Polynesian Juggling Goddesses of Tonga

by Connie “Paprika” Leaverton, videojuggle.com/hiko https://www.facebook.com/HikoTonga Hey, jugglers and historians. There is an entire country of women jugglers in an Asian-Pacific island group called the Kingdon of Tonga. There are 176 islands where everyone speaks English, all women juggle, and men wouldn’t dare. I’m on my way Feb. 1, 2015 to Tonga to visit some “Ladies of Hiko” for the …

IJA 2014 Honorary Awards

The Honorary Awards presented at the 2014 IJA Festival in West Lafayette, Indiana, USA were: The IJA Historical Achievement Award: Airjazz The IJA Award of Excellence: Paul Ponce The IJA Extraordinary Service Award: Mike & Marilyn Sullivan; Paul & Gabi Keast The IJA Historical Achievement Award: Airjazz (Peter Davison, Jon Held, Kezia Tenenbaum) Peter Davison, Jon Held, and Kezia Tenenbaum …

An obituary to Aidan Burns

On the 9th October the international juggling community lost a treasured friend and valued contributor. A creator of patterns, a passionate teacher, and a friendly face to sink a beer with (preferably an ale) or pass an evening playing games with, Aidan touched many around him and will be sorely missed. His online resource for club passing is probably the …

Juggle This Review

Juggle This NYC! June 5-8, 2014 By Viveca Gardiner Hundreds of jugglers descended on New York City for Juggle This! a four-day festival of juggling games, workshops, shows, lectures, panel discussions, and other activities. The city’s twelfth festival kicked off with an afternoon of open juggling in Bryant Park. The morning was rainy, but by midday, the sun was shining, …

Joan and the Gentleman Juggler Review

When a ghost wants to tell a story, listen. A single flame wanders in the dark before the lights go up on L. Frank Baum (Ric Walker), the phantasmal narrator of Joan and the Gentleman Juggler– a delightful blur of unlikely friendship and good old-fashioned spectacle. Performed as part of the 9th Annual Living Literature Festival at the Metropolitan Playhouse …

IJA Festival Features Special Workshop by Jay Gilligan

At this yearʼs festival at Bowling Green, Jay Gilligan will present a special workshop over three days. Called “Juggling Tricks: Start to Finish”, the workshop is open to anyone, of any age and skill level. Thereʼs an official workshop description at this website, but I asked Jay to expand on that. He said, “We will explore a core concept, give …

Robert Nelson aka “The Butterfly Man”

I first saw Robert perform in a dark corner of San Francisco’s Pier 39 in 1979, just after it had opened. There was no stage, no lights, few tourists – with an audience of about six drunks held at bay by a torch juggler. My film partner, Kim Hoeg, and I were amazed at how well he handled the non-stop …

IJA Championships volunteers needed

Hello jugglers, I am the 2012 IJA championships director. I’ve started organizing the event and am looking for volunteers for a number of positions. I’ve included descriptions of each position below, the number of individuals I need for the positions, and the skill sets I’m looking for. If you’ve never worked in one of the positions before but would be …

Congress of Jugglers 2012, an apolitical feast for the eyes

Congress of Jugglers 2012, an apolitical feast for the eyes Annual festival placates the juggling majority By Christian Kloc The Congress of Jugglers convened once again March 9-11, bringing jugglers to University of Maryland’s Ritchie Coliseum for some delightfully apolitical exploits. Most of the action took place Saturday, with open juggling, games and an evening show. More than 100 jugglers …