World-renowned jugglers Sean Gandini and Kati Ylä-Hokkala set up Gandini Juggling in 1992. Over the past 25 years, the company has performed at the world’s most prestigious festivals and venues, totaling over 6,000 shows in 50 countries. To date, the company has created over 30 indoor and outdoor productions ranging from radical art/juggling fusions to accessible theatrical performances and choreographic studies and they hold a Herald Archangel Award for their contribution to the arts.
Current and future collaborations include working with pioneering composers and musicians including Tom Johnson, Nimrod Borenstein, Gabriel Prokofiev, Mezzo-Soprano Emma Carrington, and countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo. Choreographers include First Artist with The Royal Ballet Ludovic Ondiviela, Rambert Associate Alexander Whitley, and the late Gill Clarke. Recently Gandini has worked with director Phelim McDermott (on Philip Glass’ Akhnaten produced by the English National Opera) and collaborated with Dominique Mercy, a long-serving dancer for Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch.
The company co-produce Wes Peden and currently tour six productions internationally which include:
Smashed – the Pina Bausch inspired piece which premiered at the National Theatre, London.
4x4 Ephemeral Architectures, which premiered at the Royal Opera House and is a fusion juggling and ballet.
Sigma - Bharatanatyam, and juggling combined to receive the Total Theatre Award for Visual Theatre and the Asian Arts Award for Best Directing
Spring - a contemporary dance piece in collaboration with Alexander Whitley and composer Gabriel Prokofiev.
The company was part of the opening ceremonies for the Millennium Dome and the London 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony and choreographed the ENO’s production Akhnaten which won the Olivier Award for Best New Opera Production 2017.