Billosophy: life, circus, death
Sept 15 - 24 2016
Philadelphia School of Circus ArtsMap
In between life and death, there is circus. Billosophy is a magically fun journey through the life of Ringling Bros. clown, Cirque du Soleil acrobat, U.S. Park Service lifeguard, ordained minister, father, and friend Bill Forchion. You may laugh, you may cry, each performance is guaranteed to make you feel.
$20 / 55 minutes
Bill Forchion was born and raised in Hammonton, New Jersey. Mr. Forchion is a graduate of Hammonton High School, the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College and The American Institute of Holistic Theology. His performing career has taken him around the world performing with many acclaimed companies such as Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, The Pickle Family Circus and Cirque du Soleil. As an actor and stuntman Bill has been highlighted in numerous television and film productions with appearances in US. Marshals, Cradle to the Grave, the Polar Express as Elston Howard in the ESPN mini-series “The Bronx is burning” and as a Security Guard in the upcoming ABC Television show “Terminales”. As a collaborative filmmaker Bill has combined forces with musician Bethany Yeakle for his first short film “Angst” and acclaimed blues guitarist Scott Ainslie and fellow filmmakers Morgan Faust and Christopher Llewellyn Reed for his award winning short film “Trial by fire”.
Bill’s other completed projects include “The Ride to Remember” a documentary about an annual charity motorcycle rally, through South Jersey, honoring public servants who have died in the line of duty and “Being Nimble” a documentary that follows 18 students at the New England Center for Circus Arts as they pursue their dream of being circus performers. Bill recently finished work on “Darwin’s Dream” a short film collaboration with internationally acclaimed mime Mario Diamond. Bill is also developing television projects. When he is not writing or editing or otherwise producing film and television works in his Brattleboro, Vermont studio Bill teaches Acrobatics and Contortion at the New England Center for Circus Arts and is dad to 3 beautiful children. Billosophy is Bill’s first solo show. Peter Gould – Director – Earlier in his life, Gould was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at Harvard, studying Sanskrit and Indian Studies, and then a communal farmer in Vermont during the back-to-the-land movement. His fantasy novel, BURNT TOAST, published by Alfred A. Knopf, was a very fictional account of his first commune years. Peter’s studies in physical theatre have taken him to Maine to work with teachers, Tony Montanaro and Avner the Eccentric–and to Mexico to study and tour with the international master teacher, Sigfrido Aguilar. Best of all, they have taken him to thousands of stages in performance with his great friend, Stearns! Gould lives with his wife, artist and teacher Mollie Burke, state representative from Brattleboro’s District Two to the Vermont House of Representatives. They have three children and three grand-children.