Gandini Juggling makes its Sadler’s Wells main stage debut with a kaleidoscopic collaboration with choreographer Alexander Whitley

11 Jan 2019


Sadler’s Wells from 31 January to 2 February 2019
Part of London International Mime Festival

Gandini Juggling’s collaboration with contemporary choreographer Alexander Whitley Spring is an exhilarating cross-artform enquiry into the nature of colour and how we perceive it. The show comes to Sadler’s Wells as part of the London International Mime Festival from 31 January to 2 February.

Gandini Juggling has been pushing the boundaries of juggling as an art form and playing with dance languages for some time now. 2010’s Smashed was an homage to Pina Bausch, 2015’s 4×4 Ephemeral Architectures was a dialogue between juggling and ballet, 2017’s Sigma explored south Asian classical dance form bharatha natyam.

Featuring nine virtuoso performers – five jugglers and four contemporary dancers – Spring challenges impressions of movement and physicality, embracing deconstructed rhythms and jubilant patterning with Gandini’s signature flashes of humour.

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.

Gabriel Prokofiev’s darkly futuristic sound score for vintage synthesiser and strings, performed live at Sadler’s Wells by Camerata Alma Viva and two drummers, 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 performed by jugglers Dominik Harant, Kati Ylä-Hokkala, Kim Huynh, Liza van Brakel and Tristan Curty and dancers Erin O’Toole, Yu-Hsien Wu, Tia Hockey and one more to be announced. Costume design is by Lydia Cawson.

February also sees Alexander Whitley creating a new work for The Royal Ballet for the New Work, New Music programme in the Linbury Theatre from 6 to 9 February and Sean Gandini’s choreography for English National Opera’s Akhnaten is returning to the Coliseum from 11 February to 7 March.