What we do:
Liam Wilson and Julia Pinter create fresh and surprising new circus shows using diverse juggling techniques, partner dance, comedy, mime, magic and other secret ingredients. Their attitude to performance is humane and adaptive; they strive to live in the moment and remain ready for anything. With emphasis on communication and conversation, their high skill level is kept in service to the mutual exchange of ideas, their own interest in audience and environment is equally important as the attention they receive.
Who we are:
Liam grew up in Scotland, climbing trees, hillwalking and teaching himself to juggle. His passion for creative movement and juggling grew, bringing him into contact with many teachers including Stefan Sing, Roberto Olivan, Morgan Cosquer and Guillaume Martinet. In 2010 he became a full-time performer and left Scotland to explore the European circus scene. Since 2015 Liam has also worked with the circus company Critical Mess, under the direction of Stefan Sing.
Julia is from Berlin, where she found her love for juggling, movement and exploration. In addition to a solid base of autodidactic training she took advantage of the inspiration Berlin offered and deepened her skills in contact juggling, dance and hoop with the help of teachers including Kelvin Kalvus, Cristiana Casadio, Mikel Ayala, Aragorn Boulanger and Andre Hidalgo. She is a full-time performer since 2014 and became a certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher in 2018.
Julia and Liam met in Berlin in 2013, where they recognised a great potential for artistic collaboration. Forming Company PilkoPilko, their partner juggling grew organically, becoming the focus of their working lives. Since then they have trained, travelled and performed together with great success.
Where we've been:
- Festival Artisti di Strada, Ascona
- Lenzburger Gaukler- & Kleinkunstfestival
- InArt Festival, Montenegro
- Edinburgh Festival Fringe
- Napoli Buskers Festival
- Tanderadai Festival, Köln
- Jugglers’ Park Gala, Berlin
- Alle Mitmischen Gala, Leipzig
- Freiburger Jonglierconvention Gala
- Di Strada in Strada, Santa Sofia, Italy
- Parkbeben Poggenhagen
- Fusion Festival, Germany
One Ball Flash
One Ball Flash is a new circus variety show without a fourth wall - without any walls. It is an open conversation about the value of play and spontaneous human interaction. It is street theatre reimagined, with a diverse mix of skills including object manipulation, partner dance, finger puppetry and extreme meditation. Set to a soundtrack including contemporary classical, trip-hop and kitsch-pop music, PilkoPilko invite the world to participate in a journey from fantasy to reality.
What we need: 3 x 3m and fair weather.
Show duration: 15 - 40 min (+3 min for set-up).
Appropriate for audiences of all ages.
This is a zero waste show.
Five minutes jammed with fresh and funny illusion style dance juggling. Can you be sure who this arm belongs to?
“Julia and Liam were the absolute highlight of the Alle Mitmischen gala show. We were enchanted by beautiful images, movement and object manipulation on the highest level. Their outstanding creativity and sense of humour drew us all into their world.” (Birte Paulsen, organizer of Alle Mitmischen Festival)
A unique contact juggling duo inspired by yoga, contemporary dance and mime. Aesthetic movement and precise musicality combine with a twist of humour and surprise.
If balls wanted to talk they might say "It's so absurd that Liam thinks he can get away with telling people what balls want to say - everyone knows these are just some words he wrote."
If Liam wanted to talk he might say: "Do come and see my three balls dancing and juggling together, we have worked really hard for this."
Aquarium or The Slippery Fish
King Tut himself probably didn’t practice street dance very often, but hieroglyphics from the walls of his tomb have nonetheless inspired a family of geometric dance styles. PilkoPilko take joy in developing these precise forms and combining partner tutting with organic styles of movement. Angles, curves, lines, waves, abstract expression and fish.
Mesmerising hoop illusion dance duo. Hoops take on a life of their own and lead an exploration of space and time that makes viewers question their eyesight and even the laws of physics. It looks so easy, but there are years of work and love behind these energetic choreographies and improvisations. Circus has come a long way since the time when hoops were just there for lions to jump through.