Friday, 23 June 2017

Sigma Dramaturgy: Gandini Juggling @ Edfringe 2017

Gandini Juggling Presents

A virtuosic blend of juggling and classical Indian dance…
Company: Gandini Juggling 
Venue: Assembly Hall, Mound Place, EH1 2LU
Dates: Thursday 3 to Monday 28 August
Time: 13.30PM

Gandini Juggling's beautiful new show celebrates the dialogue between the worlds of juggling, dance and music. 

Performed by a virtuosic cast including the award-winning choreographer Seeta Patel (DV8’s Can We Talk About This?), the piece showcases exuberant rhythms, patterns and colours, at the heart of which is a unique interpretation of a classical South Indian dance form.

What was the inspiration for this performance?
We have a fascination for the geometry and stylistic precision of Bharatanatyam dance. We wanted to collide these two disciplines. The explosion is moulded by the personalities of the performers. The performers are 4 exceptional women is a cheeky geometrical reflection on origin, patterns and rhythmic complexity.
Is performance still a good space for the public discussion of ideas? 

I think the performance space can be a lot of different things to a lot of different people. We have always been advocates of a non linear discussion. We love the fact that art can elicit discussions but we would very much like to abstain from making black and white statements. 

How did you become interested in making performance?
As a child i wanted to be a clown or magician, as a teenager i wanted to paint...i later discovered juggling. I have always wanted to make things. I have been fortunate that people have been interested in seeing these things. 
Is there any particular approach to the making of the show?
We try and make things which are different one from another. That means that although we have our routines we try and avoid using the same systems. This does mean a greater risk....
Does the show fit with your usual productions?
I guess it does in that it involves juggling dialoguing with another intricate discipline. 
What do you hope that the audience will experience?
I hope they will leave feeling like excited water melons high on the geometry of life.  

“The place where juggling and Bharathanatyam meet is a place of ecstatic geometries. A criss cross of rhythmic incandescence. The four women blend elegant wizz-kidness with cheeky bravura.” - Sean Gandini, founder Gandini Juggling

Performed by a spectacular quartet of female performers backed by sumptuous multimedia projections - Sigma is a beautifully crafted, physical production at the heart
of which is a mesmerising interpretation of an ancient cultural tradition.

Following on from the spectacular critical success of 4x4 - Ephemeral Architecture and Smashed, Gandini Juggling continue their bold exploration of cross-artform performance and international collaboration. 

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