March 25, 2014

Benefit Show for Backbone Campaign March 30th at Broadway Performance Hall

Moisture Festival is dedicated to giving back to the generous community we are a part of in Seattle. Each year, we choose several shows in which a portion of ticket sales are donated directly to a community 501(c)3 organization.

Sunday, March 30th, join us at 3:00pm at the beautiful Broadway Performance Hall for a fantastic variete show to benefit Backbone Campaign. Enjoy your favorite Moisture Festival performers knowing that your tickets benefit this community organization whose mission is to provide creative strategies, artful activism trainings, and creative action support to progressive activists, organizers and organizations around the US and beyond in order to invigorate and nurture a people-power, community-based, and internationally-networked nonviolent social movement for human rights, thriving communities, and ecological wellbeing.

"Proceeds from the Moisture Festival will support Backbone Campaign's Artful Activism that invigorates and amplifies citizen engagement to build a future we are proud to hand our children. Proceeds will fund scholarships to activists and community organizers from communities most deeply impacted by environmental and economic injustice to attend our week-long intensive Localize This! Artful Action Camp.  This year will our 6th Annual Vashon Island camp and this year we are adding a Great Lakes Basin Localize This! in partnership with the Circle Pines Center in Michigan.  Alumni from these and other workshops become part of a growing network of Backbone Action Brigades manifesting beautiful and inspiring spectacle actions that garner mainstream media attention for vital issues like Housing As a Human Right, Stopping the School to Prison
Pipeline, Migrant Rights, and protecting the Salish Sea and Cascadia from becoming a Fossil Fuel Corridor to Asia, and Revitalizing our Democracy.  The Seattle Action Brigade holds monthly community art builds that invite community engagement and collaboration among festival artists, community animators and organizers to create beautiful imagery inspired by our shared values and aspirations for a beautiful and thriving future."

This show's artists include: A Unicycle Built For Two, Al Simmons, Duo Volta, Fremont Philharmonic Orchestra, Hilary Chaplain, Hilby, Ron W. Bailey, Sourdough Slim, Swami YoMahmi


March 22, 2014

Record Breaking Performers this Sunday Night.

The worlds best entertainers are right here at Hale's Palladium this Sunday at 7:30. Don't miss out on the opportunity to be amazed by Guinness World Record holders before it's too late.  Relax, laugh and get some 'oohing and ahhing' in before you start the week. Opening weekend tickets are selling quick. Act now; buy today!


With 3 Guinness World Records and 5 World Championships, it's no wonder the San Diego Union Tribune said "Possibly the best variety act on the planet". Their motto is "We love what we do, so will you". Prepare for an action-packed comedy stunt show with a little juggling, a little sword swallowing, and a lot of surprises. Reno magazine described their performance as "The Blueman Group meets X-Games"... Rad... Come to the show and welcome Rootberry as they perform in their first Moisture Festival!

Alex Zerbe

Alex has appeared on prime-time television in three countries including the hit NBC TV shows, 'America's Got Talent!' When Jamie Lee Curtis saw his one-man show she said, "Boy are you talented, FANTASTIC!" This guy is a rockstar; he is a two-time Guinness World Record holder who was voted Seattle's Funniest Prop Comic. Come have a beer and support a hometown favorite this Sunday.

Tonight and Saturday's 7:30 show have already sold out! Click here to see our calendar of performers and buy your tickets today!

Sunday Show Benefits B.F. Day Elementary School

Moisture Festival is dedicated to giving back to the generous community we are a part of in Seattle. Each year, we choose several shows in which a portion of ticket sales are donated directly to a community 501(c)3 organization.

We are pleased to announce Sunday, March 23rd, 12:00pm show will benefit B.F. Day Elementary School. Purchase tickets now, enjoy a great show and pat yourself on the back for contributing to a worthy cause. It's a win-win, really.

B.F. Day has a long and proud history of educating children in Seattle. They are the oldest, continually operating school in the city. Their building is a designated historic landmark having undergone state-of-the-art renovations in 1991.

B.F. Day has an outstanding record of parent and community participation in school governance and support. They have an active Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA), which supports the many special programs offered for their students. In 1996, B.F. Day instituted a Parent/Teacher/Student contract signed by all teachers and families attending the school. Parents make a commitment to volunteer a minimum of 15 hours per family to support the school.

Performers that day include:

Leapin' Louie

Leapin' Louie is a master of physical comedy, trick roping, fancy whip cracking, juggling, unicycling; he's a virtuoso of new vaudeville and alternative circus. He is based in Portland, Oregon but travels the world frequently, shows in 29 countries so far. He has been a favorite around this here Moisture Festival. Come on down Sunday and give him a big YEE-HAW.

Bill Robison

For over 25 years, Bill Robison has charmed audiences young and old around the world with his unique and masterful style of physical comedy. Using his rubber-like face, elastic body and limitless energy, he transports audiences to a zany, unpredictable and hilarious world. Join his goofy world this sunday!

Other performers include: Canote Brothers, Dr. Owl, Duo Rose, Godfrey Daniels, Kellin Quinn and Louis Pearl.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to support our local youth.  Get your tickets today. Opening weekend tickets won't last forever.

March 14, 2014

All-Star Jugglers Provide Serious Entertainment

Juggling life, work and responsibilities is hard. Take a breather, have a drink and watch the pressure be put on these award-winning entertainers at the 2014 Moisture Festival.


Hilby grew up in Berlin but packed his bags when he became a grown-up and traveled across the European continent to Asia. He perfected his art on the road and today calls Ithaca, NY his home. As an intenationally known performer, Hilby has performed at an insane amount of international festivals, six cruise lines, resorts, state fairs and universities across the country.

Hilby's performances are best described as a show without boundaries; Hilby is the living proof that being German doesn't mean you can not be funny. While being an expert in juggling all sorts of objects and subjects as well as countless circus and variety skills (such as unicycling, ropewalking, unsupported ladder, fire manipulations and eating, balancing stunts and the list goes on), he really gets his audience involved and creates magical and hilarious moments through their participation. Poetry in motion, a fusion of epeleptik fit,...yes all that and more...the long and short of it is that you will love this Skinny German Juggle Boy!

Hilby will be at Moisture Festival Week 1 only! For performance dates click here.

Kellin Quinn

Kellin Quinn is a local, national and international award-winning juggler. He uniquely combines object manipulation, acrobatic dance and quirky comedy. Kellin grew up in St. Louis where his mother runs Circus Harmony, St. Louis' only social circus school. He performs with the St. Louis Arches and trains with acclaimed juggling coach, Richard Kennison. Kellin won the Gold Medal in 2012 in the International Jugglers' Association Junior Championship and took Bronze in the Senior Championships in 2013. He also won two Groundhogs (national juggling competition in Atlanta) and two St. Louis Juggling titles. 

Did I mention he is only 17-years-old?!

To see when Kellin will perform (Week 1 only!) click here.

Don't drop the ball, get your tickets today!

March 13, 2014

Crowd Favorites Return for Opening Weekend

Every year we bring back crowd favorites for another round of Moisture Festival fun. Our opening weekend is set to be unforgettable as the line-up includes top performers from years past. Get the scoop on these fan favorites and get excited for the 2014 Moisture Festival. .... it's only a week away!

Rob Williams

Rob began his history at the Moisture Festival as a solo act. You may recall that he makes a stunning
baloney sandwich ..... with his feet! Rob is always up to something fun whether it be solo or with his partner in crime, Casey Martin. The bendable Casey is a circus-style performer and recently began honing her skills with the german wheel. Together the two make up the hilariously original pair, Kamikaze Fireflies. Whether they are feeding others with their feet or crowd surfing in plastic bubbles, laughter will be induced.

Performance Dates:

March 20 @ 7:30pm
March 21 @ 7:30pm and 10:30pm
March 22 @ 7:30pm and 10:30pm
March 23 @ 7:30pm

Duo Rose

Photo: JORDAN STEAD/Seattle PI
Duo Rose is a high-flying, jaw-droping act you don't want to miss. They have worked together for five years to combine their backgrounds in aerial arts, gymnastics, and contortion to create this dynamic arial adagio. The seamless flow of highly technical skills and intense passion creates a fluid arial ballet that never fails to elicit a powerful emotional response. They have performed internationally and competed in seven international circus festivals winning 12 awards. Whether you are already a fan or seeing them for the first time, you'll me amazed at their strength and elegance.

Performance Dates: 
March 20 @ 7:30pm
March 21 @ 10:30pm
March 22 @ 7:30pm
March 23 @ 12:00pm & 7:30pm
March 26 @ 7:30pm
March 29 @ 3:00pm
March 30 @ 7:30pm
April    1  @ 7:30pm

March 12, 2014

The Burlesque Assasins Seattle Film Premier - April 10th

 International Indie film sensation The Burlesque Assassins makes its Seattle debut at Moisture Festival!

The Burlesque Assassins, a trio of femme fatales and Superspies, led by hero Johnny Valentine are a beautiful, deadly, and vital weapon in the war against tyranny, injustice and freedom. The Burlesque Assassins use the feminine charms of the dancehall to lure their way within striking distance of top ranking members of the evil regime. Witness the carnage and the cleavage as they embark on a mission to save the world from the brink of destruction. Their mission, SEDUCE AND DESTROY.

Star of the film, Seattle's own Armitage Shanks, will be in attendance at the screening.

The film has played for audiences around the world, with screenings in over 60 cities including Berlin, Copenhagen, Dublin, Hamburg, Helsinki, London, Tokyo, Paris, Toronto, Vancouver, Warsaw, and scores of theaters in North America.

Moisture Festival is thrilled to partner with director Jonathan Joffe and Central Cinema to present this one-night-only screening!


March 7, 2014

Kenny Raskin Workshop Offered: 'Follow The Laugh'

Moisture Festival is ever so pleased that Kenny Raskin will be not only be performing at the festival, but will also offer a clowning and physical theater workshop, "Follow the Laugh" on April 5th.  (Limited to to only 20 students!)

For the past thirty five years, Kenny Raskin has made a name for himself as a leading physical comedian both in the United States and Europe, delighting audiences with a unique blend of theatrical pieces and clown characters.

He starred as the lead clown Everyman in Cirque du Soleil's universally loved NOUVELLE EXPERIENCE, and originated the role of Lefou, the comic sidekick of the villain Gaston, in the Broadway production of Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, among many other laudible credits.

This four hour workshop is designed for those who yearn to further their study of clown, or for those who just want to use these skills to enhance their acting chops. Some experience in acting or clown is desired.

Clowns live in a world of spontaneity, flexibility and distractibility. They follow their noses, and the rest of their senses as well. This workshop is designed to help you find that part of yourself that connects you to your physicality and your spontaneity, which will spark wonderfully creative ideas on stage.

In order to create the comedy, one must create surprise. To do that, one must surprise oneself . By working without thought, without ideas, but rather with direct contact with the environment and others, great, powerful and authentic moments are created. These are the hallmark of great clowning.

Former Cirque du Soleil Clown Kenny Raskin brings thirty five years of performing experience to teaching clown and physical comedy. He has served as an adjunct faculty member in the theatre departments at Brandeis University, Boston University, New York University, Emerson College and Emory University. For six years he taught private workshops in New York City. He continues to teach clowning and physical comedy workshops at actor training retreats and performance festivals, such as The New York Goofs Clowning Intensives, MotionFest East and West and with Artistic New Directions in New York City. He was also a faculty member at Ringling Brothers Clown College.

This one-day special event is limited to only 20 people, so purchase your tickets in advance.

Kenny Raskin is also performing in the Moisture Festival in April.  Check out his full festival schedule!

March 6, 2014

American Sign Language Interpreted Shows

Moisture Festival is once again partnering with Theaters, Allies, and Deaf Audiences (TADA) to offer American Sign Language interpreted shows.  Many thanks to TADA for making it possible for our deaf community to join in the fun!

The following shows will be ASL interpreted

Variete shows:
March 22nd, 3:00pm
April 10th, 7:30pm 

Burlesque shows:
March 28th, 7:30pm
March 29th, 10:30pm

We highly encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance since shows do sell out. 

We will have a reserved section for our deaf patrons and their parties.  When you arrive at the theater for the show, let the Box Office manager know your party should be seated in the ASL section.  Our House Manager will show you to your seats.

We hope you can join us!