Gandini’s 4X4 Ephemeral Architectures

Gandini’s 4X4 Ephemeral Architectures

I had the pleasure of seeing the Gandini Jugglers perform the Montreal Premiere of 4X4 Ephemeral Architectures at the Festival Completement Cirque here in Montreal. It is the second time I saw them this year (Win)! The first was their Meta Performance at the Rencontres Des Jonglages in Paris back in April, which also includes dancers, and is generally quite awesome. First can we just say the obvious? Ballet dancers are so beautiful. There is nothing so graceful in the world as properly trained dancers. *swoon* The Gandini’s may have convinced me to like ballet more than juggling. Oops. Easy review: The show was a success! A full standing Ovation for the whole group on their first night – congrats everyone! A longer comparison of the old version vs. now: I saw this show 2 years ago at Rencontre des Jonglages, and now there is a sense that the whole piece radically changed and matured. Yet, looking back at the trailer, the key elements are all very much still there. 2 years ago, the jugglers bodies and the ballet dancers bodies moved so differently from one another. Jugglers movements were so angular, always breaking at the elbows and wrists when they are throwing. The ballet dancers are the opposite, so graceful and floaty, and their lines always fluid. The show back then was a contrast and comparison between two different types of athletes. The similarities were that the dancers or the objects appear to float through the air effortlessly. The difference was the jugglers use an object as a central point of focus, and the dancer use their body as the point of focus. The...

The Meaning of Art

Sometimes I wonder what the meaning of art is. I wonder if this is a good use of my life. It is a hoped that one could inspire others to find the awe and wonder in themselves. It is a hope that we could all become like children again, just for a moment. We don’t know why we need stories, but we do. We are willing to fight for them, to die for them, and to take our whole lives to become Masters at telling them. Whatever the meaning of story’s and sports are, it’s intangible, but there is no doubt it is...
What is Flow?

What is Flow?

Flow is the essence of spirit, the base of human consciousness, the innocence of a child. It is the full awareness of the moment and yet the slowing of time. It is a healing place, a meditative place, it is a vulnerable place but a place of connection and rebirth. It is essential for humans to feel a sense of flow periodically to feel whole and fully human. The Flow Arts are a way into this essence. These movement arts can help remove the self-consciousness of lived-experience, allowing immersion one into pure focus, of movement, dance and rhythm. The Flow Arts have element of community and therefore a sense of belonging. This gives participants in that community the freedom to be seen while in their essence. If one is in total flow, they are in a place of acceptance of all emotions and they have the freedom to express it. Sometimes the feeling of flow can be so powerful that the realization that one is in a flow state is enough to knock them out and back into a state of self-consciousness. It is difficult to shake the chains of adulthood, judgement, fear and a sense of lack of worthiness. But flow is where this can happen. The Flow Arts help that journey. A flow state allows one to go beyond the knowledge of experience, giving those who are in it a sense of freedom, awe and wonder with the world. It is a place of openness, curiosity, and vulnerability. It contrasts with the worlds demands of being too-cool, stoic, or knowledgable for protection. A flow state allows for...

Artistic Accompaniment

This past few days I was working with Rémi Laroussinie as an Artistic Accompaniment on a big show that I am creating for September. Rémi is one of the co-founders of Maison Des Jonglages in Paris, which is the only cultural body in the world that is officially recognized and identifies juggling as a field in contemporary art. This project is a blend of theatre, dance, object manipulation, clown, and of course, contact juggling. It is a 35 minute solo act that will be with the Kingston Symphony, and I am very excited to present this important piece of my work to the world in just under 4 months time. There is still a lot of work to be done, but having an outside eye certainly clarifies the intentions and directions of the piece, and I am have deep gratitude for Rémi to accompany me on this creative journey. This work deepens my practice and commitment to the juggling arts more and more, and Rémi has paved the way for this to happen in France. I hope to continue to pave the way for this to happen in Canada. We were also included as special guest on Pulsar Radio speaking about Art, and if Art can change the world. Give it a listen here:  ...
Some 30 Day Challenge Heroes!

Some 30 Day Challenge Heroes!

So many people did really amazing 30 day challenge videos this year, and a lot of them did compilation video edits so we can watch them all in one shot! If you haven’t done a 30 day Flow Challenge yet, I seriously recommend you start now! No matter what prop you use, it will strengthen your resolve, your practice and your understanding of your own work. Here are some of the heroes that made huge progress in their 30 days in January. Juggleheart – Germany – contact juggling She has such a soft, warm touch, yet her style is very fluid and controlled. This is a hard task to complete! She stayed with us throughout the whole challenge, and it was great to have her support during the ups and downs of training. Gonzolo – Argentina – new style ball juggling My new favorite toss juggler, Gonzolo is a beast at sequences! Watching him has helped me level up my own toss juggling game, and inspired me to push farther. Yet, honestly, you would enjoy watching his clean style much more than my own. Mark Williams – New Zealand – Ball Juggler & more Mark is from New Zealand and he is working on some fun and unique work with his 7-11 ball rolling basket ball cascades. He is also a really great juggler in general, and his Contact Juggling moves excite me (always). Despite all his technique, of course I favor the clowny bit with the bum bump… Nick Jack Juggles – 3 ball juggling base patterns He has been learning the base patterns in juggling and it...
How to be a Good Circus Partner : 20 Day Duet Challenge

How to be a Good Circus Partner : 20 Day Duet Challenge

Duets have much more presence on stage than a solo piece. In some ways, I find duets protect you from the cliche pretentious solo juggling/flow act that is so easy to fall into. After all my experience in working with others I am relieved to find such a solid working and overall good circus partner. It has been an incredibly fun journey to work with Thomas. We have found a real magical working habit. In response, I have decided to write a list of what to look for when you are looking for a circus partner. 1. We have fun together. As a partnership we laugh at ourselves often, and entertain each other. As such, we find neat ideas and comedic moments we will include in our act. It provides us with a fun working environment, and since we have to work with each other every day this is great motivation! It makes me look forward to working hard every day. When we aren’t feeling well, we are good at being compassionate and cheering each other up, providing the necessary dose of happiness to continue the work. It’s much better than working solo. 2. We help each other out. Relationships can sometimes be about give and take, and with Thomas, it’s very generous. We give whenever we can. Our language barriers are overcome by trying to speak in the others language whenever possible (metaphorically and literally). Thomas has been extra generous in helping my french progress immensely. As such, I am starting to have a workable french. We have different strengths as jugglers and we teach each other many different...
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