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level of diablo skill was extremely high during that workshop, with
Todd Strong of San Fransisco and redhaired Clair Hudman of Bristol
(a.k.a. Winnie Parsley) demonstrating some moves they learned from the
Shenyang Acrobatic Troup at the recent International Circus Festival
devil stick workshop featured Bruno Saxer from Bern, Switzerland,
curling a horizontal handstick on his palm with ball spinning type
moves. Gerard Clarte from
with a hand stick in each hand, manipulated two devil sticks with
parallel moves and twirls.
Dancey of Great Britain conducted a terrific ball bouncing workshop.
He and Haggis McLeod from Glastonbury pulled off a smooth side-by-side
Charlie, who's presently working on a five ball "Mills'
Mess" bounce quipped, "By George, I've ALMOST got it!"
kicked back for two evenings of entertainment at the cabaret. A hot
swing combo opened the Friday night show. Playing her starched and
stiff-lipped character The Tory Bastard, emcee Luci Gorell Barnes of
Bristol dryly introduced the acts. Several included: Kim and Peewee of
South Wales as a decrepit yet dignified couple performing a duet on
penny whistles with their nostrils; whip cracker Markus Marconi from
the United States snapping a cigarette out of a volunteer's
mouth by the skin of his teeth; and belle of the ball Cindy Friedberg
(a.k.a. Cindy Marvell) reciting poetry from Yates and Shakespeare
while doing a five ball routine. She also brought down the house at
the Public Show.
Public show on Saturday night was an intriguing blend of international
talent held in a beautiful 2,000 seat Victorian theater, with emcee
Andre Vincent of London as ' Arry Pavarotti.
acts included: flourescent-ball juggler Bogey, from Germany; Benji
Marantz from Hawaii swinging fire at lightning speed; Monsieur Clac
from France, a hand balancing dynamo; Alex Dandridge
from London, who did the proverbial shoe-balance-on-the-head-anddrop-it-onto-the-foot
routine; slick hat manipulator Jess Monroe; American Paul Morocco
whose Fruit Family Love Story back-fired
when the audience threw 30 pieces of fruit at him; Jon Held and Kezia
Tenenbaum of Airjazz doing their Dueling Cigar Boxes; Rob Salafia from
Boston, the "strings" behind a life sized puppet; lovable
Billy Prudhomme from Louisiana tossing and bouncing five balls;
Spanish Blues Brothers-style Bonni and Caroli performing a unicycle
duet; and punkers Didier and Fabien of Chalons-Sur-Marne, France, who
danced and juggled with cold, steely bravado.
was not a typical day of winding down, but rather kept the pace as the
Shenyang Acrobatic Troupe from mainland China demonstrated in the
round to an exuberant audience. Hosted by the Bradford Jugglers, Todd
Strong and the IJA, the entire workshop was a skills exchange
between the Shenyang and various convention jugglers.
Saturday afternoon parade weaved past
curious citizens and ended at the Bradford town hall, where hordes of
spectators were welcomed by the honorable Lord Mayor.
Saturday afternoon parade weaved past curious citizens and ended at
the Bradford town hall, where spectators were welcomed by the
honorable Lord Mayor.
began the Games, an extraordinary forum for playful rivalry, with Dave
Pope from Bradford as commentator. Even as the Olympians in Seoul were
winning gold, silver and bronze medals by fractions of a decimal
point, one couldn't help but smile at the common "medal"
awarded to the Games competitors, or rather, PLAYERS: a teddy bear.
Thornton of Bradford won a teddy bear for the women's diablo high toss
because it went VERY HIGH! Then it was time for Martin from Germany,
who won the men's diablo high toss because it went VERY, VERY HIGH!
was the five ball endurance-in-thewind, won by Haggis McLeod, and a
unicycle race won by Billy Paul of Bristol whose unicycle may have
reached a speed of 60 miles per week.
Hesseling from Amsterdam juggled five clubs the longest (a VERY LONG
time). The long distance club passing contest resulted in a dramatic
tie between Haggis and Michiel and Mark and Paul from Amsterdam.
Games' closing ceremony was a group finale: The Big Toss-Up.
members Cui Hua and Huang Ya Li
tossed, passed and swept diablos
their gracefully poised bodies, commanding as strong a focus on
themselves as on their props. Following suit, another member pitched a
spinning ceramic pot into the air, ending the motion in forehead
balances and neck catches. He then repeated these moves with a
monstersized mega-pot, looking the weight of a watermelon. Rob
Salafia wowed the pot balancer with his own form of foot manipulation:
eyes looking towards the next European convention, a brief business
meeting focused on future proposals. The European Juggling Association
- spearheaded into being by members of L' Institut de Jonglage from
Nantes, France provides morale and official support to organizers
to guarantee the continuation and quality of the convention. Several
prospect., for 1990 were voiced to Madame la Presidente, Sue Hunt, but
no decision on a 12th convention site was made.
Skip a year? (Horrified murmurs throughout the meeting.) Hardly a chance! The organizational network has become too dedicated and efficient to even suggest such a travesty of juggling justice. And more important, the annual European convention has taken on a life of its own, with a spirit which breathes, "Jugglers Just Wanna Have Fun."
Brown is an IJA director and performing
juggler living in W. Germany.
The 1989 European convention is scheduled to be held Aug.
31-Sept. 3 in Maastricht, Netherlands. For more information,
see the festivals listings.)
Cindy Marvell shows rings over Bradford.