You would probably expect to find crash mats, silks and a host of technical-looking people in the rehearsal room for new show Flight Paths, which combines aerial performance, music, narrative and creative audio description, but a very cute dozing dog? Take a look at what went on in the creation of the show in our gallery (below), then book your tickets.
The ground-breaking production, which features a cast of four blind performers weaving together their own stories, kicks off its tour on Tuesday 5 February 2019 at Harlow Playhouse Theatre, ending on Tuesday 5 March at The Arena, Wolverhampton.
Flight Paths is a multi-media, story-telling circus production that mixes aerial performance with live music, narrative storytelling and audio description utilising new sound technology. Moving between tradition and modernity the performers tell of their own experiences as artists from Japan, Nigeria, USA and Australia. The unique production brings the traditions of the Biwa Hoshi and Goze to UK theatre audiences for the first time.
Amelia Cavallo and Sarah Houbolt lead the cast, with Takashi Kikuchi and Victoria Oruwari. American-born performer Cavallo performed as an aerialist at the Paralympic Opening Ceremony, while Houbolt previously competed at the Sydney Paralympic Games. Kikuchi is an acclaimed viola player and Oruwari is a singer who last year competed in the BBC show All Together Now.
Glen Neath, who wrote Flight Paths, is an award winning novelist and theatre maker whose work includes Séance , The Arabian Nights and The Long Count.
Speaking about the production, Co-Directors Kumiko Mendl and Maria Oshodi said: “Yellow Earth and Extant are delighted to be working alongside each other to bring our five year collaboration on this production to fruition. Like so much of our company’s previous work, Flight Paths has proven to be not just an ambitious and thrilling piece of theatre, but a catalyst for real inclusive and representational change.”