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Interviews & Reviews
2022

Gandini
Gandini Juggling
LIFE
12 Jan - 6 Feb

THE RED BALLOON
The Young Londoner
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"A special treat for the whole family aboard the Puppet Theatre Barge in Little Venice. We stepped on to the gangplank, climbed aboard (mind your head as you enter!) and leave the sunny wintry shores of Little Venice behind as you enter into the theatre.... It is poignant, beautiful and brought to life in a charming and unique way – certainly worth a visit. "

COLD
The Reviews Hub
4 Star review >


"While this year’s VAULT Festival was forced to cancel, the other highlight of the winter months returns in full force. The London International Mime Festival has opened and over the next four weeks there are all kinds of physical theatre and circus shows across the capital, all relying on the visual and where spoken words are scarce. There are also digital performances too, and available online for the entire duration of the festival is Cold, a strange and troubling examination of pregnancy and miscarriage... represented spectacularly in their film... Coaché and Turner have created the bleakest of midwinters where spring seems almost an impossibility. Johnny Pilcher’s score complements the film perfectly, and the piano sounds as fragile as the life Falda and Ulf lead"
****
Richard Maguire 13 Jan 2022

THEATRE RE
Plays To See
4 Star review >


"A must-see in this year’s Mime Festival. Theatre Re has indeed attracted national and international reputation for creating world class, deeply moving, and visually striking poetic theatre. It was the first time I had the chance to watch their work live – and it certainly won’t be the last...
They perform with tremendous skill, energy and immediacy. There are moments of beautiful high tension, of heightened physicality, moments of shared unity and moments of magic. Their visual and poetic style was striking, while the perfect use of live music (we must acknowledge the work by co-composers Alex Judd and Henry Webster) would not let you lose an instance of the beautiful storytelling. Judd and Webster did not just accompany the rest of the performers, but they almost ‘conducted’ them. There was a perfect synergy between the music and the rest of the storytelling. Truly brilliant!"
****
Emily Louizou 17 Jan 2022

THEATRE RE
Exeunt
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"There is something genuinely magical about the company’s new production as part of the London International Mime Festival: it’s got a warm twinkle and touches of wonder... All the parts are multi-roled by four company members, alongside two more performers (Henry Webster and Alex Judd), who provide a live score on the fiddle, flute and keyboard. Their smoothness as an ensemble (directed by Guillaume Pigé), as they catch and swing the props hauled down from above, or twist through each other’s arms and legs, is a pleasure to watch."
Lily Levinson 16 Jan 2022

GANDINI JUGGLING
The Reviews Hub
5 Star review >


When juggler extraordinaire Sean Gandini approached the Merce Cunningham Trust about using the choreographer’s work in his new piece, ex-member of the Merce Cunningham Company, Jennifer Goggans, agreed to a meeting. Goggans thought that she would be teaching Gandini and his company some of Cunningham’s trademark tilts and lilts. Instead, Gandini taught her to juggle, and she now appears with him in a juggling tribute to the legendary choreographer.
Such a set-up may sound absurd, even sacrilegious, but the evening is thoroughly absorbing, and breathtakingly elegant... Juggling is so often seen as lowbrow, but in the Gandinis’ hands – literally their hands – it becomes art, refined and aesthetic. Who would have ever thought that juggling and Merce Cunningham would be a match made in heaven?"
*****
Richard Maguire 14 Jan 2022

GANDINI JUGGLING
The Times
4 Star review >


Gandini Juggling’s charming tribute to Merce Cunningham
"The world premiere of Gandini Juggling’s Life launched this year’s edition of the London International Mime Festival in high style. Lasting an hour, and featuring a casually clad cast of nine plus one live musician (the Pulitzer prizewinning American composer and vocalist Caroline Shaw), the compact performance has been assembled with… unpretentious charm, skill, wit and warmth.
The show commences with a delightfully simple, short and straightforward lecture/demonstration: as Ylä-Hokkala juggles various combinations of a handful of balls, Gandini — a tireless and engaging enthusiast — compares each basic rhythmic pattern to music, from waltz to pop to techno. Life then slips into a shifting series of interactions and encounters between people and balls, rings and juggling pins or clubs. All credit to a cast who appear as adept at movement as they are at manipulating objects."
****
Donald Hutera 13 Jan 2022

GANDINI JUGGLING
The Observer
5 Star review >


As niches go, a work that combines a tribute to the great American choreographer Merce Cunningham with juggling is a particularly narrow one. Yet the odd thing about Life, which launched the London international mime festival last week, is just how universal and all-embracing it feels... Accompanied by Caroline Shaw’s music and Guy Hoare’s sublimely simple lighting, Life has a serene beauty, a geometric poetry, that satisfies the eye and dazzles the mind.
There’s a pure pleasure in the cleverness of all this; the performers are uniformly transfixing, their smiles utterly infectious. It feels like a very good way to start the year. "
*****
Sarah Crompton 16 Jan 2022

GANDINI JUGGLING
Evening Standard
4 Star review >


Gandini Juggling review: opening show of the London Mime Festival blows away preconceptions.
"Like so many of the capital’s arts events, the London International Mime Festival moved online during the pandemic. In 2022 it is very much back in its physical form. And few shows will feel quite as physical as this sold out world premiere of Life – A Love Letter To Merce Cunningham, by multi-disciplinary group Gandini Juggling."
****
Bruce Dessau 13 Jan 2022

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"Every year the London International Mime Festival offers a window on another world, one where puppets philosophise with their bodies on tabletops, performers find the stage tilting precariously beneath their feet, acrobats dazzle and domestic noir is played out by clowns. Over the years every January LIMF has encouraged us to try something different and helped shift our idea of what theatre is by exposing us to sometimes strange and often wonderful if discombobulating performances from Europe and far beyond."
Lyn Gardner 4 Jan 2022

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KIN
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26-29 January 2022 >
The Guardian
Give it up for Gandini, the jaw-dropping jugglers – in pictures >


Formed in 1992, Gandini Juggling return to stages this month with a new production, Life, presented at London International Mime festival. Revisit their past shows, snapped by Tristram Kenton

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Gandini Juggling
12-15 January 2022 >
Main photo: Vanishing Point Interiors © Mihaela Bodlovic
2-5 Feb 2022 >