Edinburgh reviews

We are in the middle of our longest ever continuous run of Smashed shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

It makes us very happy to have amazing audiences every night and receive very positive feedback from the media.

Here is a list of the reviews so far:

From The Sunday Times (no link):

Over at the Fringe, Smashed (Assembly Hall* * * *) channels the spirit of another dead artist, Pina Bausch, with such breezy nonchalance, you’d think paying theatrical homage was a doodle. There’s no disguising that this show by Gandini Juggling involves lots of juggling, specifically dozens of apples and sets of crockery. Yet even those who sniff at watching a line of dapperly dressed people keep balls in the air for an hour will be held rapt by the looping variations of this piece. It tosses around its subjects – harmony, chaos and the playground games men and women play – with airy wit. The ending is, literally, smashing.

The Sunday Times Culture
August 18 2013
Maxie Szalwinska






From The Times (no link):

Circus Theatre
Assembly Hall
* * * *
What is it about Smashed, a display of theatricalised, gravity-defying skill by the British company Gandini Juggling, that is so tickling? Familiarity with the work of Pina Bausch could certainly enhance the pleasure. The show was created as a kind of skewed, tongue-in-cheek tribute to the late, great high priestess of German tanztheater.
The director Sean Gandini’s take on Bauschk trademark tropes brims with puckish wit. A smartly clad and mainly male cast of nine perfom synchronized routines using apples
and, latterly and most destructively, sets of Crockery. They start out walking across the stage as if on parade, keeping the fruit in the air and smiling –or scoring, or winking– all the while. It’s the juxtaposition of the performers suggestive expressions, coupled with their crack timing, that gives this opening gambit and, indeed, the entire show, a kick.
Bausch was keenly interested in sexual politics. Gandini amplifies her pet themes of seduction and humiliation in many ways. A prime example: two women crawling before a row of sedentary men who bounce apples off the women, who later get a revenge of sorts by interspersing their own juggling with slaps to the men’s faces, stomachs and, again, backsides. Cued to a soundtrack of wartime novelty numbers, country and western standards and classical music, Smashed is a knowing, knock-out hoot.

The Times
August 6 2013
Donald Hutera





If you have a chance, come and see us at the Assembly Hall until the 26th of August: http://www.assemblyfestival.com/event.php?id=607

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