It is really hard not to get incredibly gushy about this video so I’ll try my best…
Anyway…I’m no juggling historian but it is to my best knowledge that the last time an American audience was able to see this routine live was in 1997 at the European Showcase of the Pittsburgh IJA. Correct me if I’m wrong. I didn’t start juggling until 2001.
Anyway, the routine is called “Mobile” and is (I think) the signature piece of Jorg Muller (add umlauts where necessary), a German juggler who isn’t discussed often here on rec.juggling.
In my opinion, this is one of the finest juggling pieces of our time, in many ways on par with or greater than much of Moschen’s work.
One of the greatest Christmas presents I received today was finding that a routine I had only heard about was finally able to be seen (albeit not live) on YouTube. I love juggling in all its forms. But to me, a piece like this transcends juggling and take it to a higher plane – a plane only vaguely referenced by Charlie Dancey, where the juggling begins to create
a three dimensional “life” of its own – an almost conversation between objects and body.
Masaki Hirano eats a cigarette, teleports in a phone booth and then does some cool juggling and dancing. At one point he splits into two Masakis and then dances more.
A very well edited clip of Okotanpe, whose performance at the Japanese CJ Convention became the most viewed Contact video on the internet.
Thanks to Jesse for posting it on .org, there’s a translation into English on that post.
Related: MoM interview with Okotanpe
This dude was a EJC this year, met him, but stupidly, I didn’t recognise who he was, until after we got home. Doh.
He even performed the open stage, but somehow we managed to miss the performance, Doh*2. EJC is BIG!
Base jumping with wingsuits in Norway, from the movie Seven Sunny Days by MSP.
Starring Loic Jean-Albert, Andreas Barkhall, Espen Fadnes, Shane McConkey, JT Holmes, and others. www.skimovie.com Another clip
The song is Fly by Jonathan David Helser.