Theater: 4×4: Ephemeral Architectures, August Wilson Center






★★★★  Jaw-dropping.  A show of elegant, wistful beauty.”
-The Guardian, UK

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is pleased to bring Gandini Juggling in their newest production, 4×4: Ephemeral Architectures, to the August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA on Saturday, November 4th at 8:00 p.m. 4×4: Ephemeral Architectures is a new and unique collaboration between two worlds; ballet and juggling, creating a contemporary blend of circus and dance. This presentation is a part of the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series.

Four jugglers and four ballet dancers share a stage for the first time, tracing pathways in space. Both of these formalized systems are ephemeral journeys through time and space, leaving an unseen trace, describing an imaginary architecture. In this new production, Gandini Juggling returns to its love affair with pure patterns and mathematics. Following the international success of Smashed, this work takes us on fleeting journeys through time and space in a unique dialogue between jugglers and ballet dancers.

“There is an unexpected balance and beauty between the two art forms; the fact that they are archetypally considered in such different ways adds to the creative chemistry,” comments artistic director, Sean Gandini. “After years of working in the contemporary world the Ballet world comes with a fascinating new set of tools, tools we can learn from.”

Directed by world renowned juggler Sean Gandini, choreographed by Royal Ballet dancer Ludovic Ondiviela, with the recording of the original composition ‘Suspended opus 69’ by Nimrod Borenstein, 4×4 is performed by exceptional young chamber ensemble Camerata Alma Viva. Incredible lighting design by Guy Hoare completes this sensational cross-art form experience.

Formed 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 juggling for the 21st century. Gandini celebrates juggling in all its facets, exploring not just what juggling is, but what juggling can be.

Tickets start at $25 and are available at the following official Pittsburgh Cultural Trust sources: online at, by calling Guest Services at 412-456-6666, or in personal at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue. For groups of 10+ call 412-471-6930, online at or in person at Theater Square Box Office.

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Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents Series
The Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series will feature an exceptional season of dazzling area premiers, returning favorites and one of a kind performances – for all ages.  From music to dance, comedy, theater and more, the series will bring an array of national and international award-winning performers to the unique stages of the Benedum Center, Byham Theater and August Wilson Center located in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District.  Cohen & Grigsby has been the presenting sponsor of the series since the 2008-2009 season.  For more information about the current Cohen &Grigsby Trust Presents series, visit:

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Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners.  Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District.  The District is one of the country’s largest land masses “curated” by a single nonprofit arts organization.  A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity.  Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life.  Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.

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