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