MacArthur Fellows Program

Michael Moschen

Performance Artist and Juggler | Class of 1990

Title
Performance Artist and Juggler
Location
New York, New York
Age
35 at time of award
Published August 1, 1990

About Michael's Work

Michael Moschen is a performing artist who experiments with a wide range of objects, materials, and body motions, to transform the art of juggling into an exhilarating form of theater.

Moschen mixes choreography with physics to create fantastic acts of illusion and spectacle. His routines incorporate elements of dance, mime, philosophy, architecture, and the action of kinetic sculpture.  In one signature piece, he stands inside a 10-foot, equilateral triangle bouncing one to three balls at various speeds against the sides, creating a sensory experience with lighting, body movement, facial expression and sound. He has created new patterns by spinning crystal balls in his hands, and juggles tetrahedrons, hoops, sticks, and flaming torches.

Biography

Moschen has appeared in the movies, Hair, Annie, and Labyrinth, as well as on television in Sesame Street, the BBC’s Paul Daniels Magic Show, PBS’s Alive From Off Center, and in a one-man show for Great Performances entitled “In Motion with Michael Moschen” (1991). He has been featured at theatre and dance festivals around the world, and in the United States at Spoleto USA, the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival, Lincoln Center's Serious Fun Festival, and the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival among others.

Moschen began to juggle at age 12, first learning from a library book.

Last updated January 1, 2005

Select News Coverage of Michael Moschen
July 29, 2016
"Become Transfixed by this Mesmerizing Form of Juggling"
The A.V. Club
Michael Moschen , 1990 MacArthur Fellow
October 15, 2014
"Moschen Brings 'Visual Music' to Center"
Jackson Hole News & Guide
Michael Moschen , 1990 MacArthur Fellow
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