On the need for a House of Juggling – History
In December 2007, Thomas Guérineau and Rémi Laroussinie, professional jugglers, made several observations together:
> The scenic creation of juggling in France and Europe, despite its quality and diversity, is currently underestimated.
> Some creations, however, touch on truly grounded theatrical positions, well beyond the register of juggling.
> There is a real potential audience for specific juggling programming. There is a real need for a place of crossroads, help with creation, support for juggling and artists.
> Today, the system of production and distribution of contemporary circus no longer seems to allow room for the many practices, proposals and writings of juggling.
They then decide to provoke a “juggling meeting” in order to confront the current scenic writings of juggling, as well as to offer an overview to the public, to professionals and to the community of amateurs.
The Rencontre des Jonglages event is hosted at the Jean Houdremont Cultural Center in La Courneuve, and presents an inventory of juggling today through some thirty artists and companies. In view of the success of the event and in a desire to support this artistic approach, the Jean Houdremont cultural center affirms its desire to host a second edition of the festival.
Thomas Guérineau and Rémi Laroussinie then proposed, more than a festival, the creation of a “House of Juggling” which could be an active project all year round, dedicated to supporting jugglers and juggling.
This is how the Maison des Jonglages association was born in August 2008, a project dreamed up by many artists, which helps to support the development and recognition of the art of juggling and manipulating objects.