To be honest the over all performance is not to my taste but it’s great to see companies succeeding in the tricky business of blending technology with live performance.
I’ve been strangely absent recently. Hopefully this little gem will make up for it.
You can read more about Creature Comforts on Wikipedia.
Jugglers prepare for depression/inspiration (depending on your philosophical out look on life), Wes Peden has released his most recent pay for view video digital download, entitled ‘Synthetic’. And it’s epic.
I should probably write a little more on the contents but I’m not going to bother, you all know the deal. If Wes puts 18 months into a project you know it’s going be worth €15!
Buy ‘Synthetic’ here!
I guess if you really need to know more then have a read of this blurb by Wes…
Synthetic is a film displaying the new work of Wes Peden. The material was inspired, in a concrete way, by the strength of each prop and how to best take advantage of these qualities. The general aesthetic of the juggling was particularly influences by asymmetry, clarity, and trick shape.
The video is 45 minutes long and comes with an additional 25 minutes of bonus tricks and remixes. inside you will find 3 club slapping sequences, the coolest 5 ball pirouette Wes has ever done, 25 new ring patterns, a German 6 ball piece, 3 balls and a sweater, THE THROWING AWAY SECTION, the holy club/cuphead/ball part, site specific head rolls, flipping forehead balances, the 2012 five club routine, and so very much many more!
Warning: This post is a bit of an ego boost, sorry!
I don’t think I’ve ever subscribed to the “I’ve just flashed X number of objects” of approach to juggling. I’ve never set up a camera and spent 35mins trying one trick that’s probably too hard for me, I did today…
When I started juggling (10 or so years ago) juggling 7 clubs was a big deal. Very few could even blag it and even fewer performed it consistently on stage (this hasn’t changed yet). A well known juggling book* has this to say about The Seven Club Cascade, “…it is highly unlikely the more than one or two readers will ever have the actual experience of driving this pattern”. Funny how such statements date so quickly.
The love it or hate it the WJF should be partly credited to the rise of more 7 club jugglers.
And this makes you wonder what’s possible….
*Guess the juggling book
Circus is at home on the stage, street and ring. It’s making a gradual transition to internet short (more than just a glorified training video).
Here’s a great example (please feel free to add your own in the comments field below!):
Also the making of is pretty interesting…
(Thanks to lutkus on rec. juggling for the link)
Some of you may remember this from bootleg VHS (some of you may even have been there!)…
Been a bit late on this, below is the live feed from one of the shows from this years Cirque de Demain. Enjoy (the korean teeterboard is crazy good!):
Given the backgrounds of most of us Circus Geeks – at least the more prolific of us writers – I sometimes feel we overlook some of the other circus skills that are out there. Today’s lesser talked about circus skill: Corde Lisse.
This is Allie Cooper. She’s a rope artist based in California whom I met at a circus party some time last year. She’s very lovely and put together one of the most enjoyable promo videos for her rope act that I’ve seen. In some ways it reminds me of Danny MacAskill’s Way Back Home.
You can also follow Allie on twitter.Follow @ayeleleyee
Have you seen other promo videos that are striking, unique or different? Let us know in the comments below.
This is about as circus-geeky as it gets.
I have no idea what they’re singing about but in a funny kinda way I almost like it.
Trad is rad. I sometimes forget the amazing things humans are capable of after a few (thousand) hours of practice.
The German Wheel is one of the most painful pieces of equipment I’ve ever had the pleasure of working on. Thankfully I’ve gotten away lightly with only bumps, bruises and the occasional crushed finger (unlike my former partner who suffered a torn calf muscle and a broken foot at various times).
One of the best German Wheel artists was Wolfgang Bientzle who, in the video below, performs one of the most painful routines I’ve ever seen – in a whole other way! He’s very good on the wheel though!
Anyone interested in the documenting of ‘circus’ tricks or wanting to learn chinese pole should have a look at Pole Dance Dictionary for inspiration.
A very slick looking site, it’s just a shame they didn’t use YouTube so you could easily share videos. Also nice to see a familiar face on the site!
Pole Dance Dictionary on Facebook.