Archive for the ‘Ministry News’ Category

Multiball Tutorial – Update

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Thanks to all who helped me reach the funding goal. The week has begun! Only 3 days left to join the workshop, don’t miss your chance to pre-register for this massive 7 hour+ tutorial series, only $15 until December 21st. http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/7-days-of-multiball-a-tutorial/x/4987095

Ryans “7 Days of Multiball” Indiegogo campaign

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013
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I have an Indiegogo page for a new project this winter:  An in-depth multiball tutorial video series. Click “read more” for info and video… (more…)

Aromatic Company – 19 Reasons

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

Jea9 and Caleb wish you a Happy Easter-b-ear-flapping and greet you with the new video!

EJC 2013 Teaser

Thursday, February 7th, 2013
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If you’re thinking to be there, probably this video will kill all your doubts.
Brilliant teaser for the most important event in 2013!

27th July – 3rd August, Toulouse

see you there? :)

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) ministryofmanipulation.com

See you there :)
Jea9

Piryokopi – 2011 Hoop Isolation Routine

Friday, October 21st, 2011

In August 2011, Ryan Mellors, Pich, Pilolip and Okotanpe met together at the ‘Maison Des Jonglages” in Paris to try and solve a problem:  contact juggling and manipulation performances often have a small visual effect,  ideal for video but very difficult to play to a large stage or stadium venue. We wanted to create material which  communicated large graphical effects to a distant crowd, and we developed 3 short ‘graphic manipulation’ choreographies which we are excited to be sharing with you now.

We feel this is a good first step in our ongoing collaboration.

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IsoBaton and Ball routine coming soon… www.piryokopi.net

Workshop: Manc UnitEd – [/There is no Crew]

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

New Dimensional Movement and Manipulation.

Same plans as Edinburgh, really, just a bit more central/south.

Preliminary Infos, Subject to change:

When: 23-24 July 2011

4 x 2hour workshops.

Workshop 1 = Posture, body awareness, efficiency in movement, analysing movement, Balance.
Workshop 2 = Speed Control
Workshop 3 = Waves
Workshop 4 = Illusion disguised as Contact Juggling. Warp Drive Installation session.

Individual Workshop cost: £12
All 8 Hours Workshop cost: £40

Numbers limited to 20? Subject to change.

Venue: Antwerp Mansion, Manchester, UK

Booking Info: Email, Face, carrier pigeon, make it be known :)

What I will be teaching:

1 = The base code. Re-introducing people to themselves, how they move, and how to use it to our advantage. Your body is a prop too.
2 = How to stop, move slow, and move faster.
3 = Waves are more than just a dance. They go pretty deep too. I’ll help you understand them better.
4 = Illusion style Contact juggling. How to hold any prop, and make it look interesting. How to keep things still, move around things, and move things. Mind over matter.

Time to wake up and see what’s really going on! These techniques translate very easily to other areas of manipulation and performance. It’s no longer about what the ball is doing, it’s about what you are doing. no matter what prop you use, you’re there… I’ll install your Warp Drive, and make sure it’s functioning correctly. You won’t see things the same way again.

There is no Crew, and the UK is UnitEd!

I have an Orange Ball

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011
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A while ago, A nice Brazilian man gave me an orange ball, and in return I promised a video of me using said ball.

I was slack, and took ages. Sorry about that… ANyway, this video also gives a taste of what is coming up in the workshops I’m organising around the UK at the moment.

Nik makes awesome videos. you should get him to make yours too. SRSLY. Such a good eye, and really able to express through his editing. Love it.

Workshop: Ed in ‘Burgh. [/There is no Crew]

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

New Dimensional Movement and Manipulation Exploration Masterclass with Ed

When: 28th – 29th May 2011

4 x 2hour workshops. 2 workshops per day, in the afternoon.

Workshop 1 = Posture, body/spatial awareness, efficiency in movement, analysing movement, Balance.
Workshop 2 = Speed Control
Workshop 3 = Waves
Workshop 4 = Illusion disguised as Contact Juggling. Warp Drive Installation session.

Individual Workshop cost: £15
All 8 Hours Workshop cost: £50
With enough interest, Prices will decrease.

Numbers limited to 25

Venue: TBC, Edinburgh, Scotland

Booking Info: Send me an email, and I’ll send you more details. :)

What will be taught:
1 = The base code. Re-introducing people to themselves, how they move, and how to use it to our advantage. Your body is a prop too.
2 = How to stop, move slow, and move faster.
3 = Waves are more than just a dance. They go pretty deep too. I’ll help you understand them better.
4 = Illusion style Contact juggling. How to hold any prop, and make it look interesting. How to keep things still, move around things, and move things. Mind over matter.

Time to see what’s really going on! These techniques translate very easily to other areas of manipulation and performance, so even if people aren’t into contact juggling, you’ll still take away a huge amount of invaluable knowledge from the workshops. I’ll install your ‘Warp Drive’, and make sure it’s functioning correctly. You won’t see things the same way again.

Come play, and Join the Crew that isn’t!

[/There Is No Crew]

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

No video here, I apologise, but I have a dream.

I really cannot begin to express the magnitude at which teaching Movement and Contact juggling is enriching My life, and by doing so enriching further the lives of others right now.

It’s amazing. It feels FANTASTIC, and I want more. Watching ripples of inspiration pass from person to person is an amazing process to watch, and it’s exciting me so much to see where Illusion Based Contact is heading right now.

So, I want more. LOTS more. I want to teach the Fractal Method (TM) ;) to as many people as possible, and install warp drives (TM) in people’s minds, show people the wonderful things I see around me all the time, and see what is spawned as my visions are fused with someone else’s. I do have a sinister motive behind this, however, and that motive is that I am bored, and want people to play with. EVERYWHERE. as is the Nature of Fractals, I also learn a huge amount every time I teach this method, so by allowing me to teach you, you will be teaching me.

I call it [/There Is No Crew]. think ‘There is no spoon’. that’s how I see the possibilities of this mission, and f**k am I looking forward to the challenge. A crew is a tight net bunch of people, who know each other. they don’t need to speak to communicate and understand each other perfectly. they just know each other that well. they just know. they bounce off each other. they got each other’s back. they play together. they learn together. they are a pack. They are as a general rule limited to being in the same place, and so limited in size. f**k that, I say. scale doesn’t matter any more, it’s all the same thing, just bigger. and everyone knows bigger is better, right? (I learned one from the americans ;) )

So let’s do it. Let’s bounce. Me and You. Let’s come together and make a global manipulation Crew. Let’s blow up the current scene and make it new, refreshing, and exciting through and through. Let’s end the divides and build bridges anew. But I need your help with this project too. Let’s end this thought that There is no Crew.

I have masterclass workshops to give on Illusion concepts such as Time, Space, Gravity, Energy, Sound, Language/Communication and Mind over Matter, and how they affect Movement and Manipulation as a whole through the mathematical language of Fractals, Chaos, QED, special/general relativity and quantum theory, and just how damn easy it all is, and accessible to the complete beginner. I can teach alone, or I can teach alongside other people, to help make an event similar to the infamous Ministry Workshops we contact jugglers all know and love. I can teach one on one, at conventions, in circus schools, as a guest resident to improve the skillsets, awareness and in turn the learning abilities of your students all in one go. If they will learn, I will teach, simple as.

If you think you and the people in your area can handle a mind explosion of this magnitude (and judging by recent experience, that will happen), and you know of a space that will hold it. Tell me. Let’s Chat. We can make it happen. I will have you seeing the world as I do, as nothing more than a dance of forces, interacting with each other in a way that looks amazing to onlookers, and more importantly, FEELS great too. It’s true, contact jugglers do all eventually go mad. ;)

Have Workshops. Will Travel.

:D

Ryan Mellors – Complete Video Collection 2004-2010

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

Ryan has compiled his last decade of research into contact juggling and manipulation in  this massive post on DotOrg. Check it out;  plenty of good stuff in there that you might have missed.

Ministry of Manipulation : Berlin 2010 Official Video

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

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HOLY CRAP THIS LOOKED LIKE AN UNBELIEVABLE WORKSHOP! GOOD JOB ED & BISHOP!!!!!!

Elsie on ContactJuggling.Org just posted:

Here it is guys, ten whole minutes of video goodness!

Just a few words to everyone involved with this. Firstly a huge thank you to Ed and Aragorn for sharing your techniques and ideas. Secondly, a huge thank you to everyone else for putting up with me shoving a camera in your face while you are going through the sometimes very vulnerable stages of learning.

It’s been a massive project for me. I got ten hours of footage, and have watched every minute of it over and over, trying to find the best clips that capture the mood, environment, and the people.  [...] :D

Turn the volume up and enjoy.

Excellent editing, *round of applause* for Elsie.

Previously, on www.MinistryOfManipulation.com