Thursday 29 November | 7.30pm
Guest Blogger: Jess Boyle, Development Manager
I learned how to juggle when I was about ten at a summer holiday activity club. I just really took to it straight away. I bought some cheap balls and carried on practicing, and it became my ‘party trick’. I lost interest somewhat in my teenage years, but started to juggle again at Uni. I had lots of different balls, bean bags and hoops, and if I didn’t have them with me would juggle fruit or whatever else I could get my hands on.
There is something meditative about juggling – just focussing on the balls and blocking everything else out. There is also a rhythm with it too, almost like a dance, moving in time with the balls. You get a real sense of achievement from juggling without dropping the balls, or mastering a new trick. And it’s really good exercise too!
Some juggling tips:
P.S If you want to see some great juggling in action check out Sigma presented by Gandini Juggling in partnership with Seeta Patel. Find out why our programming team are bringing this stunning performance to Déda this November...
"When I heard about the collaboration between Seeta Patel and Gandini Juggling, I was instantly excited to see the show! In my younger years I trained as a percussionist (aka drummer!) and I have developed a love for dance that has strong music presence, that is rhymical & most of all exciting to watch. I have always really loved watching the intricate rhythmic patterns in Bharatanatyam dance and other south Asian dance forms which I feel really have that percussive presence.
It felt like a really exciting combination merging Juggling with Bharatanatyam, as both require such precise rhythmic placement. When I watched the performance I was blown away by the merging of the two of forms and how amazingly well they complimented each. I could see the unison patterns emerging which made me drum on my legs the whole way through the performance (sorry if you sat next to me)!"
Phil Hargreaves, Creative Producer