Forget trust excercises, these contemporary circus company’s are the next level.
This November The Lowry will be showcasing some of the very best contemporary circus around. Ockham’s Razor will be presenting Tipping Point (Wed 11 – Sat 14 Nov) and Barely Methodical Troupe will be presenting Bromance (Tue 24 & Wed 25 Nov).
Co-commissioned by The Lowry & London International Mime Festival and produced by Turtle Key Arts, Tipping Point will be Ockham’s Razor’s fourth production, an original, groundbreaking piece of physical theatre based on the stories and relationships inherent in circus.
Multi-award-winning circus outfit Barley Methodical Troupe will explore male friendship in Bromance, where handshakes become handstands and backslaps become backflips.
Tipping Point is set in the round; the audience drawn in close, as the action veers from catastrophe to mastery. The five performers, enclosed within the circle of the stage, transform simple 5 metre metal poles into a rich landscape of images.
Poles are balanced on fingertips, hung from the roof, lashed, climbed, swung from and walked along, they become forests, cross roads and pendulums. The performers balance, climb and cling to this teetering world, supporting each other as they wrestle with the moment when things begin to shift. They must decide whether to rail against the chaos, struggling to exert order on a disordered world, or ride it out, allowing life to tilt towards the tipping point.
Tipping Point features a live performance of a multi-layered surround sound musical landscape especially composed by Adem Ilham & Quinta who have previously worked with Radiohead, Hot Chip and Bat For Lashes. The performance sound will be mixed live and feature violin and the saw played live.
Following sell out performances of Bromance at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 2015 London International Mime Festival & Udderbelly Festival at the Southbank Centre; the all-male Barely Methodical Troupe made up of the trio, Louis Gift, Beren D’Amico and Charlie Wheeller, are the rising stars of the British circuit, and part of a new wave of modern British circus that combines physical stunts with contemporary dance styles, themes and theatricality.
The jaw-dropping magnificent (The Stage) show was the hot ticket of the Edinburgh Fringe 2014 (winner, Total Theatre and Jackson’s Lane Award for Best Circus), they have wowed audiences across the UK receiving standing ovations and fantastic feedback on social media; this year they have toured the world including performances in Australia and Brazil.
Their highly entertaining debut, Bromance, is a show about trust, intimacy and male friendships explored through eye-watering feats of strength, astonishing circus skills (Time Out), hand-to-hand balancing, acrobatics and routines on a Cyr wheel-a large spinning, steel wheel.
Athletism, balance, trust, skill, the list goes on for the traits needed to be one of the best in contemporary circus. If you’ve ever wondered what the limits are of pushing your body, then give circus a go.