Life of an American Circus Artist IN GERMANY | Feat. Daniel Sullivan

Life of an American Circus Artist IN GERMANY | Feat. Daniel Sullivan


Wouldn’t it be awesome if I interviewed an
American circus performer currently living and performing in Germany? Hey look! This is Daniel, a friend of mine and an American
acrobat currently living and performing in Germany. Whoop! Whoop! Hey guys! – Look at that. What are the chances? Hey everyone, Dana here! And today I am super excited to introduce you to Daniel. Daniel, who are you? What do you do? –
Well, I’m a circus artist, easily put. Where’d you grow up? – Denver, Colorado. And then… – I’m pretending like I don’t know that already. I’m from Denver, Colorado. I then went to circus school. Yes, there is such a thing, and it’s not clown
college. – Okay. – It’s no rainbow wigs and red noses. It’s hardcore. – Hardcore. – Okay. – So that’s the École nationale de cirque in Montreal. And how many years was that? – I went there for three years. So three years of intense studying. – Okay. – And then, yeah, I actually graduated. I graduated with a major in aerial hoop. So actually aerial, like, imagine a trapeze
but round. – Okay. Also hula hoop, which you saw me do in the
show. – Yes. – And you got to try yourself. – I did. She was really good. – I also got to try out the trapeze. – Yeah. Oh, yeah! And finally Irish step dancing. – Which I saw as well. – Yeah. – Which is amazing. Like Michael Flatley. Imagine. I don’t know who that is. Oh, you don’t know who that is. – “Riverdance.” – Yeah, “Riverdance.” I’ll just say: think of Michael Flatley, “Lord
of the Dance” or “Riverdance.” That’s what I do. But solo. – Do you have any cool nicknames? – I do! – Wow! Wow, so nice that you thought of that. – Yeah, just random question. Because of my Irish step dancing, people do
like to say Feet of Flame, Hair of Fire. And how many people like to say that? – All of them. – All of the people. – Just me. You’ve performed in many different parts of
the world. So where have you performed in the world and
where in Germany? Oh, okay. Good question. Well of course United States and Canada. These were my first two places. I was lucky enough to perform in Morocco,
Sweden, Finland, France, Germany, of course. Some cities in Germany? – Yeah. I’ve been to Münster, Hanover, Bad Oeynhausen,
Bremen, und here, Munich. – Yeah. So is there anything that you’ve noticed is
unique to performing here in Germany specifically? You know what, there is. There’s one thing I’ve really noticed is that
circus and variety shows, they are in the culture already. It’s a part of German culture to have these
variety shows. Especially in wintertime. It’s like, oh we take our family, have a nice
meal, watch a show…great evening. What’s different is that the variety scene
is in their culture, but that’s just variety. Which means a mix of different acts strung
together or held by a certain theme. Same in America or Canada, however these themes
are more glued together. Instead of just lightly strung for entertainment
purposes, maybe there’s another message behind… In the U.S. or Canada? – In the U.S. or Canada, for sure. – Oh! – There’s a theme or a story. But there’s also this underlying message usually. – Okay. That’s what I find here in Germany…we’re
aiming, they’re really developing and pushing towards this new type of circus. Yet, since it’s so founded and rooted in their
culture that variety is mostly entertainment, Okay. – it’s staying in the entertainment
side, but like trying to mix a little story, and one day – Interesting. – we’ll have contemporary circus here in Germany. What about the crowd? The audience? Have you noticed any differences in the U.S.
perhaps and Germany with the audience? Okay, the U.S. to Germany differences…okay,
well in America we’re really loud! What? Loud in America? No! – We are screaming for our lives at circus shows. – Okay, alright. So in Germany they’re still screaming and
supportive, but maybe sometimes a little more attentive and reserved. – Okay. Respectful! – Respectful. Is that a good euphemism? For quiet? – Yeah, probably. Okay, so the audiences in the U.S. are more,
like, louder. So how about within Germany? Any interesting things in Germany or differences
between the cities with the audience? Okay, between the cities, one memorable one
was Münster because it’s a university, or for Americans watching, college. – Okay. – It’s like the college city. And they’re just more lively. They’re there for you in the show. It’s a little bit of a younger audience. That’s the only difference I can really see. And what about anything interesting, like,
with the audiences in Germany in general? I have to say my favorite German audience…okay
“favorite.” What does that mean? – It means I’m lying! – Okay. Is the Sunday coffee-cake show, Kaffee-Kuchen,
because the people, instead of clapping… – Is this in the afternoon? Yeah. Usually like 2:30 or like 2 o’clock. – It’s in the afternoon. – Okay. And instead of like applause, – Like, you
did a good job. We hear just the “ting ting ting ting ting” of their
spoon and coffee. Are they using that to applause? Or are they just stirring? No, they’re just so focused on their coffee
and cake and not the live action happening in front of them. – Okay. They’re just very attentive. – Okay. – And into their coffee. Yeah, they’re very attentive of their coffee
and Kuchen. Yeah, I was actually thinking about that. Like, performing while everybody’s eating. – Yes. – I had never seen anything like that before. Probably because you’re from America. But this is one, as I was saying before, traditionally,
this is part of the culture. – Okay. It’s watching a show but at the same time
eating. Dance doesn’t have this so much. Theater doesn’t have this. But for some reason, circus, Germany; it involves
food and the show. At the same time. – At the same time. – So yeah, that was interesting to me. I had never heard of that concept. – For people that are coming, just know that
we’re not a movie screen. We’re live artists. – Yeah. We’re live acrobats on the shows, so look
us in the eye. And not on your hamburger. – Yeah. But still, your hamburger looks delicious
and smells good too. – You’re like hungry while you’re… yeah I know! You’re performing, oh! Guy in row three got nachos! – Yeah! Can’t tell you how often we smell chicken. One thing that I would like to say, like I
find it funny that in every audience no matter where you are in the world, the easiest things
actually impress the audiences the most. Oh, that’s really interesting! For example, a split. – Oh, that’s impressive. – If you want an applause, you do a split. But for you that’s easy. – For us this is easy, yeah. This is something we’ve trained for. How about the working conditions? Is it different in Germany or the U.S. for
you? Okay, so it’s definitely different. Ah, from past experiences, I know that sometimes
your costumes are made for you, and your costume laundry is done. You have meals for every single day. – They cook for you? – They cook for you. – Nice. There are certain companies that cook for
you everyday. Oh, and the meals are so good. And the difference is here in Germany, it’s
kind of like you bring everything – Okay. – for your show. – Okay. So I have my own costumes, I do my own laundry,
make my own food. Like, we’re provided the stage, the lights,
the director. – Okay. – But everything else, you bring yourself. – Okay, all your props. It’s all yours. – All mine. All those hula hoops that you were spinning
around? – They’re yours. – They’re mine. You bring it with you. – That trapeze that you were hanging on? – Yeah? Okay, well, that’s not my trapeze, but that’s
another duo in the show. – No way! – That’s their trapeze. Oh, I never would have even thought about
that. I would have assumed that the trapeze comes
with the… So it’s literally just the stage and the lights. Like, everything else is brought in. – Pretty much. Everything else is brought in by the artists. – Oh, wow! Now we are talking food. Yes. – That’s my favorite subject. So me, just as a not an acrobat here in Germany
sometimes I’m missing some particular foods and drinks. And I don’t know, I could imagine, maybe as
an acrobat there might be, like, particular foods and drinks that you consumer. I don’t know. Just as an American, peanut butter. – Okay, yes. – Yeah, sorry. Addicted. – Uh-huh. Love peanut butter. – Addicted! Uh, as a circus artist, I actually can find
everything I need. Staple proteins, staple, ah… Like, special drinks, I don’t, powders that
you, like…? – Yeah, you can find – I don’t know. protein powders at the shop. You have to go to very specific shops. But, um, I find there’s kind of a lack of
vegetables in Germany. – Okay, it’s meat heavy. It’s meat heavy, potato heavy. I know potato’s a vegetable, but it’s also
a carb. Yeah, so like what vegetables are you really
craving or really missing? Okay, maybe it’s because I’m a spoiled American,
and I find that every grocery store you would go to, it’s like, oh it’s always the season
for brussels sprouts. It’s always the season for everything. – Always the season for everything. – Yeah, yeah. But here it’s like, you only get it when the
season is right. Yes – Like I was asparagus right now. I was some Spargel. – Yeah, Spargelsaison is over. – But it’s over. – Yeah. And you were on “Das Supertalent.” Yes, is that right? I saw that on your website? – Yes! Oh my gosh. “Das Supertalent” was so much fun. And I loved it so much because honestly the
people really appreciated it. I didn’t have to have a story or anything
to make it “famous” or good. It was just 10 minutes of me, circus, ginger,
flaming, hot, spicy, yeah. – Just being you. – Just being Daniel. – Just being me. Yeah. You could just be Daniel. – And they ate it up. And then I also saw on your website something
about an Italian show? – Yep, also cool. Was that like “Das Supertalent?” It was called “Tu si que vales,” and it’s
like same concept like “Das Supertalent” or “America’s Got Talent.” It was so much fun. I would definitely do that again. And, okay, I will put, like, somewhere over
here a photo on top of Daniel, a photo of me and Daniel hanging from the trapeze. It was so amazing to get to do that. But you can see in the picture that I’m, like,
barely holding on with two hands. I’m like about to slip off. And Daniel’s just, like, got one arm there
wrapped around me, like, chilling, no big deal, hanging on with the other arm. So is it, it must be, just seems so much fun
to be like strong and flexible, like going through life you know, I don’t know, you can like
– Thank you, Dana. – climb on stuff, I don’t know, like, is it…is it fun? Being strong and flexible definitely has its
advantages. – Yeah. In airplanes I can sit like this. And strengthwise, like. – Yeah, yeah. – No. Yeah, it’s so much fun to be able to pick
people up. He just walks around the grocery store. If someone’s in front of the apples, he just
like: excuse me, I would like to get the apples now. Yeah, please move. – Exactly. – Thank you. – And then you put them back. And then I put them back and yell at them
for not having brussels sprouts. Yeah, no brussels sprouts at the grocery store. But you have to stretch all the time. I see you stretching all the time. I’m stretching right now, down there, you
just don’t see it. Yeah, his feet are stretching and stuff like
that, like… Oh, my wrists. – Always stretching. He stretches on the escalator. – Oh, yeah! – Yeah. On escal–if there’s a wall, – Foot’s up. – foot’s up, yeah, exactly. If there’s a tree, foot’s up. Maybe, what did you say your nickname was? – Foot’s up? No yeah, I mean, right, maybe we need to
rethink the flaming foot…what was it? Feet of Flame, Hair of Fire. – Feet of Flame, Hair of Fire. Or…Foot’s Up. Daniel, Foot’s up. So our question for you is: What is the best
live performance you’ve ever seen? And what questions do you have for a circus
artist because maybe if Daniel has a break, he’ll maybe hop into the comments and answer
some of those questions? Maybe? – Gladly. Gladly. – Okay, cool. Alright. – For sure, for sure. So yeah, please let us know in the comments
below. Thank you so much, Daniel, for joining me in
this video and answering my questions and talking and flexing. Thank you, Dana. This was a party. It’s always so much fun. – You’re welcome. I will put links to Daniel’s Facebook page
and website down in the description box below. I was just checking out his website again
today, not for the first time, but again. And I was, like, flipping through the pictures,
and I’m just like: Wow. Like, I don’t know he does those things. Like, he’s hanging from one arm and his body’s
horizontal. And he’s just, your face, just like cool as
a cucumber. Like, you know as though you’re just like
watching TV. But no, you’re hanging and like…I don’t
know how you do it, but it’s amazing. So I’ll put links to all of that down below. Thank you again so much. We hope that you enjoyed this video. Thank you so much for watching. Until next time, auf Wiedersehen! That was perfect. – Yay! Okay, so I’ll say this like a couple times. And I’ll try to at least have one without laughing. Wouldn’t it be awesome if I interviewed an… Okay, serious face. – Okay, good. – Is that better? Just kidding, sorry. How am I supposed to do this, Stefan? You can do it, I can do it, we can all do
it. – Alright. So what about the working conditions in Germany? Are they different? I totally… Okay. – Let’s just get something to drink. That’s why I got the nickname Feet of Flame…that’s
my hair. Actually, I just want to say: Thank you, Germany,
for Schnitzel.

100 thoughts on “Life of an American Circus Artist IN GERMANY | Feat. Daniel Sullivan

  1. Thanks for watching!!🌸🌟 And a really big thanks to Daniel for being in the video!!!!🎉 What's the best live performance you've ever seen? And what questions do you have for a circus artist?😃

  2. In the US we watched Just cirque du Soleil and in Germany we have something called G.O.P and we could clearly see the difference . In the US the Shows actually have storys and in Germany its just people doing a flickflack.

  3. my family was part of ringling brothers in the early 20's. my grandma at age 16 was the human cannonball. i was a clown for frazier one ring in michigan in the 90's.

  4. Sorry for my probably incorrect english, but I want to tell, that you can buy nerarly every vegetable in germany freezed! And most of them taste really good, like broussel sprouts or broccoli…

  5. the easiest things impress people the most: my explanation is that what these acrobats do is so far beyond what the average person in the audience could do they can not even perceive how difficult it is. but with the split: almost everybody at some point in their lives has experienced the pain it causes trying to go into a split (for me the point of pain is reached with my crotch about a foot and a half above the ground)

  6. this is following up on my last comment, it was at a place called the "gasteig" near rosenheimer platz….lol talked to my friend's mom and asked 😂

  7. Daniel, if you perform for some time in Germany, you will be able to sing this song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqI-CjU1Tvo&ab_channel=JackieLeven-Topic

  8. "Riverdance" and its star Michael Flatley were HUGE and inspired a whole generation of kids to take Irish dance classes, etc. In popularity, the show was kind of equivalent to how "Hamilton" is now – I don't know, is "Hamilton" even a 'thing' in Germany? Dana, given that you mentioned that you could not vote in the German election because you are not a German citizen, I was wondering if you could do a video on that. Do you think you will ever become a citizen? Is it a complex process, or simplified since you are married to a German? Can you do 'dual' citizenship? Or do you prefer to remain an American citizen and, if so, why? Were you able to vote by mail in the last Presidential election?

  9. My favorite live performance was Teatro Zinzanni in Seattle, very similar concept as Germany where there’s dinner at the same time and it’s a burlesque/circus show and the host was hilarious! Sadly the land owners where they had their tent sold the land and they’ve had to pack up and hopefully find a new space somewhere. The tent was a beautiful antique tent from Europe.

  10. Wow this was one of the most entertaining and yet somehow informative videos ever! He has a simply captivating personality. Wish you two could do more vids together!!

  11. I'd love to hear what it's like for a theatre actor living in Germany!! Perhaps someone in Starlight Express or Tanz der Vampire?

  12. Very interesting indeed. I have always loved to go to circuses.. I think the range of variety shows is big in Germany (from Krone, Busch etc. to Roncalli, Flic Flac to Wintergarten and Friedrichstadtpalast – these are all different concepts and some really have a "message" behind whereas others are just made to be entertained). We are for sure a little bit more reserved as an audience but this is probably a tradition and not a lack of respect (much to the contrary – I think). I would also guess that the average German sees more shows per year (variety, circus, musicals, theatre, opera) than the average American, which makes us perhaps a little bit more saturated (I am not sure – just guessing)

  13. somehow watching the two of you together made me really happy! 😊 I love your channel, I always feel like your videos are really pure and made with honest joy.

  14. Did you hear the rumors that circus animals are not treated well? I think many Germans do not go to circus because of it. Although I think most animals live happily with their trainers…

  15. I think there is a bigger difference in Germany between circus & variety than he realizes. Variety is seen as more high culture & you have food & stuff. A German circus is probably closer to US circuses

  16. The best live performance I have ever seen was probably when I saw WICKED live. A question in general, is it easy to be a vegetarian in Germany? I noticed you mentioned that most things are meat heavy? I’m a vegetarian and I was just wondering! Vielen Dank für das wunderbare Video!

  17. Okay Okay Okay .. I was gonna say your buddy FootsUp is quite a flamer. Then I thought, no, maybe that's rude. Then y'all basically named The Flame! LOL! So yeah, he's flaming. But I do mean that in the best way. You two had me rolling! So, does Daniel ever come to Vegas? Or is that more of a sell-your-soul-to-Cirque-first kinda thing? Hey, if he does ever do Vegas, Dana, tell him to let you know, so you can let the whole planet know. I hate the Strip, and avoid going down there, but I'd certainly make an exception for a friend of yours. They do put on some pretty bitchen shows here; I'll give em that. I think he'd fit in perfectly. Or if not, he'd have no trouble bending and flexing his way in! =^} -Phill, Las Vegas

  18. Sooo, I started taking aerial classes last year in the usa and I was wondering how common adult aerial classes are in Germany if I were to study abroad. Also, what is aerial called in German?

  19. Lol when I first read circus artist and Sullivan I thought "wait… Conner Sullivan is a Circus artist???" 😂😂😂
    But no, this guy is someone else😂

  20. I have never been eating during a perfermance. I know there are these kind of perfermances in Vienna but all the circus shows I have seen, were normal you sit in a tent and watch the show kind of things. I liked cirque du soleil very much, but maybe just because it was the most recent.

  21. What a nice, sympathetic, funny guy with a super positive attitude and passion for his job. Also cool topic for a video, Dana! As a German, I have to say those "Food+Varieté" kind of shows have always seemed a bit odd to me- You can either focus on your food OR the show.

  22. Does anyone know of a place to take flying trapeze classes in Germany? I used to take them in the states but haven't been able to find anywhere in germany to take them.

  23. Great video, thanks for introducing Daniel. As an American in Britain, I'm also having to feed the peanut butter addiction – fortunately, the Aldi near us sells a good brand. Interesting that he stretches all the time – as I get older (over 50 now) I'm realising this is probably something I should take up – stretching, that is – not circus performing! Lol. Anyway, he's lovely!

  24. Daniel kinda looks like a ginger Anderson Cooper and is just as hot 🙂
    One of the best circus performance I've ever seen was Cirque du Soleil's Kooza and I know it isn't even one of their best, nevertheless marvellous. Another one was Swan Lake performed by the Russian National Ballet Theater in Düsseldorf, just magical and like Daniel noted people were eating during the whole show, which I found very odd. I mean, you are there to enjoy the performance not to stuff your face with food.

  25. I love every show I can watch of "Starlight Express in Bochum" – I love musicals and the musical-artists a lot … !
    It´s a pity that Bochum is more than 600 km away from my hometown, so I can´t afford to go there often …
    All those artists do an amazing job there – skating, singing and racing – and most of their costumes are quite heavy !

  26. Even I as a German can't understand why people are eating during variety shows. It seems to be part of the German culture. Also if there is a live band or the music society is playing at a village fete or something the people are eating and drinking. For me as an German musician it also is always taxing.

  27. It's so nice to see you, Dana, feeling at home in a conversation with another American! I loved this different side of you. And Daniel is beautiful~

  28. Totally off-topic and nobody will get the reference, but Daniel looks 100% how I picture Kvothe/Kote in Patrick Rothfuss's "Name of the wind" novels … super cute guy

  29. I think I've been to one of his circus shows in Münster. It was awesome. It took me some time to sort out why I thought I have seen him somewhere before.

  30. Münster! Rock City!!! 😀
    And I have to say that I absolutely hate when people are eating during Varieté Shows! It's unpolite towards the artists and the smell is very disturbing. I wanna watch the damn show!

  31. First off, I just wanted to say that I absolutely adore your videos!!! I normally just 👍🏽 after I watch them but I had to leave a comment on this particular one. I love when two people from the same country get together and discuss the differences between their home country and the one they currently live in! I know it’s not exactly the same but I always get excited when I meet someone from Hawaii in Texas and we compare notes and talk about the things that we miss and foods we can’t find. This episode totally reminds me of that. It was fun, insightful and I could really feel the bond and camaraderie between the both of you! Thanks for making such great content Dana!!!

  32. Daniel is adorable! My husband's name is Daniel too lol. I live in Wisconsin (in the US), but I've never seen a live performance, unless a Hanson concert I went to in 1998 counts?

  33. Actually, I was shocked when Daniel told us that the audience in a german circus was eating during the show. I have NEVER EVER heard anything like that before. For me, circus is like sitting in a big warm colorful tent and watching the show happening right in the middle. Like in a theater or so. That's how I remember my circus experiences as I was a child. Btw: Daniel is soooo cute ^^ but I'm digressing 😉

  34. The best show I've seen ? Impulse..In Munich, for sure ! Daniel was so Amazing and funny, and he did some Private jokes for me and my family, it was Amazing !
    The trapeze is the trapeze of my cousin and his partner, we were so happy tout see them..
    And I remember that we gave some "carambars" to Daniel, because he ask it to my cousin, He was so happy 😂
    Daniel ? Do you remember me ? It's Chloée, François's cousin ! I can't wait to see you in France 😙
    (Sorry for m'y english, i'm french 😉)

  35. Why, hello there,handsome!
    Really enjoying Daniel's personality, not to mention I saw his videos on his channel and he is also damn talented.
    Hope to see more off him.

  36. Amazing, watching your video for so long now and now with Daniel. I saw him in May in Münster and he was so much fun! The whole show as so much fun! Best character of the show 🙂

  37. I'm an advanced amateur circus artist thinking about moving to Germany, and from traveling there my impression was that there aren't the same well-established circus schools there geared toward amateurs. I'm in LA now, and for example here we have tons of studios catering to people at my level–we don't want to be full-time circus artists, but we take our hobby very seriously and have been doing it for years. Any insights on finding good studios and teachers for training in Germany? Even when I visited Berlin I wasn't able to find my ideal spot. 🙁

  38. How cool and fun!! Enjoyed it very much. 'Beatles Love', Las Vegas, NV and 'Cavalia Odysseo' (horses and humans show), Los Angeles, CA – Does Daniel perform in the US?

  39. I am mexican and I have friends in Germany, some have had came to my country already some have not come yet but yeah, I mentioned to them the same about food and german food, not too many vegetables in it. It is like bread and meat and their idea of vegetables are raw onios and potatos.

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