Gandini Juggling and choreographer Alexander Whitley collaborate on ‘Spring’

14 Dec 2017

Photography by ASH

Gandini Juggling and Alexander Whitley are joining forces to create a new show. Adventurous and cross-art form, Spring is an enquiry into colour and the perception of colour.

Five jugglers and four dancers challenge each other and exchange their skills, all the while embracing deconstructed rhythms and jubilant patterning.

Spring is directed by Gandini Juggling’s co-founder and artistic director, Sean Gandini who set up the company with world-renowned juggler Kati Ylä-Hokkala in 1992 to reinvent and reinvigorate juggling for the 21st century.

Choreographer Alexander Whitley has a bold interdisciplinary approach to dance making, producing technologically innovative and thought-provoking stage productions for his own Alexander Whitley Dance Company. Here he responds to the virtuosity and discipline of juggling with the messy and unstable possibilities inherent in contemporary dance.

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, favoured in juggling.

In 2017 Sean Gandini, Alexander Whitley and Guy Hoare worked together in theatre residencies in France, Belgium and the UK where they were able to use the technical facilities to make their experiments with lighting and colour a central part of the creative process.

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 CompanyCostume design by Lydia Cawson completes this cross-art form production.

The UK premiere of Spring takes place at Cambridge Junction, 7 and 8 February 2018. The UK tour follows in spring 2018.