Gandini Juggling and Alexander Whitley’s ‘Spring’ at artsdepot

1 Mar 2018

Gandini Juggling and Alexander Whitley’s ‘Spring’. Image: Simon Carter











Gandini Juggling and choreographer Alexander Whitley’s adventurous and kaleidoscopic cross art-form collaboration Spring comes to artsdepot, as part of CircusFest, on Thursday 12 April at 7.30pm.

Gandini Juggling’s director Sean Gandini and choreographer Alexander Whitley have joined forces to create Spring, an adventurous cross art-form enquiry into the nature of colour and how we perceive it.

Spring challenges impressions of movement and physicality, embracing deconstructed rhythms and jubilant patterning – with signature Gandini flashes of humour. Featuring five virtuoso jugglers and four contemporary dancers, Spring takes their tangible and visceral art forms into new territories and further establishes the relationships between them.

Guy Hoare’s pop-art lighting opens the show, flooding the stage with the three primary colours of red, blue and yellow before moving through black and white to 22 pastel shades in a kaleidoscopic celebration of the vibrancy of colour.

Gabriel Prokofiev’s darkly futuristic sound score for vintage synthesiser and live strings plays off the mathematical patterns of juggling, using the time signatures of 7/4 and 5/4 which are so often its rhythms.

Spring is the third and final part of Gandini Juggling’s trilogy of flirtations between juggling and elaborate dance languages which began with 4×4 Ephemeral Architectures and Sigma.

Spring is performed by jugglers Dominik Harant, Kati Ylä-Hokkala, Kim Huynh, Liza van Brakel and Tristan Curty and dancer Erin O’Toole from Gandini Juggling and dancers Yu-Hsien Wu, Tia Hockey and Leon Poulton from Alexander Whitley Company. Costume design is by Lydia Cawson.