Gandini Juggling/ United Kingdom

Winner! Total Theatre Award, Physical /Visual Theatre, Edinburgh Festival Fringe

“★★★★★ Exquisitely beautiful.”  –The Herald
“★★★★ A Playful and mesmerising treat.” The Times, London

In their new show SIGMA the iconic Gandini Juggling explore the world of Bharatanatyam dance,  a  celebration of and dialogue among  juggling, percussion and dance. The piece showcases exuberant rhythms, patterns and colors, at the heart of which is a unique interpretation of the classical south Indian dance form, Bharatanatyam. Using a mirrored set, this reflective and dynamic show is a cleverly crafted circus and dance production, a mesmerizing flirtation between rich and tangible art forms. Performed by a virtuoso cast including the award-winning choreographer Seeta Patel, with the trademark humor Gandini Juggling bring to all their work.

Always innovators,  Gandini Juggling pushes the boundaries of their art form by combining contemporary circus with dance and narrative. The resulting productions have challenged perceptions of what juggling is and can be and have forced the threshold of the genre in its own unique direction.

SIGMA is an opportunity to further explore these dialogues and showcase the multiplicity between bharatanatyam dance, juggling and percussion. Developed in partnership with Seeta Patel, a specialist in Bharatanatyam aesthetics and Kati Yla-Hokkala & Kim Huynh – pioneering jugglers from Gandini Juggling, the work investigates classical Indian geometries, mathematics, and rhythm by looking at similarities and differences, processes and choreographic architectures. There is also a focus on the parabolic accelerating velocity of objects in the air versus the more subtly changing speeds of the dancer and the underlying Carnatic musical structures.

The human side of the collaboration transcends the pure structure and looks at invented ethnologies and imaginary rituals, when both Bharatanatyam and juggling come with a myriad of associated archetypes. Gandini are keen to play with these ideologies, distort them and intermingle them and then inhabit the hybrid landscapes in which they are created.

Co-produced by: London International Mime Festival (UK)

Duration: 60 minutes.  All ages.