About

Biography

Reuben DotDotDot was born in Melbourne, Australia. At the age of 11 he discovered gymnastics and spent the next 5 years training and competing. At the age of 16 he looked at his competition leotard, realised that purple and gold were not his colours, and quit.

He spent the next 2 years of high school surfing, skating and snowboarding. He continued to nurture these passions through the first 2 years of his degrees in Computer Science and Philosophy, and subsequently failed them both. Reuben then began training in earnest to become the entertainer he is today. On his way he acquired (completely legally) a diploma in small company/community theatre, traditional acrobatic training from the Beijing Acrobatic Troupe, a huge range of circus and performance skills, and a complete loss of vertigo.

Performing professionally around the world at some of the biggest festivals such as Edinburgh Fringe, Christchurch World Buskers' Festival and Ansan Street Arts Festival, as well as private performances for the likes of BMW and Land Rover, and to top it off, working for circuses as illustrious as Cirque du Soleil - Reuben is a true entertainer.

Awards

  • Chinese pole specialist - Cirque du Soleil: Saltimbanco
  • 2nd - Street Performance World Championships, Dublin, Cork
  • Winner - People's Choice 2013/2014, Vancouver Buskers' Festival
  • Winner - People's Choice 2013, Victoria Buskers' Festival
  • Winner - People's Choice 2013, Halifax Buskers' Festival
  • Winner - People's Choice 2013/2014, Port Credit Buskers Festival
  • Winner - People's Choice 2014 Toronto Scotiabank Buskerfest

Shows

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Street

Reuben DotDotDot defies gravity and death with acrobatic stunts and balances you need to see to believe. The show that has it all – humour; handstands; and holding on for dear life! With a spinning one-handed balance 20 feet up in the air, concrete never looked so hard…
The show lasts 40 minutes and contains Chinese pole, handbalancing, manipulation and crowd interaction.
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On Casual Friday

Drinking scotch, smoking cigarettes (albeit fake ones), playing with hats, and doing all this while upside down, what else would he do on a day off? A silent show set to smooth sounds that can be a single 5-minute act, 2 five-minute sets, or a full-length street-style show.
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Leap

Reuben DotDotDot and Charmaine Childs (aka Betty Brawn, Strong Lady) come together in a leap of faith, to create the show they had imagined to be possible against all the odds. Leap is an acrobatic show with the surprising twist of having a female base and a male flyer and is available as either a street theatre show or a series of stage acts.

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Metamorphosis

'Metamorphosis' is a 6 minute hand balance act, set to a piano piece by Phillip Glass, with the same name. Loosely based on Kafka's piece of the same name, this act is a slow, methodical, strong and stunning exploration of entrapment, by body and environment, through movement and handbalancing, creating beautiful shapes and positions on a set of 4 specially made canes.

Tour

June
Tue 21 – Thu 23 June : LEAP @ Veregra Street Festival, Montegranaro (Italy)
Sat 25 June: LEAP @ Homecomming Festival, Stoke-on-Trent (UK)

July
Sat 2 July: LEAP @ Nuits de Merveilles, Bettembourg (Luxembourg)
Fri 8 – Sun 10 July : LEAP @ City Spectacular, Dublin (Ireland)
Sat 16 - Sun 17 July: Reuben DotDotDot @ City Spectacular, Cork (Ireland)
Tue 26 – We 27 July: LEAP @ Duckstein Festival, Hamburg (Germany)
Fri 29 – Sun 31 July: LEAP @ Spraoi Festival, Waterford (Ireland)

August
Tue 2 August: LEAP @ Halmstad Street Theatre Festival, Halmstad (Sweden)
Wed 3 August: LEAP @ Helsingborg Festival, Helsingborg (Sweden)
Thu 4 August: LEAP @ Helsingor Festival, Helsingor (Denmark)
Sat 6 – Sun 7 August: LEAP@ Merchant City Festival, Glasgow (UK)
Sat 20 – Sun 21 August : LEAP @ Festival de Chassepierre, Florenville (Belgium)
Thu 25 August: Reuben DotDotDot @ Head Out Not Home, Norwich (uk)
Sat 27 August: Reuben DotDotDot @ CGE Event, Kings Lynn (UK)
Sun 28 August: LEAP @ Devizes Festival, Devizes (UK)
Wed 31 August: LEAP @ Kleines Fest, Marienburg (Germany)

September
Thu 1 – Sun 4 Sept: LEAP @ Kleines Fest, Marienburg (Germany)
Sat 10 – Sun 11 Sept: LEAP @ TrezArt, Zilvermeer Mol (Belgium)
Sat 17 – Sun 18 Sept: LEAP @ Out There Arts Festival, Great Yarmouth (UK)

Photos

Videos

Contact

To contact Reuben for bookings and enquiries email reubendotdotdot "at" gmail.com.

"Cirque du Soleil star Reuben Kuan presents a charismatic and well constructed routine, graduating from skilful and seemingly effortless ice cube and hat tricks to world class displays of strength and balance. Silent throughout but instantly charming, he cheekily demands repeat drink refills from a member of the audience as he holds increasingly taxing positions. Lili remarks that it’s a privilege to secure him for the evening, and it certainly feels like one."
Review - Another F*cking Variety Show (London Wonderground 2014)

"Reuben is a double-jointed gymnast, who can perch on what appears to be an upturned ashtray on one arm, whilst contorting his body into gymnastic feats of strength. It’s actually awesome. His power and body beautiful are truly bewitching. He majestically performs along to that weird atmospheric music you only ever hear in spas. There is genuine envy in the room. He earns the applause and cheers he is given."
Fringe Review - Edinburgh Fringe 2010, Vive Le Cabaret

"Reuben Kuan, formerly of Cirque Du Soleil, drew audible gasps from the crowd with an effortless approach to his stunning acrobatics. Not only did his flexibility and strength seem to defy physiology and gravity, he completed a full act while puffing on a smoke and drinking scotch – far more successfully than most blokes who attempt tricks while drinking (hold my beer…)."
Reviewed - Andrew Montesi 'Rip it up, March 7, 2016, Showtime Adelaide Fringe
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