What if a bouncing ball starts colouring outside the lines?


Juggler Stijn Grupping has been throwing bouncing balls against different objects for more than 15 years, discovering the impact of a throw and the subsequent trajectory of the ball. The balls bounce through space, forming a play of lines that is sometimes elegant and rhythmic, sometimes complex and vigorous. Only to end – if all goes well – in the juggler’s hands again.

In Ballroom we pass through exactly that most elementary of the discipline of juggling: Stijn throws the ball and then catches it. What if the balls are allowed to draw their own trajectory? How will the ball move through space? Does it go from a to b, or rather the other way around? Does it fly faster or slower, sideways or backwards? Does it colour outside the expected lines?

Ballroom plays in a truck, where a small audience is seated together with the juggler. Through juggling and magic, they discover how the trajectories of bouncing balls are cut up and shaken in time and space, and presented again in their own reality.