The International Jugglers’ Association is excited to announce
The IJA Regional Competitions!

IRCs

For the first time ever, the IJA is bringing its stage competition to the Barullo Festival in Guadalajara (Jalisco), MEXICO!

Winners announcement below, near the end of the page

WHAT IS THE IRC?

The IJA Regional Competition (IRC) is a program run by the International Jugglers’ Association (IJA), focused on bringing new and innovative jugglers to the IJA stage competition, building awareness of the IJA, and helping jugglers connect with one another in the international juggling community.

The IRC is not a replacement for the stage championships event at the main IJA festival, usually held in the USA. This program is designed to supplement the already existing format, in that it offers competition winners abroad the opportunity to perform at the annual IJA festival.

This year, the IJA is excited to be coordinating with the Barullo Circus Festival in Guadalajara (Jalisco), Mexico. This event is the pilot IJA IRC event. Pending success, the IJA plans to expand its IJA Regional Competition to other reaches of the globe.

WHAT IS BARULLO? WHEN is it and WHERE will it be held?

Barullo is an annual five-day long circus arts festival in Jalisco, Guadalajara, Mexico. Created by artists, both from the circus and the street, Barullo is open to all who want to come together for workshops, shows, and friendship. The event will take place on Friday, June 3rd, 2011, at the Barullo Circus Festival in the city of Jalisco in Guadalajara, Mexico. For more information on the Barullo Circus Festival, click here!

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WHO CAN COMPETE IN THE IRC?

The IRC-Mexico is open to solo and team competitors 18 years of age and older. Competitors must have a prepared and polished juggling routine utilizing any props and style of manipulation, no longer than 8 minutes in length. Judges consider the quality of execution, entertainment, difficulty, theatrical framing, creativity, risk, and stage presence, and issue scores for each category.

RULES AND REQUIREMENTS FOR COMPETING

The registration deadline for competitors is May 15th, 2011. For a complete list of rules, registration, and prize information, click here.

Winners

Fer Sumano APGarcia
Fer Sumano Alejandro Peredo Garcia

Los ganadores oficiales de la primera Competencia Regional de la IJA en Barullo, México, son los siguientes:

  • 3er Lugar – Rutina con Pelotas, Clavas y Aros: Alejandro Peredo Garcia
  • 2do Lugar – Rutina de Diabolo en Duo: Mauricio Chang-Tse y Edgar Romero
  • 1er Lugar – Rutina de Ula-Ula: Fer Sumano

Felicitaciones!
Hola mis amigos!

After an amazing week of being in Mexico, getting to know the Mexican juggling scene, and being blown away by the juggling and circus talent, I now have the final results in hand for the first ever IJA Regional Competition Winners:

3rd Place – with a creative and artistic ball, club, and ring routine:

Alejandro Peredo Garcia

2nd Place – with an energetic and exciting team diabolo routine:

Mauricio Chang-Tse and Edgar Romero

1st Place – with a eye catching and polished hoop routine:

Fer Sumano

All competitors were impressive, and the finals consisted of 8 polished and professional routines. ircfinalists

Here is a photo of all finalists, more details are here.

Overall, my cultural experience was exquisite. It was very fun to see the differences and similarities between the US and European juggling world – and the Mexican juggling scene. I now know the “hot jugglers” in Mexico – the legends, the “big names”. Oh, and Mexican’s have Renegade shows like nothing else I have ever seen! Hilarious! Just imagine having beer cans and water bottles chucked at you when your routine is bad – and you start to imagine the essence of the Mexican Renegade Stage.

Congratulations to all the finalists and winners of the first IRC! Can’t wait to see what happens next year!

Cheers,
Erin