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Frostburg State University Presents International Juggling Champion
09/30/2009

Frostburg State University Presents International Juggling Champion
Greg Kennedy, two-time international juggling champion, will entertain Western Maryland audiences this weekend in numerous free events open to the public. The first, a performance of Kennedy’s solo show, “Innovative Juggler,” will take place Friday, Oct. 2, at 8 p.m. in the Lane University Center Alice R. Manicur Assembly Hall. The free performance offers a combination of high-energy juggling, clean comedy and unique performance pieces.

Kennedy’s show, which has amazed audiences across the country, mixes impressive feats, rapid-paced wit and the pure beauty of motion. The performance is offered by the Frostburg State University Cultural Events Series and the FSU University Programming Council as part of the University’s annual Family Weekend.

Three community outreach events support Friday’s show. The first, an educational street performance, takes place Saturday, Oct. 3, during Frostburg’s Arts Walk in the Lyric Building Theatre. This fun and free presentation allows Kennedy to share his humor and juggling skills, as well as a message about the importance of the arts. Kennedy will repeat this performance Sunday, Oct. 4, at the Country Club Mall. The final event on Monday, Oct. 5, involves elementary school students from the 21st Century Afterschool Program. Kennedy will present “Kinetics,” his educational show based on physics, which uses combined juggling and lively video animations to illustrate the scientific principles of motion, light, energy and gravity.

Originally trained as an engineer, Kennedy has always been fascinated with geometry and physics. He quickly made a name for himself in the juggling community with his mastery of traditional juggling techniques and by creating entirely new forms of manipulation. Since then, he has performed on five continents and most of the world’s seas. While the travel is an adventure, he remarks that his favorite thing is to be at home in his studio, developing new work.

This project is partially supported by a grant from Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, a program developed and funded by the Heinz Endowments; the William Penn Foundation; the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency; and the Pew Charitable Trusts; and is administered by the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation. The Cultural Events Series is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. Funding for the Maryland State Arts Council is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258. -end-

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