SHREVEPORT, Louisiana – Fire poi spinner Marcos Rangel with Spinner Entertainment will also perform fire staff at Marlene Yu's 80th Birthday Gala. The deadline to receive two free raffle tickets with early RSVP has been extended to Friday, September 22, 2017. The event will be on Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. to benefit the Marlene Yu Museum at 710 Travis Street, Shreveport, Louisiana 71101.
According to TheMaori.com, fire poi spinning involves spinning a tethered, weighted wick in various geometric patterns. It is a variation on traditional poi performance which originated with the Maori people of New Zealand. It was used as a means of improving flexibility and balance for battle as well as in dances and storytelling. Fire staff performances use a staff made of wood or metal that has Kevlar wicks attached to one or both ends.
Gala tickets are available at http://www.marleneyumuseum.org/gala/ and (318) 717-9111, and include full open bar, 6-course dinner, and entertainment. Proceeds benefit the Marlene Yu Museum.
About Marcos Rangel:
Marcos Rangel has been performing flow arts for about six years. He started out with parkour and free running and expanded slowly into circus arts. Rangel started spinning poi in his back yard practicing with socks and glow sticks in 2009, then he learned fire poi as a freshmen in highschool a year later. He honed his art watching video tutorials, and when he wasn't in his back yard practicing, he was traveling across the U.S. and learning at festivals, workshops, and private lessons. During his travels, he met with flow and circus artists at fire festivals, International Juggling association, and small parties with some of the most skilled glowstringers. Rangel expanded into the fire aspect of the arts to create a more entertaining and thrilling show for his viewers and himself. His favorite part of performing is the audience's reaction to the show.
About Spinner Entertainment:
Spinner Entertainment, LLC is the newest talent agency in the Shreveport-Bossier City community. It connects clients with a wide variety of local, regional, and national entertainers and variety performers. The talented performers affiliated with Spinner Entertainment include: jugglers, stilt walkers, fire spinners, dancers, circus performers, magicians, costumed characters, and more.
As an insured limited liability company, Spinner Entertainment, LLC has booked entertainers for many festivals and events in the Ark-La-Tex including Mudbug Madness, Red River Revel, Townsquare Media events, SRAC, SPAR, and various other corporate style events.
About Marlene Yu:
Marlene Tseng Yu is a world-renowned abstract expressionist of nature in large-scale paintings and a pioneer in the environmental green movement in art. As of April 2016, she has had 80 solo exhibitions in the United States, Europe, and the Far East, and her art has been reviewed in 9 languages in more than 200 publications, by numerous art magazines, newspapers, TV, and radio shows, such as ARTFORUM, Art in America, Art News, World Journal, and Barbara Walters’ Today Show. To find other artists who share their love of nature through art, she founded the Rainforest Art Foundation, which is headquartered in Shreveport, and has branches in New York City, Zurich, and soon Frankfurt. While Marlene’s paintings are included in over 1000 public and private collections, the recent establishment of her own museum in Shreveport, Louisiana, the Marlene Yu Museum, showcases the historical relevance of her life's work and over 4000 paintings across 35-plus series. She is able to do commission work according to requirements of architectural projects as large as 54 feet.