• Akhnaten

  • Plastic Boom

Co-Productions & Collaborations

Co-Productions & Collaborations
The company collaborates with composers, ballet choreographers, fashion designers, computer programmers, sound designers, set makers and mathematicians. The Gandinis have spent several seasons working with symphonic orchestras, choreographing juggling patterns lightly meshed to canonical classic works, have had music specially composed for them by leading composers Tom Johnson and Nimrod Borenstein and recently even choreographing operas.



ean Gandini’s latest exploits include him choreographing the Skills Ensemble for the ENO production of Philip Glass’s Akhnaten.  The piece see’s the Gandini’s performing at the London Coliseum in March 2016 and travelling to America for a run at the LA Opera house in November 2016.

Directed by Phelim McDermott, with designer Tom Pye, Akhnaten explores the life and religious convictions of the Egyptian pharaoh, and forms the last of Philip Glass’s trilogy of ‘portrait’ operas in which he looks at figures from the fields of science (Einstein), politics (Gandhi) and religion (Akhnaten).

This hypnotically mesmerising work uses texts drawn from ancient hymns, prayers, letters and inscriptions sung in their original Egyptian, Hebrew and Akkadian.

Conductor: Karen Kamensek
Director: Phelim McDermott
Set Designer: Tom Pye
Akhnaten: Anthony Roth Costanzo
Choreographer: Sean Gandini
Skills ensemble: Sean Gandini, Kati Ylä-Hokkala, Iñaki Fernandez Sastre, Owen Reynolds, Francesca Mari, Binyam Tesfamariam, Tedros Girmaye, Mehari Tesfamariam, Doreen Grossmann.

★★★★ ‘Perfectly co-ordinated Gandini Juggling supply perpetual movement that correlates well with the loops and repetitions of Glass’s orchestral score.’ The Guardian

★★★★ ‘Executed with faultless brilliance.’ Independent

★★★★★ ‘Generates spontaneous rounds of applause.’ The Stage

★★★★ ‘A team of jugglers whose rhythmic ball and club tossing fitted the music astonishingly well.’ The Express

★★★★ ‘An impressive bunch of circus skills’. WhatOnStage

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Akhnaten is a new production supported by ENO Contemporary and a syndicate of individual donors. A collaboration with Improbable. A co-production with LA Opera.

Plastic Boom

Plastic Boom
Gadini juggling have teamed up with the oh so hot right now Plastic Boom to produce Water on Mars - a meteoric, whiz of a show. Think virtuoso juggling gone wild from the fringe-storming producers of ‘4x4’ and ‘Smashed’ comes this extrinsic playground experiment…

Take three out of this world skillful young jugglers, six hands and thousands of catches. Add chocolate flies, backflips, giant card castles and magnetic jump ropes. Result: better than sex and as good as chocolate.

Designed for spaceships and distant planets, Water On Mars is the future of juggling!

You can catch the show at the Edinburgh Fringe August 2016 for one week only before it jets off to far away places.

In the mean time click here for more tour dates.