Here is a preview of the 2015 IJA Stage Championships.
Hosted by Marika Henrichon. Marika Henrichon has specialized in interactive theater for 15 years and is known for her skills as a comedian, host, and improvisor. In 2014, she began directing an important interactive theater company in Quebec: Les Productions Épisode, which produces over 200 shows each year throughout the province, in France, and in Switzerland.
In 2011, Yu Kato won first prize in the Japan high school juggling competition. The following year, he won fourth prize in the Japanese Juggling Festival competition. A part of his act, influenced by Komei Aoki, mixes cigar box juggling with dance.
Yusaku Mochizuki (Japan) was born in Shizuoka, Japan. He started juggling when he was studying at Tokyo Art School, where he presented his sensational act combining juggling with tap dancing and visual art. He is now working with the performance group called Enra, a world-renowned company that mixes visual art, dance, and juggling. He has enjoyed presenting his act on TV and at festivals, theaters, and events all over the world, including the Cannes International Film Festival in 2015 and Shizuoka International Buskers Festival in 2014. For him, juggling is not just entertainment, but also a way to express himself that merges art, sports, and performing arts. The theme of his championships routine is gravity, and the visual and sound effects will leave the audience roaring.
Ryuhan (Daisuke Hagiwara) has been juggling for 16 years. He is from Shizuoka, Japan. This is his fourth IJA festival and his second time competing in the Stage Championships. He is known as a cigar box juggler, but this time, instead of using cigar boxes, he’s using a new type of box.
Kento Tanioka was born January 10, 2000. Recently he has been concentrating on his solo practice and working hard to make progress with numbers.
Kentaro Tsuchiya from Shizuoka, Japan: “Have you ever seen juggling like this? My performance is called ‘The Art of Foot Juggling.’ Please enjoy this!”
Yosuke Ubukata: This is my first IJA championships and my first time in Canada. I’ve been juggling diabolo for four years and enjoy using bearings. I hope you will enjoy.
Mixing juggling, comedy, interaction, and live music to create their trademark style of vaudevillian funk, The Blingling Bros, Paul “Showtime” Klaassen and Mark “The Catching Machine” Williams, put on energetic, impressive live shows that appeal to young and old alike. Based in Auckland, New Zealand, The Bros are known for always establishing a great connection with the audience and delivering quality circus entertainment with a fresh modern approach. They were the Supreme Award Winners in the 2014 New Zealand Circus Awards.
JUGHEADS Youth Juggling Co., LLC (established in 1994 and based in Edina, Minnesota, USA) has more than 120 members and features school year clubs, summer camps, an annual variety show production, and many special events. The virtues of good personal character, long-term friendships, and mentorship undergird every aspect of the company, with juggling as a means to these goals. With direction from coaches Chris Lovdal and Jon O’Connor, the Jugheads’ Ultimate Club put their minds and hands together to create this tribute to teamwork, “Sweet 16.” JUGHEADS was founded by Paul Arneberg and is the full-time vocation for him and his wife, Wendy. This is the 20th consecutive year that the Jugheads have attended the IJA Festival. Competing in this year’s Teams Championship are Taylor Claeys, Jacob Cowan, Nick De Boom, Cole Dunbar, Elise Johnson, Reid Johnson, Sam Karschnia, Steven Karschnia, Riga Moettus, Maddie Rodbourne, Max Schleck, Laura Schroeder, John Sticha, Liam Thompson, Chris Van Hoomissen, and Daniel Van Hoomissen.
kentokaito is the Tanioka brothers: Kento and Kaito from Higashiosakashi, Osaka, Japan. Together they represent a new generation of juggling. Both boys started juggling at the age of six.
Delaney Bayles is from Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. She is a Skyline high school student who has been juggling for almost four years. Her recent accomplishments include three world records in joggling, a bronze medal at the International Juggling Festival, and the 2013 junior’s Title at the World Juggling Federation. When she’s not juggling, you can find Delaney snowboarding on the slopes of the Wasatch Mountains. Delaney is coached by Richard Kennison.
Patrick Fraser has been juggling since he was 10 years old and has performed on the IJA festival stage four times before. When not juggling, Patrick is pursuing his interests in theoretical physics. He is from Stratford, Ontario, Canada.
Bonjour. Je m’appelle Max Poff. J’habite dans Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. I put the jeez in juggling and the aayyyyyy in IJA … without any 360s.
Kaito Tanioka was born October 22, 2001. Recently he has been focusing on his solo juggling and especially his pirouettes.
Daniel Van Hoomissen is a 15-year-old boy from Edina, Minnesota, USA. This routine is very character driven. The character was created when he thought, “I’ll be a nervous, 15-year-old boy on stage anyway, so let’s do it on purpose.” There is a lot of movement, and sometimes it can make Daniel tired when he runs it for too long. Daniel has been juggling for three years with a group called Jugheads, where he practices on Tuesdays and Wednesdays after school and Thursday nights. He has performed this routine seven times on stage including at the Jugheads’ big show, Juggle Jam.