“Think that juggling is not for you? Or that it couldn’t sustain your interest for over an hour? Think again because Gandini Juggling crockery smashing hit is an utter delight. With a soundtrack ranging from Tammy Wynette to Bach this features nine supremely skilled performers and 80 red apples in a show that pays homage to Pina Bausch and demonstrates that juggling can tackle the big issues such as sexual politics and retribution and punishment with as much panache as any other art-form. As vicious as it is enjoyable.”
“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.”
Smashed is an hour-long piece involving nine skilled jugglers, 100 red apples and a soundtrack featuring popular songs ranging from Tammy Wynette to Music Hall and Bach. A series of nostalgic filmic scenes explore conflict, tense relationships, lost love, and afternoon tea.
Inspired by the work of the great choreographer, Pina Bausch, director Sean Gandini and Kati Ylä-Hokkala has 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.
SMASHED: SPECIAL EDITION
In these troubled times the only thing we have to offer is our juggling; to us the most important of the less important things.
Over the next few weeks we will be releasing a few full videos of past shows, juggling tutorials and other treasures from our archive. We hope you will enjoy these.
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