Mike Hirschbach

 

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 | 2004 Cape Town, South Africa | 2004 Burkina Faso, West Africa | 2002 Portland, Oregon |
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2004
CAPE TOWN
- Part One
I depart from Halifax, with clear skies, auguring for a smooth trip half way around the world. John, the social instructor, and I meet in Montreal, board the next flight, and wait. And wait, while the ground crew looks for the cause of the 'minor mechanical problem' that they've discovered.
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2004
CAPE TOWN - Part Two
I start each morning looking out of the large hotel room picture window at the expanse of Table Mountain, looming over Cape Town. It's an unavoidable presence, monumental and massive and utterly imposing. I tip my cup of coffee at it, and a billion years of granite pays no attention whatsoever.
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2004
BURKINA FASO
- Part One

Here I am explaining abstruse formulas for determining velocity ratios in acrobatics as an expression of set theory, quantum mechanics and Lego construction.
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2004
BURKINA FASO - Part Two

These are the students at the end of the three week session. Every Friday afternoon we watched various circus videos for discussion and inspiration, then talked about how the work was going, followed by more informal talk over a meal. .
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2004
BURKINA FASO - Part Three

A typical scene outside of the main city of Ouagadougou. Dirt roads and low concrete and mud houses, with water needs met by trips to the communal well by donkey cart, bicycle, or foot.
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2004
BURKINA FASO - Part Four

This is the orphanage where Andre and I taught. The 15 trainers we were teaching were in turn responsible for teaching circus arts to the younger kids twice a week. This aspect of giving back to the community, of becoming teachers and role models themselves, is an essential part of Cirque du Monde, and a key to its success.
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2002
PORTLAND

After painting trees in the past few cities, I decided to tackle this decidedly un-organic bridge. Every morning I'd walk down to the river, where I'd paint for one to two hours. Afterwards, I discovered its name is the Hawthorne Bridge, and a friend pointed out that I hadn't strayed from the tree theme at all.
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