Juggling and movement - SUMMER COURSE

Juggling and movement - Summer Course

A five-week course aimed at you who wishes to explore and deepen knowledge of juggling and movement practices. The course is placed in Berlin.


Benjamin Richter will lead classes on the fundamental principles of moving with and without objects during the first week and every Monday.  From Tuesday to Friday each week, different internationally renowned experts will share their methods and ideas in the mornings. Afternoon sessions will be used by students for independent training to digest, explore and integrate new information. Each student will also take part in two afternoon group supervision sessions geared towards the development of the student’s personal creative processes. Benjamin Richter teacher, mentor and course leader at Department of Cicus at Stockholm University of the Arts  will lead these sessions.

Course director : BENJAMIN RICHTER 
Benjamin Richter has been juggling, dancing, performing and teaching professionally since 1991. Working between contemporary circus, live art and abstract sculpture performance he has toured the world with solo and ensemble projects.

Over the last decades, Benjamin has studied many somatic practices as well as countless styles of movement, dance and clowning, always looking to give form to and enrich his own unique expression of creative spirit.

Benjamin creates, choreographs, performs and teaches with his personal object oriented practice “The Language of Objects” (TLO).  He has a particular interest in improvisation and instant composition. As well as continuing to perform, he is a regular guest lecturer, course leader and supervisor at DOCH in Stockholm and teaches workshops worldwide.

Benjamin has a strong interest in the complementary aspects of academic study and artistic expression. His personal artistic research is concerned with object-oriented ontology in relation to circus choreography and instant composition. 

Benjamin directed “Stehfleisch & Sitzvermögen” by german company “Spot the Drop”, co-directed “The Moon Illusion” by award winning Danish company “Rapid Eye” as well as “Tunnel” by Maleta company and Wes Peden’s  solo piece “Zebra”.  He was a consultant for John-Paul Zaccarini’s performance work “Head”. 



Sean Gandini is one of the pioneers of contemporary juggling. Working as a performer, choreographer and director he has, for over 35 years, pushed the boundaries of juggling as a discipline and as an art form.  In 1991, with Kati Ylä-Hokkala, he co-founded Gandini Juggling and together they have been at the forefront of experiments into what juggling is and what juggling can be.

Sean is a prolific creator. Whether working with the technicality of ‘pure’ juggling, crafting spectacular street art shows, or exploring the ways juggling might blend with other art forms, Sean is guided by a natural curiosity and delight in the myriad possibilities of throwing objects into the air.
This has led to the creation to a diverse array of shows, including the playful Sweet Life; the fiendishly complex celebration of the London Olympics Twenty/Twenty; and their smash hit, the darkly humorous and theatrical homage to Pina Bausch Smashed.

Throughout his career he has collaborated with many other acclaimed artists, including pioneering American musician Tom Johnson and the influential British choreographer Gill Clarke. More recently Sean has collaborated with choreographer Ludovic Ondiviela to create the ground-breaking juggling ballet 4 x 4 (Ephemeral Architectures), set to original music by Nimrod Borenstein. In 2016 Sean worked as juggling choreographer on English National Opera’s acclaimed production of Philip Glass’ opera Akhnaten. Sean regularly teaches in many of the world’s leading Circus Schools, inspiring the next generation of jugglers.

"deep juggling"
The juggling workshops of Stefan Sing are known worldwide. as one of the pioneers in vitalising the art of juggling, and more than 25 years experience in teaching, from beginners to professionals, everybody can take massive inspiration as well as technical progress out of this class.

Beside the technical work to connect our bodies with the objects in the outside (organic juggling), the focus will be the exploration of a metaphorical way of our juggling. juggling is communication, juggling is a language, juggling is readable – juggling is more than juggling. juggling reaches a different level if it’s a place-holder for something else – an emotion, an atmosphere, a thought, etc…. with partner work, improvisations, choreographies and discussions we will try to deepen our understanding of the juggling-potential to reach you and the outside on a deeper level.

» If we’re even luckier, some of the many jugglers he’s taught will spread his gospel of technical perfection, integrated movement, and personal vision far and wide. « (juggle magazine, 3/2011)

Anni Küpper is a full-time professional juggling performer and coach from Germany. Originally trained at the Academy for Circus and Performance Art she is now performing all over the globe and works as head juggling coach at The Circus Project in Portland, Oregon. She is known for her personal brand of club manipulation and won several awards for inspiration within the juggling scene. 

Juggling and choreography
This workshop will give you tools and concepts to develop your own personal juggling material and to develop short sequences. Starting from a combination of technique, movement and creative work we will look into ways to explore and enrich juggling in differents ways. Some focus points are rhythm, focus, detail, relationship between body and object, improvisation and the use of your body in an organic way. At the end of the course you will finish with your own sequence(s) and a toolbox of techniques, ideas and practice knowledge to create more on your own.

Marianna de Sanctis studied at “FLIC” circus school in Italy, and  at “LE LIDO” in France.  She has performed as a soloist in variety theatres throughout Germany and with Gandini Juggling at the Royal Opera house in London. In her teaching she focuses on artistic research with objects and elements of theater and clowning. Participants learn to control the expansion of their emotions into movement and juggling to create narrative. Familiar material is deconstructed and rebuilt with a new intention to support the unique expression of the individual.

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    The course will be held at Katapult studio in Berlin. 
    Course start: 1 June
    Course end: 3 July

  • Entry requirements

    General entry requirement for studies at the first cycle with the exemption of Swedish 1, 2 and 3 and English 6, and

    Specific entry requirement

    • 15 credits in circus with focus on juggling or the equivalent



    If you don’t fulfil the formal entry requirements for the programme you may apply for recognition of prior learning, in other words that the knowledge and competence you have acquired through other activities are assessed as the equivalent of the formal merits that are required. Submit your application for recognition of prior learning with your application for the programme.

    You may also apply for an exemption/a waiver, that allows you to proceed to the selection process even though you don’t meet the general admission requirements. Submit your application for an exemption/a waiver together with your application.

    Read more about how you can show that you meet the entry requirements (that you are eligible).

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  • How to apply

    When the course is open for application you apply through our web-based application system by clicking on the "Apply"-button on this page.

    Start your application early! Don’t delay in submitting your application! You may run into trouble if you wait until the last day and your internet connection happens to be down, or you find that your files are in the wrong format. You will not be able to apply once the last date for applications has passed. Keep in mind that your application needs to be turned in by 23.59 (Swedish time).

    When you have entered the application system:

    1. Register by stating your name and e-mail address.
    2. Fill in your personal data (including your Swedish civic registration number if you have one).
    3. Fill in the application form and upload the required documents.

    Before uploading your documents, they must be prepared as follows:

    • You must scan your original documents. If the document is in colour, scan it in colour.
    • Be sure to scan ALL pages in the document, even those that just contain instructions or other information that is not necessarily information about your grades. It must be the complete document and all the pages should be in the same file.
    • If you upload copies of original documents, (degree certificates, transcript of records etc.) they must be certified/attested! This means that another person must sign their name, write their name in block letters and provide their telephone number on each document copy you submit. This person, by signing, is certifying that the copy you submit is an exact copy of the original.
    • All documents must be in PDF-format.
    • Please name the file with content and your name for example: CV_ first name_ family name

    The following documents have to be uploaded for your application to be complete.

    1. A copy of your passport or national identity card (unless you are a Swedish citizen)

    Applicants from non-EU, EEA-country, or Switzerland, need to pay application fee for higher education in Sweden, and if admitted a tuition fee. If you are a citizen in an EU, EEA-country, or Switzerland, you do not have to pay application or tuition fees. Please upload a copy of your passport/valid national identity card as we need to check your nationality. If you have a Swedish civic registration number, or Swedish citizenship, you do not need to upload a copy of your passport. Remember to state your Swedish civic registration number when you fill in your personal data.


    2. Documentation to show that you meet the General Entry Requirements for studies at first cycle.
    • You must upload your diploma with a list of subjects taken and grades received from upper secondary school/high school.
    • If you do not have grades from upper secondary school/high school you can apply for recognition of prior learning (see below).

    We only accept documents in Nordic languages, Finnish and English. Regarding documents issued in another language, you must upload the original document along with a translation made by an authorized translator.

    Please note that we do not accept print outs from Antagning.se. We do not accept e-mails as certificates.


    3. Documentation showing that you meet the specific Entry Requirements:
    • 15 credits in circus with focus on juggling or the equivalent

    if you do not have the required courses from university studies you can apply for recognition of prior learning (see below).


    4. Specific for the course
    • Letter of Motivation explaining why you want to take the course
    • Your CV where you list your education, professional experience and other relevant experiences that you want to refer to.
    • Film of max. 3 minutes150 mb, showing your skills in juggling.
    5. Applying for recognition of prior learning

    If you do not meet the general requirements and/or specific requirements you can apply for recognition of prior learning. When you apply for recognition of prior learning you should upload:

    • a letter explaining why you think that you will manage the studies even though you do not fulfil the general entry requirements and/or specific entry requirements.
    • signed documents/certificates that confirm your merits/experiences that you refer to in your letter and CV. The documents you upload need to be signed and dated by the person/s that wrote them. We only accept documents on in English, Swedish, Danish or Norwegian. We do not accept e-mails as certificates.

    Here you can find more information regarding prior learning/exemption.

    Please note that we only accept applications and certificates through the application system, not by means of regular post or e-mail.

    Confirmation of your application

    When you’ve submitted your application you will receive a confirmation to the e-mail address that you’ve stated. If you don’t receive an confirmation e-mail, you should firstly check your spam filter. If the confirmation e-mail is not there, contact the technical support for the application system by e-mail: support@varbi.com

    Technical difficulties with your application?

    E-mail: support@varbi.com
    Phone: +46 520 580 050 (weekdays at the following times: 08:30–12:00 and 13:00–16:30) 

  • When you have applied

    If there are more eligible applicants than available places there will be a selection. The selection is based on the merits of the applicants.

  • Application and tuition fees

    If you are a Swedish citizen or a citizen of another EU or EEA country you are not required to pay application or tuition fees. Some other groups are also exempt from the requirement to pay application and study fees.

    A few years ago Sweden introduced application and tuition fees for higher education. The level of the study fees depends on which course/programme they are for, and the level is set in order to cover the actual costs of the course/programme in question.

    If you are required to pay an application fee, we need to have received your payment by the last date for applications. The application fee is SEK 900. If you are required to pay the application fee and we have not received your payment by the last date for applications, we will not process your application.

    The tuition fee for the course is 65 250 SEK.



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