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Smashed (Gandini Juggling)

By | Published on Wednesday 14 August 2013

This is no ordinary juggling show. One would expect to be impressed by two or three performers working in tandem, sailing objects gracefully through the air. In ‘Smashed’ there are nine, and the results are awe-inspiring. This is juggling on a completely different level; past skill, past art. In addition, the performance gradually reveals itself to be an absurdist drama; it descends rapidly into a baroque nightmare dreamed by Beckett, written in a language where words are like the toss of an apple; and screams the shattering of crockery. Unsettlingly insane, wholly profound, moving and terrifying all at once. In a word, it is ‘Smashed’ and is certainly no ordinary juggling show.

Assembly Hall, until 26 Aug (not 13), 6.05pm.
tw rating 5/5 | [Ivan Kroupin]