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Gandini Juggling


A mesmerising mix of circus and theatre

What happens when you mix nine jugglers, 100 apples and four crockery sets? Find out at a tea party you’ll never forget! 

Presented through nostalgic film scenes exploring themes of conflict, lost love and the tradition of afternoon tea, SMASHED is a mesmerising mix of circus and theatre.

Premiering at the National Theatre’s Watch This Space Festival in 2010, SMASHED is inspired by the work of the great choreographer, Pina Bausch. Combining elements of her gestural choreography, with the intricate patterns and cascades of solo and ensemble juggling, SMASHED lightly disrupts the rigid conventions of etiquette, dress and body language. With a soundtrack featuring popular songs ranging from Tammy Wynette to Bach, this funny, inventive and characterful work will challenge your perception of contemporary juggling.

“Glorious. When it comes to juggling, the Gandini’s pip everyone else.” The Guardian

SMASHED was originally commissioned as a short outdoor piece for the Watch This Space Festival at the National Theatre in 2010.

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  • Saturday 1st September
    12:45 PM to 1:15 PM
    @ Stage @TheDock - Map Ref: 19
  • Saturday 1st September
    2:45 PM to 3:15 PM
    @ Trinity Square - Map Ref: 16
  • Sunday 2nd September
    12:00 PM to 12:30 PM
    @ Stage @TheDock - Map Ref: 19
  • Sunday 2nd September
    2:30 PM to 3:00 PM
    @ Festival Gardens 2 - Map Ref: 2