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Gandini Juggling Smashed

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Seven people are sitting on a row of chairs. They are wearing smart clothes and juggling apples. Apples litter the floor.

You are cordially invited to a tea party that you will never forget…


Smashed takes a witty look at forbidden fruit and the fraying relationship between seven men and two women. Traditional juggling meets contemporary circus alongside 100 apples and a troupe of masterful performers.

A series of nostalgic, cinematic scenes explore conflict, tense relationships, lost love, and afternoon tea. Set against a soundtrack featuring popular songs ranging from Tammy Wynette to Music Hall and Bach.

Inspired by the work of the great choreographer, Pina Bausch, director Sean Gandini and Kati Ylä-Hokkala have borrowed elements of her distinct choreography and combined them with the intricate patterns and cascades of solo and ensemble juggling. This funny, inventive, and characterful work will challenge your perception of juggling.

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Image description: Seven people are sitting on a row of chairs. They are wearing smart clothes that are black, grey, brown and navy. They are all throwing an apple in the air and the floor is littered with apples which you imagine have been dropped in previous attempts to juggle.

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Glorious. When it comes to juggling, the Gandinis pip everyone else
★★★★ THE GUARDIAN

Inventive and very funny
★★★★ THE INDEPENDENT

A juicy treat from first bite to its mid-air core
HERALD SCOTLAND

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