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Shadow Puppets of Java

Wayand Kulit Gamelan Shadow Puppet Show with Aerial Dance!

Thursday, June 6
Kleinhans Music Hall, 7:00 pm

Join us for Buffalo NY’s first ever wayang kulit shadow puppet performance, “Gathutkaca’s Coronation” at Kleinhans. Puppet master Darsono Hadiraharjo performs this classic story from the ancient Indian epic Mahabarata using over 100 characters over the course of 4 hours.

Wayang Kulit performances are traditional and wildly popular multi-genre performances still practiced today on Java. They combine virtuosic shadow puppetry, enrapturing gamelan music, comedy, philosophy, and civic engagement. Leave your traditional idea of theatric performance experience behind and get lost in the magic of wayang kulit! With accompaniment from Heri Purwanto (wayang drums), Heni Sativri (vocalist), and Buffalo’s own gamelan performance troupe Sari Raras Irama, and aerialist dancers from The Birds Nest.

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The Bird's Nest Presents: Emerging Artists!

June 7th, Doors at 7:30. Show at 8:00pm

The Bird's Nest Presents: Emerging Artists, a showcase of our growing circus students and all of their hard work!  Come and see your friends & family and support the practitioners who have made this all possible. Please join us on June 7th for a variety of performances including silks, lyra, acro, hoop dance, and trapeze!

Not only do circus arts grow your skills and strength, but they can also help to grow your self confidence, persistence, and resolve. These arts are not easy! They take dedication and patience, but with a little time and effort, anything is possible. We hope you will be inspired to maybe step out of your own comfort zone and try your hand when you see how far these artists have come!

Please note: The seating for this show will be on the mats, and there are no shoes, food, or drink allowed in the seating area.

Admission is $10. Contributions of more than $10 are welcome. Tickets can be purchased at the door or through our the link below.  


NYS Yoga Fest

Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 10 AM – 5 PM

Letchworth State Park

6787 Co Rd 38, Castile, New York 14427

Join us as our Instructors Karen Dennis and Ben Madoff as they lead an Acro Class designed to expand your horizons and elevate your practice.


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Eat Rite Foods Sports Expo

Saturday July 20, 2019 9am - 7pm Buffalo Riverworks

Eat Rite Foods, Buffalo's Premier Meal Prep Service, invites you to the largest & most entertaining health, wellness and fitness expo on the east coast! Visit The Bird’s Nest at our booth at this event! Tickets are available on the website:


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The Birds Nest &
The JCC’s Camp Centerland
The Greatest Camp on Earth!

A Circus Themed Specialty Camp for Grades 4-9

August 19-23, 2019. Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
$400 JCC members/$475 Non-JCC members
Circus Skills to be taught include:
Acrobatic Tumbling
-Aerial Arts
-Human Pyramids
-Object Manipulation (hula hoops, poi, and juggling)
-Clowning/Physical Theatre