File puptcrit/puptcrit.0603, message 233

Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2006 13:04:21 -0600
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Another Remarkable Video- Juggler's Smackdown

I agree that friendly competition can benefit audiences and art. But I don't think that's what happened with these two jugglers.

If Jason had presented a completely original routine, with different music and a live audience, so that his work was judged on its own merits; and if the creative product were the most important part of that presentation -- well, that's one thing. But instead, Jason chose to snidely parody Chris Bliss's honest, heartfelt performance. Jason did his level best to say "that guy's a hack, and I'm great." Jason filmed his routine in a gym, spliced in footage of Chris Bliss's audience, and just tried to slap Bliss in the face. 

Now, why would someone feel motivated to do that? I can only think that the man is insecure, though that's just a guess. In any case, for me the whole experience of Jason's "Dis Chris Bliss" performance was ugly.

And though Jason was technically proficient during the performance, his body had no grace, his face showed no emotional connection to the music, and he dominated the balls rather than becoming one with them. (Oh, and BTW, in spite of his ability, he was frequently not on tempo.)

There is a difference between a superior technician and an artist.

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