4 x 4 Ephemeral Architectures

★★★★ ‘A show of elegant, wistful beauty’ The Guardian
★★★★ ‘A splendid blend of talents imbued with both elegance and wit’ The Times
★★★★ ‘ A clever, cool and wondrous show that gives delight’ The Stage
★★★★ ‘A phenomenal display’ Everything Theatre

Full reviews here.

4 x 4 is a collaboration between two worlds; Ballet and Juggling.

4 x 4 is a modular piece, initially existing as 4 jugglers and 4 dancers it can be expanded in the future to 8 x 8 or indeed 4 x 4 x 4 to include musicians .

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

Directed by Sean Gandini, choreographed by ex Royal Ballet dancer Ludovic Ondiviela and featuring a lighting design by Guy Hoare, 4 x 4 premiered in January 2015, on the 13th – 15th in London as part of the London International Mime Festival.

It will have its French Premiere in March 2015 in La Breche one of the Pôle Nationales du Cirque.

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 left. This project aims to even out the balance between dancers and jugglers so it is an even dialogue inside a shared space.

Gandini Juggling is collaborating with composer Nimrod Borenstein, who is going to write a piece entitled “Suspended op 69”. This original composition will be played live by by exceptional young chamber ensemble Camerata Alma Viva

4 x 4  is a co-production between Gandini Juggling,  National Centre for Circus Arts,  Lighthouse Poole and La Brèche,Pôle national des Arts du Cirque de Basse-Normandie / Cherbourg-Octeville. Supported by the Royal Ballet Studio Programme , Arts Council England, Agit Cirk, Shoreditch Town Hall and Jacksons Lane. 

This project is supported by PASS – Circus Channel, selected within the scope of the INTERREG IV A France (Channel) – England cross-border European cooperation programme, co-financed by the ERDF.

Camerata Alma Viva and Gandini Juggling gratefully acknowledges support from PRS for Music Foundation.

Photos by Beinn Muir, Arnaud Stephenson and Amber Hunt.