Luther Bangert was born and grown in Donnellson, Iowa, a small town near the banks of the muddy Mississippi. Always taken with the unusual and enchanted, he happened into a fascination with juggling at the age of 19. It ran deep, carrying him into the rich world of circus. Years of personal practice and development later, beginning to perform and travel led him to find other juggling, circus and movement communities around the world.
To Luther, juggling is both dance and martial art, a wondrous means of transferring spirit and sense to objects while exploring relationships with them both physically and philosophically. He draws great delight from sharing performance on the streets, the street always being the most surprising and magical realm to share performance with the masses. On stage, he performs more abstractly, drawing on his movement experience, fusing the technical patterns of juggling with the organic movement of the body to flesh out fresh expression and depth.
Luther has performed with the Great Bombay Circus in India, has a degree in philosophy, holds a Guinness World Record for “Most Things Juggled Whilst Sword Swallowing”, and has performed in twenty countries across four continents in the last nine years.
Luther is currently based in New York City – street performing, seeking out new collaborative worlds, crystallising his own form of juggling and movement, and studying contemporary dance, qigong and butoh.