Anna Haraszti – Writings on manipulation

Anna HarasztiThe Ministry’s Anna Haraszti discusses her process for creating her solo from ‘In Isolation.’ Her full essay can be read here:

“Playing is getting lost in a world that has no, or very little connection with everyday reality. Creating a world of its own it allows us to be in the moment and, every now and then, to dissolve or disappear in the process.

In my interpretation, contact juggling happens when the body is in harmony with the ball: when technique is not necessarily what defines the movement, but where the body finds its own ways to relate to the object, alters already acquired technique, or blends in with the smoothness of the ball’s flow in space.

Contact with other contact jugglers has been one of the most inspiring aspects of contact juggling for me over the years. in my experience sharing elements of technique, a range of possible approaches, viewpoints and, most of all playing time, is what can ultimately promote the continuous dynamic development of any art-form; meaning, that perhaps the future of contact juggling depends on the way people inspire, motivate, influence, or even critique one another. True enough, creativity needs to be given sufficient time and space to grow – however, we create our own opportunities, and through them our own realities as well.

Jen Slaw & Tony Duncan Promo Video

For fantastic historical reasons Tony Duncan is a legendary name in the world of ball contact. He has teamed up with Jennifer Slaw to create a slightly ambiguously named performance duo:

Their promo video is here: video html page. It’s quite long, but there are some great moments that make it well worth watching. I found that my browser sits there for ages waiting to download this doing nothing, if you get the same problem, then this direct link to the video will help: Right click and save as:

Jennifer Slaw seems groovy, and her website says that she has degrees in art & engineering…That sounds very familiar.

Tony Duncan:Tony Duncan and friends

Great stuff,


Jive – ‘patchwork’ promo

JiveA student of dance, mime and manipulation at the Lido school in France, Jive is one of the artists featured on the In Isolation DVD. Patchwork is a collection of his material, featuring new manipulation with clubs, a stick, a broom and a book.

View the promo here

From Jive’s notes on juggling, translated by Babelfish:

The singularity of my juggling rests on a whole of components such as traditional juggling, atypical juggling, choreographic work and the work of actor. My research is based on the juggling of yesterday and today. …

The technique developed with these objects rises directly from the techniques of traditional jugglings, but, the singularity of the object itself brings to create new images and propels the juggler in various universes “the skilful diversion of the object to the service of a new poetic language…” …

My report/ratio with juggling is very graphic. The inspiration comes from Michael MOSCHEN, American juggler, who in the Eighties revolutionized juggling by his geometrical work around the fixed point and of the graphic insulation. This work is close to the illusion by some with dimensions. It gives a life specific to the object, personifies it. The whole of these research orientations is related to my own history of juggler and my universe of creator. In this creation, I want to propose a language located between the art of the juggler, the dancer and the MIME.

U-Min Routine

this one’s a real treat. Many thanks to Colin for passing this along to the Ministry.

Admittedly, this isnt really manipulation. at least not with props. But it is illusion…

One of the most beautifully done popping/illusion style ensemble dance routines i’ve seen yet… this one is excecuted with such amazing precision and skill. The opening botting and puppet-styles are breathtaking… the 2nd part of the video loses a bit for me (im not a madonna fan)

Spherculism DVD

Spherclism (Poipoipoi Matt) has made a DVD, mostly from the Poi community, with other manipulation too, Diabolo, staff and Multi Ball contact from Drew and raf.
Trailer availiable on google video
Details of the DVD content

Still from the DVD

I’ve only seen the edit of my bit, it was filmed in just 20 minutes at bristol juggling convention. and I love what Matt has done with it, he’s taken my performance, my work and added to it with his editing, and choice of music, so that the final piece of film isn’t what I would have created on my own, it’s better, it’s a combination of both our art.
Looking forward to seeing the final product when it come out…soon.

EJC 2006 – Musicality Workshop

Musicality workshop picture
Musicality workshop picture 2
A few people have e-mailed me to ask what music was played during Drews Musicality Workshop at EJC 2006
Also at Play Festival, and at Ueberpoi 2005 and Nottingham 2005

Here’s the track listing:
Quannum – “I Changed My Mind”
The warm up spin was too this lovely track which Ryan and I used as the soundtrack for the Bodyrolling Montage

The Turtles – Happy Together
For the Beat and bigger changes in the music

Yann Tiersen – Amelie Soundtrack Tracks 2 and 3 A great album for movers manipulatiors and Jugglers.

Zeida – Track 1 French hip hop that I got from the Berlin Circus crowd, I don’t even know if I spell it right or what the album is called!

Gorillaz – Clint Eastwood
for the wicked Bass line

Serge Gainsbourg – Angoisse
Feeling and mood – Sadness

Shimon and Andy C – Body Rock
Feelig and mood – Bounce bounce

Unknown Artist – Zorba the Greek
A wicked progessive tempo version which starts too slow to do anything useful, and finishes too fast. I didn’t play this at EJC this time but normally do in the workshop.

Paul Mauriat – Etude in the Form of Rythm and Blues and
Walther Murphy – 1/5th of Beathoven – from the Saturday night Fever Soundtrack
Fun stuff at the end – I’ve soo got to make routines to these 2.

A huge thank you to the super dude peg master Burning Dan for once again rescuing me in the Music Department. That’s 3 times now, this is starting to become a habit. Thanks dude.
And big thanks to everyone who came and wiggled and made it soo much fun for me to run. πŸ™‚
Any other questions just post them below in coments