No Show draws on themes of ignorance: of not knowing what circus is or how its done, and on patriarchy. The content comes from autobiographical examples but relate to much wider societal problems. These ladies are everywoman, and their show is an education in circus and in life.
Compagnie XY present It’s Not Yet Midnight…, a huge visual display, where 22 acrobats engage in flips, tumbles and handstands that reach almost to the very top of the Roundhouse (where it will be showing for the next 10 days). Inspired by themes of solidarity and community to oppose individualism it forgoes the traditional structure of a company hierarchy in favour of a collaborative approach.
It’s Not Yet Midnight is devised to highlight the success of collaboration and the danger of trying to accomplish everything solo. Working together, the acrobats build towers four people tall; they somersault and flip and vault high into the air knowing that their fellow performers are waiting to catch them as they fall back down to earth.
I was at a Phundee pitching night for potential crowdfunding projects last night. Each creative was telling us their project and seeking a free place on a development programme to lead them from idea through to campaign over 8 weeks. The ideas chosen tonight will be nurtured and supported by the Chief Exec and his team. When they burst onto the www they will be as ready as possible to attract full funding for their start-ups.
We did Shakespeare at school in a heavily glazed South-facing classroom with an almost equally glazed expression so can’t quite recall ‘The Shipwreck Plays’ as being one of the examination-board approved sub-classifications alongside The Histories, The Tragedies, The Problem Plays and so on. But someone among the great and the good at the Royal Shakespeare Company […]
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