Wednesday, March 10, 2010
This year the IJA's annual juggling convention, which is happening in Sparks NV 7/26 - 8/1 is going to be the week after and in the same geographic area of the WJF juggling convention. The WJF will be holding their event on 7/20 - 7/25 in Las Vegas. I am thinking that this is a great thing for jugglers. I have never really desired to attend a WJF convention for a few reasons. Mainly, cost, time and location. I already attend 1 or 2 juggling festival every year and therefore usually can not afford to take time off from performing to attend even more non paid events. However, the another reason has been the fact that the WJF conventions were a little too strict and stringent with all of their rules combined with the fact that I am more of a fan of performance based juggling and not such a big fan of sports juggling. It appears that the WJF has decided to change the format of their festivals, loosen a lot of the silly rules and to actually open up a competition to artistic or performance based acts. Smart move, I think. Sadly, for me, I am not going to be able to attend the IJA festival this year. I have bookings and family conflicts that will prevent me from attending any festivals in the month of July. But, if I were available and was planning to go to the IJA this year, I would certainly be planning on doing the WJF too. What a great opportunity to do two festivals on back to back weeks, in the same area and, as a bonus, you get to go see some Las Vegas acts while you are there. Of all the years to have to miss a convention, I am sorry that this is the year for me. I wish both organizations the best and I hope that they are both well attended. I can't wait to hear the reports.
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Michael Moschen combines the magic of light and movement to transcend object manipulation from novelty to a true art form. He blends the rich beauty of art, science, physics, and mathematics in a show of fantastic feats and illusions. Michael has been critically acclaimed by such leading media as The Los Angeles Times and The New York Times who have called his work "genius," "exhilarating virtuoso entertainment," and "flawless purity."
Considered unequaled in the world of juggling, Mr. Moschen has taken his talents around the world with theaters, dance festivals, and circuses; made international television appearances; and was commissioned by Cirque du Soleil to create and stage a new work for their permanent theatrical circus at the Treasure Island Hotel Casino in Las Vegas.
"Nobody else does what Michael Moschen does… he makes the impossible look easy."
– Entertainment Tonight
The only variety artist ever to receive a MacArthur Genius Grant, Michael Moschen is the kind of performer that comes around just once in a lifetime. It is this remarkable artistry that Michael brings to his one-man show; a show so captivating, so universal, that no matter age nor ethnicity, audiences the world over will never forget the illusion-like juggling of Michael Moschen.
Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
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New York, NY 10012
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