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Sunday, April 20, 2014
Creativity in motion with Michael Moschen
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Courtesy Brad Doherty
Michael Moschen has redefined what it means to be a juggler. See him demonstrate his many skills in Rockville Centre next week.
Moschen has gone on to develop entirely new forms of juggling, taking the skill to new heights. While most jugglers use three balls, he created a 10-foot triangle in which he stands to bounce the balls all around his body. He studied the fragility of crystal balls and through hours of exploration and practice, developed a method of rolling them over his hands so that they seem to float before him. He minimizes his own presence through blank expressions and dark clothing so as to highlight the unique motions of his props. He constantly finds new means of manipulations of his props, which has lead him into the study of architecture, to serve as a carpenter’s assistant, and challenged him to learn dance, martial arts and
acrobatics.
In a work beloved by Moschen aficionados, he also choreographed and performed with crystal balls as David Bowie’s hands in the Jim Henson film “Labyrinth.”
“I grew up as an athlete and translated that love and skill into what I do today,” Moschen said. “I use the physical to pursue an artistic end.”
He describes his performance as percussive and rhythmic. “I use balls as part of my body and feet and work in different size
circles, some large and some smaller.”
Although Moschen has collaborated with many talented performers over the years, representing varied artistic mediums, he performs solo in this particular stage show. “I’ve been doing this show for the past four or five years or so,” he said. “It’s 70 minutes of nonstop action that shows all of the different kinds of things that I do.”
Moschen, who has been hailed as “the Nijinsky of Juggling,” merges original music with ethereal movements creating a spectacle that carries his audience away on a journey transcending time and imagination. He imbues his performance with concepts developed from his interests in mathematics and physics.
He starts out juggling three white balls. From there, he leads audiences on an adventure based on his investigations of the physical and mathematical principles that so fascinate him. It’s almost like kinetic sculpture, according to Moschen.
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