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An avant garde and cross-artform experience
Gandini Juggling and Alexander Whitley Company are joining forces to create a visually arresting and cutting edge new work.  Entitled Spring this courageous, avant garde and cross artform experience will challenge impressions of movement and physicality.

With the talents on display primal and emblematic Spring is set to be a spectacular, transcendent and colourful staging, performed to an original score. Featuring virtuosic jugglers and contemporary dancers the piece will take these tangible and visceral art forms into new territories and further establish the relationships between them. Embracing deconstructed rhythms and jubilant patterning - concepts of self referentiality will be visited and the score itself will be taken into the work using text to introduce fragments of narrative.  

From the company that created Smashed and 4x4: Ephemeral ArchitecturesSpring follows on from the Gandini’s successful forays in ballet and theatre delving deeper into their obsession with juggling as pure choreography. This new large-scale show is a result of their time flirting with various neighbouring art forms, sharing a common core in their rhythms and bringing these cousins together to explore the relationships between them.  

Artistic Collaborators
Working alongside the creative powerhouse that is Sean Gandini, we are thrilled to be collaborating with choreographer Alexander Whitley. Whitley has created work for several of the UK's leading organisations including the Royal Ballet, Rambert, Balletboyz and Birmingham Royal Ballet. He is a New Wave Associate artist at Sadler's Wells theatre, an associate artist at DanceEast and his company, Alexander Whitley Dance Company, is an associate of Rambert.  

Performed to an original composed acounstic/electronic musical univers by Gabriel Prokofiev, where magical baroque meets
techno, Spring is set to be a transendant and colourful staging and live vocals.
Performed to an original composed acoustic / electronic musical universe by Gabriel Prokofiev, London-based composer recognized by Financial Times as being “in the vanguard of redefining classical music conventions”, Spring is set to be a transcendent and colourful staging and live vocals.

As with 4x4 and Meta, Spring will see the company produce a high quality and technically ambitious production working with Guy Hoare – a prestigious lighting designer with a list of accolades and awards to his name.

Spring is a 60-minute performance full of simple pleasure – though filled with intricate skill. The Guardian ★★★★

Spring is so clever it would make your head hurt if it weren’t at the same time so joyous, exhilarating and transporting. Culture Whisper ★★★★

Dozens of bi-coloured quoits bubble up and over in an impossible stream like animated Olympic rings. The Financial Times ★★★

Ideal stage requirement: 12m wide x 10m deep x 7m 
Suitable for: 8+
Running Time: 60 minutes

Co-produced by Cambridge Junction (UK), the London International Mime Festival (UK), Plateforme 2 pôles Cirque en Normandie / La Brèche à Cherbourg et le Cirque-Théâtre d’Elbeuf (FR). Supported by Arts Depot (UK), Arts Council England, Theater op de Markt Dommelhof (BE), Birmingham Hippodrome (UK), Lighthouse Poole (UK), CIRCa Pôle National des Arts du Cirque (FR)

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