6 TIMES GANDINI JUGGLING BROKE THE MOULD

It takes a lot of balls to push the boundaries of juggling… but world renowned company Gandini Juggling, masterminded by Sean Gandini whose juggling career spans more than 30 years, has succeeded in filling venues around the world with spectacles that delight the senses.

Gandini have continuously reinvented the art-form of juggling with their cleverly choreographed shows, drawing influences from the world of dance. Here are our top five moments when Gandini Juggling broke the mould…

1. WHEN THEY SMASHED THE CROCKERY… ON PURPOSE

As it says on the tin, Smashed literally ends with a thrilling and climatic finale in which an afternoon tea party goes rogue. Each performance demands four crockery sets destroyed by nine jugglers. Juggling balls are also replaced with 80 red apples. This multi-layered show is an homage to the late German choreographer Pina Bausch, and is scattered with subtle nods to her work.

2. WHEN THEY COMBINED JUGGLING WITH INDIAN CLASSICAL DANCE…

Created in collaboration with choreographer Seeta Patel, Sigma fuses juggling with the language of the Indian classical dance style of bharatanatyam. The mirrored set adds layers of symmetry and pattern to distort these intermingling styles.

3. WHEN THEY JUGGLED WITH LIGHT…

In this highly technical feat of ingenuity, ten jugglers create an impressive visual display using the latest light technology. The company can programme up to ten million different colours to any kind of music, ranging from the elegant classic Mozart’s Symphony No. 25 to trendy electronica and upbeat Black Eyed Peas

4. WHEN JUGGLING GOT A ROCK AND ROLL MAKEOVER…

With a soundtrack that includes The Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones, Velvet Underground and Bowie, 8 Songs pays tribute to musical legends. With each song, the choreography enters its own micro-universe, layered with meaning. Plus, it ends with a clever send-up of silent disco!

5. WHEN THEY JUGGLED IN THE FOUNTAIN AT SOMERSET HOUSE…

When there’s water involved, juggling balls get slippery, so this outdoor spectacle was a risk to take for Sean Gandini and his company of 27 jugglers ( not that you could tell – the performance was seamless). But risk-taking is exactly what circus is all about so what better way to celebrate the 250th anniversary.

6. When dancers became jugglers and jugglers became dancers…

In their latest work, Spring, Gandini Juggling join forces with Alexander Whitley, a choreographer at the cutting-edge of contemporary dance, to experiment with kaleidoscopic colour. It’s set to a baroque-meets-techno score by leading composer Gabriel Prokofiev.

Spring comes to Sadler’s Wells as part of London International Mime Festival from 31 Jan – 2 Feb. Tickets are priced from £12. To book, call the Ticket Office on 020 7863 8000 or book online.