Glas – Bert Haanstra

won master film maker Bert Haanstra a well-deserved Academy Award for Best Short Documentary in 1959. The film contrasts the production of hand made crystal from the Royal Leerdam Glass Factory with automated bottle making machines in the Netherlands. An industrial film with a bebop heart, its lyrical use of light and sound still looks and sounds fabulous, nearly 60 years after it was made.”

Wintergatan – Marble Machine

Finally, someone has created a real life version of the Short Circuit’s – Automatic Drums animations from the 90’s. OMG yes.

Wintergatan is a Nordic band that has been building this marble song making machine for a couple of years using hand cut wooden cogs. The whole Marble Machine was built and composed by Martin Molin, on their youtube channel they have 10 videos of the building process.

El sueno de hampi

Last year, Lukas Zeller sent this beautiful atmospheric video to MoM. I’ve had a real soft spot for the singing sound of the Hang, since first hearing one at EJC Cork, you can hear more of Lukus’s music on his soundcloud page: hang walleh

Filmed in hampi, india, spring 2011
Featuring: mango, justzina hermann, eva lopez, romain margruitte, ivan pavcek, peter kaiser, lukas zeller
Camera: tomas sheridan
music & editing:lukas zeller

La Boite à Musique

A short film by Guillaume CHENIER, mixing history, fantasy and acrobatic performance, made by encounters and carried thanks to the passion of everybody Guillame met.
A project of 11 months of work, for 11 minutes of images.
Made in France BORDEAUX.
The “Ballerina” Chloe BAPPEL
The jumper Echassier: Christopher COURNAU
The outfielder Gloria VILLAVICENCIO
The Juggler: Guillaume CHENIER

Director / Screenplay: Guillaume CHENIER
Assistant Director: Vincent GILETA
Framing: Arnaud Proust and Thibaut TORRES
Script: Maya SAFADI
Editing: Arnaud PROUST
Taking his studio, Sound Editing, Mixing: Adrien Gesta-Fline
Generic calibration and Fabien TARGARYAN
generic illustration Chloe BAPPEL
Board: Vincent GILETA
Installation Technique: Vivien POUYANNE and Nicolas GAUDE
Sound and musical arrangements: ALARM-Fline Adrien
Music: ROUSTABOUT – Beats Antique

A big thanks to:

Halle des Douves
In the Adrenaline Company for these strings and these crazy possibilities
A mayor of Bordeaux
A Ecole de Cirque de Bordeaux
A Chloé, Vincent and Thibaut for photos
Group Beats Antique for letting us use one of their songs.


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Hoop Isolation Lab: Time Experiments

Silvia Pavone is an amazing hoop dancer. She wrote us to show results of Hoop Isolation Lab:
“This hoop isolation film is the result of a short period of research and development that was supported by the Circus Space and the funding from Lab:Time – experiments in circus. Francesca Martello and I wanted to explore the possibilities of circus, and specifically hoop manipulation, on film. We originally started our R&D together with Lynn Scott and Helen Orford, with the idea that the piece would be made for film and on location. However, when Jackson’s Lane theatre gave Lab:Time winners the opportunity to perform their work in progress in a mixed bill of freshly created performances, we reoriented our focus towards creating a stage performance. I hope that we will be able to keep developing this work further, both for film and the stage. Special thanks to Jon Aaron Green, director and producer and Ben Green, editor of the film!”

We like it. 🙂

3rd International MoM Workshop in Switzerland

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 🙂