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Juggler Jérôme Thomas at The Night of Philosophy & Ideas

Jérôme Thomas is a French master juggler known to be the father of contemporary juggling in Europe.

On January 30, for The Night of Philosophy & Ideas at the Field Museum in Chicago and on February 1st, at the Brooklyn Public Library, Jérôme Thomas will bring the art of juggling with two of his companions, Martin Schwietzke and Jörg Müller as well as several jugglers.

Under the title Hands in the Pockets, the jugglers will use un-excepted objects such as baguettes, baskets, electric wires, feathers and more traditional tools such as cane, hoops, balls. Juggling with and within abstraction, with the past, the future and the present in each hand, even with a plastic bag balancing on the nose to feel alive, to live!

The Night of Philosophy & Ideas is an all-night marathon of philosophical debate, performances, screenings, readings, and music. Join us and be a part of this free 12-hour exchange of ideas, featuring top philosophers from around the world.

Doors open at 7pm at the Brooklyn Public Library.

The Juggling performances will take place in the Grand Lobby of the Brooklyn Public Library  at 8:30pm, 10:30pm, midnight, and 2:30am

About Jérôme Thomas:

Inspired by jugglers Michael Moschen and Francis Brunn, he began his career in the circus and cabaret. In the 90s, Jérôme Thomas started to integrate contemporary dance and theater techniques (staging, lighting, etc.) into his practice. He created the first modern juggling solo: “Extraballe”, an innovative show in several ways using theater lights, double rebound technique. In France, he is responsible for the institutional recognition of juggling as an art form in its own right. With his company, ARMO/Cie, Thomas created more than fifteen shows.

With the support from the Théâtre 71 in Malakoff, Jérôme set up the first Festival for Contemporary & Improvised Juggling from 1996 to 2001, and the same year, he was Artistic Director of Arts de la Jongle  at the Parc de la Villette, Paris.

He received the SACD Award for Circus in 2003 and he was elected twice, in 2009 and 2015, to the French Society of Authors (SACD), to represent circus arts.

About Martin Schwietzke

Born in Germany, juggler and autodidact, Martin Schwietzke, has worked with many companies since the 80s. in 1992, he joined Jérôme Thomas’ company for 10 years. In 1997, Schwietzke founded his own company Les Apostrophés ; his creations incorporate circus, performance, dance, theater, and street arts, among them “A corps pour deux solistes”, “La Cour des Choses”, “78 Tour de mains”, “Passage désemboîté”, “Crue”

About Jörg Müller

Born in Germany (Bavaria), Jörg Müller graduated from the National Centre of Circus Arts (CNAC) in Chalons-en-Champagne in 1994, where he created “Mobile”. Since then he has signed “c/o” and “noustube” (a more than 9-foot-high tube filled with water where he’s diving in) ; “PRE#1” and “PRE#2.2” with Jess Curtis (a performance between circus, dance and science), “Sarabande” with Noémi Boutin. Müller has worked with many artistes such as Jérôme Thomas, Le Cirque Plume, Francois Verret, Jacques Rebotier, Philippe Découflé, Odile Duboc, Yoann Bourgeois, Martin Schwietzke/Les Apostrophés, Gulko/Cahin-Caha, Jeanne Mordoj, Roland Auzet, Julie Nioche, Mark Tompkins, Pedro Pauwels, Steven Cohen, Keith Hennessy, Camille Boitel, Sky De Sela and Sabrina Marlier to quote a few.

This event is supported by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S.

The New York-based jugglers are part of a partnership with The Muse Brooklyn