A sensational mix of skill and theatricality, Smashed is inspired by the work of seminal dance-theatre maker, Pina Bausch. For the festival's 40th anniversary this new version has been re-imagined from its original nine to more than twenty performers, with guidance from long-time Pina Bausch leading dancer and choreographer, Dominique Mercy.
Featuring some of the world’s greatest jugglers, hundreds of apples and crockery galore, its nostalgic, filmic scenes hint at tense relationships, lost love and the quaintness of afternoon tea. Smashed: Special Edition is provocative, witty, jubilatory and astonishing to see.
Provocative, witty, jubilatory and astonishing to see. Welcome to the dark art of juggling!
"Be dazzled by the skill of this fruity juggling group"
★★★★ Bruce Dessau Evening Standard 10 January 2017
"It's saucy yet sophisticated about sexual politics and peppered with shrewdly funny observations on the absurd cruelties of human nature"
★★★★ Donald Hutera, The Times 11 January 2017
"Beyond the dazzling circus spectacle, however, there’s satire – like all the best apples, this has bite... Stunningly skilful. Outstanding"
★★★★★ Anna Winter, The Stage 10 January 2017
"This hour-long piece from Gandini Juggling is so clearly inspired by the work of the great Pina Bausch, a woman who said balls to ballet. You can see it in the line of performers sitting facing the audience, in the cast's semi-formal attire and the use of popular songs, and in the disrupted spectacle of an afternoon tea party that turns savage. But you can feel it, too: this is a show in which the tensions between mind and body, concentration and distraction, surface blandness and hidden emotion, mathematical patterns and chaos often threaten to explode, and do in a finale of smashed crockery, which is as terrifyingly vicious as it is funny."
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian