Tuesday, July 5, 2011

New Showreel & MJC Community DVD nearly complete!

Check out this brand new MJC showreel! Thanks to Richard Clement for his hard work in filming and compiling of the footage!
MJC Showreel

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Renegade Shows @ The Crom!

The Small Gym at Collingwood College has been a fantastic venue up to now, hosting around 10 separate shows over the last 4 years, including Kids Shows, Renegade/Couch Shows and Creative Edge shows. The performances that tend to run later into the night were always cut short due to school constraints, so we put our thinking hats on and did a bit of research to find a way to have late night performances (Renegade Shows) without a time constraint, just like other conventions around the world.

The wait has been worth it... for our 5th MJC, we have managed to secure an exclusive venue for our in-house shows just two doors down from Collingwood College: Cultural Infusion's warehouse 'The Crom'. We have access to The Crom for the Friday and Sunday night in-house shows: Family-friendly open-stage; the not-so-family-friendly Renegade; and also the after party on Monday night! Children will be welcome to join us for the after-party this year.

We will have Deano with the Good Brew Co. serving drinks inside, lots of seating, and a whole lot of fun!

We hope to see you there!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

MJC 2011 Guest Confirmed - Patrik Elmnert

We are delighted to announce that this year's guest will be Patrik Elmnert.
Check his website out at: http://www.patrikelmnert.com/

We are also very lucky to also have
Kit Summers in Melbourne during the time of MJC this year, he will be attending the event and running his unique "Juggling with Finesse" 2-day workshop right before the MJC. It's $100 for both days which is incredible value.
Email him at: kitsummers@gmail.com for full details.

There's plenty more news coming soon, so for now just keep juggling!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

New documents for the bright future of MJC

Lots of work is being done to create strong foundations for the event into the future... here are some important guidelines we are putting into place:

Core Values:

Accessibility - Allow access to those who wish to experience all that MJC has to offer
Open - Operate with an open mind and be available for conversation, discussion, ideas or feedback
Connect - Foster connection within circus and the wider community on all levels
Honesty - Always speak the truth
Ethical - Treat others with the respect they deserve; treat others as you like to be treated yourself

Core Purpose:
Melbourne Juggling Convention is an annual event which aims to connect people with like minds and comparable interests within circus arts and physical theatre. Priding itself on broad accessibility, Melbourne Juggling Convention ensures that people of any age, background, ability and creed have access to and can benefit from all that the Convention offers. Through the common goal of learning, creating, experimenting and collaborating, the Convention inspires people to develop new skills for themselves, new connections with others and to hone their abilities within the world of performance. Through its assistance to individuals in developing their skills and connecting with peers, the Melbourne Juggling Convention also provides the broader arts sector with new artists and facilitators who have fresh ideas and a serious passion for working within the industry.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Post event wrap up

Without a doubt MJC2010 was a massive hit!
Thank you to the guests that put in hours and hours of their energy to make it happen:
Adrian Kirk, Ben Bryant, Bob Carr and Kim Potter.
To Luth Wolff for stepping into the role of 2IC. Without you, it simply wouldn't work.
To the numerous volunteers behind the scenes making bunting, signage, passes, the lamination station and the hours spent during the event making everything happen. By everything, I mean EVERYTHING!
To the Public Show crew - Ele, Dan, James, Cian, Adam, Luth. What a stonking great show!
To all the fabulous participants for coming and supporting the event, attending & running workshops, clapping, shouting and laughing during the shows.
To the participants of the Act Devising Program. Whether or not you performed in the Creative Edge, your enthusiasm has meant that the ADP will be available as part of MJC2011!!! This is a huge development for MJC and the future!
Thanks also goes to Little Devils Recreation for their continued and most valued support.

As a result of the AGM on Monday 20th September, we now have a 20-strong team of people based around Melbourne, Australia and the world. With Christian in Tasmania, running the event will be absolutely possible now. Thank you to each of you who put your name down to be a part of MJC2011.

Lastly, be sure to check out the new video - Christian Parr (Artistic Director) interviewed on JJJ, plus photographic highlights.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Press press press!

MJC is HOT on the PRESS.

Jugglers throw a party
IT might be an ancient skill but juggling is experiencing somewhat of a revival thanks to modern technology. The artistic director of the four-day Melbourne Juggling Convention Christian Parr (right) said juggling aficionados are learning new tricks off internet sites such as Youtube and Facebook. ''You just keep adding to your repertoire and then you want to learn new tricks.'' The convention drew more than 300 aspiring and accomplished jugglers from the age of six to in their 60s at Collingwood College yesterday. ''They are all here in the name of fun,'' Parr said.

JJJ interview with The Doctor

ABC Radio National - 774
Saturday Breakfast with Hilary Harper

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

ABC Radio Interview

ABC 774 Radio National interview with Artistic Director Christian Parr, 6am Saturday 18th, with Penny Johnston. Tune in!!!