Busking in Burlington, VT, summer 2018

Megan Gendell in a one-arm handstand busking

I am in love with street performing. I didn’t really expect to like it or be particularly good at it — I did it mostly just to see if I could, and because the conditions this summer made it easy. But, turns out, the immediate, direct interaction with the audience is so incredibly gratifying. I do a thing, people stop …

Farm to Ballet, summer 2018

Megan as a goat in a grand jete

I spent the summer of 2018 in northern Vermont rehearsing and performing classical ballet as a soloist in Ballet Vermont’s Farm to Ballet Project. I trained ballet preprofessionally throughout my youth, and I still have a deep and abiding love for moving my body through those familiar, elegant, exuberant pathways; I still have a passion for the joy and generosity …

Recent trapeze performance in Tangle’s show RetroAct!

Megan on trapeze with ensemble

(A Story of Injury and Victory, Told with the Help of My Instagram Training Journal) “Etude of Left Hand” by Megan Gendell amazes with delicate balances and intense techniques managed without using her left hand. –phindie It Began… Last month marked my third year joining inspiring Philly circus company Tangle in their spring show; this time, I performed a solo static trapeze piece in …

Recent NYC shows: SummerStage and Dixon Place

It was such an honor to be invited to perform our evening-length ensemble show Tinder & Ash on August 15 and 16 in Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park this month as part of City Parks Foundation’s SummerStage Kids International Contemporary Circus Festival. I loved being able to share our show for FREE with audiences who might never see contemporary circus otherwise. …

New duo trapeze act (falling in love ten feet in the air)

I’m so happy to share with you the full video of the most recent contemporary duo trapeze act I made with Lauren Feldman, “The Falling and the Catching,” in which two women fall in love, then navigate the intimacy that follows. Much of this act is similar to our playful, dynamic, upbeat duo trapeze act “Frolic,” but this one’s more …

My current handbalancing act

Yesterday I had the pleasure of performing my handbalance act, “The Way Things Are,” in Portland, OR, as part of Jack StockLynn’s Sir Cupcake’s Queer Circus Goes Back in Time. This act combines graceful, fluid, and inventive handstand movement with a contemporary ballet sensibility, while telling a story of heartache and indecision. Here’s a video from my debut performance of the act at Topsy …

Sir Cupcake’s Queer Circus Goes Back in Time!

Lauren and I will be performing in Portland, OR, in just over a week! We’re sharing our duo trapeze act and my solo handbalancing act May 8 and 9 in the show Sir Cupcake’s Queer Circus Goes Back in Time. Buy tickets here!

Tinder & Ash in Brattleboro, VT, April 18

This past fall and winter, I cocreated a full-length ensemble circus-theater show with 4 friends, Tinder & Ash, during 4 months in Montreal through a residency from the circus-mecca TOHU. We performed a work-in-progress showing at the end of our residency at ENC in January, and now we’re ready to debut it in the states! Get tickets here, and visit …

NYC performance August 2

I’ll be performing my new solo handbalancing act on canes August 2 as part of Dixon Place’s annual HOT! Festival in NYC. (Here’s a photo from my June debut of the act in San Francisco.) Get tickets here, or  read all about it on the Dixon Place web page for the event.

Recent Performances in Vermont and San Fran

My trapeze partner Lauren and I just finished a fantastic weekend of performances in San Francisco with Topsy Turvy Queer Circus, where we performed a tender, intimate duo trapeze act. I also debuted a new handbalancing piece. It’s so exciting to share our work with the incredibly enthusiastic queer community out here on the West Coast, and to share the …