New Costumes 2018

New Costumes 2018

So, I understand, these graphics are a good example of why you shouldn’t create your own graphics. But, this was an exercise in whimsy. At least it’s a great way to share all the new costumes I can offer after a serious upgrade this year. LED Winter Princess! You can’t be a performer without an LED costume these days! It’s so important to be seen in these dark days. I have this new heart shaped dress LED tutu that’s wonderful for the Christmas season. 50’s Rockabily This bright number is great for a punch of color at an event. Spunky, and high energy, this is wonderful for cocktail events and dinners Classic Circus Similar to the rock-ability, this is a throwback to the past with a classic vintage circus look, complete with matching luggage!   The Water Goddess This piece was inspired by the tide. Pulled by the moon, the waters of the earth are ever changing. Luna, the white eyed mystic, is the one who controls them. Jade This serious face shows the depth of the character that comes with this stage presence. This contact juggling piece is shows profound emotions, while looking you in the eye. Let me know if you like the new...
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...
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