About

Photo by Erron Ocampo, Costume by Sulsi MNL, Makeup by Cris Joyosa

Ehrlich “Firechill” Ocampo is a unique performer who dances with various props of fire and light such as poi, hoop, and his specialty – the “leviwand”. The leviwand is a magical prop wherein the performer seems to dance and perform acrobatics with a floating stick. It is mesmerizing and totally captivating – rarely seen before and an exciting addition to any show or production.

At the crossroads of circus and magic, Ehrlich combines artistry, acrobatics, object manipulation, and theatrics to create stunning performances with maximum entertainment value and impact.


Performance Background

Ehrlich has been dancing since 2005 and spinning poi since 2010, continuously exploring the fusion of flow circles and dance lines. Early 2013, he discovered the magical art of leviwand, and has since been exploring a flowful style of spinning the leviwand which enables a freer expression with the body thru dance and performance.

Around 2015, he started working on his hula hoop act which features various hula hooping styles progressing from one to six hula hoops.

In 2019, Ehrlich pioneered the leviwand act on the Cirque du Soleil stage on the show Syma, helping mold the character of “The Strange One” during the show’s creation period.

Being a forerunner of the leviwand in the performance and entertainment arena, he innovates again in 2020 by incorporating a hula hoop into his leviwand act and premiering a technique he calls the “levihoop” – wherein the hula hoop floats with the leviwand.

Ehrlich with six hula hoops. Photo by Erron Ocampo, Costume by Lyn Page Galo, Hoops by Moodhoops.com.

Credentials

Ehrlich “Firechill” Ocampo has travelled and been invited to numerous events in Singapore, South Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, USA, and France – where he represented his art and his country in the 36th Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain in Paris (2016).

In 2014, he became part of Cirque du Soleil’s database of talent for his Leviwand, Hula Hoop, and Fire acts.

Around 2017-2018, he performed for Okada Manila’s World of Wonders by Creative Director Giulio Scatola, and eventually under Livia Pacagnella-Dos Santos.

From January-September 2019, he performed for Cirque du Soleil at Sea aboard MSC Bellissima as part of its creation team and original cast. He performed for the show Syma as The Strange One with his leviwand act, and for Varelia as a Jogger and as the back-up Hero, with his hula-hoop act, dance and physical acting skills.

He is currently doing another contract for Cirque du Soleil at Sea for February-September 2020.

Ehrlich as The Strange One with his leviwand act on the Cirque du Soleil at Sea show – SYMA.
Photo By Axel Laramee For Cirque Du Soleil.

Other Activities

Aside from performing, he has also been conducting movement workshops as well as choreography and performance workshops to enable more artists to explore a wider range of movements and allow his/her style to manifest more with the body, allowing the artist to translate his/her flow into a performance.

He is also a performance artist, creating pieces that speak deeply to the human soul rather than to merely entertain. Explore Ehrlich Ocampo Art on web, Facebook, and Instagram.

He is also a motivational/inspirational speaker, drawing from his experiences from training to the streets of Manila, all the way to performing for the biggest circus in the world. In December 2019, he conducted “Dreamer to Creator,” a talk hosted by The Hoop Experience Philippines.


Highlights

Talent Pool as Fire Poi Spinner, Levitation Wand Dancer and Hula Hoop Artist
Accepted in Cirque du Soleil’s Database of Talents

Cirque du Soleil at Sea
Onboard MSC Bellissima
Syma – The Strange One (Leviwand Act)
Varelia – Jogger/Back-up Hero (Hula-Hoop Act, Dance, Physical Acting)
January-September 2019
February-September 2020

Okada Manila Entertainment Team
Under Livia Pacagnella-Dos Santos
As specialty performer with the poi, hoops and wand
September-December 2018

Okada Manila’s World of Wonders
Under Creative Director Giulio Scatola
As specialty performer with the poi, hoops and wand
December 2016-July 2017

Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain, Paris, France
Selected Artist (Dancing Cane/Levitation Wand)
January 2016

WildFire Retreat, Connecticut USA
Performer and Instructor
September 2015

Psycusix Camp Out 2015, Malaysia
Performer and Instructor
September 2015

Fire Festival Korea, Seoul
Featured Solo Performer (Poi and Wand)
August 2015

Kinetic Fire, Ohio USA
Instructor and Performer
May 2015

Philippine Flow Festival 2015
Featured Solo Performer for Gala Night
Workshop Instructor for Levitation Wand
March 2015


Last Updated: 23 February 2020