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 is a NYC based performer, producer, professor, and choreographer specializing in aerial, acrobatics, dance and movement direction. She is an adjunct professor of Aerial Arts at Pace University, on staff at Aerial Arts NYC and The Muse Brooklyn and initiated the Aerial program at Muhlenberg College where she taught from 2011 - 2017. Her movement direction contributed to Circle Theater NYC’s production of The Mountain winning Outstanding Original Choreography/Movement, 2015. She co-choreographed The Battles, a musical voted by Broadway producer Ken Davenport one of the top 10 new scripts of 2016. Madeline's choreography has been presented at Dixon Place, Circus Warehouse, BAX, The House of Yes, Abron Arts Center, Times Square, The Flea, STREB, Galapagos, and The Muse. She received BAs in Dance and Theater from Muhlenberg College and is currently studying at NYU’s Gallatin school of Individualized Study where she is designing a master’s degree in circus studies with a focus on dramaturgy and creative processes.