8 Songs (4 stars)

This article is from 2018

8 Songs

Alice Allart

Hugely entertaining rock 'n' roll juggling that will leave your cheeks aching from smiling

Master jugglers Gandini choreograph a riotous romp through eight great rock'n'roll songs, skilfully blending dance and juggling tricks to sublime effect.

The joyous harmonies of the Beach Boy's 'Good Vibrations' kicks things off. These six are a tight ensemble, and they'd have to be – there's very little margin for error with so many balls in the air, yet Gandini makes it look effortless. The most visually luscious moments are when the company synchronise throws to the beat of the music. There's something so pleasurable about watching the coloured balls hang in the air, before being caught with ease.

Individual identities are also showcased with panache. An edgy punk girl does a sassy turn to 'Sympathy For The Devil', rebounding balls off her legs and chest to make them disperse like a firework. A basketball spinning routine to the languid tones of Janis Joplin's 'Summertime' provokes gasps as the performer casually rolls backwards while keeping the ball on his finger, culminating with a beautiful image of planets in orbit.

The show finishes with a quirkily comic silent disco send-up, with each performer singing, dancing and juggling wildly to their own beat. Truly exhilarating to watch.

Assembly Roxy, until 27 Aug (not 15, 21), 4.40pm, £12–£14.

8 Songs

  • 4 stars

Gandini Juggling Gandini present the gig of a lifetime. Wild juggling skills combine with cult rock and roll in this tribute to the mythical landscape of popular music. From Dylan's stream-of-consciousness realms to the Velvet Underground's troubling landscapes, from David Bowie's soulful escapades to the rocking Rolling…