of American Circus Educators magazine, as well as a staff writer for the web publication Third Coast Review, where they write about circus, theatre, arts and culture. Kim is a member of the American Theater Critics Association.