• July 12 - 13, 2024
  • PS21 "Open-Air" Pavilion Theater (General Admission)

    2980 New York 66
    Chatham, New York 12037
Ticket Price $15.00-$150.00 Buy Tickets

SMASHED2  by  Gandini Juggling (UK)


July 12 & 13 at PS21 Pavilion

Friday July 12, 8 pm 

Saturday July 13, 6 pm (PS21 Supper Club) or 8 pm (Performance Only)


Before the performance on July 13, join us for PS21 Supper Club! Hillsdale chef Leah Guadagnoli is back at PS21 by popular demand, offering a three-course, show-stoppingly beautiful vegetarian feast with unlimited wine, en plein air in the PS21 orchards before the performance. Join the community by using the “dinner and a show” option at check out – all tickets include priority seating for the performance! 



Smashed2 goes for the juggler. Gandini Juggling’s irreverent sequel to Smashed is a tale of retribution, the dark art of juggling revisited. Turning the tables on one of the most celebrated contemporary circus pieces of the last decade, Sean Gandini and Kati Ylä-Hokkala propel the cast of seven women and two men onto a trajectory that disrupts the rigid conventions of etiquette, dress, and body language. This time the nine performers share the stage with eighty oranges and seven watermelons, and once again they borrow elements of the gestural choreography of Pina Bausch combined with intricate patterns and cascades of solo and ensemble juggling. The result is a new hybrid of juggling and dance, performed in meticulous unison with split-second timing. A hilarious, inventive, character-driven work akin to dance theater that challenges our ideas about what contemporary juggling can be. 


“Juggling becomes flights of inspired poetry, musical choreography with strong dance elements, crazy-comedy surrealism, breathtakingly dexterous virtuosity, darkly absurdist drama. Gandini opens windows in the mind." –  Alastair MaCaulay in The New York Times  

"The smiles keep coming as Smashed2 explores temptation, conflict, lost love and—juiciest of all—revenge, with the men always on the receiving end." –  Dancing Times




Founded in 1992 by world-renowned jugglers Sean Gandini and Kati Ylä-Hokkala. Gandini Juggling continues to be at the vanguard of contemporary circus, reinventing and reinvigorating the art form for the 21st century. The company celebrates juggling in all its facets, exploring not just what juggling is, but what juggling can be. Ferociously prolific, the ever-evolving ensemble is constantly creating new works, which range from radical art-juggling fusions to accessible theatrical performances, from choreographic studies to specially commissioned routines. Gandini Juggling stands “at the forefront of British Circus’ quiet revolution.” (The Guardian

The company has presented over 5,000 shows in 50 countries and continues to perform at many of the world’s most prestigious festivals and venues— French museums, German opera houses, tents in Argentina, theaters in Lebanon, and more. At home, the Gandinis have played festivals and theaters including London’s Royal Opera House, The Royal National Theatre, and with the English National Opera in Philip Glass’s Akhnaten. After more than 30 years, Gandini Juggling continues to create some of the genre’s most vibrant and challenging performances.

In search of inspiration for new work, the company collaborates with innovators in many disciplines, among them, composers, ballet choreographers, fashion designers, computer programmers, sound designers, set makers, and mathematicians. They choreograph juggling patterns for canonical classical works and music specially composed for them and performed by symphony orchestras.  

At leading circus schools, members of Gandini Juggling teach workshops, create performances, and support the next generation of circus artists. For a wider audience,  Gandini Juggling publishes their own books and DVDs, to promote appreciation of the beautiful possibilities of juggling for practitioners and the public.


Fancy Feast Supper Club is a creative dinner series organized by artist, chef, and homesteader Leah Guadagnoli. She brings people together through homegrown, globally inspired vegetarian meals prepared from her garden with passion, love, and a genuine curiosity for the overlapping flavors and techniques our expansive universe has to offer. Through extensive research and an ethically conscious appreciation of other cultures through food, her goal is to celebrate our commonalities and unique differences to form connections and better understand the world we share.

Leah in the Wall Street Journal

Date & Time

Jul 12 - 13, 2024

Venue Details

PS21 "Open-Air" Pavilion Theater (General Admission)

2980 New York 66
Chatham, New York 12037 PS21 "Open-Air" Pavilion Theater (General Admission)
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About PS21

A vibrant center for contemporary performance in the Hudson Valley, PS21 “presents work that challenges and invites” (The New York Times): adventurous productions by leading and emerging American and international artists in music, dance, and theater, and visionaries creating entirely new genres. On our open-air Pavilion Theater stage, across our expansive, unspoiled grounds, and in the diverse surrounding communities, PS21 cultivates and presents productions that transcend aesthetic boundaries and revitalize existing artistic languages and grammars. Throughout the year, we host developmental residencies for dancers, musicians, actors, and creators of original, even unclassifiable new work. Rooted in community collaboration, PS21’s programming engages creatively with critical global and social issues. It is a mecca for innovative and original artistic voices, a destination for performance that can be experienced nowhere else in the region. PS21’s Pavilion Theater is a green-energy marvel surrounded by 100 acres of unspoiled meadows, trails, and woodlands that are a haven to wildlife and visitors across the region.  Integrated into our unspoiled campus, the theater embodies our commitments to the public: open, inviting, and optimized for their enjoyment and encouraging citizen expression and participation.


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