Gandini are joining forces with Royal Opera House and Circus Space

4 x 4 Ephemeral Architectures is a collaboration between two worlds, Ballet and Juggling.

Both these formalised systems are ephemeral journeys through time and space, leaving an unseen trace, like an imaginary architecture. This piece will revisit the company’s frequent obsessions with grids/patterns and mathematics but will be informed with a hovering new found theatricality.

For the last decade Gandini Juggling have often had a guest dancer, a solitary figure like a magician illuminating patterns, framing, wandering amongst the traces. This project aims to even out the balance between dancers and jugglers so it is an even dialogue; a sharing of space.

Sean Gandini : “The marriage of Ballet – considered the highest of arts-  with Juggling – frequently considered amongst the lowest of arts – is full of rich possibilities, both from an structural point of view but also thematically, both worlds come with an arsenal of preconceived images, ready to be reassembled and ripe for a challenging marriage. We hope that this work will help blur the labeling barriers between the art forms. Over the years, we have developed a very thorough lexicon of juggling vocabulary. We are excited and intrigued about this new vocabulary meeting the complex, older and well documented world of Ballet.”

4 x 4 Ephemeral Architectures is co-commissioned by the Royal Opera House in partnerships with Circus Space

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