Gandini's Smashed Delivers A Disquieting Minefield of Apples, Tea Sets and Gender Dynamics - CircusTalk

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Gandini’s Smashed Delivers A Disquieting Minefield of Apples, Tea Sets and Gender Dynamics

I was blown away by Gandini Juggling’s production of  Smashed  this past Saturday. Apples become grenades and decimate the landscape. Tea sets and china sets explode on impact. A vase of flowers tossed in the air sprays water sideways before shattering to pieces. A man spies an unbroken plate and crushes it underfoot. Almost nothing was left unbroken, particularly the audience’s expectations.
The work premiered in 2010, and despite being almost ten years old, it is still ripe with food for thought. The concept, composition and themes give an audience plenty of pertinent and timely material to chew on post show. And  Smashed is just one taste of how Gandini Juggling is satisfying audiences all over the world. Since its formation in 1992, Gandini Juggling has created 30-full length pieces that have toured world-wide. Acording to the  Smashed program, Founders Sean Gandini and Kati Ylä-Hokkala have a mission “to filter juggling through a dance aesthetic.” This spring, seven different touring productions will hit a multitude of countries. If  Smashed...
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Madeline Hoak

Madeline Hoak is an artist and academic who creates with, through, and about circus. She is a Writer for CircusTalk, Adjunct Professor of Aerial Arts and American Circus History at Pace University, Editor and Curatorial Director of TELEPHONE: an international arts game, and curator and director of Cirkus Moxie, a weekly contemporary circus show at Brooklyn Art Haus. Madeline has performed, coached, produced, and choreographed at elite regional and international venues. Her background in dance and physical theater is infiltrated into her coaching and creation style. She is passionate about providing her students holistic circus education that includes physical, historical, theoretical resources. Madeline initiated the Aerial Acrobatics program at her alma mater, Muhlenberg College, where she taught from 2012-2017. She is also a regular contributor to Cirkus Syd's Circus Thinkers international reading group. Her circus research has been supported by Pace, NYU, and Concordia University. Recent publications include "Teaching the Mind-Body: Integrating Knowledges through Circus Arts'' (with Alisan Funk, Dan Berkley), a chapter in Art as an Agent for Social Change, "expanding in(finite) between," a multimedia essay in Circus Thinks: Reflections, 2020, and "Digital Dance & TELEPHONE: A Unique Spectator Experience." Madeline has presented academic papers at numerous conferences including Circus and its Others (UC Davis), International Federation for Theatre Research (University of Reykjavík), the Popular Culture Association, Gallatin (NYU), and McGill University. Madeline earned an MA from Gallatin, New York University’s School of Independent Study, where she designed a Circus Studies curriculum with a focus on spectatorship.