Archive for May, 2012

Flow Log – Grateful Juggler

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

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It’s time for some quality Contact Juggling. Here is a new video of smooth Bodyrolling, with a great sense of rhythm, from Grateful Juggler.

3rd International MoM Workshop in Switzerland

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Dear jugglers/manipulators,

I have the pleasure to announce the 3rd International Ministry of Manipulation Workshop!!!!
5 full days of classes with MoM crew and guests from 3 continents: Ryan Mellors (CA), Jeanine Ebnöther (CH), Einhim Short (IRE), Caleb Trott (AUS) and Laura Vogel (D).
For a change (and for easy and free accommodation) it will be happening in Switzerland this time. The (world) music freaks amongst us will be in heaven too, as our host, the OskarMaus Festival is also programming a mass of musicians. Yay. Bring musical instruments as well as juggling props.

MoM will be offering workshop blocks in the following techniques:
contact juggling – body rolling – ball and hoop isolations – club manipulation – contact/double and acro staff – staff juggling – organic juggling – body manipulation – multiple hoops – 8rings – stickball – windstyle – partnering – cj and Alexander Technique – improvisation – musicality for object manipulation – working on/building sequences/an act – collaboration with live musician/group

This workshop is for whoever likes to go deeper in their manipulation, get fresh or unusual inputs, try new techniques (there will be gear to play with!) and exchange with other participants. If you are a keen observer but have never had a go, come along and you will be amazed.

Dates: Monday 3rd Sept – Friday 7th Sept 2012
Times: 9am – 1pm and 2pm – 6pm (= 8hrs!!!! Yay!! Prepare for brain implosions and muscle ache, haha!)
Price: 450 CHF (roughly 370 Euros)
big circus tent, hard and soft floor spaces, mirror wall, Open Stages daily, fire shows and concerts during the week, free play all day and night; market; MoM Variete on Sat 8th; music festival 8th and 9th Sept. (extra ticket).
Festival website will be updated and online on June 12th.

As a MoM workshop participant you can choose the classes you want to follow every day and can put up your tent in the camping area. There is space for camper vans too.

And the great thing is: the closely sited Swiss Juggling Convention will take place just the weekend before (Aug. 31st – Sept 2nd).

So get your mates together and come to beautiful Switzerland, the heart of Europe (am I being patriotic?!? It actually IS pretty here!) Spaces are limited. First come, first served. Should the financial factor be a problem get in touch with Jeanine.
For signing up and info contact jea9 (at)

See you there :)

Robot Juggling 2 balls in 1 hand

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

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“Two Ball Juggling with High-speed Hand-Arm and High-speed Vision System,” by Takahiro Kizaki and Akio Namiki from the Graduate School of Engineering at Chiba University in Japan, file this one under “jugglers are obsolete”. More info.
Thanks to Mike Icon for the link.

Gerardam – Indian Dubstep

Monday, May 14th, 2012

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What a great dose of comedy and skills. Produced by two brothers, Johnnathan and Joshua Gerard, Indian Dubstep takes tutting and waving to a whole new level. This is what happens when two clowns become excellent dancers.
Johnnathen is also the composer of the music.

Claire Colinet – Joueuse de Boule

Friday, May 11th, 2012

The sword in the stone post from last month created quite a stir, it seems like there is interest in the history of contact juggling. A good time to post about Colinet – the statue above is from around 1930, it depicts a woman dancing with 3 balls, one held in her hand, one on the back of her hand in a cradle and one held on her foot.

The title of the sculpture is: Joueuse de Boule. It’s usually translated into English as “The Juggler” (ref: Bryan Catley – Art Deco and Other Figures”). We asked Jeanine for a better translation, she writes:

…Joueuse de boule means roughly “feminine ball player”.
The suffix -euse expresses the feminine (“joueur” would be for a man); “la boule” is almost a ball, often heavier or bigger or more precious. Let’s say sphere 😉
And you have the proposition “de” that connects the noun and the “object”.
So…. joueuse de boule means as much as (feminine) Sphereplayer 😉

The sculpture was Claire Jeanne Roberte Colinet (apx 1880-1950): Born in Brussels, she lived and worked in Paris, creating many beautiful and dynamic art deco sculptures often depicting dancers.

MoM has one of these sculpture – it’s beautiful, With art deco sculptures, as a rule, if you can think about affording it, it’s a modern “reproduction” (better known as FAKE! There’s usually a few on ebay of varying quality). A small (17cm) genuine version of this sculpture was offered to me for £900GBP! Ouch, and it took me a while to say no. I’d guess that ours is a good quality, and quite old, “unauthorised copy”.

Joueuse de Boule is not the only art deco sculpture that MoM research has uncovered which depicts contact juggling, there even one that is definitely body rolling… more to follow.

Above picture is from Hickman Fine arts, who’ve got one for sale, and have a 360 photo view of the sculpture. here’s another that sold at Christies a few years ago.

Finally … one of Colinets, other sculptures was called: “Les reves sont des bulles da savon” (Dreams are Soap Bubbles). I think she knew how contact juggler think.

Tito – The Thin Line – Trailer

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Rob (Tito) Cartwright is an amazing slack liner who street performs near traffic lights. Born in Australia, he has been performing in Chile for many years as a clown. His art is beautiful and skillful, it’s no surprise they made a documentary about him!

Andrea Brunetto – Clubs – No Art

Sunday, May 6th, 2012
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Weird and Awesome. Also with club juggling.

Plus a song about heroin. Us scottish always appreciate that.

Graffiti Art – Mausolee

Saturday, May 5th, 2012
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Okay, so it’s not really manipulation, but it is intensely amazing. I was awed by the tree at the start, and then it just kept going. Impressive French installation graffiti art.

Cyrille – Acryl’

Friday, May 4th, 2012
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Sweet video of actual contact juggling on MoM? Never!

Some recording of contact juggling with the acrylic in Beijing – february 2012
Filmed by Matthieu Lindenlaub

Cigar Boxes – Pilolip

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012
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Pilolip from France doing some interesting new cigar box manipulation that I’m sure Ryan will love. Takin’ the skills and techniques of CJ and applying them to oldschool props. Win.

Storyboard P – Beatles Freestyle

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012
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This guy is a huge inspiration to me. Such an individual and intense style, so much control, so much expression. YUM.

I was very pleased to hear he’s gonna be at the Breakin’ Convention in london this weekend, teaching a workshop on Monday.

Oh hells yes I’m gonna be there. we need to get him more work in the UK, I reckons.

Turntable Rider

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012
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A BMX bike turned into a control device for music generation. Or something like that. And then get a flatland rider to do sweet tricks with it and see what kind of music you get. In Japan. Sweet.