Juggling Trajectories, Gandini Juggling 1991 – 2015
Written by Thomas J M Wilson, Juggling Trajectories explores the first 25 Years of Gandini Juggling. Over 400 Pages and 150 Photos.
Gandini Juggling have been one of the world’s most prolific and adventurous circus companies for over two decades. Founded with the aim of fusing juggling and dance, they have continually pushed the artistic and technical boundaries of juggling, resulting in performances that delight, astound, and defy easy categorisation. Iconic and iconoclastic in equal measures, Gandini Juggling have changed the perception of what juggling is and what it can be – transforming what might be considered a parlour-trick into a rich and distinctive art form in its own right.
In this book Thomas J M Wilson maps out the nature and growth of this pioneering and innovative company, from their formation in 1991 to 2015. Covering the breadth of their diverse output, he examines not only Gandini Juggling’s cutting-edge experiments that blend juggling with other art forms, but also their spectacular street art events, virtuoso juggling to music, and theatrically-charged performances.
Wilson takes a distinctive approach, providing a catalogue of over 25 of Gandini Juggling’s major performances, alongside accounts charting the trajectories of the development of their working practices, and accompanied by in-depth essays examining key features of the company’s work. Supported by an extensive array of full-colour photographs and contributions from many of the company’s key collaborators, this book is a uniquely rich and detailed insight into Gandini Juggling’s ground-breaking approach to circus.
About the Author
Thomas JM Wilson is a Module/Year Coordinator for Rose Bruford College’s unique BA European Theatre Arts degree programme, and an Associate Editor for Routledge’s Theatre, Dance, and Performance Training Journal. A performance-maker and educator, he has a long association with dance and circus disciplines – originally training in Equestrian Voltige, Contact Improvisation, and Butoh dance. Since 2001 Wilson has written regularly on theatre, circus and dance, with a particular interest in work that crosses artistic boundaries. Wilson has followed and commented on Gandini Juggling’s work since 1996, making him one of the few people outside of the company with an intimate knowledge of the full range of their work.
“Gandini Juggling, not just leaders in their field but trail blazers who have reinvented the relationship between contemporary theatre, dance and circus” Lyn Gardner
“Smashed” by the Gandinis is one of the most brilliant, astonishing and funny things that ever happened on a stage. Blessed is the group that lifts the viewer to such heights of delight, balancing the grotesque and the graceful. Alfred Brendel