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You are cordially invited to a tea party that you will never forget…
Indoor & Outdoor
    In Smashed, the manipulation of the forbidden fruit takes a sagacious look at the strained relations between seven men and two women, kindly flaying traditional juggling and contemporary circus.

    Smashed is an hour-long piece involving nine skilled jugglers, 100 red apples and a soundtrack featuring popular songs ranging from Tammy Wynette to Music Hall and Bach. A series of nostalgic filmic scenes explore conflict, tense relationships, lost love, and afternoon tea.

    Inspired by the work of the great choreographer, Pina Bausch, director Sean Gandini and Kati Ylä-Hokkala have borrowed elements of her gestural choreography and combined them with the intricate patterns and cascades of solo and ensemble juggling. Simultaneously evoking great pleasure and small disquiet, Smashed lightly disrupts the rigid conventions of etiquette, dress and body language. The result is a new hybrid of juggling which is performed with meticulous unison and split-second timing.

    This funny, inventive and characterful work is akin to dance theatre and will challenge your perception of contemporary juggling.


    "Here, juggling becomes flights of inspired poetry, musical choreography with strong dance elements, crazy-comedy surrealism, breathtakingly dexterous virtuosity, darkly absurdist drama. Gandini opens windows in the mind." New York Times and chief dance critic Alastair MaCualay

    "Glorious. When it comes to juggling, the Gandinis pip everyone else" ★★★★ The Guardian

    "Inventive and very funny" ★★★★ The Independent

    "A juicy treat from first bite to its mid-air core" Herald Scotland


    Smashed is available for touring indoor (60 minutes) and outdoor (30 minutes)

    Age guidance: all age groups

    Stage dimensions: 10m wide, 8m deep, 4m high


    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.


    Herald Angel Award, 2013


    Director: Sean Gandini

    Lighting designer: Mark Jonathan

    Assistant director: Kati Ylä-Hokkala,

    Dramaturgy: John-Paul Zaccarini

    Jugglers since 2010: Michael Antony Bell, Sean Gandini, Tedros Girmaye, Doreen Grossmann, Kim Huynh, Antoni Klemm, Sakari Männistö, Chris Pattfield, Owen Reynolds, Ben Richter, Carlos Romero Martin, Iñaki Sastre, Niels Siedel, Arron Sparks, Malte Steinmetz, José Triguero Delgado, Jon Udry, Kati Ylä-Hokkala, Cecilia Zucchetti

    Production: Gandini Juggling


    SMASHED was originally commissioned as a short outdoor piece for the Watch This Space Festival at the National Theatre in 2010.
    Additional funding was received from the Arts Council England and La Brèche Centre for the Circus Arts to create the theatre version currently touring.