#Altern8 club is havng a free night on Dec 23rd, all welcome.
https://jugglingedge.com/club.php?ClubID=4 (Bristol, UK)
Last night there were hats, staffs, a spinning sword, clubs, balls and a kendama. And, of course, tea and biscuits.
#Altern8 #juggling club. A posh biscuit night. Allegedly. Also, FREE night on Dec 23rd! https://t.co/FJ11SYHmiD pic.twitter.com/ENw8hz5paS
— The Void ザ・ヴォイド ...will VOTE TACTICALLY (@TheVoidTLMB) December 2, 2019
The Gandini Juggling Project seemed like artsy fartsy pretention when I first started out - not any more.
It only seemed that way because I never possessed Sean's vision and prescience, indeed never even knew that I didn't, and consequently lacked the ability to see where juggling might go, given enough belief, talent, and time.
But now that's all changed, the latest revival of Philip Glass's Akhnaten features a dozen top-drawer jugglers amongst its cast and is playing at the Metropolitan Opera in NYC, and here's Sean and Kati in a feature article in The New Yorker. Yeah, that's right, juggling at the Met, in a show by Glass, being covered by the New Yorker. Not so artsy-fartsy now eh?
Look how far we have come. Thank you Gandini Juggling (as it styles itself nowadays) for having the confidence, the cojones, and the sheer stamina to achieve this.
While I love Juggling, (The) Gandini Juggling (Project) and that something like this has finally happened.
I want to say though, Cedric: Could you sh1%t me in the head so that I might actually be able to afford the money to go to that show? I don't think I'm going to be able to achieve it on Earth.
"Why don't you earn more like all of the jugglers who earn 50k or more? It's not like your brain couldn't have achieved that", Is the reponse I hear ringing in my ears.
Some might tell me that what I'm saying is political, or I should have scrolled further down. Maybe this will look like I'm showing too many emotions at once and that's somehow both illegal and makes them want to go out and improve their juggling as the form of meditation they know. I will agree, I probably should have just scrolled, but I felt something about this due to a personal connection with the above concept in my mind and couldn't.
To be honest I think Cedric's post looked like there were many emotions in it, and this is - maybe, what is confused for a post that is intending to show a sense of humour is. Now I know jokes about dying are considered a bit risque if you go immediately to the standard su1cide trope. I am in fact happy, although if this were a more standard forum I'd imagine there would be some people who would walk over the c0rpse of this post if that's what they consider it to be, and move on.
I don't really want to kick juggling when it's up, I guess that's possibly an adequate description that could also be humourous... I just feel that this ball, this big ball somewhat like the AC/DC song 'big balls' is perhaps also in need of a kick in that fine area, I'm referring to this post itself, I guess that's possibly an adequate description that could also be humourous.
A fellow juggler named Dave, everybody knows a Dave. Dave in his potentially adequate wisdom, switched from the zeitgeist brain enhancing hobby of juggling to start an irreverant ukulele group, since this message is really intended for Orinoco, who knows who I mean, and probably read enough Asterix to understand this: You remember the bard character, who I'd imagine in many places in the comics has the trope of the lute smashed over his head for I'd guess essentially being to 'artsy fartsy', intellectual, or perhaps cryptic about something. You may say, after I state that I'd like you Orinoco, to smash his Ukulele over his potentially adequately wise head. 'But that goes against everything I've ever stood for Reg' Orin, might think. I have to admit in the version of reality where this story makes sense the pain Orin I'd imagine keeps feeling, is still chanelled into making this website. I do however feel, that if circumstances were different every juggler whoever attended TWJC and thought that perhaps we had lost the way of social progress, and then presumably voted Tory, because they would like this death thing, I mean sucking up to the economic juggernaut of ecocide that is the Lib Dem / Tory (and because of their support for the ludicrus idea of PR at this point even the current leaders of the Greens) death pact is always what this has been, their mentality sells an ideal of heaven, and then by design and worship of the ecocide doesn't deliver. Now you would say with a phrase like that, on platform like this Reg, you are surely alienating your audience. So I read the room, who stared at me in slight disbelief as I told them, they had died and that was the difference - this short story I guess should illustrate how you should be compasionate for you fellow non-survivors which it is now not a choice, that group is everyone on Earth, you can interpret within the concepts you are familiar with if you like.
You might if you are used to the trope automatically, in some sort of autocontrarian way, if that even makes sense as a word: Rant at me for Communism, or whatever you've been taught to fear as the word that is bad. Having considered that as a group of words and looking into each one and recognising the good in even the worst ones. Well...
Good luck voting, it is a choice this time. It's possibly not the choice you thought though. Whether you are on board with my opinion, or not. Because this time you get to choose whather there are any services that support you as you die. You might say well I just want the best, give me the best I've got loadsa money look at my 50k a year.
You in Orinoco's postition might, I'd imagine give Cedric the (metaphorical) g£n at that point. Which is a joke, because you went and juggled before you even finished reading this.
Which to me is beautiful, and if you understood, you could perhaps thank me, by spreading the message - however people will understand it and offering them sympathetic witness for their traume. Good Luck <3
Thank you <3
To a certain extent I apologise for using only the religious references I know, considering I wrote this on a public forum. I didn't know how else to do it.
The ticket office seems to be down for me right now, out of interest how much is a ticket to this show?
I'm certain I've misunderstood your post here, I'm sure I won't be alone, but it sounds like you are upset that the Gandini's are starring in a show that a lot of us won't be able to afford to see? That you feel 'left behind'?
I have enjoyed countless Gandini performances over the years, but I've only specifically paid to see them once (as opposed to paying for a ticket to a juggling festival that I would have paid for anyway).
The Gandinis have been grinding away at making a living with juggling in the entertainment industry for 28 years1. They have put out a mindboggling number of shows & travelled all over the world performing, all the while performing at juggling festivals on shoestring budgets, giving paupers like you & me the chance to see the pinnacle of an artform for effectively nothing. Isn't that something to be grateful for?
I am delighted that they are centre stage of a massive show, at a world renowned theatre. Regardless of what the ticket price is, the Gandinis are probably not getting as much of it as you'd think or as much as they deserve, but I hope they are finally getting some decent financial recognition for everything they've done.
Also Akhnaten is just one show, there will be many more I'm sure.
As for the state of British politics, we're all upset about that mate. Vote tactically.
Most importantly though, the name of the Gaulish bard is Assurancetourix in the original French comics & Cacofonix in English (but has also at times been called Stopthemusix & Malacoustix).
1 Most performers give up on juggling & turn to balloons after 3 years. /runs
> The ticket office seems to be down for me right now, out of interest how much is a ticket to this show?
The ticket office is up. The tickets, however, are not, they've sold out, and there are only a couple of days of the month-long run left.
Elsewhere on the ticketing pages it seems to suggest that the absolute rock-bottom tickets start at a definitely-not-loose-change-but-nevertheless-pretty-reasonable $25, although I don't know if Akhnaten had any that low.
It could be interesting if they filmed the show in VR. Then we can all 'go and see it' (eg NEXTVR) from the comfort of our homes.
There was a livestream of the show in Canadian and 'Murican movie theaters recently. I was unfortunately teaching at the time, but friends who went said it was very worthwhile to see it!
It was shown in Sweden, too, but not live... A recording of the live stream, I think. I didn't watch it though.
To save you the turmoil of reading this forum here are all the links posted during November 2019:
Does anyone know whether I am the first Canadian to flash 9 balls?\
Welcome to the club!
I'm afraid not - Cirque Du Soleil started here, and there are two circus schools in Quebec (one in Montreal, one in Quebec City) which I'd bet have had a number of Canadians flash 9.
More locally, a juggler from Waterloo (Gabriel) flashed 9 a while (maybe 10 years?) ago, Sydney McDonald (Toronto/Waterloo) flashed 9 about three years ago, and both my student and I (Guelph) have both flashed 9. Jorden Moir (Stoney Creek) might have, too, especially if you include feet (then he's flashed 10).
I don't have a great knowledge of Canadian jugglers historically, but I reckon there are some I've missed.
Don't let that take away from the accomplishment, though! Not a lot of people in the world have flashed 9, especially at such a young age!
I also have a friend who is my age who is trying 9.
However he doesn't film his juggling.
Maybe you're the first Jonathan to flash 9 balls. Ever i n t h e w o r l d then even ;o]=
Last weekend I went to the juggling convention in Nürnberg in germany - sometimes the largest juggling convention in germany so lets write about it. It got quite long but I hope it might be interesting for some :).
I had to go there after work, so at 3 p.m. I took my stuff and jumped on the bus to the train station. Wonder why my stuff is always so heavy, I had packed a backpack with my juggling props i.e. four clubs, three cigar boxes, 12 balls (ok, could have packed less, just took two bags), one contact juggling ball, four rings and clothing, sleeping back, air matress and hygenic stuff. I thought it was minimal but boy was it heavy again!
And then I also took my finnish grammar and flashcards with me - it was a three hour train ride and I thought I could learn some on the train. But then I met two jugglers sometimes attending our club meeting, so I had a nice conversation with them instead.
Arriving on Nürnberg I had the adress but did not remember the station where to get out and getting out at the station named after the street was not the best choice but the walk was not too bad. We had met some jugglers from Nürnberg on the tram, one who had the strong frankish dialect and tried to guide us a bit but admitted that he had never been to this part of town. With smartphone navigation it was still easy to find.
The juggling convention takes place in a huge (for german standards) school as it is an indoor convention at this time of the year. There were some people playing with fire toys on the schoolyard, when we arrived. The theme of the convention was "Artenschutz" which translates literally to "Protection of species" and less literally to "Wildlife conservation". Arriving there where some tree branches forming an ark behind the door and some clubs decorated as animals, i.e. a bee. There was also a frog making frog noises when passing. Registration went smooth with the preregistered online ticket with a barcode on it (I'm thinking about reintroducing such tickets for our own convention in Tübingen again) but funnily for the preregistered tickets there was a queue while for the non registered jugglers there was none. Anyway I only had to wait very shortly which is impressive for a convention with more than 700 jugglers at least (this was the number of preregistered people I heard - total number of jugglers will have been higher. Two years ago it was over a thousand people making it the largest convention in germany, larger than the convention in Berlin). The badge was a small bag with a seed bomb in it. We had jokingly said, that they stole the theme from our juggling convention in Tübingen which was earlier this year in september. Our juggling convention had the theme "Juggling for future" and we had small bags with seeds in it as badges as well - so there were some parallels... but honestly it was kind of inevitable that two conventions chose the same motto this year and when you choose this motto the badge idea is also quite obvious. Apart from that our convention is with 100 to 200 people max one tenths smaller so we don't really compete ;).
After receiving my badge I was looking for Peter who had arrived earlier and would have reserved a sleeping place in one of the classrooms for me. I didn't see him but a lot of others jugglers from my juggling club sitting at the mensa tables of the school. When I texted him where he was he texted back to look right... he had sat on one of the neighbouring tables all along... duh :). I took my stuff and set up my sleeping place. The room was quite nice and I had a sort of corner because someone had put up a table with some cloth next to me. Also it was better than the two other rooms you had to pass through to get to our room - it would have been much nicer for the people sleeping there, if they had opened the other stairwell but I understand that they did not want to make another badge control point there.
This year the food was provided by a vegetarian catering service, which prooved to be a good choice. Considering how many hours on work we put into cooking food on our convention, this is really neat, but probably not feasible for the size of our convention. After getting my plate of curry I set next to Peter and watched some of the people playing fire. There were a lot of staff players but nothing particularly standing out when we watched. I think we juggled for a bit after that but my memory is fading, should have made notes there :).
Anyway we saw the open stage - which was good. There was a czech (?) juggler with a staff which took the character of a sailor. He reminded me strongly of Alexander Koblikov and maybe his act was inspired on it but it was an original act, where he rolled the staff on his had while juggling three balls - quite impressive and if he works on it and extends it can be a quite nice show act on its own.
We considered watching the fire open stage but as it was starting to rain, we went back inside. Juggling in the main hall prooved to be quite difficult as it was quite cramped (even though it was a big hall with 1200 square meters). We went to the small hall to see if there was more space there. There was going to be a juggling competition there so we stayed to watch these. They said that there would not be a fight night combat* and that there would be a one to one juggling competition instead. I did not get the exact rules and I did not really care - in my opinion they could have done without the jury and competition altogether - but what I cared about was the high level technical juggling which was very impressive. I particular enjoyed the juggling of Ludwig Klam who - apart from other crazy tricks - did a five ball boston mess. I did some solo juggling after that and I think I went to bed somewhere around 2 a.m..
Breakfast on the next morning was quite good with some typical german choices (i.e. breadrolls, several cold cuts, cheese, vegetarian spreads, Müsli, fruits and some vegetables, milk, coffee, tea as beverages). It is quite common for german conventions to provide breakfast and one dinner on the arrival day with the convention ticket and this convention was a bargain with 25 Euro including all of that (including the gala show ticket) but venue costs vary quite a lot in germany. The costs for renting such a school for the weekend varies between nothing to some thousand euros depending on the regulations of the city (unfortunately in Tübingen I think we are at the higher end of the spectrum). Second day dinner was not included but could be purchased for another five euro, which I did.
Did some nice juggling on this day - nothing particular new but some solid solo work and some nice passing session which included other people from the convention so all was good :). Also saw a nice four person feed with three people rotating around each other in a cascade way which looked quite feasible for our juggling club as well (We tried it this week but it did not work as well as I thought it would. But I'm sure we can make it work if we work on it). Also brought one of my clubs for repairs to Henry's who had a small stand beside the main hall. It was not really broken but the silver foil on one of the clubs handles was disappearing and I don't like the feeling of that so much. Considering they completely replaced the handle, the top and the knob for five euros I'm quite happy with that.
We went into Nürnberg city to get some gingerbread as well. Nürnberg is well known for its gingerbread so when you are there at this season of the year it is really not avoidable - you have to eat it - I'd say ;). My smartphone showed me a gingerbread store quite near and it was on a quite nice island but we did not find the cheap "Lebkuchenbruch" stuff there. "Bruch" means literally "broken", and it is some of the gingerbread they consider of being not good enough for the normal sale. In reality it may have some small optical defects but is as good as the normal stuff but considerable cheaper. We went a bit further to the second gingerbread store (yes, there are several stores in Nürnberg selling nothing else than gingerbread) and there they had some "Lebkuchenbruch". I think I paid something like nine euros something for a pack of 500 g of chocolate coated "Elisenlebkuchen" - very good quality stuff and indeed I did not saw anything wrong with them why they considered them "Bruch".
I had a ticket for the early gala show which was a bit stupid, as all my friends had tickets for the late show but I either didn't pay enough attention when doing the prereg or I did not know which show they would take. Either way I was standing in line quite early because I knew there would form a queue quite early and I wanted to have a good seat. The venue in the school is quite good. I don't know how many people fit in there (I would guess about 300-500) but it is in an amphitheater like stage with the stage being almost circular and being as close to the audience as it can be. The show was fantastic. The moderator Shiva Grings took up the motto of the convention and had the character of an expedition manager looking into strange creatures. As Matthias Romir was the artistic producer of the show again this year my expectations where quite high and I was not disappointed. When seeing the many hats on stage in the beginning I was wondering if it was an showact I had seen before and quite enjoyed. It was a different show but by the same guy, Michael Zandl and again it was very good! I'm normally not so much into hats but this is really good! There was an act of physical theatre where Anita Bertolami took on different roles which was quite funny and impressive but maybe could have been a bit shorter. After the break there was a diabolo act from Solvejg Weyeneth which I really loved. Again, I'm usually not into diabolo acts as often they are just like "Hey I'm soo cool look at what tricks I can do" type of acts, but this was totally different. Very creative use of two lines which were spanned over the stage and quite high technical level - as far as I can tell; I'm not a diabolo player. The dart act of Bernhard Zandl I had seen before (in fact he had won the cabaret price "Tübinger Fröschle" on our own convention with this act this year) but it is a very good act and I enjoyed watching it a second time. There was a good acrobatic act by Dries Vanwalle and Xenia Bannuscher which I might have seen before and the very good food juggling by Ariane Öchsner and Roxana Küven which I have seen some times before but enjoyed very much watching again. The last act by Florent Lestage was something I had never seen before. He combined canes with clubs and a quirky humour and it was a very enjoyable and creative act.
I did more juggling on the convention and was quite exhausted but happy after this days. Ride back to Tübingen with Peter was uneventfull but nice. Overall it was a really nice convention (and the last one of the year if you don't count the Glühwein juggling convention or the Passout juggling convention around newyear) the only thing is that the juggling hall can get quite full - which is not surprising considering how many people were there. I guess you can't do much about that though - it seemed more full than two years ago (Nürnberg juggling convention is every other year) and I wonder if that is because there were more jugglers or they were more motivated ;). Maybe we german jugglers should get less disciplined and more lazy like the clichee of british jugglers ;).
*I heard there still was a fight night on saturday but apparently I only heard of it afterwards ;). Even though I'm probably in no position to have an opinion on that having neither taken part in a fight night nor in a convention in Berlin I wonder if there should not be more points for a convention of this size and juggling level. On the other hand maybe this is fair considering the best players currently live in Berlin.
Thank you for writing your review, I enjoyed it. :-)
I was very interested to hear about the shops dedicated entirely to gingerbread.
What did you do for your evening meals at the convention?
Were there restaurants nearby?
Was it outdoor camping / cooking as well as sleeping in classrooms or did everyone enjoy the luxury of sleeping indoors?
Does the venue change every 2x years?
Glad you enjoyed it :)
It was not too far from the center of Nürnberg, so it would not have been a problem to go to a nearby restaurant, however food on friday evening was included in the convention ticket and for saturday I paid five euros extra to eat at the convention as well (Usually the prices you pay help the convention pay their bills, so they also sold snacks, drinks and gingerbread at the convention). The convention ended on sunday afternoon and I just took a good breakfast on sunday morning and had brought some food with me for the return trip. I only ate a very big breakfast in the morning and in the evening... usual procedure on juggling conventions for me (ok some Lebkuchen in between ;)).
There was no option for outdoor camping but it would have been quite tough anyway I think :). Maybe british jugglers are a bit tougher ;) , but I think the average german juggler would not camp at this temperatures outside (two years ago there was snow on this convention which we didn't have this time but still I would not go outside without jacket). But they have quite a lot of classrooms for sleeping (which even had carpet, so it was quite nice). I forgot to mention that they also had put signs on any room for the endangered art form - I slept in the Hula Hoop room :D.
It was the same venue two years ago, but I can't tell for the previous years. Usually if the venue is good and there is no problem (like changed regulations / prices) it tends to be the same venue every time. I've been just told by a juggling friend that there were less participants than two years ago so my impression was apparently wrong. He didn't have any numbers though. There is a big juggling convention in Munich also every two years on the other year, but that could also be coincidence, I think this is organized by a different team. I have not been there yet though (maybe I will go next year).
BTW, are you one of the organizers of Chocfest? If it would not be so far this is one convention I would definitely attend :).
No juggling for me for a while for one reason or another so I've just downloaded the kendama app. I think it's excellent. I am particularly enjoying the videos of everyone in their yoof.
Article on circus for general fitness last weekend. I don’t think the author came away very enthusiastic for going back a second time, but it’s nice to see the national centre get a plug: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/nov/09/fit-in-my-40s-roll-up-roll-up-master-circus-skills
While I’m here, anyone know who teaches at Little Stars circus in Chelmsford? Not particularly important, but my mum’s partner’s grandchild (fn) is having a fun time learning and performing there so I vaguely wonder if I know any others in the group.
fn: Not my most convoluted relation: my stepmother’s stepfather is still alive and hale! But as far as I know he’s not into circus. He does cut a rug with the local widows though...
I like how juggling gets all of one sentence!:
Juggling, on the other hand, is a foreign country.
Doesn't sound like she was particularly interested!
There are some pictures of the tutors on the Little Stars' website:
Dube Juggling Knives - where to buy? Still manufactured/for sale?
Hoping you can help me. I’m currently in the market to buy a set of Dube juggling knives. I’ve tried emailing Dube direct to arrange postage to the UK, but have heard nothing through that or their Facebook page. Is Dube still operating?
Are there any other stores that have these in stock?
On a side note, if anyone has some Dube knives for sale, I’m very interested...
Oddballs sell them. Not sure if they're good ones as I've never bought/tried juggling knives.
Southampton Convention Saturday 2nd Nov 2019 – A Review, by Lizzy Peat
Following Jenni's excellent example with her Camvention review, I thought I'd better help 'share the load' and do a review of my own. An easy one, as this convention only lasted from Midday till 6pm...what could possibly happen in that time?
Morning dawned blustery and rainy. Jamie bribed me to get up by him making me tea and toast with chocolate spread. He then drove me to the venue in the 'yellow wind' as featured on the met office website. Jamie was upset to find we had left so late, so I worked out how to adjust the car clock using the manual until he felt better. Lots of branches down- we were particularly impressed with the edge of Southampton common where people park their cars. Some near misses of some seriously heavy oak branches. We tried to get in the wrong entrance first and Jamie made a heroic three point turn in an unfamiliar car. Eventually we followed some karate kids to the correct entrance and the nice lady at the reception desk pointed out the sports hall on her map.
We followed the inconspicuous laminated sign trail till we found Roy putting them up, and then the gang loitering by the hall door. As they already had sticker passes sorted out, I took our backup lego sticker book and helped make the signs more eye catching on the way back to the car. Jamie and I then put out his 'juggling' sandwich boards on the road to reduce confusion and we dragged our stuff into the hall. After a touch of snake-boarding we went to find some lunch.
We trogged to the hawthorns centre at the South end of the common (which is supposed to be an SSSI but looks like any other mown amenity parkland), good tea- nicely pouring metal tea pot, but no extra water. I ordered lasagne, however it was actually coldish tinned vegetable soup poured over something made out of sheets of solidified custard. EW EW EW EW Ew. Jamie tucked in and I ate Jamie's lunch of egg sandwiches instead while watching a young rat scampering in the rain, to the sound of some Italian woman singing about something very dramatic over the speakers. We then trailed back to the school in the driving rain. Not a great experience.
However back at the sports hall, things quickly cheered up- we met up with some fellow Newbury Juggling Clubbers and caught up with their news. Then we discussed how it felt slightly dark in the hall until you tried looking up into the bright overhead lights, so not sure what dark magic was stopping the light reaching the ground. Weird. Slytherin Jenni would know. The legendary Guy Heathcote then opened the convention with a speech and a ribbon cutting which we all enjoyed very much, the sound system worked very well. Much clapping was had.
Then I noticed Simon had brought his home-made bike with off centre wheels- my favourite thing! Thank goodness the hall wasn't too crowded so I could have a good go. I had to dodge a very exciting bouncy springboard inflatable rampy thing brought by Joel, constantly covered in children and people throwing themselves about. There was also an aerial hoop, not sure I saw this unused, and a tightrope too. We also did some passing, accompanied by Guy Heathcote who serenaded us all on his squeeze box, then we played marakesh with Jae (who completely beat us) until we were interrupted by the games. Jamie would have won me some biscuits in the 5 ball endurance if Freddie hadn't recognised him and poked him with a club. Alex did a great job of hosting the games, we especially liked Simon upholding Southampton Juggling Club's honour by winning the unicycle gladiators against a smaller person. I'd not seen the 'throw the hat onto your partner who is the furthest away' game, which Roy won with style. (Is there a better name for this? Anyway)
The day culminated in a 'glow jam' where the main lights were turned off and everyone spun coloured glow things in the dark- this was lovely to watch for a short while and a nice end to the day. Glad we had enough warning to get our hands on our stuff first, else leaving might have been harder.
We then drove home to fish and chips and looking up Aquaponics (at Martin's recommendation) on u-tube. ooOOOoooo.
A good value day out for £10, and I understand they had 57 people, not bad for a half dayer. See you next year?
Thanks for the review Lizzy - the weather turned me away from the prospect of the drive from Bristol, but it is tempting for next year.
I think more juggling conventions should have ceremonial openings by juggling legends. Were there many who had been to the 1st Southampton Juggling Convention, 25 years ago, there?
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