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DAVID DEEBLE

A COLUMN IS BORN Jugglers And Fans Of Juggling And The Related Arts – It is not yet clear whether this column will post daily, weekly or monthly. That wil be determined by reader interest, so probably the latter. While it’s difficult to predict at this point exactly what direction it will take, one can reasonably infer that it will …

Stagecraft: Improv

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This month we look at the art of Improvisation. The word ultimately comes from the latin: improvisus, which translates as unforeseen. When an artist is involved in the creative process, they literally can not see the terrain that lays ahead.

The creation of performance pieces and the development of new juggling tricks is a pure act of improvisation. We uncover the unseen and reveal the hidden. Although long and short form comedy improv on the whole stands apart from the variety arts, there are so many similarities that it bears a closer look. What’s more, there are many resources that can be found in print that can help us deal with our own issues, such as creative block, free association, and continuity of theme.

Many of today’s great improvisers such as Mike Meyers and Tina Fey got their start at a school in Chicago called Improv Olympics, a school founded Charna Halpern. She is also the author of a classic improv manual: "Truth in Comedy". Here is an excerpt of an interview we did last week.

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Notes and queries and a case full of clubs: Risk

Almost everyone I speak to has a different definition of juggling. Some elements of some of these definitions I can easily agree with. Others, not so easily. It is hard enough for me to pin down my own definition in any clear way without having to deal with those of others. But if I was pressed to say something fundamental, …

Stagecraft: Creativity and Inspiration

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The art of juggling is at a crucial moment in it’s history. Like most art-forms, the internet is rapidly changing how it is learned, seen and understood. It will grow from here in one of two ways: It can become more like a competitive sport, where it will belong in the gym, or it can become a more expressive and creative movement, flowering on the stage. In this article, veteran performer Brad Weston shares his experiences and and talks to other well-known and creative performers where they seek inspiration for their work.

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Learning to Live with Jugglers, an Aerial Perspective

It’s wintertime; my house is cold. The first snow of the season has just begun and my callused hands are trembling. Unaware, we had let our oil supply run out, and so now our heat is temporarily disabled. Our fireplace-inset woodstove is mysteriously defective. Four people have just recently moved into a house together to start a 10 month long …