• Heka - Gandini Juggling (c) Camilla Greenwell
  • Heka - Gandini Juggling (c) Camilla Greenwell

Heka

Juggling meets Magic
Coming soon
Heka (ˈhɛkə): the deification of magic and medicine in ancient Egypt. The name is the Egyptian word for "magic" and the practice of magical rituals.

Heka is the upcoming show by Gandini Juggling. After drawing inspiration from the work of Pina Bausch or Merce Cunningham, Gandini Juggling is now looking at magic as a source of creativity. 

Together with world-class magicians Yann Frisch and Kalle Nio, Gandini Juggling is revisiting the codes of traditional magic tricks. Objects will appear and disappear, float, multiply or change colour...

It is not so much the illusion that fascinates Gandini Juggling, but rather the movement that comes with it, like a form of choreography. How can we recontextualise this choreographic language, play with the repetitions, the counter points, and the group effects?

The result will be a show unlike any other, defying expectations of what juggling, and magic can be. 


THE TEAM

Directors: Kati Ylä-Hokkala & Sean Gandini
Magic consultants: Yann Frisch, Kalle Nio
Performers: Kate Boschetti, Sean Gandini, Tedros Girmaye, Kim Huynh, Sakari Männistö, Yu-Hsien Wu, Kati Ylä-Hokkala
Prop master: Eleanor Sharpe
Lighting design: Guy Hoare
Technician: Guy Dickens
Video: Alice Underwood
Images: Camilla Greenwell
Music: Andy Cowton
Access Consultant: Daisy Hale


PARTNERS

Residence: La Batoude, Beauvais (FR), La Garance, Cavaillon (FR), The Place, London (UK), The Point, Eastleigh (UK), 101 Outdoor Arts - National Centre for Arts in Public Space (UK)

Coproduction: Maison des Jonglages, Scène Conventionée (FR), Scène Nationale Orléans (FR)


PRACTICAL

Format: indoor
Duration: approx. 55 minutes
Touring party: 7 performers and 1 technician
Age guidance: all age groups
Ideal stage dimensions: 10m x 8m x 5m


WRAP-AROUND ACTIVITIES

We have a wide range of workshops available on demand. Workshops are aimed at professional jugglers, performers, and those that are new to the art form. We also offer post-show discussions with the director of the company and the performers.
Get in touch with the team to discuss ideas.

ACCESS

During the development of Heka, we are collaborating with Access Consultant Daisy Hale to delve into the intersection of juggling and neuro-divergence.

Drawing from our personal experiences, juggling has consistently served as a valuable outlet during times when the world seemed perplexing. We firmly believe that individuals with neuro-divergent perspectives can harness the therapeutic potential of juggling to better comprehend their surroundings or, at the very least, find a healthy escape for a few blissful minutes.

Daisy will actively contribute to the creation process, conducting research into the links between juggling and neuro-divergence. Together, we aim to introduce an innovative workshop format tailored specifically for neuro-divergent amateur jugglers. Daisy will compile an informative pack detailing her findings and providing a template for this groundbreaking workshop.

On our end, we anticipate gaining profound insights into a subject that captivates us. Furthermore, we plan to embark on a global tour, sharing these newly developed workshops to make them accessible to audiences worldwide.