Performance Art

Back in the mid-80s, teen-TimTv was first thrust upon the stage performing martial arts demonstrations at exhibitions in front of a crowd. This grew and expanded into an award-winning Karate team over the next 25 years (photo).

From 1989-1994, Tim was the leather and velvet-clad frontman for a local Detroit rock band called "Sweaterfish". With their dynamic music & unpredictable stage show, they gained a local cult following and made it as far as CBGBs in NYC before splitting up (photo). Then in 1995, Tim met The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, a traveling variety arts troupe from NYC. Their amazing blend of vaudeville, burlesque, circus sideshow & fire arts (coined "Cirkus") had him hooked.

After his first trip to Burning Man, Tim returned to Detroit and became one of the founding members of the international performance troupe "The Fire Fabulon" (photo). From 2000-2008, the group performed hundreds of shows throughout the US & Cananda. Their amazing fire-spinning feats and tongue-in-cheek sideshow acts thrilled audiences large and small.

In late 2008, Tim moved to Greenville, SC to be with his daughter Seven (photo). With no money, no job, no connections, and an unconventional set of mad skillz, Tim survived by performing on the streets of downtown Greenville. Needless to say, a hula-hooping, stilt-walking, glass-eating, whip-cracking, knife-throwing, fire-breathing maniac raises a few eyebrows in town, and so before long, Thee Inner Cirkus was born. Over the next two years, TimTv & crew performed variety shows at theaters, entertained at festivals & parties, and threw a random barrage of improv events (such as "Santarchy" & the "Freak Parade") at the unwitting patrons of Main Street. More than mere entertainment, this was a "Mission of Permission"; an exercise of inspiration and a call-to-action for the art community.

In 2010, Tim left the Inner Cirkus to focus on the multitudes of projects that were gaining momentum. Thanks to innovative events such as PechaKucha, TEDxGreenville, Google-On-Main, and the Social Story Conference, the creative Literati of Greenville discovered Tim's value as an "edu-tainer" and encouraged him in that direction.

Now in 2011, Tim has gathered his favorite performers and put together a new troupe called "The Secret Cirkus". Their motto - "Elevate, Transcend, Orchestrate, & Inspire" should give Greenville a clue that this is going to be a very interesting year indeed..!