|Pich has been working on the exploration of manipulation and movement of balls, hoops and batons for 12 years. From his research, he has created three acts from which he now makes his living. Pich uses the term ‘graphic manipulation’ to describe the method that has gradually come to dominate his approach to juggling and manipulation. Pich regularly teaches graphic juggling with geometrical objects at all levels, from circus schools (Academie Fratellini, Paris) to novice workshops around the world (Japan, Mexico, Europe)|
André Hidalgo is a dancer-manipulator who has combined the two disciplines in a unique way: the movement manipulation is built into the dance and vice versa. Juggler since 2004, in addition to its presence in 2011 in Piryokopi, André multiplies collaborations in different projects: Boucle-là, a 5 person circus show based on the concept of loops created with algorithmic chains; solo numbers crystal ball manipulation and hoops; a duet of hoops manipulation with Pich; a juggling and dancing trio with Guillaume Martinet and Van-Kim Tran; “Swan Lack” a rewrite of the classic ballet, a piece for eight dancers by Aragorn Boulanger; he continues to work as an interpreter for his new creations. In 2014 – 2015, he performes in a big production of Cabaret at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas for nine months; he is finally permanent cabaret artist “Lettingo” in Paris notably at Maxim’s.
Yorgos Serafeimidis is a reference in contact juggling and object manipulation, which he’s been practicing for 13 years. In 2004 he started systematically analyzing existing juggling techniques and enriching them, enabling him to creating new object manipulation theories such as that of the “Ghost Patterns” (manipulating absent objects) and to teach them throughout Europe. A self-taught juggler, Yorgos trained many disciplines (Axis Syllabus, contemporary dance, tap dancing, body music, physical theater,…) before creating along with Vassiliki Zafeiropoulou the contemporary performance group KOKOIKA, which is very active in Athens. Since the early days of Piryokopi, Yorgos has been participating in the project as an exterior and technical eye.
Joseph Viatte has been a passionate juggler since the age of 17. In 2014 he left off to study at the Dimitri Movement Theatre School in Italian Switzerland. By the age of 20 he was already performing his three solo acts in gala shows all over Europe. He continues to be an important contributor to the development and sharing of graphic object manipulation and is recognized as such by the juggling community.
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|Okotanpe started juggling in 2000 during a trip outside of Japan, and began practising and teaching himself at a time when Japan did not have many contact jugglers. He began performing at music and street festivals in 2004, and has since secured the prestigious Tokyo Heaven Artist’s license. Injecting elements of Japanese dance into his manipulation, Okotanpe has developed his own style which has made him famous among Japanese jugglers, as well as giving him the opportunity to appear on TV (in Japan, South Korea and the USA). Several videos of his routines have topped a million views on YouTube (the most being 3.3 million views) – Okotanpe is the most famous manipulator on the internet!|
|Ryan Mellors began juggling at Vancouver University and focused quickly on ball manipulation. He was one of the first jugglers (if not the first) to develop a full routine of crystal ball manipulation with a single ball. At the end of his studies in 2003, Ryan moved to London to develop his style and to collaborate with other artists and manipulators. It was an intensive period of creation, mixing dance, juggling, graphic manipulation and videos. Ryan moved back to Vancouver in 2008, where he continues to develop manipulation routines with clubs, cigars boxes, rings and balls. Ryan is a central figure in the contact juggling world, and his name is a byword for precision, originality and innovation.|
|David Maillard is a musician, composer, sound director, and juggling enthusiast. He met Pich in 2002 and composed the soundtracks to his acts. David’s music has its roots in minimalist music, instrumental and electronic. He is particularly fond of simple, subtle sounds and syncopated rhythms. He has composed for an array of jugglers and artists, most notably Compagnie Defracto, with whom he shares the stage and manages lighting. He is an electronic musician for the band “Pagaille”, and composes music to synchronize with Piryokopi’s visual scenes.|