4×4: Ephemeral Architectures – Gandini Juggling

Posted: February 1, 2015 by lambentI2e in Information

Pic : Dan Pickard

Earlier this week a friend introduced me to the scientific concepts of order and disorder. Highly apt, it transpires, when it comes to viewing Gandini Juggling‘s latest production. 4 X 4 is a collaboration with The Royal Ballet, taking its base from the mathematical structures which underly both ballet and juggling.

What could initially be seen as disjointed and randomly connected activity is in fact tailored and purposeful. Like particles that appear to do their own thing individually, the eight performers are essential programmed elements of a larger object, the show. I’ve been reading lately about quantum mechanics, and I can’t help but watch the movement in front of me through a philosophical lens.

In scientific terms, disorder is a state of perfect equilibrium, with no variation. Conversely, the confusion of dance and juggling figures presented onstage is a system of perfect order.  Dressed in dark grey rehearsal style wear, four ballet dancers (Joe Bishop, Erin O’Toole, Kate Byrne, Kieran Stoneley) mingle with four jugglers (Kim Huynh, Sakari Männistö, Owen Reynolds, Kati Ylä-Hokkala) across the wide expanse of black stage.  The perceived interference as the dancers interject themselves between the jugglers and their props is necessary to the overall functioning of a beautiful, complex organism.

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