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Lis Chere Thomas

Contemporary Circus Artist in Detroit, MI

Creative Physics


Lis Chere Thomas is a Detroit-based contemporary circus artist with a creative interpretation of the laws of physics and an above-average appreciation of physical pain. In her words, "art hurts." Lis teaches and performs on aerial fabric, lyra (aerial hoop) and trapeze. She particularly enjoys invented apparatus, multimedia collaborations and performing in unusual locations.

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The Roots of Innovation

@ VOL 3 ON JUN 06, 2014

Lezley Davidson speaks on the absolute necessity of the arts in our daily lives. She makes the argument that most science and mathematics would have never seen the light of day had inventive individuals not been creative thinkers to begin with. The roots of innovation therefore can be found in the creative arts. 

"Presentation of the Day" on August 20, 2014. 

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The Physics-Poetry Duality

@ VOL 12 ON SEP 10, 2014

Assistant Professor of Physics at Montana State Univeristy, Nicholas Yunes says that physics and poetry are different branches of the same tree. That Einstein and Whitman are both explorers, one with math, the other with words. Nicholas says that creation is passion, that knowledge feeds progress.

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@ VOL 15 ON AUG 20, 2016

Narbe Kalantarians has been traveling to Japan to work on some particle physics experiments. Stephanie Kalantarians got to visit while he was there. In this PK presentation we get to see these ventures through the eyes of both a physicist and an architect.

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Who's Afraid of Physics?

@ VOL 7 ON MAY 25, 2017

“I hated physics in high school!” is the one phrase Şeyda İpek hears most often when she tells people she is a physicist. As Şeyda tells her story about becoming a physicist, her path wends its way through ancient Egypt, Peter Pan fandom, and UFOs before she realizes her love for physics.

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All Roads Lead to the Circus

@ VOL 17 ON NOV 24, 2017

What is a circus person? Are you afraid of heights? Is it scary? Have you ever fallen? Are you flexible?

Mary-Margaret Scrimger is here to answer all of these questions and more on what motivated her be a “circus person” and what her day is like.   

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The Second Principle: Ode to the Physics of Magic

@ VOL 11 ON OCT 22, 2018

Gloria Danvers delights with an ode to physics, rhyming us through the magic that we are, how we are all connected as dust of the old stars. 

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Physics in Unexpected Places: An Improvised 20x20 Talk

@ VOL 36 ON NOV 22, 2018

PechaKucha Night Winnipeg challenged improviser Caity Curtis to perform an improvised 20x20 talk, with no prior knowledge of the slides that would project on stage. Before she started, Caity asked for a suggestion from the audience for a topic to frame her talk and chose the subject of "physics". Watch (and laugh) as Caity quickly tries to weave together a compelling talk about physics to the random selection of images put together by the PKN Winnipeg organizing team.

Caity's talk was recorded live at PechaKucha Night Winnipeg Vol. 36, on November 22 2018, at the Park Theatre. 

For more information on PKN Winnipeg, follow us on Twitter (@pkn_winnipeg), Instagram (@pkn_winnipeg), or Facebook ( PKN Winnipeg is presented by the Manitoba Chapter of the Graphic Designers of Canada.

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Circus Mektub

@ VOL 25 ON JAN 09, 2019

Amity Stoddard joined her first circus crew fifteen years ago, searching for the stories of the extraordinary people who move the show down the road. In her time with Circus Smirkus, Big Apple Circus, and Cirque du Soleil, she has loaded-in, set-up, torn-down, pulled stakes, cooked meals, justified ledgers, tracked down props, secured visas, driven big trucks and finessed fine print. 

Amity is currently working on a dual memoir with her husband, Sellam, a career circus artist and coach.  In 2015, Amity and Sellam formed The Sellam Circus School here in Biddeford.  In 2018, she launched CircuStories – a project dedicated to gathering, presenting, and archiving the stories of circus folks from around the world.

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Ohlo Studio - Design Circus - Ceasarstone

@ VOL 23 ON FEB 26, 2019

Under the direction of Founder, Interior Architect and Artist Jen Lowe, the work of Ohlo Studio is guided by the principles of distinctiveness, consideration and endurance.

The Slot Table and Annular Sconce are currently being manufactured for the 2019 Design Circus event by Mobilia. 

Design Circus has collaborated with Caesarstone for an  exhibition featuring Western Australia’s leading architects and designers. Held at  COMO The Treasury, ‘Mobilia & Friends x Caesarstone' invites local designers to create a piece of furniture or art that utilises Caesarstone and takes cues from the reductionist style of Anastassiades.

These one-of-a-kind pieces will be available through a silent auction, with all proceeds going to Autism West and Camp Quality.