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Event info: Genworth Financial Family Area

Produced by the Children’s Museum of Richmond

Genworth FinacialThe Genworth Financial Family Area is brought to you by the generous contribution of Genworth Financial and is produced by the Children’s Museum of Richmond.

The 2014 theme: Under the Big Top

Derek McAlisterDerek McAlister
circus arts
Denver, Colorado

Derek McAlister is a true “street” performer – a multidimensional, dynamic entertainer who draws on clowning, mime, dance, juggling and Chinese pole acrobatics, plus a good bit of laughter, to please audiences of all ages.

Street performance arts and busking have probably existed as long as there have been city streets. Derek was introduced to the tradition during college, when he traveled through Europe, where street performance has a centuries-long history. He met a street performer, Jean-Michel Parr, from whom he learned juggling patterns and other tricks of the trade. After graduating, Derek returned to Europe, and developed his own show.

After nearly seven years honing his skills in circus arts and street theater, Derek encountered another Old World master, Giovanni Fusetti, who practiced clown and mime in Paris. It was from this experience that Derek developed his unique blend of clown, mime, and acrobatics. He has since performed throughout Europe, Canada, the United States, Australia, and Thailand.

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Performance Schedule at the Genworth Financial Family Stage



Chaksam-pa (Tibetan opera, folk song and dance)


Derek McAlister (circus arts) – Family Area grounds


The Hot Seats (presented by JAMinc)


Gerald Anderson & Spencer Strickland (presented by JAMinc)


Derek McAlister (circus arts) – Family Area grounds


Supaman (Native American hip hop)



Whitetop Mountaineers (flatfoot dancing workshop)


Silly Bus (presented by JAMinc)


Derek McAlister (circus arts) – Family Area grounds


Andrew Alli Harmonica Workshop (presented by JAMinc)


Shodekeh (beatboxing workshop)


Derek McAlister (circus arts) – Family Area grounds



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