Juggling Documentaries

Earlier this year, eJuggle featured a wonderful documentary about Haavard Hvidsten made by Lewis Kennedy, which you can see below.

This was certainly not the first juggling documentary. Let’s take a look at other documentary films about jugglers and juggling.

Juggling by Strider Productions was released in 1984 and directed by Kim Hoeg. The film features a wide variety of jugglers, including Enrico Rastelli, Bobby May, Francis Brunn, Lottie Brunn, Dick Franco, Anthony Gatto, Robert Nelson, Ray Jason,  Barrett Felker, the Flying Karamozov Brothers, Kezia Tenenbaum, and Peter Davison. You can watch this well-known film below.

Another documentary examining juggling in general was Juggler, which was released by Eagle Entertainment Group and directed by Danny Kaplan. It features many jugglers, including Sergei Ignatov, Ernest Montego, Enrico Rastelli, Robert Nelson, Hovey Burgess, Bobby May, Edward Jackman, The Raspyni Brothers, Steve Brown, W.C. Fields, Daniel Bennett, and Albert Lucas. You can see this wonderful documentary below.

Trailblazers: Women Who Juggle was directed by Connie Leaverton and produced by Leaverton and Cindy Marvell. It was released in 2006 and features a very large array of top women jugglers.

TRAILBLAZERS: Women Who Juggle from Cindy on Vimeo.

Flow Arts is a film directed by Nicky Evers and produced by NeversMedia.

Recently, Hiko in Tonga – A Culture Almost Lost has been released. This film, about Tongan women jugglers, was directed by Connie Leaverton and produced by Walkabout Productions. It has recently won the prize for Best Travel Documentary at the Golden Gate International Film Festival.

Newtons Arkitektur (Newton Architecture) is a film by Ameron Rosvall about juggling in Sweden. It features Jay Gilligan, Erik Aberg, Emil Dahl, Tony Pezzo, Patrik Elmnert, and many others.

Newtons Arkitektur – En film om nutida jonglering i Sverige (with subtitles) from Ameron Rosvall on Vimeo.

L’Equilibrio del Cucchiaino (The Balancing of the Spoon) is an award winning film about the life and career of Alberto Sforzi. The film was directed by Adriano Sforzi. You can see the trailer below, which includes a cameo by your favorite juggling historian and eJuggle writer.

Spoon Balancing by Adriano Sforzi from BoFilm on Vimeo.

Another incredible documentary detailing the life and career of an individual juggler is Tanz des Sisyphos (Dance of Sysyphus). This film details the incredible story of Ernest Montego’s life and his attempt to restart his career at the age of 66 following double hip replacement and 5 years of retirement. It was directed by Bert Schmidt and released in 2003. Unfortunately, not even a trailer for the film in online.

Ernest Montego

Juggle is a shorter documentary about Jason and Kate Horst, who perform together as Cissy and The Man. It was directed by Alexander Monelli and released  in 2014. You can watch it below.

Another documentary by Alexander Monelli is One Hoops, which follows hoop performer Jenny Hill over a six month period.

Shortly before the publication of this article, a wonderful documentary on the history of club swinging was released, which you can see below.

If you know of other juggling documentaries, please pass them along to me.

David Cain is a professional juggler, juggling historian, and the owner of the world's only juggling museum, the Museum of Juggling History. He is a Guinness world record holder and 16 time IJA gold medalist. In addition to his juggling pursuits, David is a successful composer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and singer as well as the author of twenty-six books. He and his children live in Middletown, OH (USA).

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