Two persons, one format, wood – in this circus-theatre performance two artists investigate the metamorphosis of this relentless but gentle material in relation to themselves. Whilst discovering the balance, with objects and on objects, they find themselves in various situations of dependency and trust, power and sensitivity in between flying sticks and floating planks.
The ATOLL Festival for Contemporary Circus takes place for the fifth time this year. It is one of the few festivals in Europe devoted exclusively to this genre, and in these few years it has become one of the trend-setting festivals on the scene. This year it has been shortened by one day, with less audience, but at a corona-like distance, with slightly fewer artists than last year and largely without circus tents, but with a programme that is certainly worth seeing, as we think.
5.8.2020 German premiere of WORK by Claudio Stellato at festival ATOLL Karlsruhe
At the ATOLL festival (Karlsruhe, Germany) Claudio Stellato presents the next stage of his research between body and object as a German premiere: WORK. Nails, wood, paint, a few tools and seemingly trivial, everyday gestures characterize the scene. This is where work is done, no question.
As if they were following assembly instructions of a parallel universe, the characters work in a machinery in which everyone fulfils his or her function. But excessive physical exertion, which can lead to exhaustion, leads to strange results. While the simple and astonishing stage design is changing more and more, the complicated and absurd process of creating a work of art unfolds.
On 25 and 26 September in Karlsruhe ...
The ATOLL Festival takes place for the fifth time this year and is considered one of the trend-setting festivals for contemporary circus in Germany. Although shortened by one day, with less audience, but at a corona-like distance, with slightly fewer artists than last year and largely without circus tents, but with a programme that is certainly worth seeing.
5.8.2020 adapted to Corona: The Great Journey by Theater Anu will be performed at Tempelhofer Feld
It feels wonderful! Theater Anu have managed to redesign the performance The Great Journey that it can be performed under the recent restrictions. Slightly fewer spectators, seats, guided tour in small groups - but the visitors still wander through a labyrinth of thousands of candles and are enchanted by the wonderful, dreamlike stories.
From 5 - 8 August and from 12 - 15 August on the Tempelhofer Feld in Berlin.
Theater Anu has been researching poetic theatre forms in public space for over ten years. Founded in Heppenheim, on Hessische Bergstrasse, thecompany has had its headquarters in Berlin since 2007. Under the direction of Bille Behr and Stefan Behr, it performs in parks, squares and special places - such as tunnels or industrial halls - in Germany and Europe in collaboration with numerous artists. Every year, many thousands of visitors experience the sensual and quiet productions of Theater Anu. In this "strange" summer of 2020, Theatr Anu has managed to create corona-compatible adaptations and also new plays within a very short time. A major project was the collaboration with the Bad Hersfeld Festival.
3.8.2020 Smashed 2 - this is Smashed. But not the one you know.
This is Smashed. But not the one you know. Gandini Juggling proudly announce SMASHED 2 To been seen at GDIF festival, August 30 + 31.
In Smashed, the manipulation of the forbidden fruit took a sagacious look at the strained relations between seven men and two women, kindly flaying traditional juggling and contemporary circus.
Smashed 2 is the dark art of juggling revisited. Turning the tables on one of the most celebrated contemporary circus pieces of the last decade. 7 women and 2 men. This is a tale of retribution. This is the same but different. Smashed 2 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.
Perfomed on street theatre festivals in UK in 2020, also Smashed 2 will be growing to a full stage play within soon and touring worldwide on stage and street.
wirft die Manipulation der verbotenen Frucht einen scharfsinnigen Blick auf die angespannten Beziehungen zwischen sieben Männern und zwei Frauen. Nun, 10 Jahre und verschiedene Welttourneen später, drehen Gandini Juggling den Spiees um und zeigen eine GEschichte der Vergeltung. Die gleiche Geschichte, aber anders. Smashed 2 bricht gnadenlos mit starren Konventionen, Etikette und den Symbolen von Kleidung und Körpersprache. Smashed 2 ist lustig, unterhaltsam, einfallsstark und charakterstark. Ab 2021 auf Tournee ... auf der Bühne, auf der Strasse ...
Spot The Drop are happy to tell to their fans that they are back on the road again! After several months without travels, stages and their beloved audience, we can announce some dates - starting at end of July leading to Osnabrück, Mülheim, Cologne and Isny. Please have a look here to find all dates.
Osnabrück, Mülheim, Köln und Isny sind die Stationen dieser Reise nach einigen Monaten nur in Wuppertal, ohne Reisen. Die genauen Termine finden Sie hier.
Der Große, der Kleine, die Klappstühle und das Handgepäck. In ihrer Show jonglieren die beiden sich durch ihre ganz eigene Welt. Bewaffnet mit Klappstühlen, Koffer, Tasche, Bällen und Keulen geben sie uns einen Einblick in ihr Leben, das bestimmt wird durch seltsame Rituale, meisterhafte Jonglage und Tanzmusik. Gespickt mit Hommagen an die Großen ihrer Kunst, feiern sie ein Festival von subtiler Komik und artistischen Meisterleistungen. Vorwürfe und Handgreiflichkeiten - nach nunmehr 10 Jahren auf Tour ein Klassiker des Straßentheaters und der absolute Publikumsliebling!
A summer without touring - this is not possible. Therefore the two guys of Spot The Drop are more than happy to start travelling at end of July: a short tour will lead from north to south of Germany, from Osnabrück via Mülheim and Cologne to Isny. And a short trip to Belgium at end of August - to Haaste Töne Festival in Eupen. With their classic comedy juggling show "Vorwürfe und Handgreiflichkeiten".
10.6.2020 GREC festival in Barcelona will present scenes of 5.100 m/s in 2020
Joan Catalá spent his childhood in a family workshop, surrounded by the smell, sound and coldness of iron. He now turns this material into the centre of a circus, music, dance and theatre-of-objects show that evokes the craft work of artisans. In summer 2020, GREC festival Barcelona presents some scenes of this promising work which will be premiered in January 2021.
Because of the special circumstances under which the Grec 2020 Festival is being held, its artists have faced restrictions and obstacles to their work, including lack of time for proper rehearsals and the need for respecting social distancing between performers. These circumstances have affected their creations, but, for all that, the artists are still eager to share the result of their work with audiences, at least to the point they have so far been able to develop it.
Iron is the central element of 5.100 m/s and it is a direct reference to the world of crafts which also adds force to the production’s soundtrack. And that is because the title refers to the speed of sound through metal. This inorganic matter, a heavy material, which can become light, which is hard, but also ductile, is the show's star attraction. A series of characters speak to us, projecting diverse perspectives on a scene in transformation. Some make reference to risk using circus techniques, others evolve with the scene establishing movement-based dialogues and others stroll up and down carrying bars, tubes or metal planks with which they make sounds with their hands or drumsticks, thereby creating an artisan vibraphone on stage, for which various members of Frames Percussion, a Barcelona group dedicated to experimenting with percussion, are largely responsible. All that is accompanied by objects which, during the dialogue between the characters, end up becoming more than simple materials... The action takes place in a box surrounded by the audience, a space halfway between workshop and stage. This is a space of dialogue between human beings, objects and architecture itself, a space for trial and error where crafts people turn their trade into art and model beauty, to the blows of a hammer.
Now at GREC Festival, Barceona audience will see some scenes, we are looking forward to discover the whole work in early January 2021.
Slowly, but slowly, society is opening and getting back to normal. This slow return to normal made Tollhaus Karshaus give thir stage to Julian Vogel and Josef Stiller / Klub Griko and both artists are happy to work together on some last details of their play 122 x 244. Hopefully soon on tour again!
Many of you had to cancel the summer shows already. We want to encourage you to think theater in totally new ways with us this year.
ANU tries to work with the limitations not against them, because we are sure that there are conceptions that will work even in the current situation!
Not only will it be an economically disaster for all artists if this summer is completely free of performances, but people will have an enormous need of cultural events after weeks of isolation. Many of them will not be able or willing to go on holidays this summer and even places like open-air swimming pools will probable stay closed. This upcoming gap could be our chance to bring culture to new audiences. Let's open SpielBAR Corona
Short number of people, distance requirements and hygiene regulations will still leave some scope for us to offer events to the people in your city in 2020.
ANU is now working for over fifteen years with “walk-in theatre installations” as OUR form of staging. Meaning: The visitor receives different scenes on his own or in small groups one after another. This structure is easlily to be adapted to different forms of social distancing. SCHATTENWALD and OVID'S DREAM are examples of big shows, but also small plays can be adapted.
Moreover, we have created a brand new ONLINE production called PERPETUUM in ZOOM, which can be received absolutely “safe” in front of the PC or laptop individually or in the closest family circle as a live experience!
The play DREAMER - performed in a drive-in venue - offers a mixture from the “save-space” of your own car and yet being physically part of a large audience.
Got curious? Get in contact with us!
We would like to stand by your side as a cultural partner in the exceptional year 2020!
Just a few days after the premiere in Les Halles de Schaerbeek / Brussels, the piece WORK was awarded the prize of the MOMIX 2020 Festival Jury on Sunday, February 9th, 2020. Congratulations to Claudio Stellato and his team!
Each year - for more than 25 years - MOMIX plays host to around 40 professional companies from diverse artistic backgrounds, (theatre, dance, music, puppetry, etc.), chosen for their excellence, in content and aesthetic quality, but at the same time for their accessibility to all audiences.
his stage play The Green (2019). Kalle Nio (* 1982) is a magician, visual artist and theater director. He works in the fields of stage magic, visual theater, circus, experimental film and visual art. The WHS theater group is one of the most active Finnish performing arts groups abroad and works in over 40 countries. Nio graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts with a master's degree in space art. Nio's latest show, The Green, will be held in 2020 touring in France, Germany and Hungary. The Green's next appearance is on March 20 at the Les Giboules Festival in Strasbourg.
At the same time, Kalle Nio was elected chairman of the Finnish Magic Circle that evening. The Finnish Magic Circle is part of the World Federation FISM.
“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. This funny, inventive, and characterful work is akin to dance theatre and will challenge your perception of contemporary juggling. This is a tea party you won’t forget!
23.1.2020 WORK: a few days before the premiere at Les Halles des Schaerbeek, Brussels
Only a few days to wait: Feb 5 is the date of the official premiere of Cie Claudio Stellato's latest creation WORK. At Les Halles de Schaerbeek in Brussels. I have seen a prepermiere and I must say: This new WORK is a piece not to miss!
As if they follow an assembly manual of a parallel universe, the characters / craftsmen are working on a site where everyone has their role. They perform precise gestures resulting from hours and hours of routine. Here, physical efforts are pushed to exhaustion which sometimes leads to an absurd result.
Their normality is in our eyes an absurdity. As the materials and the scenography elements transform successively, real paintings start to appear. The spectator witnesses the complicated, illogical and absurd creation of a work of art. If you cannot come to Brussels, check the calendar to find a date good for you! SOme more dates to be confirmed within soon, stay tuned!
15.1.2020 Int Performing Fair Freiburg: Shortcuts will present Human Time Tree Time
Shortcuts is a sucessful action created by the German Association of Theatre in public Spaces. Eight artists or companies will be invited to present new ideas and projects to an interested audience of professionals, promoters and artists. A kind of speed dating as each presentation
9.1.2020 Klub Girko at performing arts fair in Freiburg
Klub Girko is getting prepared for a busy January 2020: on January 24 + 25, Julian and Josef will present their play "122 x 244 - and a lot of little pieces" at Winterzirkus Potsdam. After Potsdam the artists will be heading to Freiburg directly where they are invited by International Performing Arts Fair to present extracts of 122 x 244. Both artist are keen to get to know the German audience, professionals and artists and are looking forward to 3 days of inspiring exchange. A good chance to meet Josef and Julian is to come to booth 2.7.26! See you in Freiburg!
4.11.2019 Rigolo's Big Bird at christmas circus in Regensburg
Enchanting dance theater, inspiring artistry, touching moments - this is what Rigolo Swiss Nouveau Cirque has stood for decades. Two years ago, it was his founder Mädir Eugster, who brought Regensburg to wonder and dream with his sanddorn balance. Some time ago, Rigolo Swiss Nouveau Cirque surprised international audiences with the show "Wings". An important element of this beguiling world of images is the Big Bird, that flying machine with wings of immense size, which can now be experienced for the first time in Regensburg. No engine moves the big wings of steel and coarse cloth, but the graceful movements of Swiss artist Rahel Merz. Big Bird in Regensburg from 19 December to 5 Jan. Thanks to the Regensburger Weihnachtscircus for the invitation!
4.11.2019 "relations" by Rigolo is part of a new Cirque du Soleil project: Vitori in Malta
Cirque du Soleil will be performing an original and exclusive show to mark the 40th anniversary of the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta / Malta. The 60-minute production titled "Vitori" is centred on a chess theme – the ultimate example of reason and logic – and will be the first time that Cirque du Soleil perform in Malta. Suren & Karyna, a Russian / Ucrainian duo performing aereal acrobatics at highest level, are happy to collaborate with Cirque du Soleil again in this new production to be seen in Valletta, Malta from Nov 27 till December 20. Suren & Karyna will perform their act "relations" by Rigolo, which was - among others - awarded at Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain.
Where as part of Gandini Juggling is getting prepared to perform at New York Metropolitan Opera, another part is reahearsing to rock Berlin, at Chamäleon Theater, just for 4 days, from Nov 11 - 14.
In 8 Songs, a series of choreographed vignettes set to eight classic rock ‘n’ roll songs, the Gandini’s return to their roots. A raw and surreal piece, sexy and skilful, each song presents its own atmosphere, its own micro universe. The piece builds crescendo style from solos and duets to a full-cast finale. Meanings are alluded to, with semi-literal references to the songs themselves. Complex patterns will relate the orbits of the coloured objects to each other but the real raison d’être will be the music. The raw and elating power of rock and roll. 8 Songs is a fantastic opportunity for Gandini to do what they do best: creating a brand new show combining skill with spectacle, inviting audiences of all ages into their playful world of movement, mathematics and music.
The CHAMÄLEON stands for contemporary circus like no other venue in Germany. This is an exciting new art form that deliberately blurs the boundaries between different genres, such as acrobatics, dance, music and theatre, in order to create something thrilling and cutting-edge.
It is done! A successful start: 9 shows in 3 countries - 9 x standing ovations!
The team of Common Ground is happy. The autumn tour started at end of September at ATOLL festival in Karlsruhe, was followed by performances at Festival Circolo in Tilburg, and after visiting the MaZ in Brugge, 2 more shows were done at festival Theater op de Markt. Within 4 weeks, 9 shows in 3 countries - all 9 shows with standing ovations! A big thank you to the promoters, funders and supporters who had confidence in our creation and also to our audience! Common Ground is looking forward to coming back on tour in 2020!
28.10.2019 Moonrise - Arkadien - Sospiri 3 neue Projekte von Rigolo
With the stage play Wings the generation change was initiated in the house Rigolo. Currently the three Rigolo daughters are working on their own productions, each one different, each one particular: Moonrise, Arcadia, Sospiri. Mädir Eugster and Lena Roth, founders of Rigolo Swiss Nouveau Cirque, are involved as creative leaders in every project.
Lara Jacobs Rigolo is about to open an ART CLUB in New York. In MOONRISE Lara takes up the theme of the 13 moon goddesses that Rigolo employed in the 1990s. Lara was already on tour as a little girl and on stage. It is interesting to see how Rigolos MONDAUFGANG returns to the stage in a new modern version. MOONRISE is fine entertainment experience combining dance, theater, acrobatics, art, music, decor and a theatrical cocktail experience. The guests are abducted by LARA JACOBS RIGOLO into the world of the 13 moon goddesses and their rituals and accompanied by her on a journey to her inner self. As of late October 2019, Brooklyn-Williamsburg NYC, N160 12 Street.
The middle daughter, Nuria Astroga Iglesias, realizes in Switzerland a cultural pasture park with the Rigolo Palace as its centerpiece. In ARKADIEN cultural events take place and wonderful festivals such as weddings and birthdays are celebrated. Also Nuria meets with the Weidenpark a dream she began to dream as a child. Arcadia is a park of willow constructions and water features, with art installations and cultural events. The park is open to the public and invites old and young to observe the plants, to relax and to enjoy cultural experiences. In the center of the park stands the willow pavilion "Palais". For two decades Rigolo toured with the Palais through Switzerland and performed ao. in Zurich on the Werdinsel and on the barracks area, in Basel on the Grün 80 and in St. Gallen in the city park. The opening of the cultural pasture park ARKADIEN is planned for spring / summer 2020.
The youngest daughter of Rigolo's founding couple, Marula Eugster Rigolo, continues Rigolo's earlier productions Wings In My Heart and Sanddorn with her dance theater production SOSPIRI. The theme of the piece, as in Wings In My Heart, is the determination of life and the search for fulfillment. Also at Sospiri the piece flows into the world-famous Sanddorn Balance with the feather and the 13 palm leaf trisps. In the first dance part Sospiri takes over the concept of the piece Sanddorn from the year 1998. The expressive Palmblattrispen form the red thread in the history. In WINGS Marula has shown that she is a charismatic actress. Even as a choreographer she has already established herself in other formations. World premiere SOSPIRI in autumn 2020 at the Lichtensteiger Chössitheater
21.9.2019 Common Groun starts touring at ATOLL festival in Karlsruhe
The 6 artists of Common Ground are looking forward to Wednesday, September 25: Finally they present on stage the play which they have been creating for the passed months. Happy and proud to be in such a good companionship, as great artists lile Gravitiy and other myths, My!Laika!, Les Colporteurs, Cirque Aital and many others will meet in Karlsruhe between Sept 18 - 29. Please have a full look at the programmation here and do not miss to come & see COmmon Ground on Sept 25 / 27 and 28!
Doch Tollhaus ist nicht nur der Veranstalter der Deutschland-Premiere von Common Ground, sondern gleichzeitig auch Koproduzent - udn somit gebührt dem Tollhaus doppelter Dank für das Vertrauen und die Risikobereitschaft! Wir freuen uns auf eine schöne Premiere am 25. September bei ATOLL und weiteren Vorstellungen am 27. und 28. September. Weitere Vorstellungen dann im Oktober in den Niederlanden und in Belgien.
Tonight is the night: Borrowing its name from the theatre slang term for the stage, The Green promises visually strong theatre, which uses stage magic, video projection, cinematic sound and scenic compositions as its means of expression. From today on, four performances at Cirko in the programmation of Helsinki Festival. Then, in September on tour in three countries: in Germany (at.tension festival), in Slovenia and in France, at the wolrd most important festival for puppetry and object theatre at Charleville-Mezieres.
20.8.2019 Cia de Circo "eia" elebrates 10 Years at Fira Tàrrega
Let's celebrate 10 years of Compania de circo "eia" at Fira Tàrrega! The artists of "eia" welcome you at their booth 42 at La llotja - with many info about their shows inTarsi, Espera and La Pranza - and with a special surprise on Friday!
Compania de circo "eia" created their show Capas in 2009 and toured longer than 5 years, visited more than 30 countries and did mor than 150 presentations. With inTarsi they were awarded a Premio Max, for the first time ever given to a circus company.
Fira Tàrrega is is the international market for performing arts that takes place every year in Tàrrega during the second weekend in September. Founded in 1981, it is a great shop window of what is going on in performing arts, with special emphasis on street arts, visual and unconventional shows. As a meeting place and an international point of reference for debate, the main objective of FiraTàrrega is to boost the performing arts market, opening the door to the internationalisation of the companies. Other more specific objectives are the accompaniment and promotion of creations by emergent artists, encouraging training, focused on artistic creation and culture management and on generating strategic alliances to develop transnational street art circuits or productions. One of the best meeting points!
It was hard to cancel the premiere at PERPLX due to an accident, but thanks to the big support of Theater op de Markt and PERPLX, the team could stay and work some more days in Kortrijk - and these few intensive days have given the confidence, to do the planned shows in autumn - starting at ATOLL Karlsruhe on Sept 25 / 27 / 28. The shows will be a little different then, but with Andreas and not less exciting, entertaining and fresh. Who will come to see Common Ground in September in Karlsruhe? www.commonground.show
25.6.2019 Unfortunately, Common Ground had to cancel the shows at festival PERPLX
Common Ground regrets a lot, but they have to cancel the shows at Festival Perplx on June 29 and 30 due to an injury of one of the artists. The company comunicates:
Unfortunately we have to inform you that due to an injury we will not be able to perform our premiere at Festival PerplX on 29/30 June.
We are very sorry for any inconvenience this causes to the festival and extremely grateful for the support they give us even in this situation. We want to apologize to all those who wanted to watch the show and celebrate with us. Sometimes we have to accept that life can cause unfortunate changes. Let’s hope for a fast recovery and a lot of wonderful shows in the future. The show is ready!
10.5.2019 Who wants to get to know about Common Ground before the premiere? Save the dates of the previews!
Exciting! Three weeks of rehearsal in a former church, research of new acrobtic materials, organizing set and other materials, discussion and talks with the outside eye and musical director - step by step the show Common Ground is growing and on May 18 the artists will present y preview of their actual work at the festival Cirkl! in Leuven -
please save the date! Not in town in May, there is another chance to see Common Ground before the premiere, please mark June 19 for a visit to Dommelhof!
The Flemish premiere then will take place on June 29 + 30 at festival PERPLX in Kortrijk. Stay informed about all dates of Common Ground, visit the company website!
Today, the Initiative Neuer Zirkus (the German association dedicated to the development of contemporary circus) has published, which project will be suported by the new funding model Zirkus ON. 23 projects applied for this first edition and one of the selected project is "Responsive Ground" by Josef Stiller, one of the artist of Klub Girko. Congratulations to Josef! What is Zirkus ON?
Zirkus ON is a German funding project created by Initiative Neuer Zirkus and several partners (Festival PERSPECTIVES, ATOLL Festival, Ehrenfeldstudios, Internationale Kulturbörse Freiburg, Pfefferberg Theater, Composé Festival und den Chamäleon Productions) dedicated to the development of contemporary circus. 3 projects will be selected who will be accompanied during creation and can present work in progress to curators and professionals. The accompaniment consists of mentoring, residency, workshops, presentations, promotion - depending on the needs of the projects. 23 projects applied for this first eidion of Zirkus ON.
10.4.2019 Die Great Journey : ready to go to Suwon Festival / Korea
A very busy season is going to start for Theater Anu : whereas preparing for touring and rehearsing the special projects, Theater is getting ready to head over to Suwon, Korea to present there The Great Journey for the first time in Asia.
For twenty years now Theater Anu have been exploring the potential of poetic theatre in public spaces. Under the direction of Bille Behr and Stefan Behr, and in collaboration with a variety of artists, the company have played in parks, squares and many non-theatrical locations such as tunnels, churches and industrial halls. Their installations and performances create unique spaces of experience and memory which invite visitors to immerse themselves in imaginary worlds, to be enchanted and transformed.
Every year, 40,000 visitors witness Theater Anu’s sensuous, unassuming productions in squares and parks and other open spaces. The company creates touring productions and also commissioned work for special events. Please find here a brochure detailing all the current touring shows of Theater Anu.
Sanddorn Balance will be touring again with the successful show production AFRIKA! AFRIKA! in spring 2019 through 33 cities all over Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Luxemburg. Georges Momboyes who already collaborated with André Heller's first version of AFRIKA! AFRIKA! in 2005 put in scene this colourful revue with dance, acrobatics, giant puppets and rhythms which represent the modern Africa in all its facets. Sanddorn Balance here also represents drought, desert and lack of water - but also moments of hope which are so important for survival. Andreis Jacobs Rigolo interprets Sanddorn Balance with a special authentic habit.
the 6 artists - Zinzi & Evertjan, Chris & Iris and Circus UnArtiq (Lisa Rinne + Andreas Bartl) will meet in Gschwend at Cric active to start the creation porcess of the show Common Ground. Afterwards in May, there is another period od rehearsal at Cirkl in Leuven, BE, followed by a residency at Theater op de Markt in Neerpelt, BE. The date of premiere has been already fixed: It is set for June 29 and 30 at the festival Perplx, in Kortrijk, BE. Much to do in short time! Please follow us on our social media channels at instagram and facebook!
20.1.2019 SPRING at sadler's Wells during MIME Festival LONDON
Finally, after more than 20 years of creative juggling, Gandini Juggling will have arrived on the main stage production at Sadler’s Wells - with its latest production SPRING! Gandini Juggling is happy to announce 3 nights of fabulous shows of an extended version of Spring Jan 31 - Feb 2. Recommended in the Guardian as one of the Dance shows to see this week in London.
After excursions into ballet with 4x4: Ephemeral Achitectures and Bharatanatyam dance in Sigma, Gandini Juggling joins forces with Sadler’s Wells New Wave Associate, Alexander Whitley, (The Royal Ballet, BalletBoyz, Rambert, Birmingham Royal Ballet) to take object manipulation and contemporary dance into new territories.
Featuring five jugglers and four dancers, with special guest appearance from juggling wonderkid Wes Peden, Spring explores the nature of colour in a kaleidoscope of deconstructed rhythms and patterns. It’s spectacular, fun, funky, complex and performed to an original, ‘baroque meets techno’ score by leading London composer, Gabriel Prokofiev, with lighting by multi-award winning designer, Guy Hoare. London International Mime Festival (LIMF) was founded in 1977 by producer, Joseph Seelig, at the instigation of mime-clown, Nola Rae. He was joined by Helen Lannaghan as co-director in 1986. It is the Capital’s longest established international theatre season.Taking place each January, its programme spans the spectrum of contemporary visual performance including live art, physical and circus-theatre, mask, puppetry, movement and object theatre.
The extraordinary success story of SANDDORN BALANCE began more than 20 years ago. In 1996, the Swiss theatre producer Mädir Eugster Rigolo created a balancing act for the stage production SANDDORN. The play is set in knee-deep sand; the only props are the withered ribs of date and coconut palm leaves, which Mädir Eugster Rigolo collected from the most beautiful beaches in the world. This was the birth of SANDDORN BALANCE – one of the most stunning acts the world has ever seen. SANDDORN BALANCE has enchanted countless audiences ever since, irrespective of culture, age or education. The performance can been seen in a variety of shows and circuses, in theatres, museums and opera houses. For many years, Mädir Eugster Rigolo was the only performer. Only a few years ago, the secret of SANDDORN BALANCE was given to some excellent artists who are now presenting exciting moments to audiences all over the world. Among these excellent artists, you will find Mädir's daughters: Lara Jacobs Rigolo, who is performing Sandorn Balance with Cirque du Soleil show Amaluna, and lately also Marula Eugster Rigolo, who performed Sanddorn Balance in Rigolo's stage Wings and now - in Jan 2019 - arrives to the stage of Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain where young artists from all over the world present their arts and acts. Probably is not just a coincidence that the 40th Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain meets the celebrations of Rigolo's 40th anniversary.
25.12.2018 Wes Peden - auch 2018 der weltbeste Jongleur!
Each December, jugglers vote for their favorite 40 jugglers of the year, and in 2018, this list is headed by Wes Peden again - for the 9th time meanwhile! Please have a look at http://juggle.wikia.com/wiki/Top_40_Jugglers and thanks to Luke Burrage for editing this list. You can see Wes' juggling art till midst of January at Helsinki winter circus and in February Wes Peden will do a tour of his solo play Zebra in Belgium, please have a look a the dates at Gandini's touring calendar.
15.12.2018 SPRING : at Sadlers' Wells during MIME Festival, London 2019
It took 25 years - but now, finally. Gandini Juggling enter the big stages of Sadler's Wells, one of London's most influental theatre venues. During the MIME festival, from Jan 31 till Fab 2, Gandini Juggling will present their latest creation SPRING which is a creation by director Sean Gandini and choreographer Alexander Whitley and joins forces of jugglings arts and contemporary dance with original music by Gabriel Prokoviev. This new 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.
With the talents on display primal and emblematicSPRING is set to be a spectacular, transendant and colourful staging, performed to an original score. Featuring virtuosic jugglers and contemporary dancers the piece will take these tangible and visceral art forms into new territories and further establish the relationships between them. Embracing deconstructed rhythms and jubilant patterning - concepts of self referentiality will be visited and the score itself will be taken into the work using text to introduce fragments of narrative. SPRING follows on from the Gandini’s successful forays in ballet and theatre delving deeper into their obsession with juggling as pure choreography. This new 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.
After incredibly successful touring all over Europe, cia de Circo "eia" is heading to Montréal, CA, where they will present inTarsi at CINARS, one the world's most important meeting points for theatre professionals and curators. The four acrobats of "eia" want to step forward to American and Asian markets with the support of Vincent Messager (Dolce Vita Spectacles).
Rigolo's Sanddorn Balance is wellknown worldwide for its appearances in cabaret, show, TV and gala events. but we should not forget that Sanddorn Balance was created as scene of a theatre play. More and more, Sanddorn Balance is returning back to its roots and we note a growing distribution in dance and theatre productions, invitations to concerts and exhibitions. One example is Rigolo's participation in the theatre play "Exodus" by Belgian company Théâtre d'un Jour. "Exodus" is invited now to LaMama Theatre in New York.
"Exodus" is a stirring play about migration and the hopelessness that drives people to leave their homeland. Sanddorn Balance shows in Exodus moments of a fragile beauty that changes the perception of reality and reveals the delicate nature of balance and the transience of life.
"Exodus" ist ein aufwühlendes Theaterstück über Migration und die Ausweglosigkeit, die Menschen dazu bewegt, ihre Heimat zu verlassen. Die Sanddorn Balance zeigt in "Exodus" Momente einer fragilen Schönheit, die die Wahrnehmung der Realität verändert und die zarte Natur des Gleichgewichts und der Vergänglichkeit des Lebens offenbart. A disturbing symbol for the current situation of the refugees in front of the "Fortress Europe". After almost 100 performances in Europe, "Exodus" is now invited to New York, appearances there at LaMama November 15 - 18.