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Gandini Juggling

Lilian Baylis Studio,
Sadler's Wells

World Premiere
Wed 12 - Sat 15 Jan
8pm. Sat mat 3pm

Event ended

Runs: 60 mins/no interval
Age Guidance: 5+
£20/£12 + booking fees.
Discounts apply. No fee for in person at the box office.
Tel: 020 7863 8000
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BSL interpreted performance:
Thu 13 Jan
After-show discussion:
Thu 13 Jan (BSL interpreted)
Audio-described performance:
Fri 14 Jan
Relaxed performance:
Sat 15 Jan 3pm
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Life - A Love Letter To Merce Cunningham

Gandini Juggling’s Smashed, its darkly humorous homage to Pina Bausch, has been in demand around the world ever since its first performance. Opening the 2022 Mime Festival, the group now turns its attention to another giant of contemporary dance, Merce Cunningham.

After three decades of being inspired by his work and wondering what a Cunningham choreographed juggling piece might have looked like, Sean Gandini and company co-founder/director Kati Ylä-Hokkala have created a work firmly rooted in the Cunningham universe, but entirely original. The soundscore is by Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer and vocalist, Caroline Shaw.

Sean and Kati are acknowledged as pioneering leaders in the field of contemporary juggling, turning a skill into a thrilling, theatrical artform. Their work has been acclaimed in more than fifty countries.

"At heart, this piece would be a love letter to one of the artists who has influenced us the most”
Sean Gandini

Read The Observer 5 Star review "Life has a serene beauty, a geometric poetry, that satisfies the eye and dazzles the mind." >

Read The Reviews Hub 5 Star review "A match made in heaven" >

Read The Times 4 Star review "Gandini Juggling’s charming tribute to Merce Cunningham" >

Read the Evening Standard 4 Star review "Opening show of the London Mime Festival blows away preconceptions" >

Read the Dance Tabs 4 Star review "An unexpected, joyful delight, performed with skill and nonchalance" >

Read the British Theatre Guide review "Exhilaration is the word." >

Download the freesheet programme here >
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"At the forefront of British circus’ quiet revolution"

The Guardian

"Gandini Juggling are not just leaders in their field but trail blazers who have reinvented the relationship between contemporary theatre, dance and circus"

Lyn Gardner


Gandini Juggling

A Gandini Juggling production
in collaboration with the Merce Cunningham Trust

Directed by Sean Gandini
Assistant director: Kati Ylä-Hokkala
Cunningham Consultant: Jennifer Goggans
Music: Caroline Shaw
Lighting: Guy Hoare
Cast: Benjamin Beaujard, Sean Gandini, Jennifer Goggans,
Kim Huynh, Sakari Männistö, Erin O’Toole, Jose Triguero,
Yu-Hsien Wu, Kati Ylä-Hokkala

Photography: Dolly Brown
Co-commissioned by: London International Mime Festival and Théâtre de la Ville, Paris

Presented by LIMF in partnership with Sadler’s Wells

Supported by: Merce Cunningham Trust NYC; Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts;
Dance East, Ipswich; Arts Council England