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Gandini Juggling and Alexander Whitley American Premiere

The avant-garde virtuosos of Gandini Juggling create breathtaking productions that mesmerize audiences of all ages. Back by popular demand following the success of last year’s Smashed, the company collaborates with British choreographer Alexander Whitley in Spring. “Joyous, exhilarating and transporting” (Culture Whisper), this production interweaves virtuoso jugglers with contemporary dancers in a kaleidoscopic dreamscape including an immersive score by Gabriel Prokofiev. Visually arresting, colorful, and bursting with rhythm and pattern, Spring is a refreshing and entertaining production at the vanguard of contemporary circus.

Directed by Sean Gandini
Choreographed by Alexander Whitley
Composition and Electronics by Gabriel Prokofiev
Lighting Design by Guy Hoare
Costume Design by Claire Ashley

Ep 16. The Talking Cure: The Mathematics of Juggling

In this episode of The Talking Cure: Conversations with Jedediah Wheeler, Mathematics professor Mika Munakata and the Chair of the Mathematics Department at Montclair State University, Ashwin Vaidya, discussed their research paper Inspiring Mathematical Creativity through Juggling. An exciting collaboration with the brilliant juggler and director Sean Gandini and the Office of Arts + Cultural Programming explores the connection between science and juggling. The work seeks to encourage students’ creative thinking, including non-STEM majors, to see mathematics in unexpected places, make connections to their own interests and disciplines, and explore creativity in mathematics.

Recorded remotely via Zoom on December 1, 2020.

EP5: Spring | Sean Gandini

In this episode of The Talking Cure: Conversations with Jed Wheeler, the avant-garde virtuosos of Gandini Juggling talks about his juggling career and the upcoming American premiere of SPRING, a collaboration with British choreographer Alexander Whitley

Recorded on December 10, 2019 at WMSC Radio.

Post Impressions: Virtual Artist Talks

In this edition of Post Impressions: Virtual Artist Talks, Gandini Juggling director Sean Gandini and choreographer Alexander Whitley reflect on the experience of watching their collaboration, Spring, on-screen via PEAK Plus and imagine a post-pandemic creative future with PEAK’s Cultural Engagement Director, Chrissy D’Aleo Fels. The wide-ranging discussion touches on: the Joy of collaborative artmaking; playing with geometry; the evolving role of technology in dancemaking and arts education; the camera as both spectator and choreographer; and outlandish New Jersey Christmas decor.
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Recorded December 14, 2020, via Zoom

Inspiring Mathematical Creativity Through Juggling
An article published by the Journal of Humanistic Mathematics written by Ceire Monahan, Mika Munakata, Ashwin Vaidya of Montclair State University in collaboration with Gandini Juggling and PEAK Performances @ Montclair.

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National Sawdust + PRESENTS “Inside Juggling”
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
National Sawdust
80 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY

Gandini will join Pulitzer Prize-winning composer/singer Caroline Shaw and multi-instrumentalist/instrument inventor Mark Stewart in a conversation moderated by NationalSawdust+ curator Elena Park. The evening will be punctuated by juggling excerpts performed by several members of the London-based company, in town for The Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Philip Glass’s “Akhnaten.” Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, who sings the title role of the Egyptian sun god, will make a special appearance.

Intro to Juggling
Thursday, December 12, 2019 – post-performance
Alexander Kasser Theater
Immediately following Thursday’s performance, Gandini Juggling co-founders Sean Gandini and Kati Ylä-Hokkala will offer a light-hearted free introduction to juggling on the Kasser stage. The dynamic pair will deconstruct the art form’s key patterns and demonstrate how the virtuosic company plays with notation.

First Impressions
Saturday, December 14, 2019 – post-performance
Alexander Kasser Theater
Alexander Whitley, Sean Gandini, Kati Ylä-Hokkala
Moderated by Ruth Wikler, Director of Circus Programming TOHU


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Spring is co-produced with Cambridge Junction, London International Mime Festival, and Plateforme 2 pôles Cirque en Normandie / La Brèche à Cherbourg et le Cirque-Théâtre d’Elbeuf. Spring is supported by artsdepot, Arts Council England, Birmingham Hippodrome, CIRCa pôle National des Arts du Cirque Auch Gers Occitanie, Lighthouse Poole, Theatre Op de Markt.

Programs in PEAK Performances’ 2019-20 season are made possible in part by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.