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Gandini’s Spring Demonstrates the Abstract Beauty of Dance & Juggling Combined

Spring by Gandini Juggling arrived in Montreal midsummer (July 3-8) to be part of the Montréal Complètement Cirque Festival, filling up the large stage of TOHU with color and motion. Featuring nine performers, these juggling dancers and dancing jugglers, move around the stage, manipulating balls and clubs, interlocking their patterns and movements, and creating hypnotic shadows and flashes of color. Occasionally, one performer comes to the front to tell us something useful about the process—once, there is even a cheer about juggling and dance being perfect for each other, as if trying to dispel the odd couple myth behind their union.
Flashes of color from Gandini’s Spring jugglers. Photo courtesy of Dolly Brown Color plays a big role in this show, just as it does in the actual season of spring. Though the costumes are a drab gray, they allow your focus to switch from the artist to the art in the air– or the movement of the dance bodies rather than the characters within them. Notably, the cast is made up by a majority of women, and the brief interchanges between...
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Kim Campbell

Kim Campbell has written about circus for CircusTalk.News, Spectacle magazine, Circus Now, Circus Promoters and was a resident for Circus Stories, Le Cirque Vu Par with En Piste in 2015 at the Montreal Completement Cirque Festival. They are the former editor of CircusTalk.News, American Circus Educators magazine, as well as a staff writer for the web publication Third Coast Review, where they write about circus, theatre, arts and culture. Kim is a member of the American Theater Critics Association.