9 performers, 80 oranges, 7 watermelons. This is Smashed2. The dark of juggling revisited.

In Smashed, the manipulation of the forbidden fruit took a sagacious look at the strained relations between seven men and two women, kindly flaying traditional juggling and contemporary circus.

Smashed2 is the dark art of juggling revisited. Turning the tables on one of the most celebrated contemporary circus pieces of the last decade. 7 women and 2 men. This is a tale of retribution. This is the same but different.

Inspired by the work of the great choreographer, Pina Bausch, directors Sean Gandini and Kati Ylä-Hokkala have borrowed elements of her gestural choreography and combined them with the intricate patterns and cascades of solo and ensemble juggling.

Simultaneously evoking great pleasure and small disquiet, Smashed2 lightly disrupts the rigid conventions of etiquette, dress and body language. The result is a new hybrid of juggling which is performed with meticulous unison and split- second timing. This funny, inventive and characterful work is akin to dance theatre and will challenge your perception of contemporary juggling.

Show Times



  • Kati Ylä-Hokkala
  • Sakari Männistö
  • Luke Hallgarden
  • Yu-Hsien Wu
  • Erin O'Toole
  • Francesca Poppi Mari
  • Valeria Jauregui
  • Frederike Gerstner
  • Lynn Scott


  • Director Sean Gandini, Kati Ylä-Hokkala
  • Outside Ben Duke
  • Lighting design Guy Dickens
Show partner
En Piste, regroupement national des arts du cirque
Public Programming Partners
Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec Ville de Québec Conseil des arts du Canada Canada

They Said...

« SMASHED2 explore les thèmes de la tentation, du conflit, de l'amour perdu et de revanche. On ne peut s'empêcher de rire, surtout quand ce sont les hommes qui payent les pots cassés. »

Dancing Times

« SMASHED2 est brillant, excitant et divertissant. »

Recklinghäuser Zeitung

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