Jan Damm

Jan is an international performer, creator, and all-around nice guy.

Jan Damm is a multi-faceted performer combining skills in juggling, equilibristics, acrobatics, illusion, dance, physical and verbal theater under the idiom of clown. Equally at home as a solo performer or collaborating with an ensemble, Jan has crossed the world performing his unique variety of circus.

Growing up in central Maine, he began performing professionally as a children's entertainer when he was but a child himself. As a youth he followed theatrical and academic pursuits in equal measure, and once won five consecutive college debate rounds in full clown makeup.

After receiving an economics degree from Bard College, he was drawn away from fiscal matters towards juggling and busking and soon amassed a repertoire of material playing the street corners of Canada and the Pacific Northwest. Upon moving to San Francisco, he took up residence at that city's world-renowned Circus Center, where he furthered his study of circus and acrobatics under the direction of Master Teacher Lu Yi. He also found opportunities to study clowning under some of the modern masters, including Avner Eisenberg, Jeff Raz and John Gilkey.

Jan has performed with dozens of circus companies around the world, including the New Pickle Circus, Circus Bella, Circus Zoppe, Cirque Magnifique, and Cirque Mechanics 'Birdhouse Factory'. He was recently featured on 'The Late Show with David Letterman', where grammy-winner Meatloaf called him "Very entertaining, like two girls kissing on a subway." In fall of 2011 he toured the high seas with Celebrity Cruises' flagship 'Silhouette', where he was the lead performer in the cirque-style production 'Silhouette: The Show'.

Jan loves to travel, meet new people and collaborate with other artists. He has worked on coaching and act creation for youth circus companies such as the Bay Area's City Circus and Vermont's Cirkus Smirkus. He is especially proud of his work with 'Clowns without Borders USA', with whom he traveled to Haiti to perform shows and workshops for communities affected by the earthquake. Jan is a rolling stone, and wherever he lays his hat is his home.

Additional Info

  • Performer Skills: Acrobats, Balancing Acts, Jugglers, Variety "Speciality Acts" Performers
  • Act Type: Single Act, Duo Act
  • Available For: Anniversary(celebration of Marriage years), Birthday Parties, Charity, Christmas, Clubs, Concerts, Corporate Affairs/ Events, Costume Party, Cruise Ships, Dances Parties, Fundraisers, Grand Openings, Hoiliday, Kids Parties, New Year’s Eve Party, Private Parties/Events, Street fairs / Festivals, Resturants
  • Language(s): English
  • LOCATION

  • Country: USA
  • City / Region: New YorkChicagoManchester
  • State: NYILME
  • Will Travel?: Yes
  • CONTACT / SOCIAL LINKS

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