Artist Profile: Alien Jon


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As the Temple of Poi 2009 Fire Dancing Expo & 7 Year Anniversary show approaches, we’ll be featuring articles on the artists appearing in the show. The first artist is Alien Jon who will be performing in a duet with Nevisoul.

Alien Jon, artist appearing in Temple of Poi 2009 Fire Dancing ExpoAlien Jon has been spinning things since childhood, starting with himself, and expanding to socks with tennis balls in them and sticks found in the woods of Maine. Starting with his first pair of devilstix in 1995, he officially entered the world of object manipulation. In 1999, from a foundation built on devilstix and drawing inspiration from T’ai Ji and Aikido, he began spinning glowing objects on strings or in socks at “all night dance parties”.
Alien Jon, artist appearing in Temple of Poi 2009 Fire Dancing Expo

After meeting other spinners he learned that objects had been spun in a similar manner for millennia by ancient cultures from around the world. This gave rise to the discovery of fire spinning, and his dedication to the art of contemporary poi began.
Alien Jon, artist appearing in Temple of Poi 2009 Fire Dancing Expo

From devilstix and poi other object manipulation quickly followed: Sphereplay, staff, diabolo, meteor, and astrojax to name a few. These talents have been melded with a love of music and dance, including liquid, illusional, and funk styles. Jon loves to play and lives for the spark of innovation and creativity, while further honing his skill through diligent practice.

Enjoy these additional videos of Alien Jon’s work: