What if Merce Cunningham had choreographed juggling? After decades of admiring the modern dance icon’s work, contemporary circus virtuosos Gandini Juggling address this very question in LIFE, a “jaw-droppingly complex blend of dance and juggling” (Financial Times) developed in partnership with the Cunningham Trust.
Inspired by the geometry, rhythm, virtuosity, and risk characteristic of Cunningham’s choreography, this exhilarating production features nine performers and a live original score from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw.
A joyful tribute to Merce Cunningham’s legacy, LIFE makes its US debut this spring following rave reviews in Europe.
Suitable for ages 8+
Saturday, June 11 at 7:30pm
Sunday, June 12 at 3pm
$35 general admission
$15 students & 25-and-under
Health & Safety
For the safety of audiences, artists, staff, and our greater community, masks must be worn for the duration of all indoor Hand to Hand performances.
About Gandini Juggling
Formed in 1992 by world-renowned jugglers Sean Gandini and Kati Ylä- Hokkala, Gandini Juggling continues to be at the vanguard of contemporary circus,
reinventing and reinvigorating juggling for the 21st Century. Gandini Juggling celebrates juggling in all its facets, exploring not just what juggling is, but what juggling can be. Currently an ever-evolving ensemble made up of a virtuosic core group of jugglers, they regularly expand to include up to 20 performers for specially commissioned events and performances. Ferociously prolific, they are constantly creating new works, which range from radical art/juggling fusions to accessible theatrical performances, from choreographic studies to commercially commissioned routines.
Since their inception the Gandinis have performed over 6,000 shows in 50 countries. They continue to perform at many of the most prestigious festivals
and venues throughout the world. These venues range from Contemporary art museums in France to Opera houses in Germany, from theatres in Lebanon to
tents in Argentina. Closer to home the Gandinis can be seen performing at the UK’s major outdoor festivals and theatre houses including London’s Royal Opera
House, English National Opera, The Royal National Theatre and Sadler’s Wells.
In creating their work Gandini Juggling collaborated with a wide range of cultural leaders, initially teaming up with the pioneering and influential dance artist and
choreographer Gill Clarke. The Gandini’s continue to be influenced by a range of disciplines, which include amongst others, composers, ballet choreographers,
fashion designers, computer programmers, sound designers, set makers and mathematicians. They have spent several seasons working with orchestras, choreographing juggling patterns to a wide range of classical compositions and have had music specially composed for them by leading composers Tom
Johnson, Nimrod Borenstein and Gabriel Prokofiev.
In addition to performing, Gandini Juggling is very much in demand at leading circus schools. Teaching workshops, creating performances and supporting the
next generation of circus artists. Alongside this, Gandini publishes books and delivers virtual classes to support the wider understanding of the beautiful
possibilities of juggling, for jugglers and non-jugglers alike. The Gandini’s have an insatiable thirst for juggling pieces and a fiery desire to collaborate,
communicate and provoke. They aim to reposition juggling as a versatile, engaging and malleable art form for our times.
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