Gandini Juggling & Seeta Patel Dance Company : Sigma

Sat 28 July, 1pm & 3pm

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★★★★★ The Herald 

★★★★ The Stage 

The place where juggling and Bharathanatyam meet is a place of ecstatic geometries. A criss-cross of rhythmic incandescence. 

The four women blend elegant whizz-kidness with cheeky bravura. Sigma is a spectacular new cross art-from production in collaboration with Gandini Juggling and dazzling Bharatanatyam dancer and choreographer Seeta Patel. 

The production showcases exuberant rhythms, patterns and colours, celebrating the dialogue between the worlds of juggling, music and classical Indian dance. Sigma is performed by a virtuosic cast, which includes Seeta Patel & Indu Panday - specialists in Bharatanatyam and Kati Ylä-Hokkala & Kim Huynh - pioneering jugglers from Gandini Juggling. Lighting (evening show only) from acclaimed designer Guy Hoare frames the space architecturally, adding to the complex patterns made by balls and limbs. Multimedia projections (evening show only) by Zslot Balogh compliment the onstage action where projection is used to introduce abstract geometry and act as a visual counterpoint to the flow and rhythm of the juggling. Multi-layered composition from Andy Cowton and Costume Design by LydiaCawson add a depth and texture to the piece successfully weaving multi-cultural references to assault on the senses. 

Gandini Juggling have a reputation for innovation, pushing the boundaries of their art form by combining dance and rhythm into their work and forcing the threshold of juggling in its own unique direction. This innovation is the result of collaborative processes - seeing the company develop work in contemporary dance and ballet amongst many others. Through Sigma, Gandini add to this multiplicity, investigating virtuoso classical Indian geometries combined with mathematics, rhythm and architecture. Sigma is designed to engage in a dialogue with the viewer, transcending cultural barriers and stimulating imaginations.  

Suitable for ages 9-99, Sigma premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival August 2017 where Gandini Juggling won a Herald Archangel as recognition of their work over the last 25 years. 

FUNDER: LB Hounslow