8 Songs

A tribute to rock'n'roll!


Season: – November 2019

Put on your leather jacket, grab your air guitar and follow Gandini Juggling on a walk through the Rock ’n’ Roll hall of fame!

 

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Stunning juggling performances are woven into a series of choreographed vignettes that form a striking unity with the selected pieces of music – from Bob Dylan to Velvet Underground, David Bowie or the rocking, joyful anthems of the Rolling Stones.

In 8 Songs, London company Gandini Juggling stages juggling as a raw, powerful piece of contemporary circus - sexy, surreal and skillful at once. The show grows crescendo-like through masterful solos and duets to a powerful finale with the full six-member ensemble. Each song conjures up a special atmosphere and takes us into its own little microcosm, as raw and elating as rock'n'roll itself. Don’t be surprised if you leave the theatre with a bit more "Sympathy for the Devil" at the end of the day.

Language Note: In addition to the non-verbal artistic performances, the show contains English spoken word scenes.

8 SONGS is a production by Gandini Juggling

Commissioned by: Without Walls, Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival and the Greenwich + Docklands International Festival.

Directed by: Sean Gandini
Assistent director: Kati Yla-Hokkala

Performers: Frederike Gerstner, Francesca Mari, Christopher Patfield, Daniel Rejano, Lynn Scott, José Triguero

Cast

Frederike Gerstner, 8 Songs

Frederike Gerstner juggling

At the early age of 13 Frederike started juggling at her school in Bremen, Germany where she grew up. When she was 20 years old, Frederike moved to London and studied at the National Centre for Circus Arts, specialising in juggling. Frederike has performed extensively with Gandini Juggling, highlights including the performance of their show "Downfall" at the London International Mime Festival in 2006 and the month-long run of 8 SONGS at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2018.

Francesca Mari, 8 Songs

Francesca Mari juggling

Francesca first started juggling when she was 16 years old and has been training in workshops around Europe ever since. In 2012, she completed her Bachelors in Literature and Philosophy at the University of Bologna. Francesca studied clown and physical theatre in Brussels and in Italy and has been working with great passion as a street theatre artist since 2008. She has been working with Gandini Juggling since 2014, highlights including her performance in the shows Smashed, 8 Songs and Meta as well as in the opera "Akhnaten" at the English National Opera.

Christopher Patfield, 8 Songs

Christopher Patfield juggling

Born and raised on the Isle of Skye in Scotland, Chris first learned juggling from his father and eventually moved to London to study at the National Centre for Circus Arts, specialising in slack rope and juggling. He also completed a post-graduate course researching the relationship between juggling and music at the DOCH School of Circus and Dance in Stockholm.  He has performed with many circus companies ever since, including Gandini Juggling and NoFitState. A special highlight of his career is co-creating the duo performance Gibbon by Gandini Juggling together with José Triguero.

Daniel Rejano, 8 Songs

Daniel Rejano juggling

Daniel was born in Granada, Spain, and grew up in Marbella near Málaga. He studied circus at the Carampa Circus school in Madrid, followed by studies of physical theatre at the international theatre school EStudis Losada in Barcelona. Over the years, Daniel has performed with a number of  circus companies and for many different venues, both traditional and alternative. His latest work has seen him blend physical theatre with street performance and circus.

Lynn Scott, 8 Songs

Lynn Scott juggling

Born in Northern Ireland, Lynn first started Juggling with the Belfast Community Circus School after joining one of their outreach projects. Later, she went on to study at the National Centre of Circus Arts in London and has been working as a juggler and circus performer ever since. Over the years Lynn worked for such highly regarded companies as Gandini Juggling or Mimbre, while also pursuing various solo projects. Her work led her around the UK, Europe, India, Taiwan and Peru.

 

José Triguero, 8 Songs

José Triguero juggling

José graduated from London's National Centre for Circus Arts (NCCA) in 2010 with first class honours and was awarded with the Deutsche Bank Pyramid Award for Circus upon graduation. He has been working for a variety of shows and companies ever since, including New London Consort, ENP or the English National Ballet. Apart from his work as a performer, he is teaching at NCCA and has created numerous full-length circus works. He is very interested in approaching juggling as an art form, using it as a core to explore its infinite possibilities within a choreography and theatre framework.

About the Company

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 Gandini Juggling has performed over 5,000 shows in 50 countries. The company continues to perform at many of the world's 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, The Royal National Theatre, Sadler's Wells, London MIME Festival and regular participations at Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In 2016, Sean Gandini was called to choreograph Philip Glass' opera Akhnaten in collaboration with the English National Opera, a project which will be presented at the New York Metropolitan Opera in autumn 2019.

In creating their work, Gandini Juggling collaborates with a wide range of cultural leaders, initially teaming up with the pioneering and influential dance artist and choreographer Gill Clarke, lately also with Ludovic Ondoviela, a fomer ballet dancer and choreographer of The Royal Ballet, and Alexander Whitley, a London based choreographer working at the edge of British contemporary dance and being renowned for his bold interdisciplinary approach to dance making. The company continues 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 symphonic orchestras, choreographing juggling patterns lightly meshed to canonical classical works 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 Juggling publishes their own books and DVDs, continuing to support the wider understanding of the beautiful possibilities of juggling, for jugglers and non-jugglers alike.

In the Press

A homage to the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones, the Velvet Underground, Bowie and others that explores transgression, the soundtracks of our lives and how hard it is sometimes to keep all balls spinning to beat."
Lyn Gardner / The Guardian

"A really georgeous show - it is fun, it is sexy, it is inventive."
Exeunt Magazine

"The simplest of juggling moves.... is enough to render the routine unforgettable."
The Scotsman

"The entire show was phenomenal. In every act the symmetry was beautiful... To sum it all up in one word - fascinating."
Oddballs
 
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