WHAT THE CIRCUS?
WHAT THE CIRCUS?
“Rope wrapped like a vice around the tops of my legs – you know the tender bits – snaked around, tight and painful, a squeeze and a burn. But you’re not thinking about that because the hard floor is below. You’ve done it so many times but every time you do it you know that you can’t miss it, not this time, not ever”
What the Circus? Is an interrogation of the form and performance of circus: an exploration of the genre and those that live and work in it: questioning what it is, why we perform it and why we enjoy watching it.
A journey through the realities and absurdities of everyday circus life; a reveal of the truth behind the form: the rigging, burns and calluses, sacrifices, the years of commitment and the ‘what am I when I can’t do this anymore?’
Delving into desires of narcissism, fear and wonderment, What the Circus? is an investigation of circus and its potential. Using its heightened form to explore questions about ourselves and our relationships with each other and the world: how we observe and judge, what we expect and how our experiences mould us as performer, audience and human. It is an attempt to redefine how we watch, understand and appreciate the form and a celebration the people that work and in it.
A patchwork of personal stories, circus tales and epic theatricality. Stealing from David Lynch, David Attenborough, Stephen Hawkins and Hip Hop, with original music and multi-surface projections, this is unlike any circus show you will have seen before.
What the Circus? is a Flight of the Escales production, funded by Arts Council England through Grants for the Arts. The development of the show was supported by The Roundhouse, Jacksons Lane London, Cambridge Junction, The Garage Norwich and The Cut Halesworth
Original creation produced by Flora Herberich
More information, tour pack and film length video available on request.
Concept and Direction: Sarah Calver
Dramaturg and Assistant Director: Carolina Ortega
Set Design: Cate Blanchard
Lighting Design: Sherry Coenen
Sound Design: Max Perryment
Production Management: Sophie Tetlow
Performers: George Fuller, Antonio Harris, Maddie McGowen.
Other collababorators: Laura Moy, Anna Sandreuter, Bart Soroczynski, Sage Cushman, Shaena Brandel, Adam Welsh, Lara Davidson.
Films directed by Sarah CALVER and filmed by Robin THOMSON
Featuring: Marieke HEENEMANN, Gabriela SCHWAB, Jana KORB and Petra LANGE.
Photographs by Zak Marco: (info here)
Cesare de Giglio: (info here)
Andi Sapey: (Info here)