Elements of A World Class Performance

Elements of A World Class Performance

Image: Steven Ragatz performs at the ScotiaBank Buskers Festival in 2012 A world class performance requires us to be masters of many disciplines. If you’ve trained properly at a circus school – great! They likely taught you many of these tricks. But, if you’re self taught like me, these disciplines are not the ones you’ve practiced over the last decade. Although you can practice and get good enough to become one of the worlds greatest jugglers, if you’ve not practiced character and stage set up, your show is probably lacking. If instead, you come from an acting background, you may understand the theaters and cameras well, but your knowledge of prop manipulation is likely naive. The same is true of all cross-disciplines, and let’s be clear, we will never be good at improvising at each and every one of these simultaneously. But, you can choreograph a good act to include them all. If you create this act, then you hold all the master-performer cards in your hand at the same time.     Juggling or Prop Artist   A prop artist is good at making a prop come alive. They can multitask and take the risks of throwing, rolling, and spinning the object around their body with ease. The object appears not only comfortable for the artist, but an extension of them. These gravity defying feats are physical in nature, but it comes with problems. Often the person who juggles becomes unaware of their body position or loses character easily because of the huge amount of focus it takes to be aware of the actions of the object. The...
Fire Spinning Photoshoot

Fire Spinning Photoshoot

I had a photo shoot this weekend with a local artist Creative MayheM. We got some amazing photos and it was a super fun night! Check out his work with leather, he does some amazing art. And of course check out the cool fire...

Contact Juggling Performance Montage

A friend from the SPARK project, Choi, put together this wonderful montage for me (and also for many other awesome Sparkles), I am very grateful! This highlights many of my performances for contact juggling including the day shows and the fire shows at night. It’s a simple video, but I had not seen my performance until I watched it, so I am grateful for the new perspective! I believe other sparkles have much more footage of the awesome fire shows out there, and I can’t wait to get my hand on it to edit some of it together! Until then, thanks to Choi, I have this awesome little video of some of my work in Thailand....

Happy Winter Solstice

Last night I did a choreographed gig with The Secret Lantern Society and they were quick to start posting photos of the show! What an amazing group of people, I have never felt so calm before a show as I did this one. Great audiences, great people, everyone was happy all around, thanks to all on the team of awesome fire spinners! The time on stage went TOO fast, I had 3 different props, and I was a part of most of the show for that reason, and it simply zoomed by! At the end I said “Let’s do it again”! HA! I guess I will get that luxury (doing the show again and again) in...
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