The Games We Play is a new piece by Gandini Juggling, a group of artists who have been exploring the joyful and complex world of juggling and choreography for 30 years.
Co-founder/directors Sean Gandini and Kati Ylä-Hokkala invite us to enter the joyous, complex world of juggling and choreography with this eye-opening user guide to their performance. It’s an animated self-portrait of a pioneering duo and their company, with a repertoire of some thirty productions staged more than six thousand times all over the world.
Like all their work The Games We Play is a celebratory exploration that asks what is juggling and what can it be? And what is art and what can art be? You’ll be dazzled and delighted as they answer these and other questions in inimitable, gravity-defying style.
Duration: 50 minutes
Age Recommendation: 12+
Language: English with German surtitles
Note on content: The Show contains partial nudity
Directed and performend by: Sean Gandini & Kati Ylä-Hokkala
Light Design: Guy Hoare
Sound Design: Sakari Männistö
Dramaturgy: Emma Lister
Production: Gandini Juggling
Photos: Camilla Greenwell
The piece quotes from previous Gandini Juggling shows:
1993 nEither Either botH choreographed by Gill Clarke
2002 Stop Breaking my Balls directed and choreographed by JP Zaccarini and Gill Clarke
Commisioned by London International Mime Festival
With the support of Watermans Arts Centre
In the Press
The Guardian ★★★★
An absorbing mix of juggling, dance and philosophy
The Review Hub ★★★★
Gandini Juggling astound with their sharp moves
On the borderline between the cerebral and the physical
About the Company
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, while being 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 6000 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.
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. They aim to reposition juggling as a versatile, engaging and malleable art form for our times.