Rudy Cardenas Obituary

It is with great sadness that we report that legendary juggler Rudy Cardenas passed away on December 16th, 2019. Rudy Cardenas was one of the brightest juggling stars of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. The incredible Mexican juggler was born March 19th, 1926 and started his performing career around 1929. By the age of seven he could perform 5 balls …

Big Apple Circus, Season 42

This year Big Apple Circus returns to Lincoln Center in Manhattan for an extended run, through February 2nd. The circus, unlike in years past, has no plans to take the show on the road after February. The traditional circus format remains the order of the day, with singing ringmaster Storm Marrero, clown Amy Gordon, and international acts of high skill …

Sean Gandini in “Akhnaten” at the Metropolitan Opera

“Akhnaten” is a modern Opera composed by Philip Glass. It is being performed at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City now through December 7. The director is Phelim McDermott of Manchester, England. He directed many innovative award-winning operas and plays and founded the theater company, “Improbable.” “Akhnaten” is his seventh opera and it won the 2017 Olivier award …

2019 IJA Fest Review

This year’s IJA Festival in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, provided a forum for jugglers to excel and enjoy what they do best. This year’s festival was organized by David Cain –  juggling chronicler, performer, and competitor. The festival, which was primarily held at the Grand Wayne Convention Center in Ft. Wayne, offered some of the best versions of activities the IJA …

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EJC Mini Interviews

The European Juggling Convention (EJC) is the largest juggling convention in the world and this year’s event will take place in Newark, Great Britain from August 3-11, 2019. Come join us for 9 days of juggling utopia in the British countryside. Ticket prices go up June 1, so pre-register today! There are many other options including day tickets and youth …

Waldo – A Juggler In Need

  Many readers will be familiar with IJA Lifetime Member and well-known professional juggler Waldo (Paul Burke). Waldo was a mainstay at IJA Conventions and other juggling festivals during the 1980s and 1990s. Besides his solo work, he is also known for his partnerships with Arsene (Didier Dupin) and Woodhead (Mark Keppel). Waldo was in a major motorcycle accident on …

Julio Revolledo Cardenás Obituary

Julio Revolledo, considered the greatest historian of Mexican Circus, has died. Julio Revolledo Cardenás, widely considered to be the number one historian of Mexican circus, passed away last night in the city of Cuernava, Morelos. His legacy consists of his efforts to rescue the history of the circus in Mexico, and his work in creating the Bachelor’s degree program in …

La Real Esa Obituary

(Haz clic aquí para español.) The community of jugglers of South America lost one of its greatest stars: Francy Katherine Suavita Niño, known as “Katty,” or “La Real Esa.” She was born on September 24, 1985, in Bogotá, Colombia. Since she was a child, she became interested in riding a bicycle, learning to play musical instruments, learning juggling, theater, and …

Nino Frediani Obituary

The juggling world has lost one of its most famous and well-liked members, Nino Frediani. Coming from an Italian circus family that traces its origins back to 1650, Nino was born in a dressing room of a Portuguese circus in 1940 in Libson. His mother and father were performing in the ring when she felt her first labor pains. Nino …