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...
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...

Added Tutorials

4 More Tutorial Videos have been added this weekend. Balances are always necessary and fun to work on, but what’s really interesting is the butterfly theory I am working on. This is the beginning of a new workshop I am trying to create, changing the way contact jugglers do butterflies. Let me know if it’s useful, or if you have any requests for tutorials! Recommended for you        »  Montreal – Gazette 2013        »  Settling In to SPARK!        »  Happy Winter Solstice        »  Goldie on Zoink’d YTV Canada        »  Contact Juggling...

30 Day Challenge 2015

A series of 30 videos I uploaded on instagram of where I am working on my edge currently. The challenge is as follows: 30 days, of at least 30 minutes practice, posting 30 videos I add the extra bonus of only do ideas that are “New to me”. It’s a level up game for sure! I do practice every day, but this breaths new wind into the concept, and doesn’t allow for rest days. 😉 Also, bonus video: Ukulele with a ball on my head!   Must reads        »  Fire Spinning Photoshoot        »  New Photography Page        »  Goldie on Zoink’d YTV Canada        »  New Go Pro Camera – Time Lapse        »  Settling In to...
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