|Stories from the
event (part 2 - Oct 2004)
Dear Friends, here we go again. It's time for the next ICC Update...
David Fox and his student Sonia (USA)
David Fox - our internationally renown trainer and friend
of contortion- has been preparing a documentation of his speech, which he
delivered at the ICC 2003. We would like to share this very interesting
documentation about contortion with you here again :
Click here to view an excerpt of David´s presentation
Most of you have -most probably- already heard of and
saw some photo material of David’s beautiful little student and young talent
SONIA. David prepared an extra special page with phtos and background
information of this lovely girl, which you will be able to view here:
It is specifically wonderful, because of Sonia's personal touch and comments
Click here to view Sonia´s page.
Thank you David. You are a big heart, not only in contortion but also in
life. You are so enthusiastic, so giving and real and it was such a big
pleasure for all of us to see sweet Sonia performing at our event. (We will
show Sonia’s clip of her performance in another update here later).
One more word about David Fox. David has been accompanying us on our ICC
venture ever since the first one in 1998. He joined us in Dresden, Las Vegas
and Cologne and always contributed actively and generously to the successful
outcome of all the 3 events.
|For the ICC 2003, he did not only bring Sonia so
we could admire his work as a trainer –as in 1998-, but he also CREATED
AND SPONSORED the beautiful and ever so special medals and certificates,
which we were able to present to all performing participants after our
These medals were HIGHLY APPRECIATED by all our artists and they took
them home with so much pride.
David, how can we, how can I thank you for all your efforts, for your
support, for your loyalty and friendship. It is for people like you,
that contortion became and is such a reputeable and accepted art of
Another dear friend of ours, who has
been with us to celebrate the art of contortion ever since the first
International Contortion Convention is Jim Pickles.
It is always such a delight to meet him, to speak with him and share his
most interesting views and knowledge of the subject. I consider myself lucky
to know people like Jim and David and many more -who we will have the
pleasure to introduce to you in our next updates-. These people –to me- seem
to form a special bond, a ’family background’, a base of understanding,
friendship, giving and sharing, which never seems to cease. Their support
and loyalty seems so natural and normal, something one can always count on.
Jim’s input at the last ICC was more
active and with more involvement than in the past. I had the feeling, that
he had grown more into and got deeper and more self confident, sharing his
vast knowledge of any kind of body flexibility with us. (It is funny to say
this, considering that Jim is such a highly educated and succesfull
person...). But that is, how it seemed to me.
His presentation and practical course, which some of our ICC attendees
joined, was most interesting and very appreciated by all of us.
Click here to download a PDF file of Jim´s presentation about the
"Pre-Exhaustion method" (size 236 KB)
Jim, THANK YOU SO MUCH!!
4 Casselly Girls - ICC performance
(WARNING ! Big file ! Please Right-Click on the picture
to download ONCE - to save bandwidth. Thank you)
(Windows Media File, 24.4 MB, 8:00 min)
(Oct.17:Thanks to George for hosting the file
from now on)
The video we are publishing in this
update covers the performance of the 4 Casselly Girls.
Most of you will know, that Jonny (yes it is spelled like this) Casselly
Circus in Germany means and represents First Class Entertainment.
Although being a 'little' family circus, they present a show more variable
than many Vegas Shows. Not only are they the most professional and creative
people, they are also the kindest people imaginable.
I have been working with them for more than ten years and it always was a
Jonny and Maria Casselly supplied us with one of their Chapiteaus for our
ICC event. Not only that: we also had the pleasure to admire their lovely
girls. 4 sisters ! performing contortion. For us insiders, it was something
more..., more wonderful than usual : One of the baby sisters to Carola and
Stefanie -Romina- had just recovered from a nasty brain tumour and it was
one of her first performances after her massive surgery. For me it was like
a miracle coming to life, because I had been involved in a long fund raising
struggle for Romina's operation and medical care and I was sooo proud of her
being back, being on stage again.
Because, that is, what she loves! Again I
want to thank our friends at the ICC, who also sponsered us in our 'Romina
project'. And I want to thank the Casselly family for their friendship,
their trust and love they extended to me and my family, to Klaus -who I am
sure will agree with all said above and who always supported me- and many
others. The Casselly family wrote history in contortion, first.... when
little Carola entered the stage….!
Little side story: Billy (who is
Billly?) was ready to give everything just to just to be close to Carola...
And he totally enjoyed the German cake, served by her. Who would blame him?
Well, I guess, that is all for now.
We hope you enjoy this update.
Best personal regards from
Ska & Klaus
P.S. The DVD set (2 DVDs or 1 VHS
tape) is now
available to order here.
some of the pictures copyright
by Jim Pickles or Simon Crisp