Freelance writer and journalist with a strong weakness for narrative journalism, old movies, new theater and everything London. Oh, I'm also a full-time walker https://walkinlondon.wordpress.com/
An artistic director who talks about juggling, Pina Bausch, and the mathematics of dance in the same sentence, by definition will not come up with a run of the mill circus act. Smashed tells stories with 9 skilled jugglers, 80 apples, 4 crockery sets and a soundtrack that makes you want to waltz. In Berlin.
The story takes place in uncertain territory, building on a soundtrack reminiscent of the golden days of musical hall, the Blitz years, but also Bach, Tammy Wynette, and more. The rhymes and rhythms of music and jugglers slowly but surely predict a storm. The show is playful and dark, humorous and tragic, absurd and meaningful, constantly juggling with moods and ideas.
The day I saw Smashed, the wind was shaking the Underbelly tent, Kansas style. Not a planned extra challenge for the jugglers, but one that added to the dramatic effect of the finale. Needless to say it all went smoothly.
Beautiful and clever, this is a piece of contemporary juggling you don't want to miss. Also, you'll never crave apples this much. You may consider taking up juggling. Or waltzing. Or both.