The Tangled Threads are The Jarquin and Jen Forti, a multi-talented duo from Portland, Oregon. They combine their visions to create new acts to delight and amaze audiences everywhere through an ever-evolving repertoire that includes music, dance, stiltwalking, juggling, clowning, Heely skating, and much more! They have years of experience entertaining nationally and internationally and gladly cross continents to bring their energy and enthusiasm to audiences everywhere.
Creativity has threaded it's way through Jen's life beginning with dance in the 4th grade and later as a drummer in the school band. She continued her dance education at Alfred University in upstate NY where she received her BFA with a focus on ceramic art.
In 2005 Jen became a dancer with March Fourth Marching Band (M4), a 25+ piece mobile groove band that has toured the US and Europe. Soon after she co-founded The People's Republics, a brand and apparel line uniting progressive communities together through the common threads of social awareness and local pride, beginning with Portland, OR. Both experiences reflect her two great
passions: spreading joy through music and dance and supporting both local communities and the world community. She combined these two passions in 2011 when she organized flashmobs for 350.org's Moving Planet Day.
Originally from Rome, Italy, Jen has been heavily influenced by Italian tradition and theater and loves the concept of the traveling circus/vaudeville act. She's now woven all of her passions and experiences into a common thread known as, “The Tangled Threads.”
A professional performer for two decades, The Jarquin has trained with such fine institutions as Rowan University, The American Conservatory Theater, Shakespeare and Co.,San Francisco State University, and the always popular School of Life. He has performed indoors and outdoors, nationally and internationally, in English and in Greek, before packed houses and audiences one could hold in the palm of their hand, for children, adults, pets, distant acquaintances, and Heads of State (although they'd probably never admit it). His roles have spanned the distance from Peter Rabbit to Romeo, and he has embodied literary characters, catholic priests, refugees, drunken clowns, and psychopaths with equal pizzazz.
He loves performing and The Tangled Threads is the most recent loom helping to shape his ever-unraveling journey as he continues to share his energy and joy with this tangled skein we call humanity.