Francesca Mari began juggling at the 17 and has since been training through workshops around Europe with numerous international jugglers.
Previously for ENO: Akhnaten
She completed her Bachelor degree in Literature and Philosophy at the University of Bologna in 2012. She studied clown and physical theatre in Brussels and in Italy with renowned teachers including Micheline Vandepoel, André Casaca, Jos Houben and many others. She has worked with great passion as a street theatre artist since 2008. In 2013 she attended FLIC Circus School in Torino, specialising in foot juggling. In her artistic research she aims to explore influences from dance, acrobatics and theatre, researching a juggling which involves the whole body to transform the ‘traditional’ idea of antipodism. She worked for CircusMash in Birmingham. Since 2014 she has worked with Gandini Juggling in the shows Smashed, 8 songs and Meta.
In 2016 she performed as a juggler and actor in the Olivier Award-winning Akhnaten (ENO), directed by Phelim McDermott. In 2017 she created and performed in Metropolitan (GOP Varieté-Theatre, Hanover), and with Christopher Patfield she co-created PaMa’s company.
Last updated: 21st August 2019