Archive for February, 2008

Ministry Berlin… The Evidence!

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

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Here it is, Folks!! The video we’ve all been waiting for! Proof that it happened!

MEGA thanks to Moon for putting this together, and MEGA thanks to all who star innit… πŸ˜‰ Moon says, sorry about the wait, hope you like it!! I’d say definitely worth the relatively short wait. I can’t imagine it was easy to decide what footage to cut and what to keep…

As for the content… Do I really need to go into details? πŸ˜‰

The most amazing Rola Bola act ever

Monday, February 25th, 2008

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Beijing Acrobatic Troupe – winners of the Gold prize at the 7th International Circus Festival of Budapest this year.
Right from the first move, this act is unbelievable, the skill level is incredible.
Via Catiecat on jugglingDB

Deaf dancers find fame in China

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

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So how many people remember this?

In this Reuters documentary, we see the techniques used by this dance group in order to keep their *perfect* synchronicity.

The Deaf China Special Arts Troupe are hoping to perform at the ParaOlympics later on this year. I say let them do it, no, insist that they do.

Thanks to Mags for the video. :)

Olympic Highlights

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

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The Olympics – Matrix ping pong style.
More Kasou Taishou
Matrix Ping Pong

Romaro – Poi

Friday, February 22nd, 2008
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I have three main influences in my poi spinning/manipulation. They are; Boogaloo Dance, Rob Thorburn, and Ronan McLoughlin.

Here we get to see two of them in one video! and as an added bonus, the gorgeous Maelle from France joins Rob and Ronan in Cork after the circus festival Ireland for some spinning fun. Clean and beautiful patterns from Maelle, the mind Boggling trickery we’ve come to expect from Rob, and, well… Ronan.

And yes, Ronan is really doing that with the poi. You should have seen his show in Berlin…

???????? – くねくねぐるぐる

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

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What is going on??? I love Japan. We’re watching a youtube video, of a TV program, of a youtube video….Someone should use their webcam to make a film about this!
Techno Robot Juggler
Japanese popping/contact
Tune in next week when the Ministry shows how you too, can have your own gaggle of over-excited cute-eared wee-lasses to appreciate your contact juggling….

Victoria Juggling Festival: March 14-16 Canada

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

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The 2008 Victoria Juggling Festival is fast approaching: March 14-16.
Here’s a taste of the upcoming awesomeness edited by the wonderful Dawn (and Ryan). Enjoy!

OCCJD Contact Juggler, Daydream Dawn is one of the organisers, she writes:

Ryans MC’ing the public show, all the wicked Canadian contact jugglers will gather – we are also trying to find all the fire community and spinners, to get the jugglers, manipulators, spinners and acrobats together in one convention.

Sounds like a recipe for a great event.

Shika Shi Shi 4 ball Contact Juggling

Sunday, February 17th, 2008

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Smooth multiball contact… to one of my favorite tunes, with a surprise at the end.
Mesmerizing, spellbinding, hypnotic, trippy… to help you get over the contact withdrawal symptoms.
Via: Briney’s youtube favorites.

If anyone can tell us how to set up a lightweight chat or forum (preferably as an add in to WordPress) then we might be able to put something together temporarily while .org is down.)

Contact still down?

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

It’s been a few days now, Anyone got any info?
Got withdraw symptoms? Shaking hands/cold sweat/Cold turkey.
Post comment below to join the Contact jugglers Anonymous support group meeting. but don’t mention Vi*gra or the spam filter will eat you.

Ministry Workshop: Berlin: The Aftermath

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

Ministry Berlin

I guess a lot of people are wanting to know what happened, huh?

Well, My head is still reeling. The workshops were IMMENSE. Hmmm… Those capital letters aren’t big enough for that word…

Once again, the bar has been raised for Contact Juggling, Only this time, the ground is nowhere in sight. According to feedback given, the workshops were highly valuable and informative, with ALL skill levels involved, and everybody able to take away valuable knowledge and inspiration in order to keep busy for years to come. I have seen the future (of Contact Juggling) and it is good. I’m going to be keeping a close eye on several people… Close friendships were formed, and re-formed, with everybody leaving at the end of the 5days a little tired, loaded with information, and sore facial muscles from all the smiling.

Moon’s Multiball Teachings… well, he blew MY mind. And I thought I’d seen it all. Kelvin’s vast knowledge, experience, and amazing personality made his workshops extremely fun and valuable. Jeanine’s approach to bodyrolling, creating routines, and learning in general was greatly sought after and helped so many people get to grips with so much information. Colin’s dancing classes really helped students to think more about their body, and my isolation classes and small numbers multiball workshops helped students understand many fundamental ideas behind what we do, and then to take those ideas, and take them further, in any direction they chose. The only problem, was that there were too many activities to choose from each day!

As well as structured classes, there were more open, exploratory sessions for routine building, The use of the Katakomben for the duration, and far too much skill sharing and inspiring to shake several sticks, poi, balls, arms and indeed anything else we could get our hands on, at. ‘Extra Curricular Activities’ included trips to Berlin city centre, the Jewish Memorial, and various vietnamese and falafel restuarants, where civilians had no idea what to make of over 15 people walking along the streets, and travelling the trains with a ball sat on their heads… Some lovely filming was done by many people, with Moon making the official Ministry Berlin montage.

The katakomben were extremely pleased with how well their Largest and most popular workshop ever (!!!) panned out, that the management have already asked if we want to do another one…

In summary, We did good. Real good. Really, so much happened, that one post is not enough to do it justice. You’re gonna have to wait for the clips. Meanwhile, I need more sleep in order for my blown mind to heal…

Innit. πŸ˜€

The angry chicken

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

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Nike parkour ad

Wes Peden – Thank you

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008
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Wes Peden sends a thank you video out to all his internet fans who sent in donations and helped him travel from Rochester, New York to circus school in Stockholm, Sweden. 3 club juggling, shot in one take; great technique and style.

Previously blogged: Wes Peden: THE POWER IS ON