This year’s festival will be held September 27-29 at Reed College.
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Note the parking lots (P). Festival parking is allowed in any Reed lot, but a lot of the old parking near the sports center has been removed to make way for the new performing arts building. There is no street parking on SE 28th or SE Woodstock, but lots of street parking on Steel St. North of campus. If you are coming in early on Saturday please park as far away as possible in order to leave spots for people coming in for the show.
Sorry, Reed does not allow camping or sleeping in vehicles.
The Portland Juggling & Vaudeville Extravaganza is returning for it’s 20th year and nowhere will you find a more joyous celebration of all things juggling.
Online tickets sales are closed. Tickets are available all day at the festival registration desk in the Reed Sports Center. The box office at Kaul will open at 6PM.
-International Juggling Association champion, Tony Pezzo, who is visiting us from the
University of Dance and Circus in Stockholm, Sweden. Tony’s juggling can be at times fast and complex, or slow, focusing on simple images. Mixing high level technique with intricate manipulation, he tends to go against the traditional build up of an act.
-Kyle Johnson, who was named “most inspirational juggler” at both the Humboldt and Damento Juggling Festivals. Kyle is currently focusing on mixing contact juggling, conventional toss juggling, and smooth movement.
-Masterful club manipulation by Declan Mee. Visiting from Berlin, Germany.
- Cate Flaherty delights audiences with an act that so seamlessly combines ancient disciplines (juggling, handbalancing, acrobatics and dance) that it is almost a new discipline in itself.
- Laura Green the Juggling Queen who performs on stages and streets across the USA, Canada, Japan and China. Graceful comedy and massive audience participation silliness are always on the juggling menu!
-The affable Charlie Brown, who is sure to impress with his world famous cigar box juggling and deadpan humor.
-Local funnyman Curt Carlyle who fuses world class juggling skills and fresh, innovative comedy.
-World travelling “juggling sensei,” Matt Hall
-Quick-witted Rhys Thomas who blends physical and verbal humor flawlessly.
-Two-time, three ball juggling world champion, 2012 silver medalist in the IJA stage competition, and all-time “Best Hair” prize winner Thom Wall.
- Sarah Liane Foster
and the enigmatic Luther Bangert!
Photo of Luther Bangert by Hypnox.
Photo of Declan Mee by Raphaelle Neron.
Here are the Workshops for the 2012 Portland Juggling Festival. Brief descriptions follow the schedule.
|Friday||Upper Gym||Racquetball 1||Racquetball 2|
|Stupid Human Tricks
|5 Club Cascade
|Street Performers Forum
Laura Green (moderator)
|Saturday||Upper Gym||Racquetball 1||Racquetball 2||Mat Room|
|Jugglinx: the tricolor card game of 3-ball juggling siteswaps
Cole Perkinson and Sam Hopkins
|11||3 Ways to Make A Trick
Shireen Press and Michael Patrick Connoly
|12||Diabolo – Intermediate-Advanced
|3 Ball Tricks for Beginners
|Getting Started with 5 Balls
|1||Beginning Club Passing
|Mills Mess with 3 and 4 balls
|Slapstick and Accidents
Sarah Liane Foster
|2||Group Club Passing
|How to Roll A Hoop Like A Contact Juggler
|extra time for slapstick if needed.|
|Sunday||Upper Gym||Racquetball 1||Racquetball 2|
|State of the IJA Address
Dave Pawson and Thom Wall
|3 and 4 Ball Tricks
|12||1 Diabolo Excalibur/Vertax
|Russian Juggling Technique
|My First Complicated 3 Person Prechac Passing Pattern
|1:00||AWARDS and DOOR PRIZES|
|2:00||Open||Open||Open||Games in the Main Gym*|
|3:00||FESTIVAL ENDS||FESTIVAL ENDS||FESTIVAL ENDS||FESTIVAL ENDS|
*Games may feature 5-ball endurance, Quarter Juggling, Hoop Races, Club Balancing, Beanbag Combat, Club Collecting, Distance Passing, and who knows what else.
|Instructors||Workshops, with some descriptions|
|Andrew Joslin||Mills Mess with 3 and 4 balls|
|Braden Elliot||Beginning Unicycling|
|Brianne Crabtree||Ball Spinning
Learn how to spin a ball – it’s easy! This class is for beginners, and Bri will show you the basic fundamentals to ball spinning. She will also cover tricks. This is a great skill for using in shows or working with kids. Bri will bring some balls for students to use. Bring your own if you have one!
|Cole Perkinson and Sam Hopkins||Jugglinx: The Tricolor Card Game of 3-Ball Juggling Siteswaps.
The game itself is playable by jugglers and non-jugglers alike, but jugglers will have the added pleasure of knowing that whenever they complete a valid chain of cards, it corresponds to a jugglable 3-ball pattern. Players will be awarded a few bonus points and small prizes for being able to juggle the patterns that they create.
|Dan Oliveira||Beginning Diabolo|
|Daniel Shultz||Table Juggling
This is juggling on the table, where the balls are picked up and placed back down. Daniel has been exploring the creation of juggling patterns and siteswaps without the problems of actually throwing and catching. This workshop will also feature passing patterns across the table.
|Dave Pawson and Thom Wall||State of the IJA Address,
Join IJA board members Dave Pawson and Thom Wall for an open discussion about the IJA. Learn what the organization is up to these days, ask questions, vent frustrations, give feedback, whatever you like.
|Declan Mee||Russian Juggling Technique
Declan Mee has studied under Sergei Ignatov and shares his own perspectives.
|Dustin Christensen||3-Ball Tricks|
|Henrik Bothe||The sound of one hand clapping and other stupid human tricks. Come share your trick and see what silly antics others have up their sleeves.|
|Kyle Johnson||How to hoop like a contact juggler-all levels- learn or relearn to roll a hoop across your body making contact across your whole wingspan|
|Laura Green||Three Ball Tricks For Beginners|
|Laura Green||Club Swinging|
|Laura Green||“Street Performers Forum”, a round table of street performers sharing information. Very lively!|
|Mag Hughes||Beginning Juggling|
|Mark Tamburrino||Beginning club passing|
|Martin Frost||Right/Left Passing|
|Matt Hall||1 Diabolo Excalibur/Vertax|
|Matt Hall||Bounce juggling|
|Morgan Goldberg||Staff and Staves|
|Noel Yee||Contact Club|
|Rachel Cole-Jansen||Rope Dart
Since I had to look this up: Rope Dart is a martial art weapon from ancient China. But in the hands of the modern manipulator it becomes a beautiful art form on par with Poi, Meteors, and Staff.
|Rhys Thomas||Plate Manipulation
The infamous crash course as offered at the first PJF back when gas was only $1.11 a gallon. Plates and broom provided. No bare feet.
|Rick Purtee||Diabolo – Intermediate-Advanced|
|Rick Purtee||Group club passing patterns (3 to infinite people) – This is for intermediate club passers that want to play with more then just one other person. Patterns discussed will be stationary and moving.|
|Rob Brown||Intermediate and Advanced Unicycling – What comes next after you can get on by yourself and ride forward.|
|Robert Wood||5 Club Cascade|
|Sarah Liane Foster||Slapstick and Accidents: on trips and slips and falls and drops and how to make them funny. Different accidents are funny happening to different people. We’ll examine the timing, technique, and character-specific nature of accidents.|
|Shireen Press and Michael Patrick Connolly||Partner Acro: “Climb on your friends.”|
|Shireen Press||Poi Spinning|
|Stuart Celarier||Getting Started with 5 Balls|
|Thom Wall||Three and four ball tricks with three and four balls|
|Tony Pezzo||3 ways to make a trick|
No new workshops shall be added to the schedule. If you would like to lead a spontaneous workshop in the gym or outside, you may post your workshop on the whiteboard in the entry of the sports center.
Thanks to Brad Yazzolino for putting it together. Contact us if you want a poster to hang in your window or bulletin board.
Gather your props and come out to play! That fabulous end of summer party, the Portland Juggling Festival, is back for it’s 20th year at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. Hundreds of juggling friends, non-stop workshops, and killer shows.
September 28 – September 30, 2012
- Renegade!: Friday Sept 28, 11PM Vollum Hall
- Juggling & Vaudeville Extravaganza
Saturday Sept. 29, 7PM Kaul Auditorium
Reed College Sports Center (map)
3203 SE Woodstock Blvd.
Portland, OR 97202
The Sports Center is off of 28th Ave., on the west end of campus.
What the heck is it?
The Portland Juggling Festival is one of the largest regional juggling festivals in the United States, with jugglers from around the world and down the street joining together to share their knowledge and show their skills. We have performers, hobby jugglers, and beginners joining together for a two and a half days of throwing. Expect a big show Saturday evening, workshops for beginning, intermediate, and advanced jugglers, and vendors of every variety of juggling prop.
Tony Pezzo, Kyle Johnson, Thom Wall, Matt Hall, Declan Mee and much much more!
See the Juggling & Vaudevill Extravaganza page for a complete line up.
Festival admission includes all the workshops, open gym access, a ticket to the Saturday Vaudeville Extravaganza, and the Friday night Renegade Show.
Students (w/ID): 28
Child 12 and under: 20
Senior 62+: 20
Online Festival Ticket sales have closed, but you can still buy show tickets below.
Extra Tickets to The Juggling & Vaudeville Extravaganza.
Students (w/ID): 10
Child 12 and under: 8
Senior 62+: 8
Sorry we can’t accept credit cards at the registration desk.
As always, the festival is free for Reed students (bring your Reed ID), but you will need to buy a ticket to the Extravaganza.
Contact us .
For information about the festival, email festival AT portlandjugglers.org. For immediate assistance, call Maria at 503-249-1135.