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Gandini Juggling: Smashed2

Running Time: Fri 5 November, 8pm. 52mins.
Price: £15 (£14)

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80 oranges, 7 watermelons, 9 performers. The Dark Art of juggling reinvented.

In Smashed, the manipulation of the forbidden fruit takes a sagacious look at the strained relations between seven men and two women, kindly flaying traditional juggling and contemporary circus.

In Smashed2, Gandini Juggling turn the tables and switch the male and female roles in the very first role reversal of one of the most celebrated pieces of street theatre of the last decade.

Inspired by the work of the great choreographer, Pina Bausch, director Sean Gandini and Kati Ylä-Hokkala have borrowed elements of her gestural choreography and combined them with the intricate patterns and cascades of solo and ensemble juggling.

Simultaneously evoking great pleasure and small disquiet, Smashed lightly disrupts the rigid conventions of etiquette, dress and body language. The result is a new hybrid of juggling which is performed with meticulous unison and split-second timing. This funny, inventive and characterful work is akin to dance theatre and will challenge your perception of contemporary juggling.

Gandini Juggling

Formed in 1992 by world-renowned jugglers Sean Gandini and Kati Ylä-Hokkala, Gandini Juggling continues to be at the forefront of contemporary circus, reinventing and reinvigorating juggling for the 21st century.

Ferociously prolific Gandini are constantly creating new work, which ranges from edgy visual art experiments to family friendly entertainment, from narrative infused dance escapades to humorous shenanigans. Liberation calls them the “Kings of Juggling” whose works are “...marvels of originality”, whilst The Guardian says of the company “juggling that is not just artful, but art”.

Since their inception, the Gandini's have performed over 6,000 shows in 50 countries. They continue to perform at many of the most prestigious festivals and venues throughout the world. Their work transcends cultural barriers: the simple pleasure of watching people move whilst keeping objects in the air has a natural theatrical quality that has beguiled audiences globally.

Gandini continues to collaborate with a wide range of leading artists ranging from ballet choreographers to computer programmers; from costume designers to set makers; mathematicians to composers. They have spent several seasons working with symphonic orchestras, their choreographed juggling patterns lightly meshed to canonical classical works.

Their latest project, LIFE, is partnered with the Merce Cunningham Trust (New York, USA) with artistic collaborators Jennifer Goggans and the Pulitzer Prize winning composer Caroline Shaw.

A bravura entertainment for all ages, this is a juicy treat from first bite to its mid-air core.
The Herald
This British group’s work feels like a whole new genre. Here, juggling becomes flights of inspired poetry, musical choreography with strong dance elements, crazy-comedy surrealism, breathtakingly dexterous virtuosity, darkly absurdist drama. Gandini opens windows in the mind
New York Times

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