The Original Object, Redux

For jugglers, a sphere can be considered the simplest or most complex of objects.  Two acts recently challenged limits and created beauty with these objects.  Dmitry Chernov, having already won a bronze medal at Cirque de Demain in Paris as a teenager, performed his shaman routine in the Big Apple Circus. Les Objets Volants, a 5-person ensemble that started as …

Shoebox Tour 2012 Review and Interview

On Thursday May 10th 2012, the Shoebox Tour came to Hazel Park, MI to perform at a venue known as TANK.  The touring cast for this year’s U.S. tour is Jay Gilligan and Wes Peden doing a two person juggling act with Erik Nilsson providing musical accompaniment. The venue was a small area that was part of a factory.  It …

Brad Weston’s Stagecraft: Bubbles

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This column explores different art-forms and the creatives who work in them. We look at how choreographers approach their work, what an improviser needs in his tool kit to do well, and how a painter sees the world. In each case I will apply the techniques of each specific art-form to juggling and demonstrate ways in which we can apply the creativity of other disciplines to our own.

This month I sat down with bubble performer Geoff Akins [bubbleshows.com] to find out how he manages to make a living with soap and water. In his show, Geoff not only blows bubbles, he inspires a whole new generation to get out there and be true to their own visions. His program is not only cool to watch, it makes you think about what you can accomplish in your own life.

Perhaps inspired by the topic of bubbles, we met up at a laundromat halfway between our homes. In a couple of hours we managed to make a short movie, get our laundry done, and share some ideas about what it means to be a working artist.

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Brad Weston’s Stagecraft: Mime

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This column explores different art-forms and the creatives who work in them. We look at how choreographers approach their work, what an improviser needs in his tool kit to do well, and how a painter sees the world. In each case, I will apply the techniques of each specific art-form to juggling and demonstrate ways in which we can apply the creativity of other disciplines to our own.

Mime: the most hated variety art-form in America. It’s also the least understood and, at this point, one of the rarest. Billy the Mime [http://billythemime.net/] is pushing the boundaries and delivering a solidly entertaining and thought-provoking show. The creator’s name is Steven Banks. I got him on the phone and we spent close to an hour talking about creativity and what it takes to be successful.

When I first contacted Banks to do this interview, all I knew about him was that he was a mime. What I didn't know was that he’s also a musician, an actor, and a writer for television and books. He had his own sitcom on PBS, wrote a New York Times bestselling book, and as head writer for SpongeBob Squarepants, he was nominated for an Emmy.

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Varieté Redux

My wife explained to me at length that our neighborhood variety theater has a “brunch show” each Sunday starting at 12 noon. When I asked, incredulously, how performers can expect to stay awake through the night to do a  show in the middle of the day, she explained to me that they “go to bed early” on Saturday and “wake up …

Varieté in Germany

Last Saturday I had the opportunity to see the latest offering at Varieté et cetera in Bochum, Germany. The current show features world-class acrobats, contortionists and a guy with a cube, but for my money, two performers stood out among the rest. One of them, happily, is the bounce juggler Abbdi. At first glance Abbdi seems to share a background …

Perfect Catch: A Throwmantic Comedy

It takes ambition as well as wit to name a juggling show “Perfect Catch,” and Michael Karas and Jen Slaw Napolitano are just the duo to pull off this wacky combination of character work and skill. The show has played to rave reviews and many sold-out houses since opening last fall (it has also toured other east coast locations). I …

The Other Side of the Juggler – Charles Peachock

Drumming About Charles: Charles started juggling at the age of 13 and has been performing for almost 20 years. He became a professional juggler right out of high school. Along with his brother, he won an IJA gold medal in the 1997 teams competition. As a competitor on ‘America’s Got Talent,’ he appeared on the show more than any other …

The Other Side of the Juggler – Owen Morse

Hang Gliding For more information about Owen, visit: http://www.passingzone.com/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Passing_Zone First flight on my Wills Wing T2C from owen morse on Vimeo. First flight with Hannah! from owen morse on Vimeo.