Zane and Degge in Picton

03:00, Dec 04 2012
Degge Javie
Aiming high: Degge Jarvie, left, and his brother Zane Jarvie

National juggling sensations Zane and Degge are looking forward to performing in Picton later this month after the hype around New Zealand's Got Talent dies down.

Wellingtonian brothers Zane Jarvie, 21, and Degge Jarvie, 19, will perform a one-hour show at the Picton Little Theatre as part of the first Picton Performing Arts and Street Theatre Festival based in and around Nelson Square on December 22.

"We're feeling pretty good, looking forward to performing in Picton - it's going to be an awesome show," Zane Jarvie said.

"Picton's going to be a longer show, an hour long in front of a live audience instead of a two-minute show like on TV.

"It was quite a different environment to anything we'd ever done. We're still the same people.

"There will be the chance for a bit of audience participation, too."


The Victoria University bachelor of architecture graduate said he and his brother do a "lengthy" creation process when planning a performance which involved bouncing ideas off each other, taking on feedback, and reworking a show until it was good.

This will be the first time they have performed in Marlborough, he said.

"We want people to have a good time, to come up after the show and have a chat."

The brothers delivered high-energy entertaining and comical juggling performances throughout the New Zealand's Got Talent television show, including a mysterious bag of bread which accompanied them on stage but was not used until the final performance when it was turned into a makeshift clown mask.

They were strong favourites with the judges going into the final round on November 25, but faltered when one of the brothers failed to jump onto a unicycle to continue the act.

He said he was not sure what he would take from the television experience but they planned to continue performing into the future.

Their parents taught them to juggle when they were children and they kept at it for fun.

The festival will feature street performers, food stalls, puppet shows and music in Nelson Square from 10am to 6pm.

It will also feature a range of skill workshops such as a children's puppet workshop and a circus skills workshop on activities such as walking on stilts, juggling and poi.

The festival will resume in the Picton Little Theatre with live performances, including Zane and Degge, from 7pm to 10pm.

The Marlborough Express