Circus Momentus Rises with Oakland!




On V-Day’s 15th Anniversary, 14 February 2013, we are inviting ONE BILLION women and those who love them to WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP, and DEMAND an end to this violence. ONE BILLION RISING will move the earth, activating women and men across every country. V-Day wants the world to see our collective strength, our numbers, our solidarity across borders.

What does ONE BILLION look like? On 14 February 2013, it will look like a REVOLUTION.


A global strike
An invitation to dance
A call to men and women to refuse to participate in the status quo until rape and rape culture ends
An act of solidarity, demonstrating to women the commonality of their struggles and their power in numbers
A refusal to accept violence against women and girls as a given
A new time and a new way of being

- from the One Billion Rising website

On February 14th, otherwise known as Valentine’s Day or V-Day, two of the Owner/Founders of Circus Momentus, Fallon Burner & Vernon Coffey, rose up with the Oakland community and with communities all around the world in a global strike to end violence against women.  The Bay Area Hooper and entertainer Revolva, being one of the main organizers for the event, approached Fallon to teach the group of flash-mobbers their choreography for the event after their first 2 dance captains had to back out due to scheduling conflicts.  The 2nd backed out the morning of the first flash mob rehearsal, leaving Revolva and Fallon with only 2 & 1/2 hours to learn the choreography, come up with a plan to teach it, and gather all the necessary technical materials to make it happen.  With a loaned wireless headset and speaker from Circus Van Champ, Fallon taught the choreography first to Revolva and Vern, then they all headed to Lake Merritt to meet up with the group.


It was an amazing and inspiring rehearsal.  We were all misty eyed when everyone’s fingers shot up into the air in unison, and we ended the dance together.  In fact, some eyes were misty during the ending choreography every time we ran it (*guilty*).  Two more rehearsals were held after that initial one, and each time we gathered more people, more spirit, more audience to hear the message.  Kids stopped by and danced with us for a while, which was totally inspirational – they were so into it, and well behaved – captivated by the energy that was being created in the moment there.

The event itself on February 14, 2013 was truly magical.  I applaud each and every woman and man who was involved in making that strike happen, and here’s to keeping the message going!

Video from the flashmob at the event, in front of Oakland City Hall, in the Frank Ogawa Plaza:


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Circus Momentus does the Four Seasons!

Vern & Fallon, Four Seasons 9/27/12Yesterday, Circus Momentus took the Four Seasons (Palo Alto) by storm, in

Vanessa & Fallon, Four Seasons 9/27/12

 a winning combination of some of the Bay’s best circus performers, amazing organizational teamwork, and a beautiful corporate anniversary.  We were asked by the client to provide a classic circus look, a la “Water For Elephants”, so I (being in charge of wardrobe & props), did tons of fun research on fashions in the 30s – hairstyles, colors, textures, circus costumes of that era – I learned so many new things.  I was stoked to enter this challenge, and then put my own twist on it.

Kyle Johnson 1, Four Seasons, 9/27/12

The venue was gorgeous – a long water pool with fountains, picturesque streetlamps, elegant stretch-table cloths set on a diagonal, a luxurious green lawn, and manicured, manicured, manicured.  I have to say, it was one of the best gigs I’ve ever been a part of.

We had such immense new talent – Kyle Johnson, internationally recognized (and Dubé sponsored) high-level and inventive juggler, who makes people who thought jugglers were just those people you hired to don a nose and silly bloomers at your kid’s birthday party realize that juggling can be a graceful thoughtful dance with Olympic-level tricks, Cynthia Aviance, the unequivocal stilting goddess, who is not only super engaging and has the endurance of a cross-country runner, but is unparalleled in the realms of general conversation and on-the-spot life biographies, and iNKa, the Bay Area’s premiere contortionist – mesmerizing, entrancing even, well-outfitted, and a dynamic display of discipline.

Fallon Loopy Hoop 2, Four Seasons 9/27/12

Even though I could sing the praises of our venue and performers for much longer than you’d be interested in listening, it comes down to this: never have I had a gig be so low-stress.  We were responsible for renting, setting up, and running all the lights, designing a particular look for the client, a last-minute cigar girl addition, and fitting it all back into our station wagon for returning it all from whence it was rented, and I actually really enjoyed myself.  I felt like it was work worth doing, and people worth doing the work with.  I blame the two main organizers – Vern, and our contact at the client company, are both very low-stress happy individuals, who made this memorable day smooth-sailing for all of us.  Let’s have more like this!  It’s going in a really good direction!

Kyle Johnson 2, Four Seasons, 9/27/12Fallon Loopy Hoop 1, Four Seasons, 9/27/12

If the photos here aren’t enough for you and you’d like to view more, check out photos of this event on our Facebook:

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