Janoah...anygoodjokes? captures audience attention with circus grandeur and juggling flair, guiding spectators towards performance steeped in the more minute forms of puppetry, wordplay, contemporary dance, object theatre and storytelling. Janoah’s popular and variety arts fill fragile spaces, balancing presentation between childhood/adulthood, entertainment/philosophy, improv/choreography, passivity/participation, stage/street, silence/words …
Janoah’s juggling shows are inventive with props and attentive towards audience. He strolls interactively for festivals, unicycles energetically in parades and presents captivating performance for all ages on stages, in dance halls, at libraries, out on the street and everywhere circus belongs!
Janoah learned unicycling in the empty after-hours corridors of his middle school. He continued practicing with the Suspenders Juggling Troupe in Falmouth (MA) then traveled New England for two seasons with the Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour. Janoah graduated in 2014 from College of the Atlantic in Maine, where he grasped at and fumbled with performance-related studies: theatre, movement, objects, puppets, film, literature, carnival, gender, etc. In past summers Janoah has taught the precarious skills of letting things fall and picking them up again at the Payomet Performing Arts Center in Truro (MA).
Janoah now instructs students near Portland (ME) how to juggle, perform and drop things playfully. He has trained contemporary dance through the Bates, Lion's Jaw and Fresh Festivals. In 2016 he helped open The Living Room Dance Collective, a creative movement space in Portland. During the school year he choreographs and trains the Gym Dandies, a long-running unicycle/circus after-school program based in Scarborough (ME).
Janoah also performs variety arts and unicycling all over New England, leaving behind a wake of tumbled juggling props! He currently presents two variety shows: SpinS, which toured to seven Canadian Fringe Festivals during the summer of 2019 (described as "The most awkwardly impressive thing you will see all year" by Theatre in London), and meSSeS, which has been performed at Cloud City (NYC), the Dance Complex (Boston), SCDT in Northampton, as well as Mayo Street and Space (Portland). Janoah has been awarded three NEDF grants from NEFA, 3 Project Grants for Artists from the Maine Arts Commission (MAC), as well as the MAC's 2020 Fellowship in the Performing Arts.