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Gandini Juggling Smashed Review

Updated: 6 days ago

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

Image showing a group of men and a women juggling with apples
Gandini Juggling Smashed photo (c) Ludovic des Cognets 4

Smashed takes a witty look at forbidden fruit and the fraying relationship between seven men and two women. Traditional juggling meets contemporary circus alongside 100 apples and a troupe of masterful performers.

This is quite the show, and very much a family affair for some very funny entertainment. Gandini Juggling is a unique demonstration of relationships, which takes the 'Adam and Eve' apple to the next level. This is a group of very talented performers who have developed the art of juggling with apples, no less, and have managed to create an uplifting demonstration of what is possible in the juggling world.

I was very impressed with the subtlety of the performance, but one that still managed to impress and influence some gasps and laughter/giggles from the audience. The performance is set against a soundtrack featuring popular songs ranging from Tammy Wynette to Music Hall and Bach. Both the music and the performance work together to convey a story about relationships, acceptance, and rejection.

Gandini Juggling is very much a celebration of the art of juggling. As always, there is an overriding element of comedy but the performance is nuanced and follows a specific story about the interactions between humans.

I didn't quite know what to expect but was so very pleased with the performance. Sean Gandini's direction of the show is sublime - it's quite the masterpiece. Ending in a bit of chaos, which is welcomed and very funny. You must follow this production and get tickets for the London show while you can.

Artistic Team & Credits

Director Sean Gandini

Lighting Designer Mark Jonathan

Assistant Director Kati Ylä-Hokkala

Dramaturgy John Paul Zaccarini

Cast Sean Gandini, Tedros Girmaye, Kim Huynh, Antek Klemm, Sakari Männistö, Iñaki Sastre, Malte Steimetz, Jose Triguero, Kati Ylä-Hokkala

Tickets: from £18

Running time: approximately 1 hour


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