• Sigma collage, Photography by ASH
  • Sigma collage, Photography by ASH

Sigma

Gandini Juggling explore the world of Bharatanatyam dance
Gandini Juggling have a reputation for innovation - pushing 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 rythm 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. 

Sigma's first stage of research was presented in summer 2016 at Imagine Watford.
Further development / choreographic research will take place in 2017, followed by an Edinburgh run. More informtion and tickets here.