Archive for December, 2007

Daydream – A shadow of myself

Sunday, December 30th, 2007

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Super-beautiful contact juggling video made by the amazing and talented Daydream.
W00t!

Pre-Review Mystic Ball the Movie

Saturday, December 29th, 2007

MoM received our copy of Mystic Ball the Movie about Chinlone yesterday. Sorry, no time to write a full review now. Briefly, it’s as good as the web-promo makes it seem that it might be! If you are into Juggling or contact or dance with manipulation – OMG Buy yourself a copy.
Players like Su Su Hlaing, Ko Maung Maung, Aung Soe Moe and Motta, left my jaw on the floor with the elegance of their play and the octogenarian players with 70 years of playing experience ensured that it stayed there.

Bonus: Shipped to UK/Europe it cost only about £18.
Full review next year ;). Also a teaser: we just received some particularly good news for 1 ball contact jugglers. We’re just awaiting some final details, and hope to be able to make an announcement in the next few weeks.

Juan Felipe Santamaria

Friday, December 28th, 2007

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Hardcore indeed. The Contact world has a new rockstar?

Japanese Contact Juggling Convention

Thursday, December 27th, 2007

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Masaki Hirano (?) busts out some new-style contact juggling.

Merry Christmas from Contactjuggling.org

Wednesday, December 26th, 2007
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The 2007 DotOrg Xmas tree happened again this year; some great new videos released by the site users.
[LINK TO THE VIDEOS]

New Shoes – Issac Juggling

Monday, December 24th, 2007

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Hot Juggling Music Video by Issac.
Great to watch and great technical skills – inc 7 clubs and tricks with 3. We’re loving this growing trend for well produced Juggling music videos, with a story, and connection to the music – makes technical juggling interesting to watch!
JTV Download 38Mb .wmv
Via JugglingDB
Music: “New Shoes” by Paolo Nutini

Contact LoLcat…

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

…watches “The making of the Labyrinth.”
Contact Jugglers got their very own LoLcat today
Mot is a total hero for making this one.

Ministry Workshop – Berlin 2008

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

Ministry Berlin

The Ministry of Manipulation are collaborating with Jonglier Katakomben in Berlin to bring you an official five day Ball Contact and Manipulation workshop.

Dates: 7-8-9-10-11th February 2008
Location: Jonglier Katakomben, Berlin.

Teachers:
Colin (UK)
Jeanine Ebnother (Switzerland)
Ed Adams (UK)
Kelvin (Germany)

* Special guests: Moon (TBC)

Cost 180 euro.
Places be limited.
Accommodation: [TBC]

Edit:(27/01/08) Drew Batchelor (UK) Regrets to announce that he cannot make it.

All aspects of contact juggling covered, from bodyrolling, isolationism, and multiball contact to presentation techniques, fitting moves together, as well as exploration sessions and much, much more…

We aim to teach good manipulation technique in a fashion that becomes fun and easy to digest for all levels of skill. Expect a lot of people to get rather good, rather quickly.

More information will be available soon.

EDIT: More info available now.

To book a space on this workshop, please email info at jonglierkatakomben dot de
Whilst their workshops page hasn’t been updated, they are taking bookings :)
Hope to see you there!

Blog: Everyone is Happy – Kyle Mclean

Monday, December 17th, 2007

Kyle McLean is a Brisbane based arts practitioner with a diverse background in circus, dance, music and new media…. He’s also a multi-staff master dude.

We think his Blog “Everyone is happy productions” has the best name of all the juggling and manipulation blogs, and it celebrated its first birthday last month, it’s one of the blogs that MoM checks regularly, as he often posts great videos.

Mystic Ball – the Movie now on DVD

Saturday, December 15th, 2007

Greg Hamilton has just mailed the Ministry and tells us that his award winning film about Chinlone, Mystic ball the movie, is now available to buy on DVD

Last minute Christmas shopping, this could be the number 1 Contact Jugglers stocking filler of the year (Ok, forth place after a new ball and a copy of Multiball Contact, and the InIsolation DVD…but obviously, you’ve already got those, haven’t you).

The Ministry is now recommending DVDs that it hasn’t even seen! whatever next. We’ll get a review up in a couple of weeks – when our copy has arrived.

Drew – Who is very happy because he’s been waiting 2 years to see this film, which has never yet screened in the UK.

Chinlone

Saturday, December 15th, 2007

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Above is the promo for Mystic Ball – the Movie.

Chinlone is hard to define. It’s a team sport without an opposing team, part dance, part meditation. There is no competition, no winners and no losers. The game is back-breakingly difficult, yet is played by almost all Burmese, from young children to octogenarians. – writes Greg Hamilton

In answer to the next question, her name is: Su Su Hlaing

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Chinlone is the national sport of Burma/Myanmar, where Mystic ball the movie was filmed. Chinlone festivals, are often played in the grounds of Buddhist temples. This year in Burma, sadly a LOT of Buddhist monks have been killed by the military government. Those monks can be seen in the trailer above, wearing red/orange robes sitting in the audience watching the Chinlone.

Can you guess, who are my current favourite choice for the EJC final show next year?

YouTube – Matrix Pole Vault

Saturday, December 15th, 2007

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Another clip from the Kasou Taishou series, featured on Ministry TV.