Janoah…anygoodjokes? with Janoah Bailin
Janoah Bailin learned to unicycle in the empty after-hour corridors of his middle school. He grew up juggling with the Suspenders Juggling Troupe in Falmouth (MA) then traveled New England with the Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour. He graduated in 2014 from College of the Atlantic, focusing in performance and movement. Janoah now coaches the Gym Dandies Children’s Circus of Scarborough (ME), as well as the Children’s Circus of Middletown (CT). In 2016 he helped form the Living Room Dance Collective in Portland (ME), a space devoted to contemporary movement and performance. Janoah has trained contemporary dance through the Lion’s Jaw, Bates Dance and Fresh Festivals. In the summer of 2019 he toured SpinS, a full-length solo circus-puppetry performance, across the Canadian Fringe Festival circuit, including Montreal, Winnipeg, Edmonton and Vancouver, winning “Best Variety” in London. Janoah premiered meSSeS, a second full-length show in which the audience learns to juggle during the performance, in May of 2019 with funding from the Maine Arts Commission (MAC) and NEFA. He has brought the show to BarnFest in NYC, the Dance Complex in Boston, SCDT in North Hampton (MA), Redfern in Keene (NH), as well as SPACE Gallery in Portland (ME). Janoah was recently awarded the 2020 MAC Fellowship in the Performing Arts, as well as NEFA’s Public Art Learning Fund 2022. He is currently creating film projects with funding from MAC and NEFA, and performing for New England festivals, stages and parades, leaving behind a wake of tumbled juggling props.