Flotsam troupePhoto by Lou Daprille

FLOTSAM! is a troupe of musicians, circus performers and puppeteers traveling from town to town on a handmade raft, giving free performances in every town along the way. During the tour, the raft will be our mode of transit, our stage and our home. Our primary objective is to inject the summer with a bit of whimsy and wonder, but we are also hoping to collaborate with local individuals and organizations to work on river clean up and to spread awareness about environmental and social issues.

In 2019 thousands of people came to see us perform as we toured on Oregon's Willamette River from Corvallis to Portland. Now we are gearing up for a bigger tour a bit farther from home on the Ohio River for 2020. Wheeeeeee!


is a music director, stage-craftsperson, and multi-instrumentalist known for her work with Future Fridays, Beats Antique, Cafe Nordo, Moonshine Revival Tent, Cherdonna, and the Singing in the Rain Family Choir. She was a long-time member of Seattle's beloved performance collective, Circus Contraption and trumpeter/percussionist in the Balkan brass ensemble, Orkestar Zirkonium.

Ira Echo IRA ECHO is a violinist, dancer, street performer and music composer living in New Orleans. They began their study of violin performance at the Transylvanian Kalotaszentkiralyi music academy in Sâncraiu, Romania. Ira's path of performance then took them to New Orleans where they practice, perform, and play funny jazz and freely improvised music for dancers. Ira is currently exploring how a body in space and time can move aimlessly, knowing neither past nor future. Their present pastime is watching plants grow in public places.

is a Canadian based performing artist greatly dedicated to the work of play. She brings together the mediums of clowning, dance, mask and physical comedy. Nayana is co-creator and performer in multi-award winning shows Falling Awake and Hotel Vortruba from RAGMOP Theatre, Habitats (supported by Canada Council for the Arts and BC Arts Council), the roving troupe The Ladies in White, the clown troupe Poupon Parade, the theatrical musical ensemble The Myrtle Family Band, and The Dusty Flower Pot Cabaret. She is also a maker of puppets, clothing, and costumes, and the proud mother of a nine-year-old boy.

Drea LusionDREA LUSION got caught in a storm of mime, magic, dance and puppetry ten years ago and hasn’t escaped yet. Chronic grocery store dancer and rush hour traffic diva, she has a lust for invisible objects and ramshackle boats. Her solo acts have been featured in Tourettes without Regrets, Moisture Festival, Umbrella Festival and Revolutions Fest. Half of the international award-winning company, Figmentally, she has created and co-starred in A Sorted Affair, Figmentally and Miss Fitts, and was recently featured in China’s International Comedy Festival in Kaifeng. Drea lives in Oakland where performs her comedic circus act for kids every weekend. 

Poki McCorkleMATTHEW "POKI" MCCORKLE creates mesmerizing and surreal spectacle with balance, mime, magic, sleight of hand, comedy, elegance and an eccentric persona. Poki's award winning solo acts have been presented in Vienna, Nürnberg, and Berlin, and he has performed in Dubai with Cirque Éloize, one of Canada's leading contemporary circus companies. Poki also directs, creates, and plays-in devised ensemble work for theatre and festivals. Recent projects include the award-winning surrealist physical comedies, Falling Awake and Hotel Vortruba. Poki is a proud supporter of Clowns Without Borders, an organization which offers laughter to relieve the suffering persons living in areas of crisis.

SadyeSADYE OSTERLOH has been performing, dancing dorkily and being a giant ham since the moment she was born. She has been practiving movement and circus arts for the past fifteen years, currently in Bellingham and previously in Asheville, NC as former director of The Toy Boat Circus School. Sadye has studied at the Circus Center in San Francisco and in Ft. Lauderdale with the world-renowned Eugene Baranok. Whether performing with Bellingham Circus Guild or singing three-part harmonies with The Hot House Jazz Band, Sadye has a passion for sparking joy and laughter through partner acrobatics, trapeze and physical comedy. She delights in combining the ridiculous with feats of strength and skill.

Kalan ShhKALAN SHH is a slime mold who lives in a (w)hole in the ground with dozens of feral pups. As a street physicist, xE has toured post-philosophical puppet shows and Not-Happenings across Europe and the Americas. A student of Comparative Literature and Misunderstandings, xE also periodically lectures on Ontological Nihilist Cosmogony, granting PhDs to passersby. New York Magazine decribes xErr as "NYC's Most Avant-Garde Nihilist Subway Performer".

Justin TherreinJUSTIN THERRIEN is a contemporary circus artist that hypnotizes audiences with a unique blend of object manipulation, mime movement, and traditional sideshow. His talents have taken him to opera houses, circus festivals, theaters, living rooms, and streets all over the world. He has performed with Teatro Zinzanni, Zoppé Italian Family Circus, and Cirque Mechanics. In 2012 he broke the Guinness World Record for, "Longest String Passed Through the Nose and Mouth in One Minute". In addition to his performance work, Justin is a mushroom hunter, a book maker, and a fermenter of foods.

Jason WebleyJASON WEBLEY is a troubadour based in Everett, WA. Beginning as a street performer in late 90s, Webley has built an international cult following with his songs and stories. Armed with an accordion, a guitar, a porkpie hat and a plastic vodka bottle full of pennies, he has performed in over forty countries and released a pile of records. He is known for his work with the Welcome to Night Vale podcast and his long-time collaborator, Amanda Palmer. He grew up fantasizing about floating down rivers on rafts, and is a two-time winner of the "Boat Most Likely to Kill Pilot" award at the Camp Tipsy Rotten Boat Building Contest.

Lookout Arts Quarry, Nexus Marine, Heather Dawn Sparks, Stage Left at Oregon Country Fair, Lou Daprille, Karla Mi Lugo, Oliver Orion, Nicole Medema, Annemarie, Alexandra, Michelle, Jerome, and Mathieu Marchon, Willamette Riverkeepers, Dean Codo, Trevor Heald, Scott Youngblood, Gaylene Loverde, Katie and Casey Kulla, Jake Gano, Kahra Wahler, Brian Mosley, Katie McConnell, Michael Jeppesen, Rick Yepez, Max Beery, Diane Breznau, Isabella Valencia, Black Lab Gallery, Hale's Palladium, The Whiteside Theatre, The Old Church, Becky Clements, Devin Harkness, Lyndsey Mackenzie, Mizu Desierto, Chris Durnin, Maureen and Paul Walczak, and so many more!

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