New Straits Times, Malaysia, 23 August 2016 - MajesticTheaterPenang
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New Straits Times, Malaysia, 23 August 2016

GEORGE TOWN: World-renowned juggling troupe – Gandini Juggling – will be in Penang this weekend to perform ‘Smashed’ which is a mix of circus and theatre during the month-long George Town Festival (GTF).
The hour-long piece will involve nine skilled jugglers, apples, four crockery sets and a soundtrack featuring popular songs ranging from Tammy Wynette to Music Hall and Bach.
“Inspired by the world of the great choreographer Pina Bausch, ‘Smashed’ explores the dark art of juggling in a series of nostalgic filmic scenes that traverse tense relationships, lost love and afternoon tea in a way that is funny and inventive,” said GTF director Joe Sidek.
“Director Sean Gandini and Kati Ylä-Hokkala have borrowed elements of Pina Bausch’s gestural choreography and combined them with the intricate patterns and cascades of solo and ensemble juggling.”
The result, Sidek added, is a new hybrid of juggling which is performed with meticulous unison and split-second timing.
The show premiered at the United Kingdom’s National Theatre’s Watch this Space festival in 2010.
“This lively mix of traditional juggling and contemporary circus is akin to dance theatre and will challenge your perception of contemporary juggling,” said Sidek.
“I was spellbound by Gandini Juggling’s award-winning performance at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and am happy to bring them to Penang at the GTF.”
Since their inception in 1992, the jugglers of Gandini Juggling have performed more than 5,000 shows in 50 countries, including at prestigious events like the Buenos Aires International Circus Festival, Barcelona Merce Festival and at the renowned TNT Toulouse and Wiesbaden Opera House.
In the United Kingdom, they perform at major outdoor festivals and theatre houses, including London’s Royal Opera House and The Royal National Theatre.
While the main show will be held at the Majestic Theatre here on Aug 27 and Aug 28, a sneak preview will be performed at Gurney Plaza’s Central Atrium this Friday at 7pm.