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An avant garde and cross-artform experience
Gandini Juggling and Alexander Whitley have joined forces to create a visually arresting and cutting edge new work. Spring is a courageous, avant garde and cross artform experience that challenges impressions of movement and physicality.

Spring is a spectacular, primal and emblematic performance that is transcended by colourful staging, and an original score. Featuring virtuosic jugglers and contemporary dancers, the piece takes tangible and visceral art forms into new territories and develop the relationships between them. 

Following the company's successful forays in ballet (4x4: Ephemeral Architectures) and theatre (Smashed), they are delving deeper into their obsession with juggling as pure choreography. This 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

Spring was created in collaboration with famed British 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.

Artistic Director: Sean Gandini
Choreographer: Alexander Whitley
Lighting designer: Guy Hoare
Costume designer: Claire Ashley
Rehearsals director: Emma Lister
Jugglers: Dominik Harant, Kati Ylä-Hokkala, Kim Huynh, Liza van Brakel, Tristan Curty
Dancers: Erin O’Toole, Sakeema Crook, Tia Hockey, Yu- Hsien Wu


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 ★★★


Co-produced by Cambridge Junction (UK), 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).