The Institute of Jugglology

The Institute of Jugglology

The Institute of Jugglology is where the science of juggling and the art of performance meet. Galen Harp and Ellen Winters juggle to get out what’s inside. Their performances explore the interaction between humans and objects. Humans are object manipulators, constantly moving things around to suit their needs. Naturally, patterns emerge that we must struggle to maintain. Juggling is a metaphor for this state of arrested decay—a pattern woven through time and space that is constantly falling apart, only to be rebuilt in the same moment. Using innovative juggling props filled with sand, they create temporary works of art in the form of sand paintings and kinetic sculptures. The sand spills out, creating an environment where their throws become brush strokes, and their catches, paint splatters. The Institute was awarded the 2014 world championship by the International Jugglers Association.

The jugglers’ educational programs focus on the life changing benefits of creativity. Research has shown that taking part in a creative activity relieves stress, helps boost confidence, and increases learning capacity, but despite these benefits, too many people think of creativity as a lightning bolt that strikes only a select few. The Institute teaches that creativity is a super power that everyone has if they choose to exercise it. Through the use of simple rules and games, Galen and Ellen demonstrate creative techniques that anyone can use to enrich their lives and the lives of everyone around them.

Region: Northwest
Discipline: Theater: Magic and Illusion/Puppetry
Fees: $600 - $2,000; mileage over 2 hours from Fayetteville is $20/ hours; presenter provides lodging if event is more than 4 hours from Fayetteville; $100 for sound system, if provided
Availability: Year-round
Requirements: Sound equipment; can be provided, if necessary

Contact

Galen Harp
Fayetteville, AR 72704
(479)-587-1239
[email protected]


The Institute of Jugglology