Virtuosos of Juggling
Virtuosos of Juggling by Karl-Heinz Ziethen and Alessandro Serena Filling the void regarding books on the subject of international master jugglers, Virtuosos of Juggling by Karl-Heinz Ziethen and Alessandro Serena (published by Renegade Juggling) is the comprehensive historical account of performance jugglers from the past 4,043 years, featuring jugglers who reached the pinnacle of the art-form and captivated audiences in many of the world's grandest venues.
Books emphasizing jugglers are abysmally absent on today's bookshelves, so Virtuosos of Juggling ideally introduces readers to a new, enticing, exotic subject material. This refreshing book - scholarly in its accuracy, insightful in scope, yet a light and pleasurable read - is not solely meant for jugglers, but is stimulating reading for anyone interested in the performing arts.
Virtuosos of Juggling is also relevant reading for today's jugglers who wish to learn from the long and noble tradition of juggling as entertainment. Virtuosos of Juggling provides readers with a provocative historical framework and perspective concerning the timeless artistry of juggling and its relationship to the audience. The colorful vignettes highlighting each of the masterful jugglers within Virtuosos of Juggling encourage readers to strive for greater levels of competence no matter what the readers' vocation - for this book shares the routines, work ethics, and devotional characteristics of engaging jugglers who practiced and perfected their art through the strength of their wills and the grace of their spirits.
10.25" X 8.25" ( 26cm x 21 cm)
black and white photos
published by Renegade Juggling 2003
printed in China
by Guy M. on 03/27/21
Virtuosos of Juggling is nicely printed and bound. The scholarly thoroughness is to be commended. The photos are historically important. The emphasis on both training and transcendent elements of relationship with audiences is insightful and incites the self-discipline and enthusiasm that create the core of the performing arts. The translation efforts from Italian show great diligence. The book does have a detracting aspect in the fixation on fixation (as opposed to the clean enchantment and wonder the mysteries of juggling does evoke) most easily seen in the way some of the modernist abstract performers, who's oddity is really a distraction rather than greatness, are excessively celebrated and honored. If you can filter that confusion, Virtuosos of Juggling is worth reading. This is a much needed article but when taken off the prize shelf and thoroughly examined this drawback flaw is obvious though very difficult to clearly put into words. I have 3 copies of the book and will keep them despite the issue. In Japanese, Wabi Sabi means the beauty of imperfection. In English, we have no such word or concept. Flaws are part of the grand scheme of the universe and the times of our world.